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Daylight Saving Time Ending; Time to Set Back Clocks

By | Published on 10/31/2014

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Sleepy people, take note: You have an extra hour of shut-eye coming on Saturday night.

That's when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

All those clocks that sprang forward an hour in March will need to fall back.

Technically the change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks should be reset to 1 a.m., but most people will dial back the hour before they go to bed — or the next morning if they procrastinate or forget.

As they do twice a year, local fire officials are urging the public to use the time change as a reminder to replace batteries in smoke detectors.

Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in 1918, and has been subject to numerous changes over the years. Its general intent has been to make better use of natural daylight and to conserve energy.

Under the most recent change in the law, in 2005, Daylight Saving Time is set to start on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November.

Predictably, Daylight Saving Time is an undertaking that has both supporters and detractors, many of whom feel strongly about its value or worthlessness.

Early risers no doubt will enjoy the fact that, starting Sunday, it won't be so dark when they get up in the morning.

But night owls — and those who enjoy late-afternoon/early evening outdoor activities — probably will be less than thrilled with the earlier sunsets.

Sunrise on Sunday will be at 6:20 a.m., with sunset at 5:04 p.m.

Daylight Saving Time will kick in again on March 8, 2015.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Rain Washes Out Isla Vista’s Halloween Celebration

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Fears of out-of-control street party are doused by season's first major storm

Heavy showers left the streets of Isla Vista nearly deserted Friday night. (Zack Warburg / Noozhawk photo)

Mother Nature did what hundreds of law-enforcement officers were hoping to do Friday night — keep a damper on the potentially rowdy Halloween celebration in Isla Vista.

A downpour that dropped nearly an inch of rain in a 3-hour period left the streets of the community adjacent to UC Santa Barbara nearly deserted through much of the evening.

"Of all the Halloweens we've been to, this was the biggest washout," said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. "There was nobody on the streets."

University officials and local law-enforcement officials were hoping for the best but had planned for the worst, with the potential of some 30,000 revelers taking to the streets for Isla Vista's raucous annual Halloween street party.

A huge contingent of emergency personnel had taken up positions in the seaside community, with the shared goal of ensuring a safe holiday celebration.

Past years had seen scores of arrests and citations, as well as people being hospitalized for various injuries and alcohol poisoning.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department's armored vehicle stands ready by unused Friday night as Isla Vista's Halloween party is washed out by the season's first rain storm. (Zack Warburg / Noozhawk photo)

But rain started falling at about 8 p.m. Friday, driving most of the crowds indoors.

"Everybody is inside having their parties," Eliason said, noting that he was able to easily drive down Del Playa Drive, which typically is impassible on Halloween night due to the giant throngs of costumed young people.

Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, offered a similar assessment.

"The rain definitely made things a lot more quiet," Hoover said.

The Isla Vista Theater was flooded Friday during a downpour that put a major damper on Isla Vista's typically rowdy Halloween celebration. (Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

By 11 p.m., the rain was easing, and both Hoover and Eliason noted that more people had begun heading out onto the streets.

Officials also were waiting to see what happened after a concert staged at UCSB's Events Center ended at about 2 a.m.

But all indications were that the season's first significant storm had washed away any chance of the kind of street violence that flared during some past Halloween celebrations, as well as during the Deltopia street party in April.

The rain did cause some other problems, including minor urban street flooding and power outages throughout the South Coast.

The Isla Vista Theater was flooded to the second row of seats after nearby drains clogged, Eliason said, and a large tree limb crashed to the street at Trigo Road and Embarcadero del Mar, blocking traffic.

No injuries were reported.

While a significant contingent of emergency personnel remained in Isla Vista late Friday night, many of the extra officers who had been brought in to help police the streets had been released, Hoover said.

Despite Friday night's fortuitous outcome, officials know they are not out of the woods, as Saturday night offers another chance for Halloween revelers to take to the streets en masse.

No rain is expected Saturday night, and officials were concerned that they will have to deal with the pent-up desires of Isla Vistans to have their Halloween party.

"It may be possibly even a larger turnout just because they were not able to participate tonight," Hoover said. "I think everyone recognizes that the weather played a big part in why we didn't have a big night tonight."

Emergency personnel plan to have full staffing again Saturday night, Hoover said, but hope that the celebration will remain smaller and more local than in recent years.

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A large tree limb broke loose Friday night, blocking traffic at Trigo Road and Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista. (Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

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Frank McGinity: Pilgrimage to Molokaʻi Reveals Extent of Father Damien’s Ministry

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Committed priest transformed leper colony while helping to raise awareness, response to disease

The year was 1865. The Hawaiian government was becoming alarmed at the spread of leprosy throughout the islands. Something had to be done. As a result, the government passed “The Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy.”

The law required that all men, women and children with symptoms of the disease be rounded up and shipped by boat to the island of Molokaʻi. Families would be torn apart because a father or mother, a son or daughter would be identified and literally dumped on the island, never to be seen again. Over the years, 8,000 would be settled there.

We were in Honolulu for the annual meeting of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a religious group founded in 1340. Its purpose is to preserve and protect the Christian places of worship in Jerusalem. Currently, it provides financial support to Bethlehem University and various Christian schools in the Middle East.

While in Hawaii, a group of 40 of us took several small planes to visit the leper colony on Molokaʻi.

We called our trip to Molokaʻi a pilgrimage because we would visit the churches erected there by Father Damien, and see the good work he did in serving the lepers — at great risk and sacrifice to himself. In fact, any discussion about the colony invariably leads to Father Damien.

In 1873, he volunteered to care for the lepers of Molokaʻi, in the area now called Kalaupapa Peninsula. When he arrived, he found total chaos. Drunkenness, fighting and gambling were the norm. The conditions were atrocious. There was very little shelter or organization. Damien had to find a way to bring harmony to the tumultuous situation.

Father Damien, known as Saint Damien of Molokaʻi, spent 16 years serving the leper colony on the isolated island in Hawaii in the late 1800s before contracting the disease himself. (Frank McGinity photo)
Father Damien, known as Saint Damien of Molokaʻi, spent 16 years serving the leper colony on the isolated island in Hawaii in the late 1800s before contracting the disease himself. (Frank McGinity photo)

Slowly, he brought law and order through his leadership skills. He sent numerous letters to the authorities in Honolulu asking for food, clothing, lumber and other materials to use for the care of these desperate people. He built several churches, provided spiritual guidance and took care of the medical needs of his people — despite limited resources. He also built homes for orphaned boys and girls.

Because of his efforts and sacrifice, his work eventually would receive worldwide acclaim. Even Crown Princess Liliʻuokalani came from the mainland and bestowed on Father Damien the Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Kalākaua in 1883. 

Around this time, Father Damien experienced pain in his foot. He soaked it in what he thought was warm water, but it was boiling water and he felt nothing. He had finally contracted the disease of leprosy himself. Fortunately, Joseph Dutton would come to the island, along with Sister St. Marianna Cope, to continue Father Damien’s work.

Although the cure for leprosy, now officially known as Hansen’s disease, was developed in the 1940s, Hawaii’s policy of isolating lepers was not officially abolished until 1969. However, the forced isolation at Kalaupapa Peninsula ended in 1949, which allowed those remaining to leave the island. Some actually stayed; currently, 10 previously diseased residents remain on the peninsula. In 1976, Kalaupapa was designated a national historic park.

Leprosy is still a problem, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America. It affects the nerves, skin and upper respiratory tract, often causing changes to one’s physical appearance. For centuries and into the early years of Kalaupapa, a leprosy diagnosis amounted to a death sentence. Today, it is curable.

Forty years after Father Damien’s death in 1889, his body would be exhumed from his simple grave on Molokaʻi and transported first to Honolulu, then to San Francisco and finally to his final resting place in his home country of Belgium. He received a hero’s memorial and burial, and was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Chapel in Louvain, Belgium. The Catholic Church would canonize him as a saint in 2009.

— Frank McGinity is a Santa Barbara resident. The opinions expressed are his own.

Although Father Damien was buried at St. Philomena Catholic Church after his death from leprosy, his remains were later reinterred in his hometown of Louvain, Belgium. (Frank McGinity photo)
Although Father Damien was buried at St. Philomena Catholic Church after his death from leprosy, his remains were later reinterred in his hometown of Louvain, Belgium. (Frank McGinity photo)
Transportation options are limited if you wish to visit Kalaupapa Peninsula, the former site of Molokaʻi’s leper colony. (Frank McGinity photo)
Transportation options are limited if you wish to visit Kalaupapa Peninsula, the former site of Molokaʻi’s leper colony. (Frank McGinity photo)

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Harding School Celebrates a Literary Halloween, Dia de los Muertos

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Santa Barbara elementary students get a visit from Alice in Wonderland, show off their costumes for the festivities

Snow White and Waldo were escorted around Harding University Partnership School’s yard by small superheroes, princesses and creatures from all over the world on Friday.

The kindergarten classes paraded around the campus in their Halloween costumes as part of the day's festivities.

Classes put together colorful Dia de los Muertos altars, which have been on display in the auditorium all week, and students got a visit from Alice in Wonderland, portrayed by a literary specialist from UC Santa Barbara.

She read all about her adventures with the White Rabbit in the school’s library.

Principal Veronica Binkley has been organizing a plethora of community events for the K-6 school, trying to introduce families to the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate and Primary Years Program.

Binkley was a consultant for the school several years ago and joined it full-time as principal this fall.

Students get a visit from Alice in Wonderland Friday morning. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

There are already “holes” she’s identified and has been working to “bump up the rigor,” but she notes that students at Harding ask meaningful, insightful questions compared to counterparts at non-IB schools where she’s worked.

“There is nothing more comprehensive and good for kids than this program,” she said in an interview earlier this year.

She’s started regular Monday Gatherings, meetings for students and the community to come together for student awards and presentations.

At next week’s meeting, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will recognize third-grader Irvin Cruz, who won the Anti-Bullying Poster contest.

Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Harding students put together Dia de los Muertos altars in the school's auditorium. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

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Lompoc Police Arrest 9 Connected to Gang-Related Assault

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Seven adults and two juveniles were arrested in Lompoc this week on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang participation connected to the attack of an adult who was repeatedly kicked and punched, authorities said.

Lompoc Police Department officials said they received a report Oct. 16 of an assault that occurred near the intersection of West Maple Avenue and North M Street in Lompoc. 

The victim was attacked by several subjects who used weapons as well as repeatedly kicked and punched the adult victim while he was on the ground.

Detectives from the Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team (GNET) conducted a lengthy follow-up investigation and identified suspects reportedly involved in the gang-related assault.

The investigation culminated with the service of more than seven search warrants and the arrest of nine individuals. Eight of the nine subjects are documented gang members and all nine are Lompoc residents. 

Arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang participation were John Alfred Lopez, 24; Jairo Abrahan, 22; Angel Anthony Montoya, 19; Dustin Morales, 21; Thomas Pacheco, 20;  David Melgoza, 19; and Olivia Rojo, 19. 

The adults were booked into the Lompoc City Jail and held on $150,000 bail. 

The two juveniles, who were not identified, were transported to the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall.

“The positive outcome of this investigation is a direct result of cooperation between the Lompoc Police Department and its community members,” Lompoc police said in a news release. 

“One of the goals of the Lompoc Police Department is to strengthen the police department and the community it serves. The Lompoc Police Department encourages all community members to report any gang or other criminal activity.”

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Santa Barbara County Agencies Cooperating with State on New Ebola Quarantine Guidelines

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Santa Barbara County Public Health officials haven't been notified that anyone is returning to the area from West Africa, but the department is working with state and federal agencies to get prepared in case of an Ebola case or necessary quarantine. 

Healthcare workers and others returning to California from West Africa that had contact with Ebola victims are subject to quarantine, but those decisions will be made on a "case-by-case" basis by local health officials, according to a statement from the California Department of Public Health issued earlier this week.

There aren't any reported or confirmed cases of Ebola in the state currently, but guidelines have been issued if that does become the case.

The state's approach is more flexible than the mandatory quarantines that have brought scrutiny in New Jersey, Maine and New York. California's rules apply to anyone who has traveled to California from an Ebola-affected area who has had contact anyone with a confirmed case of Ebola.

People who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone but have not come into contact with a person from Ebola will not be subject to quarantine, according to a statement issued from California State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman.

"Not everyone who has been to an Ebola-affected area should be considered high risk,” Chapman said.

“This order will allow local health officers to determine, for those coming into California, who is most at risk for developing this disease, and to contain any potential spread of infectious disease by responding to those risks appropriately.” 

Dr. Colin Bucks, a doctor from Stanford, returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa last week.

Though he has no symptoms of the disease, he came to an agreement to do a voluntary quarantine, but can leave the house for certain activities, like jogging by himself.

Santa Barbara County has not received any notification at this point that anyone will be returning to the county from that region, said Susan Klein-Rothschild, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Klein-Rothschild said that all California counties are in communication with the state health officer, and if anyone is returning to the state from West Africa, including doctors and other healthcare workers, "they are notifying us that they are coming."

On Wednesday morning, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department had three separate phone calls to go over the quarantine guidelines with local agencies, the first with hospitals, another with emergency services and first responders, and a third with healthcare providers including local clinics.

The county always has a health officer, who would be the contact person should a case come up, on duty at all times, 365 days a year, Klein-Rothschild said, and each has been specifically trained on what to do if an Ebola-related quarantine is needed.

Dr. Alan Sugar, an infectious disease specialist with Sansum Clinic, said that the clinic is working to reach out to people and direct them to the proper place before they come into the system.

"The last thing you need them to do is to be sitting in a waiting room and potentially contaminating the environment and people around them," he said, adding that they are working to triage people "right from the get go."

As of Tuesday, Sansum began screening all patients for risk factors. They ask every patient who calls for an appointment whether that person has traveled to West Africa or had any contact with known or suspect Ebola patients, or handled animals in those areas.

"If the answer is no, we make note and proceed as usual," said Jill Fonte, a spokeswoman for Sansum.

"If the answer is yes, we transfer the call to a live licensed R.N., provider or physician for further assessment."

The Cottage Health System is training medical staff and hospital employees with ongoing practice drills, and the department's emergency room is also ready to screen patients for Ebola-like symptoms, spokeswoman Maria Zate said.

The hospital also has a secured isolation unit, called a Highly Infectious Care Unit, which is equipped with patient rooms, a satellite lab, and waste storage and decontamination rooms.

It also has a separate negative pressure air handling system, Zate said.

Marian Regional Medical Center, part of the Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, also has designated rooms to isolate patients where a patient with Ebola could be treated, and infection control specialists are in communication with staff and healthcare workers to ensure a process is in place should an Ebola case come in.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Captain’s Log: Sharing a Seafaring Adventure with Kids Is Good for Everyone

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A whole bunch of us — more than 20 people in all — chartered the Stardust, presumably for Shaun Vague’s birthday, but really it was for the sake of pure adventure with the kids. The trip was arranged by Shaun’s wife, Capt. Tiffany Vague (my daughter, and Shaun is my son-in-law).

Stardust, which operates out of Sea Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbor, is a great boat for adventure, because the crew is top drawer. Capt. Dane Johnston was at the helm. Sal, Kyle and Rafael were the capable and affable crew members who seemed to be everywhere, helping everyone, all at once.

Kyle even kept the galley pumping out piping hot boat burgers all the while. Nothing is better than a boat burger to happy and hungry fisherfolk.

The passenger list was almost half made up of kids, and their dads came along, too. It was perfect because dads and kids got to fish together, and there was a whole lotta great interaction and instruction going on. Yup, those kids taught their dads everything they needed to know about fishing. Well, OK, maybe it was the other way around — but not entirely!

We ran way up the coast to points off of Tajiguas and Hollister Ranch, where we found challenging fishing conditions in the form of a raging uphill current. We tied on heavier weights, Capt. Dane did some masterful boat handling and the fish came up nicely. It was a healthy and tasty mix of lingcod, red snapper, copper rockfish, blue rockfish, bocaccio and olive rockfish.

The jackpot winning fish went about 20 pounds. The winner must be kept a secret, but he was gracious enough to give the jackpot money to the crew as a tip. That crew deserved it.

With so many kids along, all between about 8 and 12 years old, they never got bored. Lots of time was spent fishing with their dads, and when the boat was moving, they all had each other for entertainment and camaraderie.

On the long ride up the coast and back down the coast, we were frequently joined by dolphins that rode the bow and stern waves or frolicked nearby while our fisherfolk cheered them on. Everyone had an absolute blast. I highly recommend high adventures like this for groups of friends, families and organizations. It brings people together, builds skills and a sense of accomplishments, and it puts some mighty healthy meals on the table.

— Capt. David Bacon operates WaveWalker Charters and is president of SOFTIN Inc., a nonprofit organization providing seafaring opportunities for those in need. Visit softininc.blogspot.com to learn more about the organization and how you can help. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Santa Barbara Murder Suspect Appears in Court; Arraignment Postponed

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A Santa Barbara man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend to death appeared in court Friday, but his arraignment hearing was continued until next week.

Aubrey Dupree Wadford, 39, was arrested on a murder charge early Wednesday morning, after a woman was found dead in an apartment on the 500 block of W. Los Olivos Street.

Officers responded at 1:40 a.m. to the location where a neighbor reported a disturbance coming from a nearby apartment, according to police.

They found the body of 39-year-old Angela Laskey in the home. 

Wadford and Laskey were not married, but have a 2-year-old daughter together. The child was placed in the custody of Child Welfare Services.

Police have said there had been a history of police calls to the Los Olivos Street address, but have not given more details.

On Friday, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced that Wadford was being charged with one count of murder in Laskey's death, and is also being charged with a special allegation of personally using a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of the murder, the statement said.

The complaint filed by the District Attorney also states that they intend to introduce evidence of any prior acts of domestic violence committed by Wadford.

Laskey's mother arrived in Los Angeles Thursday night from Scotland, and was met at Los Angeles International Airport by Santa Barbara Police Department Detectives, according to Sgt. Riley Harwood.

"She has been put in contact with victim and child welfare advocates and arrangements are currently being made for her to take custody of her granddaughter," he said.

Wadford appeared in a blue jumpsuit Friday in Santa Barbara Superior Court and is being held in custody on $1 million bail.

Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Archer was representing Wadford on Friday, and requested that the judge deny multiple media requests to shoot photos in the courtroom.

Archer said that her client is African-American and didn't want to taint the jury pool.

"It's a small town and this is a big case," Archer told Judge William Gordon, who denied the photo and video requests, but will allow media to request access in the future.

After the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Von Nguyen said she could not provide any more information about the case or the history of police calls to the apartment.

The arraignment was continued until Tuesday.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Alleged DUI Driver Cited After Single-Vehicle Rollover in Santa Maria

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A Santa Maria woman was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence after her vehicle rolled over Thursday night near southbound Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way.

Danielle Fiechter, 30, received minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Other drivers notified California Highway Patrol dispatchers about a possible drunken driver “all over the roadway” on Highway 101 in Santa Maria shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Those reports noted that the suspect’s vehicle was swerving and had hit a wall on the right-hand shoulder south of Stowell Road but continued driving.

The vehicle also reportedly hit the center divider twice, according to CHP dispatch reports.

The vehicle struck the guardrail, rolled over and ended up in a ditch where it landed on the tires. 

Fiechter was issued a citation and released, according to the CHP.

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Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi Donate $10,000 to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

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A star of daytime television fame and her wife made a $10,000 donation to the Carpinteria Sheriff's substation in August, the second donation of cash to the department made in a seemingly impromptu way.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have donated $10,000 in cash to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, according to Lt. Brad McVay. 

The couple owns a 13-acre estate in Montecito.

The donation must be approved by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, and will go before the board for approval Tuesday. 

The item said that the funds will be spent on equipment for the deputies, including bicycle gear to facilitate patrolling the beach area and enhancing the common areas in the station.

It's not the first time DeGeneres has made such a donation, and McVay said she donated to the department once before, an amount of $2,000, without any explanation.

"After that I spoke with one of her security staff and he told me she occasionally donates to public safety as a way of saying thank you," McVay said.

This latest donation was made without any indication as to why, McVay said.

"We have never had a call for service at her residence and have never even met her."

McVay said the money is "tremendously welcome."

"After five years of budget cuts, much of our equipment is failing and there is no budget to fix non-critical equipment," he said, adding that the substation will using the money to purchase some much-needed equipment that will allow patrol personnel to work safer and more effectively.

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Bill Macfadyen: Motorist Has to Live with Suicidal Man’s Decision to Die

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NoozWeek’s Top 5 unravels a deadly domestic dispute, checks up on Paula Lopez’s daughter’s brush with EV-D68, warily looks out for unvaccinated kids, then goes off Target

There were 83,077 people who read Noozhawk this past week. What’s my take on your top stories? I’m glad you asked.

1. Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Highway 101 in Western Goleta​

A 54-year-old Santa Barbara man was struck and killed on Highway 101 west of Goleta the night of Oct. 26, and authorities are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision was reported at 10:15 p.m. on the southbound side of the freeway near the Winchester Canyon Road exit ramp.

The victim “sustained fatal injuries when he walked onto southbound Highway 101 north of Hollister Avenue,” said Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau is investigating the case. The man’s identity has not yet been disclosed, and no other useful details have been released — such as what happened to the driver of the vehicle that hit him.

Click here for free suicide prevention resources that are available 24 hours a day, or call 1.800.273.8255.

An apartment in the 500 block of West Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara was the scene of an apparent domestic violence incident that left a woman dead, her husband arrested as a murder suspect and their daughter in the custody of Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)
An apartment in the 500 block of West Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara was the scene of an apparent domestic-violence incident that left a woman dead, a man arrested as a murder suspect, and their daughter in the custody of Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

2. Santa Barbara Police Investigating Apparent Homicide

Santa Barbara police were called out to a reported domestic disturbance at an apartment near Oak Park early on Oct. 29. Authorities say it wasn’t the first time officers had visited the residence in the 500 block of West Los Olivos Street, but this time the outcome was tragically different.

Bail has been set at $1 million for homicide suspect Aubrey Dupree Wadford.
Bail has been set at $1 million for homicide suspect Aubrey Dupree Wadford.

According to Sgt. Riley Harwood, a department spokesman, officers arrived at 1:40 a.m. and found a 39-year-old woman dead inside the apartment. Also at the scene was the woman’s 39-year-old boyfriend, who was promptly placed under arrest on suspicion of murder.

The couple’s child, a 2-year-old girl, also was present. She was unharmed, but was entrusted to the custody of county Child Welfare Services.

Police have not yet disclosed the victim’s name, and Harwood would not comment on how she was killed.

The suspect, Aubrey Dupree Wadford, 39, was booked into County Jail on a murder charge. His bail has been set at $1 million.

Harwood told our Tom Bolton that there had been a history of police calls to the apartment, but said he could not elaborate.

Wadford is to be arraigned in Superior Court on Oct. 31.

3. Enterovirus Strikes TV Anchor Paula Lopez’s Teenage Daughter

Like just about every teenager, 16-year-old Alana Ochoa has a lot going on her life. But her busy schedule was briefly interrupted earlier this month when the Santa Barbara High School junior became the county’s first confirmed case of enterovirus D68.

Alana Ochoa, with her mom, is on the road to recovery. (Ochoa family photo)
Alana Ochoa, with her mom, is on the road to recovery. (Ochoa family photo)

Alana, the daughter of KEYT News anchor Paula Lopez and Superior Court Judge Frank Ochoa, was diagnosed when she went to the doctor complaining of severe shortness of breath. Although she has asthma, this was much worse, her mom told KEYT’s ​Beth Farnsworth and Tracy Lehr.

Ever the journalist, Lopez had just been reading about enterovirus and asked the doctor to check into it. The results came back positive, which is a negative.

Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68, can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, and even death. First identified in California in 1962, the virus is spread through the usual methods: coughing, sneezing and touching.

The county Public Health Department currently is monitoring seven other possible cases of enterovirus locally.

Meanwhile, Alana’s doctor prescribed a dose of heavy-duty steroids, and she has since made a full recovery.

HT to our partners at KEYT News for sharing this story with us. Click here for a related KEYT News video.

Dr. Dan Brennan of Sansum Clinic says the increasing number of parents who are not vaccinating their children is no laughing matter for the larger community. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)
Dr. Dan Brennan of Sansum Clinic says the increasing number of parents who are not vaccinating their children is no laughing matter for the larger community. (Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo)

4. High Rate of Vaccination Opt-Outs Raises Concern Among Local Physicians

It’s getting to be cold and flu season. So far this year, Santa Barbara County has logged 85 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough. Enterovirus D68 is as near as the previous item. The Ebola threat has the Obama administration contradicting itself almost daily. Once the province of sci-fi thrillers, fear of global pandemic is suddenly not so far-fetched.

With all that going around, it’s unfortunate that an alarmingly large number of parents is avoiding vaccinations like the plague. Thank you for that.

While there are legitimate reasons not to vaccinate in fairly limited circumstances, the fact remains that safe, readily available and cost-effective vaccines are medically — and scientifically — sound benefits of our modern society. Eradicating polio, smallpox and other deadly contagious diseases is a good thing.

Children entering kindergarten are required by state law to be fully vaccinated against a host of diseases, including chickenpox, diptheria, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella and tetanus. Parents can opt out, but they must file an exemption stating that such inoculations are against their personal beliefs.

According to the California Department of Public Health, 1.56 percent of parents opted out statewide in the 2007-2008 school year — a figure that more than doubled to 3.15 percent in 2013-2014. In Santa Barbara County, the number is even higher at 4.72 percent.

A pertussis epidemic made its way through The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara earlier this month with five stricken kids among its 125 students. In the last school year, Waldorf had a whopping 87-percent rate of vaccination opt-outs for incoming kindergarteners. Many other local schools have opt-outs in the double digits.

That’s ridiculous.

“When we are part of a community, we all have a responsibility to do what is right for our kids and families, but we also have an obligation to do what is right for the health of our community,” Dr. Dan Brennan, a Sansum Clinic pediatrician, told our Joshua Molina.

“Parents who are not immunizing need to understand that they are not only putting their own kids at risk, but our entire community’s health at risk.”

As if to underscore the point, Paige Batson, manager of disease control and prevention at the county Public Health Department, noted that doctors increasingly are choosing not to accept patients whose parents decide against vaccinations.

Keep that in mind the next time you see a kid sneezing and hacking away in the produce section at the grocery store. Happy Halloween.

5. Target Ditches Potential Store Location on Hollister Avenue in Goleta

Loyal Target customers on the South Coast will have to continue driving to Ventura or Santa Maria for the foreseeable future after the popular retailer apparently shelved its plans to expand in Goleta.

Although the Target audience is here, the company appears to have run into too many obstacles in negotiations over an 11-acre property at 6466 Hollister Ave. at Los Carneros Way.

“The owner of the property is disappointed to report that Target has elected to terminate the escrow to purchase the property, and we are no longer in discussions,” Hayes Commercial Group partner Greg Bartholomew told our Gina Potthoff on Oct. 24.

No specifics were provided, but Bartholomew told us previously that talks with three tenants at the site were among the sticking points. HCR LLC owns the property and leases space to EnviroscapingGoleta Valley Athletic Club and Santa Barbara Motorsports.

Target spokeswoman Kristen Emmons had little to add.

“Goleta is a great market for Target, and we continue to consider new opportunities to serve guests there,” she said.

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BizHawk: Lure Fish House Restaurant to Move Into La Cumbre Plaza

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Two Dunkin’ Donuts will open in Santa Barbara, Zizzo’s Coffee plans to sell alcohol and Stinky’s Grill closes in Santa Maria

[BizHawk is published weekly, and includes items of interest to the business community. Share your business news, including employee announcements and personnel moves, by emailing news@noozhawk.com.]

A Lure Fish House seafood restaurant will move into Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Plaza sometime next summer.

The regional restaurant chain, founded in Camarillo in 2010, plans to occupy the front 7,200 square feet of the former Ruth's Chris Steak House at 3815 State St., according to Micah Thomas, vice president of Lure Fish House operations.

Thomas said what remains of the 10,000-square-foot space will be divided up and leased out to retail tenants, opening out onto the center of the outdoor mall walkway.

The company, which also has locations in Ventura and Westlake Village, is still working to gain the rest of its permits but has signed a lease on the La Cumbre space.

Lure Fish House specializes in providing locally caught seafood and organically grown local produce, with an oyster bar that serves a variety of fresh items that vary daily.

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to Town

Two Dunkin’ Donuts locations will be coming to Santa Barbara sometime after 2015, but where and exactly when are still up in the air.

The East Coast national purveyor of coffee and donuts has tasked its franchisee for the area, The Tasty Group LLC, to develop two restaurants in Santa Barbara and eight more throughout Ventura County over the coming years, according to company spokesman Justin Drake.

The first of those locations will open in 2016, but Dunkin’ Donuts had no other information to share on a specific time frame this week, he said.

Dunkin’ Donuts has plans to open as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout California, beginning in Southern California.

Zizzo’s Coffee Seeks Alcohol License

Zizzo’s Coffee in Goleta could soon be selling alcohol, and a sign outside the business is notifying locals of the fact.

Owner Michael McDonald told Noozhawk he hopes to sell beer and wine in addition to caffeinated beverages, applying recently for a special license to do so. Zizzo’s has been open at 370 Storke Road for six years.

It would probably be three to four weeks before Zizzo’s could serve alcohol, barring approvals from the state and City of Goleta.

McDonald said he wants to provide an opportunity for locals to drink beer in a non-bar setting, and noted customers would not be able to buy alcohol at the drive-through.

Stinky’s Grill Closes

Stinky’s Grill in Santa Maria has closed after spending 15 years in its original location at 2430 S. Broadway.

Restaurant representatives said the store closed for good last week and will not be relocating.

The lease wasn’t up, but the landlord decided against renewing Stinky’s lease, opting instead to put a Starbucks in the location, said a restaurant employee, who was happy to see such an outpouring of love from loyal customers in the local joint’s final days.

Heritage Oaks Appoints Branch Manager

Luis Villegas has joined Heritage Oaks Bank as vice president and branch manager of the Goleta office at 5738 Calle Real, which will open later this year.

Villegas has extensive banking management and business development experience, including several years as a senior relationship banker with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. He previously served as the Hispanic segment market manager for Pacific Capital Bancorp.

Villegas is a graduate of Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara.

Sientra Makes Public Offering

Goleta-based Sientra, a medical aesthetics company, this week celebrated its initial public offering by ringing the opening bell on the NASDAQ on Wednesday.

Metro Entertainment Celebrates Anniversary

Santa Barbara’s Metro Entertainment will celebrate 24 years in business Saturday by throwing a birthday party at its downtown location.

The comic book store at 6 W. Anapamu St. is hosting a free autograph signing with four Star Wars voice actors, a number of fully costumed Star Wars characters, party food, drink and a storewide sale.

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Luncheon Guests Show Their Support for Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara

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The nonprofit presents Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards to Marjorie and Joe Bailey, Ginni and Chad Dreier, and the Hutton Parker Foundation

More than 400 supporters filled the ballroom at Bacara Resort & Spa on Thursday for the 13th annual Celebration Luncheon for Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.

Excitement was in the air as the women and men who support the “Strong Smart and Bold” nonprofit organization gathered to raise funds for 1,000 local disadvantaged girls.

Actor and businessman Andrew Firestone did a stellar job as master of ceremonies and auctioneer. The production was headed up by event chairwoman Stephanie Ball and committee members Janie Arnold, Shannon Kelly, Melanie Maxfield, Diane McQuarie, Kris O’Leary-Hayes, Carol Olson and Kiz Richter.

Dr. Lois Phillips was the honored speaker. She is a communications expert and author of Women Seen and Heard: Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers.

Phillips has served as the founding director of Antioch University Santa Barbara and has a special interest in advancing women’s careers, companies and board leadership. She has produced conferences on women’s leadership, and produced and moderated two television programs about women’s changing role.

She was preceded by powerful Girls Inc. members Lily, Kamayla, Sophia and Roz, who gave outstanding mini-speeches about their Girls Inc. and life experiences as young women in an often male-dominated world.

Special guest Judy Vrendenburgh, national president and CEO of Girls Incorporated, described the five-year strategic plan of Girls Inc. to invigorate the nationwide network of Girls Inc. affiliates.

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Honorees Marjorie, left, and Joe Bailey with longtime Girls Inc. supporter Mary Howe-Grant, Ph.D. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

Girls Inc. also presented its third annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards, this year honoring Marjorie and Joe Bailey, Ginni and Chad Dreier, and the Hutton Parker Foundation.

Top sponsors included the Hutton Parker Foundation, Stina Hans and Joel Kreiner, the Baileys, Vikki Cavalletto, Marilyn Gervitz, Goleta Lions, Perri Harcourt, Mary Howe-Grant, the Santa Barbara Public Market, Maryann and Richard Schall, Christi Sulzback, and prior luncheon co-chairs Stephanie and Lorraine Wilson.

Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara is an affiliate of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Through educational programs and advocacy, Girls Inc. offers girls ages 4½ to 18 years the opportunity to participate in research-based programs in which they experience success as they acquire skills, gain confidence, become self-reliant and practice leadership. Girls Inc. programs encourage girls and young women to take risks, master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges, and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

Click here for more information about Girls Inc., or contact Shannon Kelly at 805.963.4757 x19 or skelly@girlsincsb.org.

Check back with Noozhawk for a complete iSociety report of the event.

Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at rrose@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkSociety, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Philanthropists Ginni and Chad Dreier were among the recipients of Girls Inc.'s Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

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Lawsuit Filed Against AYSO and Former Coach Sentenced for Child Molestation

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A lawsuit has been filed against the American Youth Soccer Organization, the local AYSO district and a former coach who has been sentenced to prison for sexually molesting players.

Filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Pasadena-based attorney Anthony DeMarco, the lawsuit alleges that Terence Paul Stevens used his role as a Lompoc area soccer coach to befriend and sexually molest boys on his teams three decades ago.

The plaintiff, identified as John Doe, claims Stevens molested him from the ages of 11 to 13, or between 1985 to 1989.

The civil complaint alleges negligence against AYSO and AYSO Region 122 plus child sexual abuse against the two soccer groups, the former coach and several unnamed defendants.

AYSO representatives at the group’s Torrance headquarters and Region 122 in Santa Barbara were not available for comment.

Stevens is currently imprisoned in Arizona for similar crimes, but then must serve a 30-year sentence in California for sexually molesting three different victims in the Lompoc area, according to the terms of a June 2013 guilty plea in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

The civil lawsuit contends that in 1982, before the incidents involving the plaintiff, soccer league officials apparently learned Stevens spent the night alone with 11- to 12-year-old boys in a house. League officials never questioned players although the incidents violated AYSO rules intended to prevent abuse, according to the complaint.

Additionally, the organization’s leaders never issued written warnings and did not impose any discipline although they allegedly knew Stevens was engaged in “grooming” behaviors to gain his victims’ trust.

In 1988, Stevens was arrested for abusing the boy in this case, reportedly admitting to pulling down the victim’s pants and grabbing his bare genitals. The man also admitted spending the night alone with the victim, the complaint states.

“AYSO, after the 1988 investigation, again failed to question plaintiff or any other child soccer players who were known to be spending time alone with Stevens against AYSO rules designed to prevent sexual abuse,” the complaint says. “Neither AYSO nor AYSO Region 122 ever gave any written warnings to Stevens or imposed any form of discipline despite their continued awareness of his violation of AYSO and AYSO Region 122 rules.”

The crimes occurred nearly 30 years ago, but the lawsuit cites the Service Members Civil Relief Act, which postpones a victim’s statute of limitations while serving in the armed forces. 

The victim has served in the military since he was 19 years old and now lives in Broward County, Fla. 

Due to the molestation, the victim has emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life, the lawsuit contends. He has and will continue to incur expenses for medical and psychological treatment, therapy and counseling.

The victim is seeking compensatory damages, injunctive relief, costs, attorneys’ fees and more.

The fact AYSO officials did not investigate the complaints or fire Stevens from coaching means they essentially ratified the abuse, leading to severe emotional distress, pain and suffering and economic damages, the complaint contends.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department announced in 2012 that detectives were seeking other potential victims of the then 52-year-old Stevens, whom they said faced 17 felony counts of lewd acts with a child, oral copulation of a minor and sodomy with a minor involving two Lompoc-area victims.

The victim’s attorney said there are multiple victims of Stevens’ abuse and doesn’t know if others will join the civil lawsuit.

Stevens also worked and volunteered in the San Diego area. 

DeMarco, an attorney for the plaintiff, noted that Stevens has a pattern of abuse.

“He's been convicted in two states and will spend the rest of his life in jail. But the people who knew about his abuse and did nothing — the people who knew Stevens was taking kids overnight to his empty home — need to be held accountable,” DeMarco said. “Otherwise, how can we be sure that the cover-up at AYSO has ended?”

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Eight People Have Applied So Far for Santa Barbara City Manager Job

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The City of Santa Barbara already has received eight applications for the open city administrator job, which most likely will be filled by early next year.

Jim Armstrong vacated the position in September after 13 years serving as the city's top manager.

The City Council has agreed to spend up to $33,200 on the recruitment process, which includes the cost of the consultant contract and travel and expenses for certain candidates.

The city has hired Ralph Anderson and Associates to do the recruitment. That's the same firm Santa Barbara hired for the city attorney recruitment, which led to the hiring of Ariel Calonne from the City of Ventura.

The firm has also led to recent recruitment efforts for city manager positions in Carlsbad, Fountain Valley and Santa Rosa.

The application period opened on Oct. 17 and will close on Nov. 14.

The council expects to hold interviews in December and early January before making a selection in late January.

City officials say a rush of applications is likely in the next two weeks.

"The last two weeks of a recruitment, and particularly the last week, are when an employer can expect the vast majority of applications to come in," said Kristy Schmidt, the city's employee relations manager.

The city, through a public survey, also sought input on the qualities the new city manager should possess.

Paul Casey, the city's longtime community development director and assistant city administrator, is now serving as the acting city administrator. He is among those who have applied for the job.

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Santa Barbara District’s Parent Workshop Focuses on Special Education, Co-Teaching Rollout

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Santa Barbara Unified School District leaders held a special-education workshop this week to give parents an update on the department’s progress.

It has been five years, and several department heads, since a damaging report was issued that detailed serious deficiencies in the district’s special education programs.

At this week’s workshop, parents said communication and qualified special-education support staff are still a problem, despite the progress in other areas.

The Board of Education adopted a resolution of inclusion two years ago, and has started a co-teaching effort throughout the district this year, with special-education teachers working alongside general-education teachers.

The district contracted with consultant Wendy Murawski to train staff and implement the strategy in classrooms.

Schools need to have special-education students in general-education environments more of the time, program director John Schettler said.

In terms of progress, “all the schools are in different places,” he said.

Parents expressed concern with the quality of instructional assistants and support staff, saying some don’t have special-education credentials or Americans with Disabilities Act training.

They also questioned the amount of work heaped on the special-education teachers doing co-teaching.

A Santa Barbara High School teacher said he is learning new things about teaching every day with his cohort, a special-education teacher working with him.

“Even though I’m old, an old dog, I’m learning new tricks,” he said.

The problem is, his cohort has to do co-teaching in his classroom in addition to all her other responsibilities, he said.

Since it’s the first year pursuing co-teaching as a district, Schettler said he wasn’t surprised there are some “growing pains.”

He was concerned that general education teachers wouldn’t embrace it, but people seem to be supportive, he said.

Poor communication has been a frequent grievance against the special-education department, and staff are trying to be more proactive with a newsletter and the opening of the Parent Resource Center.

The district, with the help of donors and parent advocate Cheri Rae, opened up the center to parents and staff.

The center is located at the district office, but the goal is to move it out into the community and make it a hub for parent trainings, said Helen Rodriguez, assistant superintendent of special education.

Keeping parents informed has been an issue for years, board member Ed Heron noted. He suggested that the district make more of an effort to get messages directly to parents, not just through principals.

Parents asked for more special-education information and events targeted at feeder districts such as the Goleta Union School District, since most of those students will come into Santa Barbara Unified for junior high and high school.

Even Wednesday’s meeting was only attended by some parents because they saw a posting on The Autism Society Facebook page, not through a district notification, parent Cathy Abarca said.

There should be more of an effort to get information to Spanish-speaking parents and families that don’t use email, she said.

Overall, the district needs to have a level of expectation for respect toward parents and involve them more, board member Pedro Paz said.

“Information is knowledge, it’s key — it’s what gets a parent from a place of despair to a place of hope,” he said.

Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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John Tieber: Lois Capps — Empowering War and Domestic Tyranny Since 1998

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"Elections in the United States are a manipulation between two corporate parties that put the interests of big business ahead of the people's desires. Candidates who would be consistent with the views of the people are not allowed to fairly participate in these managed elections."The People Are With Us / PopularResistance.org

In 1997, 17 years ago, Lois Capps signed this pledge: "I seek to serve as a citizen legislator and not a career politician and therefore pledge to the citizens of my state that I will not serve in the United States House of Representatives for more than three two-year terms."

It's now been 11 years since she broke her pledge, abandoning citizen legislator in favor of career politician.

Perhaps, like so many who enter the "representative" branch of the U.S. government, now among the most corrupt of any nation, with good intentions, Capps succumbed to the personal benefits of looting her own constituents, either via insider trading or via seemingly endless creation of debt-based currency transferred to criminal transnational banks, who then gift billions of dollars to the .01%, who then regift millions of those billions back to the politicians of both major parties.

Based on PATRIOT Act votes, National Defense Authorization Act votes, her position against auditing the Federal Reserve, and recent Libya, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine votes, Capps is among the 90 percent of our representatives in the 535-member U.S. Congress who empower the federal government to engage in endless war overseas and to impoverish the middle class while destroying civil liberties at home.

Apparently, like most of her colleagues, regardless of political affiliation, she simply does not care how many millions of innocent humans overseas are mass murdered by this country (30 million since World War II), how many governments are illegally overthrown (at least 80 since 1953) or how many U.S. citizens are secretly imprisoned and secretly executed by the federal government.

In just eight months since her March 6 vote supporting a $1 billion loan guarantee further empowering a murderous regime in Ukraine that had been violently installed by the U.S. government, a government that openly admitted using at least $5 billion of our tax dollars to do so, up to 50,000 people have been killed, multiples more maimed for life and, according to the United Nations, more than 1 million people made homeless by Ukraine government forces and neo-Nazi death squads funded by that government, at least one key figure of which vowed to "exterminate" 7 million of its own citizens "with nuclear weapons if necessary."

In a letter to a constituent dated Sept. 10, 2013, Capps propagated the U.S. government false flag Syria fabrication, yet another attempt to bamboozle U.S. citizens into accepting an international crime directed at a sovereign state that did not attack us and that posed no threat to us. Though that particular attempt, supported by Capps, failed to transform a low-level U.S. covert war into a far more brutal and destructive overt war, millions of our tax dollars continue being wasted funding, training and equipping a horde of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, mercenaries, assorted criminals, and cannibals committing atrocities and murders in Syria and Iraq, as the imploding U.S. Empire launches yet another unconstrained orgy of mass-murdering of brown people.

Not only did Capps vote for the National Defense Authorization Act, which obliterates much of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, she issued a press release applauding its passage.

Sections 1021 and 1022 empower the domestic security/surveillance apparatus of the federal government, vastly expanded since Sept. 11, 2001, to secretly kidnap U.S. citizens, detain them indefinitely in a secret prison system, and even secretly execute them.

Though she might be personally charming and, as Josh Friedman of FreeSLO repeatedly suggests in this three-minute video, "the nicest member of all Congress," Capps' positions and votes on both foreign and domestic policy issues, considering how many innocent deaths they enable overseas and how much government tyranny and misuse of taxpayer funds they enable at home, in this writer's opinion do not adequately represent the citizens of this district.

— John Tieber, a resident of Santa Barbara, is the owner of Tieber Systems, a business process enhancement consulting firm. Contact him at jtsystems@pobox.com. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Local Investors Purchase Montecito’s Coast Village Plaza for $13 Million

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A landmark retail and office property in the heart of Montecito’s lower village has changed ownership in an off-market deal and will remain locally owned by Montecito residents.

Known as Coast Village Plaza, the approximately 19,000-square-foot building at 1187 Coast Village Road is home to Giovanni’s, the UPS Store, Sequel Salon, DaniBoy, The Tennis Shop, Riviera Smiles, Norvell Bass Cleaners, Richie the Barber and Scoops Gelato, among others.

The new owners, Hank Hurst and Richard Rosin of H&R Investments, purchased the property from the Zdenek Family Trust, which held the property since it was built in 1978. The sale price of more than $13 million ranks third historically in sale price for commercial property in Montecito. Francois DeJohn and Steve Hayes of Hayes Commercial Group represented both parties in the transaction.

In addition to its prime location in the center of the retail and business corridor, the property features more than 60 parking spaces and 250 feet of building frontage on Coast Village Road.

“This is an incredible property,” DeJohn said. “And having owners who live around the corner and are truly invested in the community is a real bonus for Montecito.”

H&R Investments has submitted plans to the city for exterior improvements, including a new color scheme, signage, lighting, decking and patios, roof, landscaping and renovation of the parking lot. The new owners are excited about the makeover, which will complement other emerging projects, such as Olivers’s Market across the street and the old nursery site under development at 1255 Coast Village Road

“The care with which Hank and Rich are approaching the improvements to the property reflects a pride of ownership that you just don’t see in a typical commercial investor,” Hayes added.

The sale marks the third-highest priced commercial transaction on record in Montecito, after the sale of the Starbucks center (1046 Coast Village Road) earlier this year and the Old Firehouse building (1486 East Valley Road) in 2013. Montecito’s lower village has seen seven commercial sales in the last two years totaling $50 million in value. During that same period, DeJohn and Hayes have brokered 31 commercial sales on the South Coast of Santa Barbara County valued at $162 million.

— Ted Hoagland is a marketing director for Hayes Commercial Group.

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Overnight Grind/Pave Project to Begin Sunday on Highway 101 in Goleta

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Caltrans maintenance crews will perform a grind and pave operation on Highway 101 in Goleta during the overnight hours beginning Sunday night, Nov. 2, through Thursday morning, Nov. 6, in the following locations:

» The southbound on-ramps on Highway 101 at Los Carneros Road and Fairview Avenue will be closed from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.

» The southbound off-ramp on Highway 101 at Patterson Avenue will be closed from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.

» The No. 3 far right lane on Highway 101 between Fairview Avenue and Patterson Road will be closed from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.

» The northbound off-ramp to Highway 217 will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. Motorists may detour by using the northbound Highway 101 off-ramp at Fairview Avenue.

Motorists heading south on Highway 101 may use the on-ramp at Patterson Avenue. Motorists heading north on Highway 101 may use the on-ramps at Patterson Avenue or Los Carneros Road. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For traffic updates on other state highway projects in Santa Barbara County, call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805.568.0858 or visit the District 5 website by clicking here.

— Jim Shivers is a public information officer for Caltrans.

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Mental Wellness Center’s Patricia Collins-Day Appointed to California State Rehabilitation Council

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On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced his appointment of Patricia Collins-Day to the California State Rehabilitation Council.

Collins-Day works as chief operating officer of the Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara. Council members are appointed by the governor from around the state and have diverse professional expertise in disabilities that may affect workers. The council influences public employment services policy and creates opportunities for people with disabilities to work in California. The appointments are for three-year terms.

Collins-Day has been chief operating officer at the Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County since 1994. She is a member of Mental Health America, Mental Health Association in California, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Santa Barbara Human Resources Association, and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. Collins-Day holds a Master of Science degree in Quality Assurance Health Care from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Collins-Day brings valuable professional expertise in psychiatric disability and recovery to her newly appointed position.

The California State Rehabilitation Council states that its mission, “in partnership with the California Department of Rehabilitation, is to ensure that all Californians with disabilities are represented, informed and empowered; receive necessary, sufficient and timely individualized services; and that these services are excellent and lead to meaningful employment.” The council consists of a 16-person membership interested in and representative of Californians with a wide range of disabilities. The council meets a minimum of four times each year.

As chief operating officer of the Mental Wellness Center, Collins-Day supervises the Employment Services program, which focuses on mental health recovery related to employment. A dedicated team of employees and interns assists job seekers with mental health needs to find competitive employment that suits their interests and skills, with the level of professional support needed to make those goals a reality. Job seekers receive one-on-one help to find, get, and keep work in the community. The program also provides local businesses with a talented labor pool and support services to assist with staffing needs.

Job seekers with mental health needs are encouraged to contact the local Department of Rehabilitation at 805.560.8130 for a referral to the Mental Wellness Center’s Employment Services.  Department of Rehabilitation staff will refer you to Employment Services after meeting with you and assessing your needs. Businesses interested in building and keeping a diverse and strong workforce may contact the Mental Wellness Center directly at 805.884.8440 and request Employment Services.

The Mental Wellness Center offers programs in recovery, education, and family services to residents of Santa Barbara County. To find out more, click here, email a request to info@mentalwellnesscenter.org or call 805.884.8440.

— Barbara Schreibke represents the Mental Wellness Center.

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Tam Hunt: Getting Seriously Silly in Examining Science and Nonduality

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Each of us lives in two worlds. We live in a world of science-driven technology that is increasingly changing how we do everything. And we live in a world where most people believe in a higher power, that things are meant to be, and where synchronicities may be signs of a higher power. More generally, most of us are prone to some type of “magical thinking,” defined as those types of thinking that seem to contradict the materialist worldview.

These two worlds are, of course, hopelessly conflicted because current science tells us that we live in a deterministic universe of random chance with no creator and no active God. And yet we each of us manage to inhabit, with more or less success, both of these conflicted worlds.

Examining these issues, and possible reconciliation, was the general theme of the Science and Nonduality (SAND) conference held in San Jose this year. This year’s official theme was “the entanglement of life.”

Entanglement is the phenomenon observed in modern physics where particles that were once in proximity, and thus became entangled, seem to retain a connection that far exceeds the speed of light. This means that if the spin of one particle is measured, the spin of the other particle will be determined in the same moment and somehow that spin will be communicated faster than the speed of light to the other particle. This is the phenomenon that Einstein famously called “spooky action at a distance.”

This phenomenon has been used to justify all manner of claims about the true nature of the universe, by physicists, spiritualists and others. At the very least, entanglement does indeed confirm that the universe is far more mysterious — and more interesting — than previous generations dared to believe.

I’ve attended in recent years a number of conferences devoted to the scientific study of the nature of consciousness, including the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness annual meeting in July 2013, the biennial Toward a Science of Consciousness meeting in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this year (my third time attending), and, for the first time, the SAND conference this October. SAND is the most intrepid conference in terms of examining spirituality alongside more scientific topics. And as the conference’s very name suggests, it’s all about this dual examination and, implicitly, about how the domains of science and spirituality may be reconciled.

I enjoyed the conference a great deal and had numerous stimulating conversations with friends both old and new. The fun thing about this kind of conference is that the geek flag can fly high without fear of ridicule. Everyone at these conferences is there to deeply discuss issues of deep interest.

I’ll describe a few highlights. Adyashanti, a Buddhist spiritual teacher based in California, joined Almaas, a Sufi-oriented spiritual teacher, for a spirited discussion on the nature of spiritual practice, the role of philosophy in spirituality, and the need for radical honesty. Adyashanti impressed me with his articulateness, openness and willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. I was inspired enough that I bought a couple of his books (Falling Into Grace and The Path of Liberation) and I may attend one of his meditation retreats that he holds around California.

Cassandra Vieten, president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) based in Petaluma, gave a great talk on the nature of scientific revolutions and suggested that we are in the middle of a scientific revolution now. She discussed Thomas Kuhn’s notion of revolutionary science and paradigm shifts, which relies on a steady accumulation of anomalies that resist solutions in the prevailing paradigm. Eventually, the prevailing paradigm comes crashing down and is replaced by a new paradigm. And the textbooks are revised to make it look like the whole process was smooth and seamless, when the reality is generally quite different.

Dean Radin, chief scientist at IONS, gave a great talk on his work studying physical phenomena like the double-slit experiment and the impact of mass attention on the output of random number generators, which current physics says can’t happen! He and his colleagues have published numerous papers now showing various effects that conventional physics says can’t happen. I’ve been involved (the link is to an article after the first year’s experiment) in one of these ongoing experiments for a few years, after meeting Cassi Vieten at Burning Man in 2010. We’ve been studying the effect of a large crowd’s attention on the output of RNGs and we’ve now found, in three back-to-back years of experiments, a significant impact from the crowd’s attention on the burning of the Man or the Temple Burn, which takes place the evening after the Dionysian Man Burn. We plan to publish a paper with all three years’ findings in 2015.

I was surprised at the power and conviction of a young man named Bentinho Massaro, who spoke on our innate oneness and how we miss the abundance inherent in our merely being alive. A feeling of lack is an illusion. He was so smooth and articulate I wanted to ask him how such verbal and personal power might lead to an abuse of that power and how to avoid such abuse. I learned in Googling him that he’s only 28 years old so I’ll attribute his apparent certainty on these complex issues to his youth. Most of us learn the benefits of at least some uncertainty as we get older.

My contribution to the debate was a discussion of the nature of free will, consciousness and cause and effect. I see a lot of potential in a version of the “process philosophy” pioneered by Alfred North Whitehead and others as a bridge between science and spirituality. And as a way to reconcile the obvious facts of our personal experience, such as the flow of time and the feeling of free will, with a scientific worldview.

Puppet-ji, a cloth-based life form and spiritual guru who lives in Los Angeles, closed out the conference for me on Saturday night (the conference went through Monday morning but I had to leave Sunday morning). Puppet-ji had a taste for fart jokes and re-directing questions from the audience about spirituality. We all laughed our behinds off and realized that laughter is perhaps the deepest of spiritualities.

Anyway, the conference was tremendously interesting and a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to future iterations.

— Tam Hunt is a lawyer and philosopher based in Santa Barbara.

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Man Injured After Being Hit by MTD Bus in Old Town Goleta

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The pedestrian, who officials say was not in a crosswalk, is transported to the hospital with moderate injuries

A man was injured after being struck by a bus in Old Town Goleta on Thursday afternoon, Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. David Sadecki said.

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the intersection of Hollister and Magnolia avenues at 2:23 p.m. to find that a male pedestrian in the street, who was not in a crosswalk, was struck by a passing Metropolitan Transit District bus.

The man was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by AMR ambulance with moderate injuries.

There were no injuries to passengers on the bus, Sadecki said.

County Fire was assisted by American Medical Response and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department

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Santa Barbara Police Release Murder Suspect’s Name

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Aubrey Dupree Wadford, 39, of Santa Barbara is accused of killing 39-year-old woman

Aubrey Dupree Wadford

Santa Barbara police have released the name of a Santa Barbara man accused of murdering a 39-year-old woman Wednesday during a domestic dispute.

The suspect, Aubrey Dupree Wadford, 39, was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on a murder charge, with bail set at $1 million.

Officers responded at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday to an apartment in the 500 block of West Los Olivos Street, where a neighbor reported a disturbance coming from a nearby apartment, said Sgt. Riley Harwood.

They found a 39-year-old woman who was dead, and arrested Wadford, Harwood said.

The victim's name was still being withheld pending notification of relatives, Harwood said.

He previously declined to comment on the woman's manner of death, other than to say it occurred during domestic-violence incident.

The couple were not married, but have a 2-year-old child together, Harwood said, adding that the girl was unharmed and was placed in the custody of Child Welfare Services.

Harwood noted that there had been a history of police calls to the Los Olivos Street address, but said he could not elaborate.

Wadford is due in Santa Barbara Superior Court on Friday for arraignment, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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SEE International, Sansum Clinic Offering Free Eye Exams for Veterans

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SEE International is excited to announce its upcoming Veterans Day event on Nov. 15.

In honor of all the brave men and women who have fought to defend our country, SEE’s Santa Barbara Vision Care Program and Sansum Clinic will offer free eye screenings and vouchers for discounted eyeglasses for veterans, children and qualifying uninsured individuals.

Eyeglasses will be generously donated from The Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory.

The free clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Sansum Clinic, 4151 W. Foothill Road in Santa Barbara.

Appointments are highly recommended; to schedule, please call 805.963.3303. Walk-ins are also welcome until 11 a.m.

Please join us, and have a happy and safe Veterans Day!

— Stephen Bunnell is the communications coordinator for SEE International.

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Dawn Sproul: Why We All Need to Support Domestic Violence Solutions

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but for me, raising awareness will not stop there.

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My first encounter with Domestic Violence Solutions was after an incident in my life. I felt vulnerable, scared and emotional. I was fortunate enough to be referred to their amazing staff. DVS enabled me to have a new perspective on my experience and provide me a clear mission to help support DVS and woman in need of their services. I am grateful for their leadership and for empowering women in very difficult situations.

One of DVS’ many programs includes the Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team (DVERT) where the DVS staff responds with law enforcement to domestic violence 9-1-1 calls and offer support, advocacy, and access to safe shelter.

DVERT helps women navigate through very traumatic experiences and help them report the incident woman-to-woman, which helps ease the experience. A DVERT advocate holds their clients hands through paperwork, reporting and court appearances. DVS is someone to trust. I had hands-on experience in working with this team when I was feeling overwhelmed, scared and afraid to talk about what had occurred.

Recently, I nominated DVS to receive a $1,000 donation through CoxCares, my workplace community grant program. When I delivered the check to DVS in person, I discovered the many ways DVS helps victims of domestic violence, beyond DVERT.

Programs include four 24-hour hotlines, teen outreach and education programs and counseling services for women and children affected by domestic violence. DVS provides the county's only 24-hour shelter service for women and their children, as well as the county's only transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors.

Since my visit, I have committed to raising awareness and momentum surrounding domestic violence awareness, and have become actively involved in the cause. I serve on the Planning Committee for the upcoming DVS 5K Run/Walk for Love, and have solicited the support of my co-workers to build a fundraising team.

I am committed to sharing the message that domestic violence takes many forms, and transcends gender, economic situations and education backgrounds.

If you’re wondering how you can help, join me and Domestic Violence Solutions on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Goleta Beach for the first-ever 5K Run/Walk for Love or support DVS through the Run for Love website by clicking here.

Please help Domestic Violence Solutions raise critically needed funding to support victims in our community, and help end abuse. I am grateful for their cause and in-turn, encourage you support the community where we live and to take a step to end domestic violence in Santa Barbara.

— Dawn Sproul is a Planning Committee member for the Domestic Violence Solutions 5K Run for Love.

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Music Academy Instrumentalists Selected to Train with N.Y. Philharmonic for Inaugural Global Academy

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The New York Philharmonic has selected 10 outstanding young instrumentalists from the Music Academy of the West — one of the nation’s pre-eminent summer music schools and festivals — to come to New York City for a 10-day immersion amidst its musicians as Zarin Mehta Fellows, inaugurating the Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program.

Fellowship activities will  begin Jan. 3 in New York and include coaching, chamber music and other professional development activities with Alan Gilbert and members of the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.

The January program is part of the two organizations’ innovative, four-year educational partnership announced in the spring that includes training of Music Academy Fellows by Philharmonic musicians, biennial performances by Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic at the Music Academy’s Summer Festival in Santa Barbara, and Alan Gilbert conducting Academy Festival Orchestra performances at each Music Academy Summer Festival. A new group of Music Academy students will be selected to come to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows in each of the four years of the partnership.

The first class of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program will include 10 Zarin Mehta Fellows, selected by audition: Douglas Aliano, 20 (double bass); Anthony Bellino, 22 (trumpet), Matthew Cohen, 25 (viola), Sean Krissman, 24 (clarinet), Simon Michal, 21 (violin), Charlie Rosmarin, 22 (percussion), Michael Severance, 24 (bassoon), William Shaub, 22 (violin), Genevieve Tabby, 23 (cello), and Jennifer Zhou, 21 (flute). A total of 68 Music Academy of the West instrumentalists, all full-scholarship participants during the summer of 2014, auditioned for the program.

The New York Philharmonic’s extensive partnership with the Music Academy of the West also calls for Philharmonic conductors and musicians to be in residence in Santa Barbara for portions of Music Academy Summer Festivals through 2017, performing and taking part in master classes, chamber music coaching sessions, private lessons, and lectures. In August 2015, the New York Philharmonic will make its debut at the Santa Barbara Bowl. In 2017, the orchestras will perform together under the baton of Gilbert in Santa Barbara to commemorate the Music Academy of the West’s 70th anniversary.

“I was truly impressed with the level of musicianship of the students at Music Academy of the West I worked with this past summer — it is absolutely one of the finest training institutions in the country and I’m pleased we’re able to work with them on a consistent basis through this partnership,” Gilbert said. “I look forward both to having these select Fellows with us here in New York in January, and to continuing this work in beautiful Santa Barbara this summer.”

“At the Music Academy of the West, we pride ourselves on providing training worthy of the classical music stars of tomorrow, including unique educational and performance opportunities to prepare them for successful careers as musicians,” Music Academy President Scott Reed said. “This historic collaboration with the New York Philharmonic is nothing less than a validation of our program, as the Philharmonic is similarly intent on providing the next generation of elite musicians with transformative educational and performance opportunities. We are enormously proud to be working so closely with this iconic musical institution.”

“The opportunity to bring students to New York to train with Philharmonic musicians here in our hall is an important facet of our partnership with Music Academy of the West and of all current and future Global Academy partners,” said Matthew VanBesien, president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic. “We are grateful to our donors who have supported the Global Fellowship Program in the name of my predecessor, Zarin Mehta, who has made the nurturing of young musicians a priority in his career.”

The Music Academy of the West is the first American partnership of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, a series of long-term, immersive partnerships with select cultural and music education institutions in New York, the United States and worldwide to offer intensive training of pre-professional musicians by Philharmonic members alongside regular performance residencies by the full Orchestra. The Global Academy Fellowship Program is a key component of the Global Academy, offering opportunities for Academy participants to travel to New York City to train and play with Philharmonic musicians in Avery Fisher Hall. The Fellowship Program has been made possible by gifts made in the name of Zarin Mehta, who served as Philharmonic President and Executive Director, 2000–2012. The Philharmonic has also created a four-year Global Academy partnership with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, launched in September 2014, which includes the establishment of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory, and annual performance residencies, by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in Shanghai. Students from the SOA will participate in the Global Academy Fellowship Program in New York in the 2015–16 season; further details will be announced.

Gilbert formally launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Music Academy of the West in summer 2014, leading the young members of the Academy Festival Orchestra in a sold-out performance at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre on July 26. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed called the concert “a notable occasion, not only because the program was sensationally well played … Gilbert looked as though nothing in the world was more enjoyable than making the academy ensemble look good, which is to say sound great.… There was a sheen to the academy sound that was reminiscent of the New York Philharmonic, and an irresistible playfulness.” New York Philharmonic cellist Eric Bartlett, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi led training activities.

While this new collaboration has created the first official partnership between these two organizations, the Music Academy has long enjoyed an informal connection to the New York Philharmonic through its faculty and visiting artists. In the summer of 2014, Glenn Dicterow, who retired at the end of last season after 34 years as the Philharmonic’s Concertmaster, joined the Music Academy faculty, where he has been a visiting artist in previous summers. In addition to 12 New York Philharmonic musicians who are Music Academy alumni, past Music Academy faculty members have included former New York Philharmonic Principal Flute Jeanne Baxtresser, former Associate Principal Cello Alan Stepansky, and current Philharmonic trombonist David Finlayson. Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, a Music Academy alumna (‘79 and ’83) and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, also returned as a visiting artist this past summer.

— Tim Dougherty is the communications manager for the Music Academy of the West.

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UCSB Biophysicist Collaborates with Colleagues to Describe Geometry of Common Cellular Structure

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Architecture imitates life, at least when it comes to those spiral ramps in multistory parking garages. Stacked and connecting parallel levels, the ramps are replications of helical structures found in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body.

Dubbed Terasaki ramps after their discoverer, they reside in an organelle called the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of membranes found throughout the cell and connected to and surrounding the cell nucleus. Now, a trio of scientists, including UC Santa Barbara biological physicist Greg Huber, describe ER geometry using the language of theoretical physics.

Their findings appear in print and online in Friday's issue of Physical Review Letters.

“Our work hypothesizes how the particular shape of this organelle forms, based on the interactions between Terasaki ramps,” said Huber, who is a deputy director of UCSB’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. “A physicist would like to say there’s a reason for the membrane’s shape, that it’s not just an accident. So by understanding better the physics responsible for the shape, one can start to think about other unsolved questions, including how its form relates to its function and, in the case of disease, to its dysfunction.”

The rough ER consists of a number of more or less regular stacks of evenly spaced connected sheets, a structure that reflects its function as the shop floor of protein synthesis within a cell. Until recently, scientists assumed that the connections between adjacent sheets were like wormholes — that is, simple tubes.

Last year, however, it was discovered that these connections are formed by spiral ramps running up through the stack of sheets. According to lead author Jemal Guven of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, this came as a surprise because spiral geometries had never previously been observed in biological membranes.

Attached to the membrane, ribosomes, which serve as the primary site for protein synthesis, dot the ER like cars populating a densely packed parking structure. “The ribosomes have to be a certain distance apart because otherwise they can’t synthesize proteins,” Huber explained.

“So how do you get as many ribosomes per unit volume as possible but not have them bump up against each other?” Huber asked. “The cell seems to have solved that problem by folding surfaces into layers that are nearly parallel to each other and allow a high density of ribosomes.”

Different parts of the ER have different shapes: a network of tubes, a sphere that bounds the nucleus or a set of parallel sheets like the levels of a parking garage. The smooth ER consists of a tubular network of membranes meeting at three-way junctions. These junctions are also the location of lipid (or membrane) synthesis. As new lipids are produced within the smooth ER, they accumulate in these junctions, eventually cleaving apart the tubes meeting there.

In the rough ER, the parallel surfaces or stacks are connected by Terasaki spiral ramps. In some cases, one ramp is left-handed and the other right-handed — the parking-garage geometry — which is what Terasaki and colleagues (including Huber) found last year.

“We propose that the essential building blocks within the stack are not individual spiral ramps but a ‘parking garage’ organized around two gently pitched ramps, one of which is the mirror image of the other — a dipole,” said Guven, who was assisted in his research by one of his students, Dulce María Valencia. “This architecture minimizes energy and is consistent with the laminar structure of the stacks. It is also stable.”

In physics, these helical structures, which connect one layer of the ER with the next, are called defects. That word, Huber noted, carries no negative connotation in this context. “When you look at this through the eyes of physics, there are certain mechanisms that suggest themselves almost immediately,” Huber said. “The edge of an ER sheet is a region of high curvature because the sheet turns around and bends. The bend is actually the thing that’s forming the helix.”

The bend creates a U shape that looks like half of a tube. Huber and his colleagues applied the principles of differential geometry to this curved membrane. Pulling the halves of a tube apart creates a flat region spanning the two U-shaped halves, which then become part of a sheet.

“The geometrical idea is that one can actually get a sheet by pulling apart a network of tubes in a certain way,” Huber explained. “Imagine that each of the U-shaped edges wants to bend, but when you try to connect those two U shapes together, each one is now bent. That’s what the color figure is trying to show. A tube can generate a sheet if the edges come apart and they’re allowed to bend in space.”

According to Huber, this theoretical work provides a deeper story and richer vocabulary for discussing the shapes found in cell interiors.

“One suspects that their shape is related to their function,” he concluded. “In fact, scientists know that the shape of the ER can be an indicator of abnormal functions seen in certain diseases.”

— Julie Cohen represents the UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

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Letter to the Editor: Censorship of Opposition to Measure P Campaign

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With all the buzz on Measure P, I went to a social network site and visited both sides to see what’s being thrown at each other. I was quickly banned from commenting on the “No on P” Facebook site. On the “Yes on P” site, however, I got fully involved with key arguments on both sides and got immersed with commenting freely.

My wife wanted to leave a comment on a “No on P” site article, so I told her to get a screenshot as soon as she posted the comment in case it got deleted. Attached to this story is a copy of her posting. It not only got deleted after a few hours, but she is now banned from making comments on the site.

I didn’t see any basis for the post to be deleted other than it factually contradicted their views. The “Yes on P” site has a published guideline so you know why comments are deleted; they sometimes even post warnings to offending posts before being deleted.

We found this tactic of extreme censoring the “No on P” site is doing as very disturbing and made us wonder what else they are being deceitful about.

While it’s clear that the “Yes on P” group wants to ban future invasive oil extraction methods that pump foreign and dangerous substances into the ground, the “No on P” side seemed more concerned about the measure going too far as it could cause job loss and tax revenue losses. I thought this might have been a valid concern until I read the actual measure’s text. In the measure’s text, it clearly stated a list of exemptions including some specifics on existing projects.

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A screenshot of the deleted post.

From the full text of the measure, it is stated on Section 5-C in Page 26: “The provisions of this Initiative shall not be applicable to any person or entity that has obtained, as of the Effective Date of this Initiative, a vested right, pursuant to State law, to conduct a High-Intensity Petroleum Operation.”

I then looked up how the California state law interprets “vested rights,” and here is what I found: "A vested mining right is a constitutionally protected property right to continue operating in a certain location and in a certain way without being required to conform to all current land use restrictions. Under most local zoning ordinances, a vested mining right falls into the category of a "nonconforming use" of land.

The leading court case in this area has described a "nonconforming use" in this way: "A legal nonconforming use is one that existed lawfully before a zoning restriction became effective and that is not in conformity with the ordinance when it continues thereafter. The use of the land, not its ownership, at the time the use becomes nonconforming determines the right to continue the use. Transfer of title does not affect the right to continue a lawful nonconforming use which runs with the land. Hansen Brothers Enterprises v. Board of Supervisors, 12 Cal. 4th 533, 540 fn. 1 (1996).”

Clearly from the measure’s text, no jobs will be lost on existing projects or even on those barely starting before the measure passes; therefore, the county taxes wouldn’t even be affected at all. The measure doesn’t even address offshore oil extractions where actual fracking might be occurring. With oil prices down almost half of its peak within the past couple years, there might not even be any new projects started even if the measure was not around.

To the contrary of the “no” claim of it going too far, it actually is sounding like this measure is not going far enough. But I’ll vote for it anyway as it is a step in the right direction.

Jonathan Abad
Goleta

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Community Invited to Safety Day on Stearns Wharf on Nov. 8

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From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, the Stearns Wharf Business Association and the city’s Waterfront Department will be hosting a Safety Day on Stearns Wharf.

Come out, enjoy the sun and meet Santa Barbara’s first-response agencies. There will be equipment and displays from our fire and police departments, Harbor Patrol, American Red Cross, Southern California Edison and many more.

This is a free event open to the public. Come and learn valuable safety and preparedness tips, while enjoying the many facets of Stearns Wharf and the city’s waterfront area.

Children can join the treasure hunt in an Interactive Passport game and win prizes provided by the Stearns Wharf Merchants.

Please note that Stearns Wharf will be closed  to through traffic, limited parking will be available in the Valet Parking area by the Harbor Restaurant and also at the Palm Park and Garden Street parking lots. This will be a fun family event for all.

— Yolanda McGlinchey is the emergency services manager for the City of Santa Barbara.

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Williams Highlights $17 Million in Cal Grants Awarded to Students of 37th District

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Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Carpinteria, announced that the California Student Aid Commission awarded over $17,319,000 in Cal Grants to 4,355 students in his district.

“In our current environment where the cost of college continues to skyrocket and funding for higher education is increasingly difficult to secure, opportunities like this to help students reach their goals are vital,” Williams said.

Cal Grants are free money guaranteed to every high school senior that applies on time and meets income, eligibility and GPA requirements. Students must apply by March 2 to maximize their opportunity to receive an award.

The California Student Aid Commission is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, college, and vocational, career and technical schools in California. Their vision is to move toward a California that invests in educational opportunity, fosters an active, effective citizenry, and provides a higher quality of social and economic life for its citizens.

According to the College Opportunity Campaign (nonprofit organization with a mission of ensuring all students have access to higher education), California receives a $4.50 return on investment for every $1 it invests in higher education.

California’s historic 1960 commitment to provide a place in college for every student who seeks the opportunity is at risk. Between 2007 and 2012, enrollment at California’s public colleges and universities has decreased by more than half a million students due to severe budget cuts.

“I believe it is the responsibility of our state government and higher education institutions to ensure college is both affordable and accessible to all qualified students," Williams said. "As chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, I have made reinvesting in higher education a top priority, but more must be done."

Jeannette Sanchez is the district director for Assemblyman Das Williams.

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Santa Maria District Reminds Students That November Is ‘Apply for College Month’

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Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students need to know that November is “Apply for College Month” with a focus on University of California, California State University, Allan Hancock College and private colleges.

Allan Hancock College has moved up its application period to enable high school students and others to apply now for the fall semester. That means high school students will be able to participate in an orientation and take advantage of priority registration, while applying for federal student aid, grants and scholarships earlier. They will also have time to study and take the required START test, which is an English and math placement exam for incoming Allan Hancock College students, according to Ernest Righetti High School career specialist Vicki Dirkes.

University of California and CSU applications must be turned in by Nov. 30. Many private school applications are also due Dec. 1. At Hancock, the application period opens Nov. 1 and continues through the summer and fall.

“For those who plan to attend Hancock, we absolutely encourage them to complete the application process now, before end-of-year events and deadlines add to their busy schedules.  By applying now, students will be able to connect with counselors to develop their educational plans and prepare to transition into college,” said Nohemy Ornelas, vice president of student services at Allan Hancock College.

Ornelas recommends all high school seniors, no matter what their college plans, take the step to apply to Hancock now.

“We strongly suggest university-bound students not only complete their university application, but also the Hancock application," she added. Giving students options is the best approach. Completing the Hancock application does not commit the student to enrolling, it simply gives him or her the opportunity."

“As soon as I heard Hancock was going to be taking applications and getting the ball rolling sooner I was ready to jump on it," said Chloe Williamson, a senior at Righetti High School. “I love planning ahead and know what is coming up for my future, especially knowing that time is going to fly by and that I’m going to be at Hancock very soon. Doing this will make it possible to be first up register for my classes, so why not take that opportunity?"

Dirkes, who is urging all to have their applications completed by Nov. 21 because of the Thanksgiving break, knows her students will make the most of the opportunity Hancock is offering.

“During the fall, there is a lot of excitement surrounding college applications and I always thought that community college students felt a little bit left out," Ornelas said. "Now they will be engaged, more apt to complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships. I am thrilled Hancock is doing this rather than waiting until spring."

Although the application period begins Nov. 1 at Hancock, registration for fall classes begins May 2015.

— Kenny Klein is a media affairs coordinator for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

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Allan Hancock College Police Department Equips Patrol Fleet with AEDs

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Police officers at Allan Hancock College now possess another important tool to protect people on campus and potentially save lives. The Allan Hancock College Police Department has equipped its entire fleet of eight patrol cars with automated external defibrillator devices (AEDs).

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The Allan Hancock College Police Department has equipped its entire fleet of eight patrol cars with automated external defibrillator devices. (Allan Hancock College photo)

“Our charge is to maintain a safe environment for the students, staff and visitors,” Allan Hancock College Chief of Police Wes Maroney said. “The AED is one more item district police can use to provide peace of mind that we take our responsibility very seriously.”

AEDs deliver an electric charge to the heart of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest to restore the normal rhythm of the heart. According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of unexpected deaths and affects more than 350,000 people in the United States annually. Sudden cardiac arrest is the disruption of the heart’s function, causing a lack of blood flow to vital organs and the body.

Time is of the essence during a cardiac event. The survival rate can drop by 10 percent for every minute that passes without treatment according to the American Red Cross. Studies show four out of 10 victims survive if someone gives CPR or uses an AED before emergency medical crews arrive.

While his department has not yet encountered an incident requiring an AED, Maroney said his officers are ready if needed.

“Our officers will be the first people to respond on the Lompoc or Santa Maria campuses," Maroney said. "They’ll be able to provide initial assessment and take action while the paramedics and fire trucks are on their way.”

Last week, an Arizona State University police officer used the AED from his patrol car to revive a student who collapsed on campus. The officer was the first emergency responder to arrive on scene and he was credited for saving the student’s life.

“When seconds and minutes count, people should know Hancock police will always be a few precious seconds away,” Maroney said.

The Allan Hancock College Police Department received five AEDs from the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Safety Committee and two from the Allan Hancock College Foundation.

Every Hancock officer has been trained how to use an AED as part of state-mandated training.

— Gina Herlihy is a public affairs technician for Allan Hancock College.

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Goleta Ranks #79 on List of Best 100 Places to Live in U.S.

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Once again, Goleta is being touted as a great place to live, placing No. 79 in the Best 100 Places to Live in the United States.

This is the second-annual ranking of the best small to midsize cities in the U.S. by Livability, an online resource.

“The rest of the country is finding out what we already know — that Goleta is a great place to live and work,” Mayor Michael Bennett said. “Events like the Lemon Festival and the Dam Dinner, the community feeling, great schools and the beautiful setting make Goleta a true gem.”

According to their site, “As Livability’s editors and writers crisscross the U.S in search of great stories, we find that time and again, the best tales are told in the Main Street diners, corner churches, park benches and even the mayor’s offices of small to mid-sized cities and towns.

"Far from letting time pass them by, these communities are doubling down on livability for their residents. Our second-annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live celebrates the work they are doing.”

Liability worked with globally-known partners to analyze the best public and private data sources. They were advised by the leading thinkers, writers and doers in the place-making space.. More than 2,000 cities were ranked, so every city on this list is in the top 5 percent of livable communities in the United States.

— Valerie Kushnerov is a public information officer for the City of Goleta.

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Santa Barbara Rescue Mission to Celebrate ‘Tribute to Recovery’ Graduation

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At 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will honor the accomplishments of 12 men and four women graduating from the 12-month residential drug and alcohol treatment program with a "Tribute to Recovery" graduation.

These individuals are just the latest of more than 600 graduates since 1997 who have completed the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s program and become productive citizens of the community.

In contrast to national statistics that show only 21 percent of those who complete addiction recovery programs not returning to dependency within five years, more than 59 percent of the Rescue Mission’s graduates maintain recovery over this same time period.

“As a family of friends committed to those who God has placed in our caring, we’re changing lives like these program graduates –– for good," said Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission.

The public is invited to come and hear the men and women share their personal stories of recovery. The ceremony will be hosted by Emanuel Lutheran Church at 3721 Modoc Road in Santa Barbara.

— Rebecca Weber is the communications director for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

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Montecito YMCA Hosting Talk by Olympic Swimmer Jeff Farrell

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Olympic swimmer and author Jeff Farrell will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Montecito Family YMCA, 591 Santa Rosa Lane.

Farrell, the author of My Olympic Story, Rome 1960 and longtime Montecito Y member, will speak about his new book and have a book signing.

Come hear about his inspiring and unforgettable story of courage and sportsmanship.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to 805.969.3288.

— Tina Hernandez is the communications director for the Channel Islands YMCA.

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Do You Believe in Miracles? Providence Hosting Fall Forum with Author Eric Metaxas

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What are miracles, and why do so many people believe in them? What do they tell us about ourselves? And what do we do with experiences that we cannot explain?

In Miracles, a new book released Tuesday, Eric Metaxas, New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, offers compelling — sometimes electrifying — evidence that there’s something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of the topic before.

Metaxas — whom ABC News has called a "witty ambassador for faith" — provides the measured and wide-ranging treatment the subject deserves, from serious discussion of the compatibility between faith and science to astonishing but well-documented stories of actual miracles from people he knows. 

Providence is pleased to present nationally-known radio and TV commentator Hugh Hewitt interviewing Metaxas on Miracles on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Hewitt and Metaxas’s highly entertaining and deeply stimulating conversation is the centerpiece of the school's Fall Forum event. Providence is an independent Christian college preparatory school serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The ticketed event raises funds for the school's scholarship program.

The Fall Forum, now in its fifth year, brings persons of national importance to Santa Barbara to engage an idea of consequence. Past speakers have included Dr. Ben Carson, Louis Zamperini, Dennis Prager and an earlier appearance by Metaxas.  

The Fall Forum event itself is exciting. It is so much more than a lecture. The fun “Just Desserts and Just Swing” themed program features cheese boards and desserts, listening and dancing to the Big Band-era music of John Enrico Douglas and the Westmont Jazz Ensemble, and book signing with Metaxas. Books will be available for purchase at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Bacara Resort.

The Fall Forum featuring Hewitt and Metaxas is open to the public. To purchase tickets, click here or call Providence at 805.962.4400.

— Elaine Rottman is the marketing director for Providence.

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Letter to the Editor: Why I Can’t Vote for Capps

By | Published on 10/30/2014

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There are probably many reasons to deny Lois Capps your vote, but I have one overriding reason for hoping she is involuntarily retired from her job on Nov 4.

Ms. Capps told a boldface lie, not once but repeatedly, regarding my health insurance plan.

On Sept. 9, 2009, Ms. Capps spoke at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara before an audience of doctors and constituents. Parodying the president of the United States, she reassured the crowd that if you like the plan you have now, you can keep it. If that wasn’t enough, she also felt it necessary to state, unequivocally, that the new Obamacare plans will lower your costs.

Fast forward to Oct. 1, 2013, when I received a letter from Blue Shield of California informing me that my insurance plan would be terminated on Dec. 31, 2013, and I would be transitioned to an Obamacare plan. Upon reading the letter, I was shocked to discover the premium for this new plan was taking me from $669 to $1,110 a month, a 67 percent increase from my current plan, and, most importantly, every doctor I had ever seen in Santa Barbara would not accept this new plan.

What I learned is that these Obamacare plans in the individual market are insanely expensive if you don’t qualify for subsidies, and if that wasn’t enough, the plans also have these very narrow networks of providers. The new Blue Shield plan did not include Sansum, as well as most of the other physician specialists in Santa Barbara. It also had a considerably narrower prescription drug formulary than my current plan. To add insult to injury, if you did not have group coverage with an employer, there were no other plans in the individual market with the extended provider network I had taken for granted all these years.

Although the Obamacare’s Blue Shield plans were deplorable, the only other company, Anthem Blue Cross, was only marginally better. Anthem had the same narrow networks, albeit more providers were included, and very high premiums, almost identical to the ones charged by Blue Shield. Moreover, I learned that not only were these new Obamacare plans 70 percent more expensive, but they had higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximum thresholds than my pre-Obamacare plan.

What is even more astonishing is that Ms. Capps knew that much of what she was saying was probably untrue. In October 2010, at Cottage Hospital before a roomful of doctors, she admitted that Obamacare is a “big gamble.” She then asked rhetorically about whether this new law would work. She answered her own question by declaring that “time will tell.”

Well, Ms. Capps, we now know how flawed this law really is. The hundreds of thousands of people in California who lost their insurance and the many thousands who can’t afford these skimpy Obamacare plans, and now must go to doctors not of their choosing, are the victims of your high-stakes gamble.

If there is any justice in this world, you will lose your job on Nov. 4 and will now be required to purchase an unsubsidized Obamacare plan, just like the constituents to which you lied.

Lou Segal
Santa Barbara

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Pueblo Radiology Medical Group’s New CT Scanner Cuts Radiation by Two-Thirds

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Pueblo Radiology Medical Group recently installed a new Siemens 64 slice CT scanner in its Santa Barbara office that utilizes the latest in dose reduction technology.

This state-of-the-art CT scanner cuts radiation by two-thirds, is more patient friendly and has excellent diagnostic quality, according to medical director Dr. Gary Blum.

“As an independent group of physicians, our priority is maintaining the highest level of patient care and staying on the leading edge of technology,” Dr. Blum said. “This CT scanner helps us accomplish both goals.”

Founded in 1957 in Santa Barbara, Pueblo Radiology provides diagnostic imaging and interventional services in a patient-friendly outpatient setting. Pueblo doctors have worked in partnership with many hospitals throughout the years, starting with St. Francis Hospital in 1960, then at the current Cottage Healthcare System hospitals in Goleta and Santa Ynez, and now also at the Ojai Valley Community Hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital.

Pueblo Radiology of Santa Barbara is located at 2320 Bath St., Suite 113. Santa Barbara Women’s Imaging — an affiliate practice of Pueblo Radiology — is located at 1525 State St., Suite 102 in Santa Barbara. Click here for more information.

— Jennifer Goddard Combs is a publicist representing Pueblo Radiology Medical Group.

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Montecito Water District Headquarters Could House Desalination Plant, Consultants Say

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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The board hears the results of a feasibility report for expanding the area's limited water supplies but takes no action

The Montecito Water District could build a desalination facility in its own corporate yard to expand the area’s limited water supplies, a consultant firm determined in a feasibility report.

Board members want to consider building a desalination facility to provide a permanent new water source for the district, which serves Montecito and Summerland in unincorporated Santa Barbara County.

About 90 percent of the district’s supply is surface water, which makes it extremely vulnerable to drought. District officials were afraid the area would be completely out of water by summer, which is why the board implemented rationing in February.

Even though there has been “a phenomenal conservation effort by everyone,” the district will have serious problems in the 2015-16 water year, district general manager Tom Mosby said at a public meeting Wednesday.

For the current year, which started Oct. 1, the district’s water supplies are facing a 66 percent cut compared to a normal year.

To research whether a Montecito-area desalination plant was possible, RBF Consulting investigated the capacity that would be needed, possible sites for the facilities, and the potential costs and regulatory actions necessary to build it. 

Desalination plants like the one proposed use a reverse-osmosis membrane to transform seawater into potable water and a salty “brine” that’s discharged into the ocean.

Montecito faces challenges in building a desalination plant because of coastal bluffs, private property and existing infrastructure, but it's technically feasible, consultants said. 

The facility would need a 2-acre-plus site for the plant itself, a seawater intake and a discharge line. An ideal site would be 2 acres or more, within 2 miles of the coastline, far from residential areas and close to the district’s existing pipe distribution system, consultants said.

Paul Findley and Kevin Thomas of RBF Consulting presented several alternatives at Wednesday’s meeting, and the Board of Directors took no action.

This was the first presentation of the feasibility report, and the options are conceptual at this point, Mosby reminded the 180-or-so people who attended the meeting.

However, the district-owned headquarters property at 583 San Ysidro Road was presented as the site that would probably have the lowest capital cost. It’s located close to the existing pipelines, and it’s outside of the coastal zone, which clears many regulatory hurdles, Thomas said.  

Desalination projects come under heavy review with approvals required from at least a dozen different agencies, Thomas said.

The seawater intake method is “the No. 1 issue” with these projects, and the consultants said sub-surface intakes are recommended since they are the preferred method (over an open-water intake with screens) by regulators.

Findley presented several feasible options for intake points, including the former Miramar Hotel site and areas near Fernald Point, Sheffield Drive and the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

A separate line to discharge the leftover “brine” could be installed near the intake point or routed through the Montecito Sanitary District, Findley said.

Findley said the district would need a 2.5 million-gallon-per-day plant to meet the potential shortfalls in water demand, which amounts to 2,500 acre-feet of water per year. The plant could be operated at half-capacity in normal years and ramped up to full production during drought years, he said.

His firm calculated water demand at 6,300 acre-feet per year by the year 2030, with an annual supply of 5,900 acre-feet during a normal year and 2,100 during a drought year.

The alternative sites for the plant and intake lines all had similar estimated capital costs, in the range of $70-90 million, but the cost of acquiring property isn’t included in those estimates, consultants noted.

That’s a big reason the district-owned site is a desirable option, along with the “huge advantage” of being outside the coastal zone and “ideal” for permitting, Findley said.

Consultants estimated the project could be producing water by the end of 2017, giving the district three years on a “very aggressive schedule” to get it built and operating.

Members of the public asked questions at the end of the presentation, wondering how much the plant would cost to operate and where the funding would come from.

Since this is a feasibility report, there have been no decisions on how such a project would be funded, board president Darlene Bierig said.

Findley echoed her sentiments but said in typical cases, operating costs run about $1,000 per acre-foot of water including water, repairs and materials but not capital costs.

People also asked about sharing Santa Barbara’s desalination facility, which was built in the early 1990s and then placed on standby mode. The city is working toward reactivating the plant, but the Montecito Water District, which was a partner in building the facility, won’t be able to get water from it, Mosby said.

The agreement with Santa Barbara to use the plant ended in 1997 and current permits don’t designate the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant as a regional facility, he said.

The water board has scheduled another public meeting for 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road.

Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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UCSB Taking Precautions to Prevent Haunting Halloween in Isla Vista

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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University officials are stressing safety for this weekend's celebrations, expected to draw tens of thousands of young revelers

UC Santa Barbara officials are crossing their fingers headed into the Halloween weekend, hoping that the expected big street party in nearby Isla Vista will remain relatively tame.

Leading up to what historically has been a busy weekend for law enforcement in the densely populated community adjacent to campus, UCSB officials on Wednesday told Noozhawk they still weren’t sure what type of holiday weekend they were in for.

They're hoping for nothing more than the usual costumed celebration, which typically draws tens of thousands of young revelers to Isla Vista.

But they are also wary about the possibility of violent clashes that occurred during April’s all-day Deltopia street party.

Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall seemed confident the university has undertaken the appropriate efforts to prevent another major disturbance, but he stopped short of promising a quiet, uneventful weekend.

“We’re making massive efforts to try to keep people away,” Marshall said. “I think the word is out.” 

Marshall and other UCSB officials sat down with Noozhawk on Wednesday to talk about precautions the university is taking to protect students in Isla Vista, an unincorporated community marred by violence in Deltopia and in May’s mass shooting and stabbing spree that claimed the lives of six UCSB students.

Out-of-towners have been warned to stay away this weekend by university officials and the Associated Students in letters to more than 100 universities and student governments.

A Friday night concert is planned for UCSB students only, with more activities Saturday — all in the hopes of keeping students occupied in safe and non-destructive ways.

Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall says UCSB is "making massive efforts" to keep the crowds down during this year's Halloween celebrations in Isla Vista. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

Students living in campus housing won't be allowed to have guests, most on-campus parking lots will be closed off, more UC police officers from other universities will be on hand, and temporary chain-link fences have gone up near private properties fronting Del Playa.

No one knows what’s going to happen, but UCSB officials aren’t taking chances.

“Deltopia was the defining moment,” said George Thurlow, executive director of the UCSB Alumni Association who serves as UCSB's special assistant on Isla Vista. “Deltopia caught everybody, everybody, by surprise.”

Marshall said May’s tragedy made the community closer while creating a sense of urgency to act instead of react. He said the university has added campus lighting and a handful of cameras, while increasing its collaboration with the City of Goleta, local business owners and landlords.

“This isn’t just a UCSB issue,” Marshall said.

A new permanent fence soon will be added along the Isla Vista bluffs in six public parks along Del Playa, where temporary orange construction fence was put up over the summer.

Thurlow worked with stakeholders on that project, which was approved Wednesday by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission.

The 54-inch-tall safety fence will be a three-rail wooden pole fence covered with a small-space coated diamond chain link on the side facing land to prevent climbing or sitting on it.

“While nobody’s totally thrilled with what’s going in, there’s enough consensus,” he said.

In the long term, Marshall said, UCSB would like to work more closely with Santa Barbara City College officials, since so many of its students also live in Isla Vista.

The university is also looking at ways to integrate what officials believe is an overall cultural shift into curriculum, and to make sure students face adequate consequences if found breaking the law.

Thurlow hopes outsiders stay out, and was happy to hear some UCSB students say they planned to head out of town to avoid this weekend’s reveling.

“We’re all hoping for rain,” he said. “I don’t think any of us know what’s going to happen.” 

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Guadalupe Council Agrees Not to Leave the Senior Center in the Dark

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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The city accepts new terms for rent and utilities with the Community Action Commission, which provides lunches and programs for seniors

An order to shut off utilities at the Guadalupe Senior Center has been avoided after the City Council agreed to the terms sought by Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County in the landlord-tenant dispute.

The Guadalupe City Council voted Tuesday night to accept the CAC’s offer to pay $4,000 for utilities and rent annually, while keeping the water, sewer, gas and electricity in the city’s name for the Senior Center, 4545 10th St. 

City staff also will negotiate with the CAC regarding shortening its lease, which isn’t set to expire until 2019.

The issue stems from a dispute about who should pay utilities at the building, leased to the CAC but also used by other groups. The city was poised to shut off utilities by Friday, if the CAC hadn’t transferred them into the group’s name.

“This is a difficult situation for everyone — our organization and all of you trying to address tough issues facing your community, and most importantly, the seniors who are so dependent on us for our help,” CAC Executive Director Fran Forman said. “We are solidly committed to collaboratively continue our engagement with you to resolve our concerns and contentions. We are committed to this community and the seniors that we serve.”

She said CAC representatives viewed the city’s ultimatum as “most troubling” because it shut down collaborative attempts to reach a deal. She also asked that the council hold off taking action until after the holidays.

“It is our hope that we can all work absent threats and ultimatums in short order to achieve a solution that addresses everyone’s concerns — most importantly those most vulnerable among us,” Forman said, adding that if the council voted to shut off utilities by Friday the group would look for another location to operate.

The city and the CAC entered into a 10-year lease in 2009, setting rent at $200 a month and requiring the nonprofit organization to put utilities in the CAC’s name and to pay for them. However, water, sewer, electricity and gas remain in the city’s name and have been paid by the city.

“We have no line item in our budget to pay the utilities on the Senior Center,” Mayor Frances Romero said. “This has been something that’s been going on for five years to the tune of about $4,000 a year.” 

She added that the city has tried to collaborate with the CAC.

“I don’t see this as a threat or ultimatum,” Romero said. “At some point there has to be something to shoot for because we have been kind of drifting along on this issue for well over the last two months without any real movement or discussion.”

Since the lease began five years ago, the CAC has never paid utilities, which amounted to $4,100 for 2013-14. The city has tried for several months to get the CAC to put the utilities in the organization's name.

Forman, who signed the lease in 2009, said the organization could not meet the terms of the lease due to the $12,000 deficit for operating the Guadalupe Senior Center program.

The city had offered a compromise — renegotiate the lease terms so the CAC would pay $1 a year for rent plus all utility costs. This meant that instead of $2,400 annually in rent plus more $4,000 in utilities, the CAC would pay $4,100 for both. 

However, the city staff had pushed for the CAC to transfer the accounts into its name, but CAC officials had balked at doing so because other groups use the building and utilities.

the CAC made a counteroffer, suggesting it pay $4,000 a year to cover rent and utilities and keep utilities in the city’s name. 

The CAC provides senior nutrition services at the site, but also operates the Senior Center programs there. Guadalupe is the only location the CAC oversees senior programs among the 12 locations it serves the senior nutrition meals.

Forman also suggested the city issue a request for proposals to find a different organization to run the Senior Center programs.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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One Killed in Crash of Military Plane Near Oxnard

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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One person was killed Wednesday evening when a plane crashed near Oxnard, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The crash occurred at about 5:15 p.m. in an agricultural field near Hueneme Road and Highway 1, said a Fire Department spokeswoman.

The plane was reported to be a Hunter Hawker military aircraft, and the spokeswoman said she did not know if the fatality was in the plane or on the ground.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Check back with Noozhawk for updates to this story.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Rain in Forecast for Santa Barbara County on Friday

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Santa Barbara County residents could see their first taste of the rainy season Friday, when cooler temperatures and showers return to the area.

A cold front will drop temperatures into the lower to mid-60s and bring an unstable weather pattern that might include rain and even thunderstorms in the Santa Ynez Valley, according to Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service Office in Oxnard.

Patchy fog and drizzle Friday morning should make way for a 20-percent chance of afternoon showers on the South Coast and a 70-percent chance in the evening, Bartling said.

“The best chance is after midnight,” she said.

In Santa Maria and Lompoc, the chance for Friday afternoon showers increases to 40 percent, Bartling said, noting high temperatures could dip into the upper 50s.

Showers could continue into Saturday, with the chance of rain hovering between 20 to 40 percent throughout the Central Coast, she said.

The Santa Barbara mountains could even see some snow fall Saturday morning above 6,000 feet, Bartling said.

Accumulations should be relatively low or nonexistent, however, especially on the South Coast.

The Santa Maria area could see a quarter to half an inch of rain, while Santa Barbara would be lucky to see between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, Bartling said.

“Unfortunately, it’ll probably be mostly showers,” she said.

Bartling said a warming trend was expected to return by Monday.

[Click here for the updated forecast]

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Inogen Announces Pricing of Secondary Public Offering

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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Inogen Inc. of Goleta announced on Wednesday the pricing of 2,100,775 shares of its common stock at $21.50 per share in a secondary offering.

All of the shares will be sold by existing stockholders. In addition, the underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to 315,116 additional shares of common stock from the selling stockholders.

Inogen will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares in this offering. The primary purposes of the offering are to facilitate an orderly distribution of shares and to increase the company's public float.

The offering is expected to close on or about Nov. 4, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. J.P. Morgan is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering, William Blair is acting as lead manager, and Leerink Partners and Needham & Company are acting as co-managers.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with, and declared effective by, the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained (when available) from: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Ave., Edgewood, NY 11717, or by calling 866.803.9204.

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Channel League Doubles Tennis Tournament Under Way

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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The Channel League Individual Doubles Tournament began Wednesday at Santa Barbara High School.

Some matches went the distance, and one upset occurred. There was brilliant play on all courts

Seeds

1. Mattea Kilstofte/Madison Hale (Santa Barbara) 2. Katie Yang/KC Egger (Dos Pueblos) 3. Sorenson/Gulden (SB) 4. Wang/Shott (DP) 5. Casey/Cuttler (SB) 6. Yoos/Cano (DP) 7. McDaniel/Bosse (San Marcos) 8. Dalton/Monroe (SB)

First Round

Hale/Kilstofte (SB) def Schwendtfeger/Poirier (V) 61 60

Sorenson/Gulden (SB) def Perrett/Birch (B). 60 60

Wang/Shott (DP) def Pulver/Shinn (SM) 61 62

Casey/Cuttler (SB) def Thompson/Elliott (V) 60 60

McDaniel/Bosse (SM) def Fleming/Boyes (B) 61 60

Handley/Frohling(SM) def Yoos/Cano (DP) 62 76(1)

Bidebach/Worthy(V) def Dalton/Monroe (SB) 63 61

Yang/Egger (DP) def Juker/White (B). 61 62

Second Round

Hale/Kilstofte def McDaniel/Bosse 60 60

Yang/Egger def Bidebach/Worthy 60 60

Wang/Shott def Casey/Cuttler 63 61

Sorenson/Gulden def Frohling/Handley 62  67 62

Semifinals

Hale/Kilstofte (SB) vs Wang/Shott (DP)

Yang/Egger (DP) vs Sorenson/Gulden

The doubles semifinals will be played 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Knowlwood. The singles and doubles finals will follow at about 3:30 p.m.

— Liz Frech coaches boys’ tennis at Dos Pueblos High School.

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Granada Theatre to Welcome Guitarist Johannes Linstead for ‘Upstairs at The G!’

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Guitarist Johannes Linstead

The Granada Theatre’s Upstairs at The G! series presents award-winning guitarist Johannes Linstead, who is sure to heat up the McCune Founders Room as he lets loose a fiesta of Afro-Cuban percussion and Spanish guitar.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, this latest Upstairs at The G! event will be an exotic escape to an exciting world of tropical sounds and passionate rhythms, featuring the sensual guitar from a multi-award winning instrumentalist.

Linstead’s group consists of congas, bongos, accordion, bass and Spanish guitars, with each band member lending his own unique charisma, creating a rare on-stage chemistry that moves audiences to their feet, clapping along with the music and occasionally shouting out “ole!” From being named “Guitarist of the Year,” to winning six “Best Album” awards, to four top-10 Billboard charting albums, Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of the best selling guitarists in the instrumental, Smooth Jazz and World Music genres.

The Granada Theatre’s Upstairs at the G! performances are part of a series of events presented at the Granada Theatre, offering a very special, more intimate seating format in the McCune Founder’s Room. Limited to 120 seats, Upstairs at the G! performances offer an up-close musical experience unlike anything else in Santa Barbara.

The ticket price is $40 and is available through the Granada Theatre’s box office. Click here to purchase, or call the box office at 805.899.2222. This special performance is presented by the Granada Theatre Concert Series, and made possible in part by Sarah and Roger Chrisman, who are pleased to welcome Johannes Linstead to the majestic Granada Theatre.

For all sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristi Newton, director of development, by phone at 805.451.2932 or via email at knewton@granadasb.org.

— Sydney Gardner is a publicist representing the Granada Theatre.

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Adelante Charter School Hosting Día de los Muertos Celebration on Sunday

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Dance, music, art, food and entertainment will fill your senses with the colors and sounds of Día de los Muertos, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 2, at La Casa de la Guerra.

The event is an annual celebration hosted by Adelante Charter School. Entry to the event is free and open to all.

Adelante’s sixth-graders will open the event with a presentation of their handmade altar, and explain the significance of the altar in this important cultural tradition. Performances from professional groups such as the Linda Vega Dance Studio, Grupo Danza Folklórico Quetzalcoatl and Mariachi las Olas de Santa Bárbara, as well as songs and performances by the students of Adelante, will follow.

Festival-goers will also enjoy art activities, games, face painting and mask-making, among other diversions. Mouth-watering tacos (fish, carne asada, carnitas, birria de res and rajas con queso), as well as quesadillas will be provided by El Zarape Restaurant of Santa Barbara.

A raffle will be held for a $1,000 prize. Raffle tickets are $3 each and can be purchased at the event.

For further information, please contact Adelante Charter School at 805.966.7392.

— Sheila Cullen is a board member for Adelante Charter School.

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Capps-Mitchum Congressional Race Drawing Outside Attention

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The 24th Congressional District race is drawing state and national attention as Rep. Lois Capps and challenger Chris Mitchum fight to get votes in next week’s election.

Capps, the 16-year incumbent from Santa Barbara, is outspending Mitchum by large margins.

The most recent Federal Election Commission numbers show Capps raising more than $2 million so far this year for the re-election effort, while Mitchum has loaned himself more money than he’s raised, with $149,000 in contributions and $212,000 in loans.

“We anticipated being outspent the entire time,” said political consultant Tab Berg, who is working for Mitchum’s campaign. “It’s actually gotten less intense, the differential is smaller now than it was before.”

Politico reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently poured in $99,000 to support Capps amid concerns that the usually-Democratic district could be lost to Republicans this year.

Capps attended a Get Out the Vote rally at UCSB Wednesday with fellow Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Assemblyman Das Williams.

Lois Capps

“We’ve always known that this was going to be a tough race,” said campaign spokesman Chris Meagher.

“We are running a strong grassroots campaign just like we do every election. We were out registering voters until the deadline, and now making sure they get out the vote, which is why Newsom is here for the Get Out the Vote rally. We believe this is an important election with a lot at stake.”

After redistricting, there’s a much smaller gap between Democratic and Republican registered voters in the 24th Congressional District. There’s also a low voter turnout expected for the election, Meagher noted.

The 24th District includes all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and a small portion of Ventura County.

Mitchum, a former actor who ran unsuccessfully in 2012, has also been getting support from state and national-level Republican players.

Chris Mitchum

House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California’s Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, and the state Republican Party chairman have been in the Santa Barbara area this week to campaign and fundraise with Mitchum, Berg said.

“They’ve seen the numbers and recognize that Capps is incredibly vulnerable and Chris is doing very well,” he said.

Last week, Berg released results of a poll that show Mitchum about 1 percent ahead of Capps, with 41.5 percent to her 40.5 percent, and 19 percent of respondents still undecided.

The poll targeted 400 voters who were representative of the district, which encompasses San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and northern Ventura counties, he said.

Capps’ campaign won’t discuss its own internal polls, but Meagher reiterated that they knew it would be a “tough race.”

Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Capps to Visit Solvang Elementary School Cafeteria and Organic Farm

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On Thursday, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, will visit the Viking Café at Solvang Elementary School.

The multipurpose cafeteria and kitchen, which was built with funds from the Orfalea Foundation and local Measure J, serves nutritious, unprocessed food to students.

“We know that a lifetime of good nutrition habits begins in our early years, which is why I am so proud of the efforts Solvang Elementary is making to provide its students with quality, nutritious food,” Capps said. “The community support for this project — and similar projects all around the Central Coast — is impressive, and I look forward to seeing their innovative efforts to bring farm-to-table meals to our schools firsthand.”

Capps will be joined on the tour by local philanthropist Terry Delaney. Delaney is the founder of Veggie Rescue, which delivers fresh produce to charitable organizations and school lunch programs in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and Santa Maria at no charge.

After the tour of Solvang Elementary, Capps and Delaney will visit Los Olivos Roots Organic Farm, one of the local organic farms that supplies produce to Viking Café via Veggie Rescue. The tour of “Roots Farm” will be guided by founder Jacob Grant.

C.J. Young is a legislative assistant for Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

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City of Santa Barbara Plans Public Workshop on Possible Cliff Drive Traffic Safety Project

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The City of Santa Barbara’s traffic engineering staff invites residents to a public workshop to discuss a potential traffic safety improvement project for parts of Cliff Drive.

The workshop will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Monroe Elementary School auditorium at 431 Flora Vista Drive.

Maps and drawings will be available for staff to review with residents, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Until January, Cliff Drive was part of Highway 225 and was controlled by Caltrans. In January, the road was relinquished to the city.

Based on feedback from residents during the relinquishment process and on the collision history, proposed traffic safety improvements include restriping Cliff Drive between Mesa Lane and Meigs Road, and again from Weldon Road to Loma Alta Drive in order to create a continuous center left turn, and bike lanes. A new traffic signal is proposed for the Santa Barbara City College West Campus driveway.

If positive feedback is received, the city will apply for a traffic safety grant in the spring of 2015.

If unable to attend the public workshop, an online presentation of the potential project will be made available to interested residents beginning Nov. 6. The presentation can be accessed online by clicking here. An online comment form will also be included on the website.

— Derrick Bailey is a supervising transportation engineer for the City of Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara MTD Appoints Jerry Estrada as General Manager

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The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District has a new general manager.

Jerry Estrada
Jerry Estrada

Jerry Estrada was unanimously appointed by the agency’s Board of Directors at its Tuesday meeting.

“We are pleased to appoint Jerry Estrada as MTD’s general manager,” said Dave Davis, chair of the Board of Directors. “We recognize his commitment and years of service as he has played a pivotal role in helping the agency earn a reputation for transparency and ethical leadership. As such, we feel he is the right person to lead our transit system.”

Estrada, who has worked for MTD since 1989, has served as assistant general manager and controller for more than 10 years. During Estrada’s tenure as controller, MTD’s finances improved and the agency avoided major service reductions and employee layoffs during the economic crisis of 2008. He has served as interim general manager since July, when Sherrie Fisher retired from the position after a successful 40-year career.

“I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to continue serving the community in which I was raised. I feel this is affirmation of the excellent work performed by all MTD employees and I’m grateful for their support,” Estrada said upon his appointment.

He will be responsible for all public transit activities of MTD.

Having served in a variety of managerial positions and participated in all executive-level matters of the agency, including collective bargaining, real property administration, legal affairs and policy matters, Estrada is well-prepared to lead the agency into the future.

Created by the voters in 1965, MTD’s mission is to enhance the personal mobility of residents and visitors by offering safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible, environmentally-responsible and cost-effective transit service throughout the South Coast of Santa Barbara County. With an annual operating budget of $23 million, MTD provides nearly 8 million passenger trips annually and employs 215 people.

— Nancy Alexander is the marketing manager for Santa Barbara MTD.

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Letter to the Editor: Get Out and Vote

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Pardon me, what’s that you say?

You’re looking for my vote today?

Well first, please tell me who you are,

A lobbyist, or corporate star.

Perhaps you’re just the odd ex-felon.

Oh, I know, you just ain’t tellin’.

I can tell you what you’re not,

A trusted statesman we haven’t got.

We voters know it’s corporations

That push the votes which run our nation.

The days of "government by,"

Or "for the people," that’s a lie.

Just read the news in any paper,        

To see our Congress strut and caper.

But nothing for the common man,

From rags to riches is their plan.

Get elected and your fortunes made.

So what if there’s a lot of shade,

On all the things they say and do.

And that is why I’m asking you,

Who is it that you’ll represent?

We voters, or endless money sent,

To keep you in that seat you earned,

With all those promises you burned.

No thank you!

Bud Stuart
Santa Barbara

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Montessori Center School Celebrates Peace Education and United Nations

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Last Friday, Montessori Center School students gathered to celebrate world cultures and peace as part of United Nations Day.

This is one of the most colorful traditions at MCS where the children are greeted by flags of many countries displayed all around the perimeter of our beautiful garden campus.

The children and staff came to school dressed in traditional outfits, some of which were worn by their own ancestors. Toddlers to sixth -graders joined hands and sang songs of peace, learned greetings and phrases in other languages, and danced together to world rhythms.

The celebration lasted much of the morning with a special presentation featuring a musical and dance performance by the World Dance for Humanity group. The festivities continued into the afternoon, culminating with an international potluck luncheon featuring delicious offerings from all over the globe. Families enjoyed “traveling” from continent to continent, sampling a wide variety of dishes.

“The Montessori philosophy starts with a deep commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding by emphasizing common human needs across the globe," MCS Head of School Dr. Patricia Colby said. "Children grow to appreciate the commonalities and celebrate cultural differences not only with other countries, but also within their smaller classroom communities. At MCS, we nurture strong independence, encourage freedom within limits, and have respect for the child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development. Today’s ceremony very much honors the tradition of peace education emphasized by Dr. Maria Montessori.”

The day was a huge success with the ideas of peace, global community and understanding alive and well at Montessori Center School!

Montessori Center School, on Fairview Avenue in Goleta, has provided students ages 18 months through 12 years old with creative and compelling education in a supportive, nurturing environment since 1965. MCS implements the internationally renowned Montessori Method of teaching and works to ensure that the school flourishes for today’s children and for generations to come.

— Alyssa Morris is the admissions director for Montessori Center School.

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Retail Conference: Industry Slowly Recovering, But Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

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Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments recently attended the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Western Division Conference held in San Diego in early October.

The commercial real estate brokerage represented Santa Barbara and the South Coast with a full-scale booth and eight brokers at the convention. The event, which focuses primarily on the shopping center industry in the Western states, drew numerous national and regional retailers, commercial real estate firms, developers and a wide variety of industry-related vendors.

The convention has long been popular for its ability to bring together real estate professionals and industry leaders for valuable face time. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for developers to present their projects to various retailers, for retailers to discuss the cities in which they are interested in expanding, and for brokers to meet with retailers and developers to offer their services and expertise in their local markets.

Some notable takeaways from this year’s two-day event:

» The lack of retailers present at the event. Of the 272 companies that purchased booths, only 35, or 13 percent, were retailers and restaurant tenants. This may be a sign that fewer retailers are looking to expand in the West, and those that are willing to expand are very cautious of their plans.

» There were 22 cities represented at the conference, mostly from California and a few from neighboring states. These cities sent delegations because they have an interest in attracting more retailers and developments in order to generate more revenue and business to their local municipalities.

» The Santa Barbara appeal. We hosted several potential investors at the Radius booth, many of whom stopped to chat because we were located in Santa Barbara. Given our beautiful natural surroundings and the high barrier to entry for future development, these investors expressed strong interest in purchasing properties in our area (with the added benefit of having a good excuse to visit our town).

» The consensus at the event was that the retail industry has recovered somewhat from the “Great Recession,” but that we may still be a long way from a full recovery. Santa Barbara, due to its unique charm, relatively close proximity to Los Angeles, and strong market fundamentals, may weather the storm better than other surrounding communities.

In a recent article ICSC reported that positive economic signals point to a stronger holiday shopping season as they forecast a 4 percent increase in sales during the November-December holiday shopping period. This would represent the strongest gain in three years. Total holiday shopping sales at shopping centers is estimated to be $488.6 billion.

Additionally, a significant rebound in the U.S. labor market since last spring, along with decreasing unemployment rates and year-over-year gains in personal income, all bode well for consumers and point to a likely solid increase in holiday spending. Despite a setback in September, consumer confidence in the U.S. remains considerably higher than during the same time last year.

“While consumers are expected to remain focused on price this holiday season, the positive momentum of key economic indicators are pointing to consumers who are willing to open their wallets and hit the stores this holiday,” said Jesse Tron, spokesman for ICSC.

This positive news for the retail industry was evident at the event, demonstrated largely by the increased number of investors who are now interested in purchasing retail properties throughout the country.

We are seeing signs of improvement in our local market as well, as the retail sector continues to improve with a very strong occupancy rate of 98 percent and average asking lease rates that have continued on an upward trajectory over the last few quarters to $3.73 per square foot gross. We are also seeing continued demand for retail space in the Funk Zone — which has zero vacancy at the moment — and strong leasing activity at the new Hollister Village Plaza, a 76,000-square-foot neighborhood shopping center currently being constructed in Goleta.

— Jim Turner is a specialist in retail leasing and sales at Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage house serving all of the Central Coast.

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Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Fundraiser Set for Sunday to Benefit Foodbank

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One of Santa Barbara’s most beloved events, the annual Santa Barbara Empty Bowls luncheon, returns on Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Ave. in Santa Barbara.

The unique fundraising event benefits the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which is celebrating over 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education and other resources through its own programs and to a network of over 330 member nonprofit partners in Santa Barbara County.

For a donation of $30 or more, participants choose a beautiful bowl handcrafted by local ceramic artists, enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread and water, and take home the bowl as a reminder of the meal's purpose to feed the hungry in our community. There will also be exquisite silent auctions and great raffle items.

After the meal, attendees will have the opportunity to see what the Foodbank does firsthand through a visit to the Foodbank’s Santa Barbara warehouse facility right next door. Guests are invited to visit Foodbank’s Feed the Future program demonstration booths, blend a smoothie on the human-energy powered bike blender, and enjoy healthy savory sweets. Guests will also be able to see where fresh produce and nonperishable goods are stored.

“I am in awe of the impact this event has been able to make in our community and how beloved it has become,” said Danyel Dean, founder of Santa Barbara Empty Bowls. “This event offers people the chance to participate on so many levels, giving of their talents and resources and deepening the understanding of the work done by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

Tickets are still available and guests can choose between three seating times: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. For tickets or more information, please contact Diane Durst at 805.967.5741 x104, or click here. Online registration ends Friday, but tickets can be purchased at the door.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended Empty Bowls, which raised more than $146,000 for the Foodbank through corporate donations, ticket sales, a silent auction and a raffle. Empty Bowls has donated well more than $1 million to the Foodbank over the last 16 years to help alleviate hunger in Santa Barbara County and has provided huge community awareness for Foodbank’s mission and work.

— Amy Bernstein is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

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Letter to the Editor: Measure S Is Not What It Seems

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Measure S is not what it seems.

I am a strong supporter of public education. SBCC is an incredible community resource for our local kids, providing opportunities to learn employable skills and work towards enrolling in colleges to complete their degrees. High school students can take classes to enhance their learning and for college credit.

Measure S is well-intentioned, but the proponents are being less than honest and are trying to deceive you. Let’s take a look:

» 1. "Replacing leaky roofs, decaying and aging classrooms.” Absolutely. No argument there! Send me my share of the bill.

» 2. "Maintain access to quality, affordable education for local high school students and veterans." Yes! Of course. But how exactly does Measure S do that? Why are half of the enrolled students not local?

» 3. "Resurface, replace or relocate hard courts, fields, renovate or replace sports pavilion complex." How does that relate to No. 2? A few hundred students actively participate in sports, and most are not local kids! For example, of 81 kids on the football team, 13 are from Santa Barbara and a whopping 55 don’t even live in California! The soccer team has but two local players out of 30.

» 4. "Construct or renovate student housing." What? Dorms? Is that in the SBCC charter? I thought SBCC is a two-year commuter school for locals. Is there a hidden agenda to grow SBCC into a four-year college? Is encouraging more out-of-town and state students the right path for our community college?

» 5. Donors to the SBCC Foundation should be concerned about the huge amounts of money being spent promoting the measure. The foundation is sitting on $4 million to be spent now with nearly $50 million in reserves! That money is supposed to “provide financial support for college programs including scholarships and rewards, general department and program support, equipment purchase and capital improvements, and faculty research and teaching activities.” So, do it!

» 6. We’re already paying the debt service on a host of school bonds and property tax add-ons. The repayment plan on this one may likely cost far more than the proponents are letting you know — because they really don’t know.

I am totally in favor of supporting SBCC to provide excellent education and job skills training for our local kids. The campus is in clear need of fixing. Show me a proposal that funds specific projects with specific dollar amounts with a clear action time frame. Measure S does not do that. Ask me to support an honest proposal that makes sense.

I’m voting no on Measure S. But please, SBCC, try again very soon.

Dr. Larry Bickford, O.D.
Santa Barbara

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Rae Largura: SAT and ACT — What Do the Scores Mean?

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Continuing on with the dry topic of SAT and ACT exams, the natural follow-up and what so many are asking is: What do the scores mean? What is the score that colleges want to see? If you are a parent of a high-schooler, understanding how to guide your child through this pivotal component of the college application is imperative.

The national average score for the SAT is 1,500. On a total score of 2,400 (800 critical reading, 800 math, 800 writing), a score of 1,650 to 1,800 is adequate for many colleges. A score of 1,800 to 2,100 is good. A score above 2,100 is considered high, and admissions will be happy.

College admissions officers look at the individual scores of each section, in addition to the overall score. Sometime you may find that an 1,800 overall score may be above average at one university, but may be below average at another.

The SAT has an option called “Score Choice.” This allows the test-taker to decide which scores to release to prospective colleges. In the past, colleges would automatically receive all of your scores. Score Choice is a free option that is chosen or not when you register for the exam. If you do not choose it, your prospective colleges will continue to receive all of your scores. Whether or not you exercise this can be a complex answer because some colleges want all the scores regardless, and there is some strategy to retaking the exam. I recommend getting a consultation from a SAT specialist.

When viewing ACT scores, college admission officers are most concerned with your composite score. So if you're weak in one content area but strong in others, you could still end up with a very good ACT score, thus make a strong impression.

The exam consists of four parts — English language, reading, mathematics and science. Each category receives a score between 1 (lowest) and 36 (highest). Those four scores are then averaged to generate the composite score used by most colleges. The average composite score is 21. Top universities want to see scores in the low 30s. Scores of 34 to 36 are the top 1 percent of test-takers. For students taking the ACT with writing, it is scored on a 12-point scale, and again wanting to see the top 20 percent numbers.

The SAT or ACT scores are fundamental to the college application. Making high scores is a worthwhile goal and can be paramount for college options. These exams should not be taken lightly, and I highly recommend getting help from SAT/ACT specialists.

Any subject, any grade: What is your question for a tutor? Email rae@leadingedgetutors.com.

— Rae Largura is president of Leading Edge Tutors. The opinions expressed are her own.

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Rosemarie Gaglione Named Goleta Public Works Director

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Rosemarie Gaglione

The City of Goleta has a new public works director.

Goleta’s interim public works director, Rosemarie Gaglione, beat out 30 other applicants for the position in which she’s been serving since March.

“We are fortunate to be able to promote one of our existing employees to this important position,” City Manager Michelle Greene said. “Ms. Gaglione has been a critical member of our public works team for the last 7½ years and has provided leadership for our ambitious program of capital improvement work.”

Gaglione started with the city in 2007 as a senior project manager and was named as Capital Improvement Program (CIP) manager in July 2008. She was again promoted to assistant city engineer in December 2012.

In the six years prior to coming to Goleta, Gaglione served as the CIP manager in the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department.

Gaglione graduated from California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) at San Luis Obispo with a degree in environmental engineering. She is also a registered civil engineer.

— Valerie Kushnerov is a public information officer for the City of Goleta.

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NGOs and a More Equitable World: Nicholas Kristof to Speak at UCSB Conference

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The Center for Nanotechnology at UC Santa Barbara is hosting a three-day multidisciplinary, global conference that focuses on the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in harnessing the benefits and safeguarding against the risks of new technologies in order to create a more sustainable and equitable world.

Nicholas Kristof
Nicholas Kristof

The conference, which begins on Thursday, Nov. 13, is titled “Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures” and will bring together academic researchers as well as representatives from NGOs, government and industry. Except where otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and take place in UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion.

Kicking off the conference at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 will be a keynote address by Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist for The New York Times. His talk, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” is based on his recent book of the same name. In it, Kristof and his co-author (and wife) Sheryl WuDunn examine the success of domestic and global aid initiatives and the effectiveness of specific approaches to giving. The authors offer practical advice on the best ways each of us can make a difference.

Kristof’s talk is co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures in conjunction with Direct Relief. Ticket information is available by calling the Arts & Lectures box office at 805.893.3535 or by clicking here.

Other conference speakers will address technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), nanotechnology, synthetic biology, new media, military arms, energy extraction methods, and medical instruments along with their implications for worker health and safety, consumer safety, environmental health, equity, sustainability, global governance and developing economies.

“The Democratizing Technologies conference was conceived to engage directly with NGOs working with and on new technologies in two-way dialogue about the role of those technologies in changing NGOs and global society,” said CNS Director Barbara Herr Hawthorne.

Conference co-organizer Rich Appelbaum, who holds the MacArthur Chair in Global and International Studies, stressed that among the conference’s goals is to address responsible innovation in developing countries.

“Democratizing Technologies will take a hard look at the impact of emerging technologies on the Global South, and the appropriate role of NGOs – and governments – in assuring that they best serve public needs,” he said.

CNS is supported by the National Science Foundation to study the ethical, legal, and societal implications of nanotechnology. Affiliated researchers address the historical context of the nano-enterprise, innovation processes, public risk perception, and social and environmental issues regarding the domestic U.S. and global creation, development, commercialization, production, consumption and control of specific kinds of nanoscale technologies. Now in its 10th year, CNS is broadening its focus to other emerging technologies.

One objective of the CNS is not only to study the forces that shape new technologies, but also to engage with those forces, including NGOs. Said conference co-organizer, Cassandra Engeman, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, “Much of the research on new technologies and publics focuses on individuals. Organizations, with their financial and human resources, may have considerable impact on the development and governance of new technologies. This conference creates an opportunity to converse with NGOs and hear from them directly.”

Among the NGOs who will be represented at the conference are Ashoka, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Latin American Nanotechnology & Society Network, European Trade Union Institute, Direct Relief International, United Auto Workers, Groundwater Protection Council, The Tor Profect, The Center for International Environmental Law, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, Good World Solutions, Worker Rights Consortium, and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Member of these organizations will be on hand to answer questions during an “NGO Marketplace” networking event.

More information about the conference, including a complete list of participants and schedule of events is available by clicking here.

— Andrea Estrada represents the UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

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Musician Bill Carlsen Nominated for Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize

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Musician Bill Carlsen, a member of the Southside Bluegrass Band, has been nominated for the 2014 Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize.

Bill Carlsen
Bill Carlsen

His nomination comes from the public.

As Lompocan Barry Marks writes: “Bill Carlsen’s expressions are constant in his concern for our community and its residents, particularly those who are under-represented and underserved. His recent admonitions to the City Council were familiar requests: safety and dignity for all. I doubt he knew personally any of those on whose behalf he was speaking, but he knows that for our community to thrive, all must participate.

"He capably drew the connection between the need to attend to the needs of an isolated group and the betterment of us all. He grounded his plea with his heartfelt expression of 'love' for our valley.

“Bill does not simply offer opinions, he practices what he preaches. His giving freely of his time extends to many areas. Bill sponsors the South Side Coffee Company’s regular musical jam sessions, open to all, and plays just about every Sunday for the resident seniors at the Solvang Lutheran Home. Both are free to attend and he is not compensated for either.

“Bill is a reader for the Lompoc Library System’s children’s story time and has been a literacy coach for numerous men and women seeking to better themselves.

“It was Mother Teresa who said, ‘Few can do great things, but all can do small things that are great.’ Bill Carlsen emulates this profound insight and serves as a great model for our entire community.”

Carlsen is the fourth nominee for the fifth annual prize, following Assistant School Superintendent Sid Haro, Boys & Girls Club volunteer John Vanderhoof and debate moderator Lauren Pressman.

The Peace Prize ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Valley of the Flowers Church, 3346 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village. There is no admission charge.

Additional nominations may be made through Dec. 1. Contact Allie Kay Spaulding at 805.741.7000 or send a description of a suggested nominee to Peace Prize Committee, Valley of the Flowers Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road, Lompoc, CA 93436.

— Allie Kay Spaulding represents Valley of the Flowers Church.

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Salud Carbajal, Janet Wolf, Michael Bennett and Al Clark: Keeping Our Promises to Fix Highway 101

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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Every day, tens of thousands of South Coast residents are negatively impacted by the gridlock on Highway 101. Some sit idly for hours in frozen traffic, others endure the resulting congestion on our neighborhood streets, while our county suffers as a whole from the negative air quality and restricted flow of goods and services. This situation has become intolerable in recent years and is one of the few downsides to life in our beautiful community.

In response, in 2008, the voters of Santa Barbara County passed Measure A by a whopping 79 percent to widen and improve Highway 101. Following the passage of Measure A and its related funding, it became incumbent on us as elected officials to implement this vitally needed public works project.

Significant progress has been made, but a recent lawsuit will likely delay and increase the costs of the widening project — possibly by tens of millions of dollars. There has also been a recent op-ed column by the mayor of Santa Barbara that has encouraged such lawsuits.

It is important to clarify that the state and federal gas tax funds that are being used as a portion of the funding for the widening cannot be used for local road maintenance. They are for regional transportation improvements, and their specific use must be approved by the state. It is also untrue to suggest that we cannot continue the design and permitting process until the final phase of the project is fully funded. The process and manner in which our local 101 widening is being funded and implemented is consistent with how all major transportation improvements are done throughout our state and nation.

Where we are today is the result of 12 years of community conversations and planning, beginning with a stakeholder process called 101 In Motion, which was initiated by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments in 2002 and involved a diverse range of interested parties throughout the Central Coast. Eventually, consensus was reached to widen Highway 101 to three lanes in both directions between Ventura and Santa Barbara, implement commuter rail service in the corridor and enhance existing commuter bus service.

In 2005, the SBCAG board voted unanimously to adopt this plan. In 2008, the SBCAG board, every city in the county and a wide array of stakeholders agreed on a balanced plan to renew our local transportation sales tax as a match to fund a range of transportation improvements, including local road maintenance, commuter rail and bike-paths — with $140 million dedicated to the 101 widening as the highest priority project.

Phase 1 of the widening from Santa Barbara into Montecito was completed ahead of schedule in 2012. Phase 2 of the widening from Ventura County to Casitas Pass in Carpinteria is currently under construction using a state grant that our two counties secured. In fact, we recently celebrated the completion of the dedicated bike lane from Mussel Shoals to Carpinteria, and the new third lane between the two counties is also partially open, with the whole project scheduled to be completed next year. Next up are improvements to the interchanges in Carpinteria, which are scheduled for construction in 2016. Finally, the preliminary design and environmental review process has been completed for the critical widening of the remaining 10 mile gap between Carpinteria and Montecito.

The design and environmental review process of this last part was put on hold for almost a year to allow the design team to analyze and provide feedback on alternatives proposed by some residents in Montecito that would have retained left-hand lane ramps. Ultimately, the director of Caltrans and Gov. Jerry Brown’s office ruled that these were not viable. In January, our SBCAG board voted 11-2 to move forward while continuing to address concerns that had been raised.

Given the history of process and promises made in regards to widening Highway 101, it is imperative that we continue to move forward in a spirit of cooperation. Delays will result in raising costs exponentially and cause unnecessary hardship to residents, businesses, visitors — and our local economy.

That is why our SBCAG board has hired an independent consultant to work through any remaining design issues with Caltrans. We also realize that related local infrastructure challenges continue to exist and need to be worked out to everyone’s satisfaction, and have initiated parallel projects including improvements to the San Ysidro Interchange, a roundabout at Olive Mill/Coast Village Road, replacement of the Cabrillo Railroad Bridge and Carpinteria interchange auxiliary projects.

We remain committed to working with all stakeholders to move the Highway 101 widening forward as quickly as possible in a way that resolves remaining issues, maintains the character of our community and finally addresses the traffic congestion that so adversely impacts all our lives.

— Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf, Goleta Mayor Michael Bennett and Carpinteria Councilman Al Clark are all members of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments board.

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Letter to the Editor: Oil Industry Insider’s Perspective on Measure P

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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When I graduated from college, I went to work for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. After 2½ years, I elected to go to work for the oil industry, and I’ve been with the industry either as a direct employee or as a consultant for the last 34 years.

All those years have been spent permitting projects and striving to comply with all rules, regulations and permit conditions. As I watch, and listen to, the debate on Measure P, I find that I probably am uniquely qualified to comment on the impacts it will have — both negative and positive.

First, the proponents on Measure P have over-reached with their request. Does anyone doubt that over the next few decades that renewable sources of power will become more and more cost-effective and ultimately be able to compete with the cheaper sources of energy? They are becoming more cost-effective and slowly, but surely our dependence on fossil fuels will dwindle — but not our need for oil, which is used for so many of the products that provide value and comfort to our lives. We just can’t drop fossil fuel now. The proponents should be more patient and let the natural progression of things occur.

Second, the proponents have tried to trivialize the value of blue-collar jobs in the North County. While these jobs may not seem important to the proponents, these types of jobs are gold in the North County. These jobs are some of the few that allow our residents to support families, purchase homes and prepare for a comfortable retirement. I have personal knowledge of people in the industry with little formal education who have been able, through hard work, to become managers and supervisors. These types of opportunities are rare in the North County.

Third, the proponents have tried to vilify those who work for the oil industry, support the oil industry or who are opposed to Measure P. This tactic has failed miserably. I would venture to bet that just about every voter in this county knows someone who works in the oil industry. They know we are not villains. They know that we are hardworking people, that we want to better ourselves and build a future for our families. And we will not do that at the expense of preserving our environment. They know that we contribute to the betterment of our community either by volunteering or contributing to organizations that make our community a better place in which to live.

Fourth, my colleagues and I have worked for years with the agencies to craft rules and regulations that are tough, but reasonable. Together, we have set the bar very high for Santa Barbara County businesses. In many cases these plans and rules took years to develop with input from every affected party. Measure P throws all that work out the window for a flawed initiative that aims, ultimately, to kill the oil industry based on deceptive messages from the proponents.

Finally, I know the oil industry has been truthful in its advertising. We didn’t pick this fight — the proponents of Measure P did. The proponents have tried to vilify the industry, vilify supporters and vilify anyone who dares to do anything but support their message wholeheartedly. If you look at the No on P messages, you will find that none of these dirty tricks were employed. All we have attempted to do is show the negative impacts associated with Measure P — loss of jobs, loss of tax base, loss of economic prosperity and the incredible legal liability that the county faces if this measure were to pass.

Please join my friends, neighbors and family in voting no on Measure P.

John Deacon
Orcutt

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Santa Barbara Police Investigating Apparent Homicide

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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Woman found dead in apartment; 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder

A woman was found dead and a man was arrested early Wednesday in a homicide stemming from a domestic dispute, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Officers responded at 1:40 a.m. to an apartment in the 500 block of West Los Olivos Street, where a neighbor reported a disturbance coming from a nearby apartment, said Sgt. Riley Harwood.

They found a 39-year-old woman who was dead, and arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of murder, Harwood said.

Names of the victim and the suspect were not released, and Harwood said he could not comment on the woman's manner of death.

The couple were not married, but have a 2-year-old child together, Harwood said, adding that the girl was unharmed and was placed in the custody of Child Welfare Services.

Harwood noted that there had been a history of police calls to the Los Olivos Street address, but said he could not elaborate.

The suspect was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $1 million, Harwood said.

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Police responded to this apartment complex on the 500 block of West Los Olivos where the alleged homicide occurred. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

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Santa Maria Police Seek Suspect in Kidnapping, Molestation

By | Published on 10/29/2014

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Investigators were looking for a suspect who allegedly kidnapped a young girl from a play area, and molested over the weekend, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Officers were called out at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday to the 500 block of West Morrison Avenue on a report of a missing juvenile, said Sgt. Paul Van Meel.

The child was located, and told police she had been approached by a man described only as Spanish-speaking, wearing a black-and-red shirt and blue pants., Van Meel said.

"The male was able to lure the child away from the common area to an unknown isolated location, which is where the lewd act occurred," Van Meel said.

Investigators were asking for the public's help in finding the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at 805.928.3781, or CrimeStoppers at 877.800.9100.

"Additionally, the Santa Maria Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that, when allowing young children to play in common or public areas, it is recommended that there always be a parent or a responsible party present to monitor not only the children, but other persons who may be in the area as well," Van Meel said.

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Man Injured in Fire That Damaged Santa Maria Home

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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A man suffered burns over much of his body Tuesday night in a fire that caused major damage to a Santa Maria home.

Firefighters were called out shortly after 7 p.m. to the blaze at a residence in the 2400 block of North Bentley Avenue, said Battalion Chief Ed Hadfield of the Santa Maria Fire Department.

The first crews on scene found a garage engulfed in fire, with flames spreading into the interior of the adjoining home, Hadfield said.

They also found a man who had burns over a large portion of his body lying on the lawn across from the fire, he said.

He was treated on scene by paramedics, then transported to a local hospital. Details on his condition were not available Tuesday night.

Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack against the flames, Hadfield said, and were able to limit the damage from the fire.

The structure sustained an estimated $170,000 in damage, with another $100,000 in losses to its contents, he said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Chris Mitchum Accuses Lois Capps’ Campaign of Manufacturing Quote with Misleading Editing

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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Political operatives from the campaign of Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, recently released a new attack ad, editing statements made by Republican challenger Chris Mitchum to create a sound bite that never existed.

“To be honest, my first reaction was laughter,” Mitchum said of the Capps commercial, which has been airing on television broadcasts in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.

“The claim is so absurd it would almost be funny if the consequences for voters were not so serious.”

The commercial edits a 2012 statement from Mitchum, who, in a videotaped response to a question, says he will not go to Washington to fight for pork.

“I do not intend to go to Washington, to represent the 24th District, to bring back baseball fields,” he says in the full clip, which is posted above.

The Mitchum campaign accuses the Capps campaign of editing the quote to make it sound as if Mitchum is saying he wouldn’t represent the 24th Congressional District.

“Does Lois think I’m running for the 12th District?” Mitchum remarked when shown a copy of the ad.

In a statement, Mitchum spokesman Tab Berg dismissed the ploy as an attempt at misdirection.

“The Capps campaign is faltering, despite being propped up with over a million dollars from special interests,” he said. “They can’t talk about accomplishments, so they’ve resorted to manufacturing fake quotes to attack Mitchum. It is ironic that Capps, who votes with San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time, would make up fake quotes about not representing the district.”

“Her campaign must think voters are dumb,” Mitchum added. “But I think voters are smart enough to see through such amateurish fakery.”

— Tab Berg represents the Mitchum for Congress campaign.

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Jerry Beatty Appointed to Fill Vacancy on Guadalupe City Council

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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The newly sworn-in councilman, who competed against four other candidates for the seat, says he 'wants the best' for the town

A vacancy on the Guadalupe City Council was filled Tuesday night by a 10-year resident who said he recognized he had big shoes to fill.

Jerry Beatty gained the needed three votes to be appointed to complete the remainder of Councilman Jerry Tucker’s term. Councilman John Lizalde opposed the appointment.

Tucker, who also was the city's retired police chief, died Sept. 13 after battling multiple health problems. He was in the middle of his four-year term.

After the vote to appoint him and before he took the oath of office Tuesday night, Beatty told Tucker’s wife, Judy, who was sitting in the audience, “I will do your husband proud.”

Four other men also had applied for the vacancy. Two of the candidates — Alejandro Ahumada and Ken Chamness — ran against Tucker in 2012. The other two — Eugene Costa Jr. and Joshua Peterson — tossed their hats in the ring after the council members solicited more applications following the Oct. 14 meeting.

Beatty, who previously ran for a seat on the council 2006, is a territory manager with Health Sanitation Services (Waste Management) Inc. He previously worked as senior account executive with Aramark Cleanroom Services.

He said his deep regard for Guadalupe led him to apply.

“Guadalupe is at a crossroads that will shape our community for the next several years, and the leadership of this council will be put to the test as to how our city moves forward,” Beatty said. 

The city loses shoppers to neighboring cities because Guadalupe’s options are limited, he said. Additionally, the city needs to encourage businesses that cater to the tourism industry.

“I love this town, and I want the best for it,” Beatty said.

The field of candidates included both newer residents and those who resided in the city for several years.

Costa, formerly a paid-call firefighter for 10 years, is employed by the Guadalupe Union School District as a campus safety assistant.

“One of my goals to do this is to help the city get out of a financial bind, to get the proper tax revenue that we need by getting businesses to want to come in to help us so we don’t get in this situation again,” Costa said.

Peterson, who also goes by the name Cody Wolf, runs an online radio station, Omega Republic.

He said he could help the city improve its broadcasting of council meetings, and agreed that Guadalupe is at a crossroads, adding that the city needs some risk takers.

Ahumada retired in 2003 after spending 25 years with the federal Bureau of Prisons. 

“I’m interested in this position because I think it could be the last opportunity if things don’t go right as far as the passage of the initiatives and the city might dissolve,” he said, adding he want to help the city became fiscally sound. 

Chamness, who spent many years in the military, previously served on the Guadalupe Planning Commission.

“A vision I have for the city is we need to start coming together,” Chamness said. “The city is hurting. People are hurting. There’s some heartache in the town. We need to start looking at ways to bridge that gap. Some say they don’t even know we’re going to be a city in the future. I say we need to fight for out last ounce of strength to continue on as a town.”

During the interview, council members asked about state water, gaining citizens’ trust and future development for Guadalupe.

Mayor Frances Romero warned the candidates that the job involves much more than attending two meetings a month, explaining that council members also sit on assorted other committees and boards.

“It’s a lot of work,” she said.

Councilwoman Gina Rubalcaba thanked the five men for taking the steps to apply for the vacancy.

“It’s obvious that you all really care for Guadalupe and for the future of Guadalupe,” she said.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Goleta Design Board Asks for Water-Wise Landscaping in Village at Los Carneros Project

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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The board pushes final approval of the 465-unit development project to November

A lack of water-wise landscaping and completed architectural design plans forced the Goleta Design Review Board to delay final approvals for the Village at Los Carneros project Tuesday.

The 465-unit development is slated for construction on a vacant 40-plus-acre site located north and west of Los Carneros Road, just south of Highway 101, on property where businesses such as Allergan are currently located.

After granting preliminary approval for plans last month, the design board took a look Tuesday at some of its outstanding questions for developers, which mostly involved landscaping, coloring and trash enclosures.

The board provided direction, although the Goleta City Council in July unanimously approved the project — a reincarnation of a former development never built — and an accompanying environmental impact report.

Developers from Comstock Homes went through 20 items of concern, with incorporating a community garden and installing a bridge with a more see-through pattern among them.

Design board members repeatedly commented on the lack of detailed architecture and construction plans for the project featuring a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, four-plexes, town homes, condominium flats and apartments — 70 of which will be reserved as affordable housing via Peoples’ Self-Help Housing.

Gutters, lighting and trash and recycling enclosures were missing from plans, along with more specific designs for vertical side railing of the Tecolotito Creek bridge.

Board members liked the project's overall design and landscaping, but said the proposed water-tolerant plants and grass left much to be desired, suggesting the use of plants requiring no water or very little — changing an initial recommendation to employ low-to medium-use water plants.

At least 75 percent of project plants are supposed to be water-wise, a fact Comstock representatives explained along with plans to incorporate foundation shrubs, blue grama grass, cedar trees and existing eucalyptus.

“If we weren’t in a drought, I just wouldn’t say anything about the plant palette, because I think it’s a great plant palette,” said design board member Gregory Hyman, a landscaping professional. “We can’t pretend like our water situation is different than it is.”

The board asked developers to consider solar heating for the pool, but representatives said they planned to use energy-efficient, gas-powered options to save money.

Board chairman Bob Wignot suggested continuing the final plan approval to the Nov. 18 meeting, since developers said construction drawings would be available by then.

The Village at Los Carneros won’t use any reclaimed water, a fact Wignot said made him question whether the project should move forward at all.

“I think that’s a huge issue given the size of the project and where we are with our water supply,” he said.

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Santa Barbara Will Put District Election Question to Voters Next Year

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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The discussion around district elections got heated Tuesday night before the Santa Barbara City Council ultimately voted to put the issue on the ballot next fall. 

The council unanimously decided to ask voters whether they'd approve district elections for six council seats and an at-large election for mayor on the November 2015 ballot.

Santa Barbara currently has an at-large voting system, which allows all city residents to vote for council candidates who live within city limits.

A district election would allow for districts to be drawn up, and people would run for and vote for council seats based on what district they live in. 

The city began actively looking at the issue in April after it was threatened with a lawsuit expressing concerns about a lack of Latino representation in city government. 

City officials have said the voting law in California is murky, and cities often face multimillion-dollar lawsuits if the details get hashed out in the courts.

If the voters approve the ballot measure, district elections would commence during the November 2017 election.

Tuesday's decision came after an intense exchange between attorney Barry Cappello and Councilwoman Cathy Murillo.

Cappello is representing several local residents who have sued the city in a lawsuit alleging there is racially-polarized voting and that the city is violating the California Voting Rights Act.

Cappello said the issue is one of "grave importance" to the city, and that the council has delayed dealing with the issue.

"We don't want to do this litigation, but you are forcing us to do it," he said, adding that he isn't in the case to make money, but "we are doing this for the voters that are racially polarized."

Murillo told Cappello and the plaintiffs of the lawsuit that the law was on their side, but asked them to act respectfully and dial down the rhetoric.

"Just take it down a notch," she said to Cappello, who could be heard arguing with the councilwoman out of turn during Tuesday's meeting.

"I'm a Mexican-American, and I got elected in an at-large system," she said. "I think the public deserves to hear why district elections are the best thing for the city."

Murillo said more is needed to engage people of color in the electoral process, including leadership training, even-year elections and more voter registration efforts.

"I want to get some more people of color up here and gender balance, by the way," she said. "You've sued us. ... I'm trying to be cool about it. Don't make it so hard."

Councilman Dale Francisco said he supported the ballot measure and that the city should decide on the issue, not a judge.

"That's not because I'm a racist," he said, "it's because I believe in our democracy."

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Fire Chars Hangar, Plane at Santa Maria Airport

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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Damage contained to one structure at the airfield; 1 minor injury reported

One person received minor injuries, and a small airplane was severely damaged Tuesday when a fire broke out in a hangar at the Santa Maria Public Airport

Several city fire engines responded to the fire in a hangar in the 3100 block of Liberator Street on the edge of the airfield, with crews using the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle to extinguish the blaze with foam.

The hangar is leased to Coastal Valley Aviation, and the fire reported started while employees worked on an aircraft inside the metal structure. A small plane inside the hangar reportedly was totaled.

One person who was in the hangar at the time of the fire suffered arm and hand injuries and went to Marian Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Later, firefighters extended the articulating boom to allow crews to deliver foam to the top of the building.

The department’s ladder truck also was used to let firefighters could get a better look at smoldering hot spots on the hangar roof.

This was one of the first outings for the relatively new ARFF vehicle, which at 3,000 gallons holds two times as much as its predecessor.

“Having that available was huge,” said Battalion Chief Ed Hadfield of the Santa Maria Fire Department.

The ARFF vehicle’s articulating boom allowed firefighters to direct water onto the top of the building.

The hangar where the fire occurred reportedly is one of the original structures relocated to the Santa Maria airport from the site of Hancock College of Aeronautics several decades ago. 

Coastal Valley Aviation performs maintenance and inspections on single- and twin-engine aircraft at the airport, and has been in business since 1999.

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Santa Barbara Council Approves Funding for Community Service Officers to Patrol Downtown

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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State Street will see an increased security force in the downtown area after the Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved funding for community service officers to help police the area.

The council approved moving $150,000 in funding toward 7.5 part-time positions that would fall under the umbrella of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The officers would have the authority to issue citations, wear uniforms similar to sworn police officers and would act as a visible security presence for the downtown area.

Police Chief Cam Sanchez and Deputy Chief Frank Mannix were on hand to brief the council on Tuesday.

Mannix said the department currently has community service liaisons who wear yellow shirts and interact with downtown business owners and act as "the eyes and ears of the Police Department" but can't actually issue citations.

A community service officer would be different because he or she could enforce low-level violations and issue citations and would work for the department.

Whether to hire more "yellow shirts," contract with private security guards, hire an additional police officer or put more officers on overtime to police the area were all options, but the council eventually decided on hiring community service officers.

During public comment, about a dozen people came out in support of the move.

Maggie Campbell, executive director for the Downtown Organization, said the group supports the idea.

"This is very much a step in the right direction," she said, adding that changing the environment on State Street and educating the public would also be key to success.

Sgt. Mike McGrew of the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association said the group supports the CSO option, but the council should also look at hiring another police officer as well.

Bob Stout, owner of the Wildcat Lounge, said he, too, was supportive of the plan and that it might help deal with the aggressive "urban travelers" who have been a focus of police enforcement.

"I think a uniformed presence would go a long way," he said.

The Greater Santa Barbara Lodging and Restaurant Association, the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce and others also issued support.

"The CSO may give us a dedicated presence that won't have to be called away to other parts of town," Councilman Randy Rowse said.

Rowse proposed an ad hoc committee be formed to decide on performance measures "so we can help to monitor this," he said.

Councilwoman Cathy Murillo said she didn't support the oversight committee, because she wanted the council to keep conducting oversight of the CSOs.

"This is a big deal for me to support this when there are so many other needs in the city," she said, adding that the city is doing much for the downtown area already. "I enjoy being downtown ... and I don't appreciate exaggeration from anyone."

Council members also discussed looking at funding more police officers, but are likely to do so during next year's budget session.

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Garrison, Emery Advance to Finals in Channel League Singles Tennis Tournament

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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All four players competed well in the Channel League Individual Singles Tournament on Tuesday at Santa Barbara High School.

» #1 Summer Garrison (SB) def #4 Katie Yang (DP) 63 60

» #2 Caisey Lee Emery (Buena) def #3 Cade Sorenson (SB) 63 64

Garrison and Emery will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Finals at Knowlwood.

The Individual Doubles Tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at SBHS.

— Liz Frech coaches boys’ tennis at Dos Pueblos High School.

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Jim Hightower: Big Beer’s Deceivers and Bullies Hide Behind Small-Guy Labels

By | Published on 10/28/2014

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OK, that's it — no more Mr. Nice Guy from me when covering the avarice and arrogance of corporate power! Their monopolistic grabfest has now turned personal.

It's about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. From my teen years forward, I've done extensive and intensive consumer research on the brewer's art, from the full array of ales to the most substantial of stouts. I weathered the depressing era of the 1970s to 2000, when Budweiser, Miller and a couple of other nationalizers of bland beer forced a diversity of livelier regional brands in our country out of business. And I rejoiced in the last decade or so as a flowering of upstart craft and new micro-brews has spread from city to city, creating an abundance of real gusto and local flavor from coast to coast.

However, ye who savor the flavorful hops and grain, do not just sit on your duffs, doing 12-ounce elbow bends at our favorite brew pub, for here come the Big Brew Bastards again, bigger and more menacing than ever. In fact, they've gone global, wielding their predatory marketing clout and political muscle to rule Beer World once and for all.

SABMiller, now a South African conglomerate, is trying to take over Heineken, the world's third-largest beer maker. But Anheuser-Busch, now owned by a Belgian-Brazilian monopolist called InBev, is trying to buy SABMiller, creating a single beer behemoth that would control a third of all beer sales in the world. In our US-of-A, the monopolization is worse, with InBev and SABMiller effectively controlling three-fourths of our beer market. That duo could soon become uno if InBev swallows SABMiller, leading to higher prices, lower quality and fewer choices.

Meanwhile, the red-white-and-blue icon of American beer — Pabst Blue Ribbon — which dates back to 1844 and is a merged conglomerate that now owns Colt 45, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz, is being bought by a Russian brewer. Where is Teddy Roosevelt and his trust-busters when we really need them?

It's bad enough that the goliaths of Big Beer are consuming each other in a new round of mega-mergers that will mean fewer choices and higher prices — but the really bad news is that they're also going after the one bright spot on tap in bars all across the country: Craft beers.

These are not merely beers, but jewels of the brewers art — yeasty, hoppy and malty local delights with unique, deep flavors that put the "fizzy yellow" suds of those mainstream conglomerate beers to shame. And, not surprisingly, while the sales of Big Beer's fizz are declining, the craft brewers are up by 17 percent last year alone; meanwhile, the number of craft brewers has nearly doubled since 2010.

The giants have noticed ... and are responding. By making better beer? Don't be silly. Instead, they're trying to co-opt the good, local beer makers and dupe consumers by pretending that the likes of Bud and Miller are "craft" brewers, too. How? Two ways.

First, they've created false fronts like Blue Moon Brewing Company, Tenth & Blake and Green Valley Brewery, pretending to be upstart independents. You won't see the name of MillerCoors (SABMiller), or Anheuser-Busch on the labels — but those are the macro-brewers that own and make such ersatz micro-brews as Blue Moon, Killian's and Shock Top.

Second, the deep-pocketed beer behemoths are simply buying up such small craft brewers as Goose Island (Anheuser-Busch) and Leinenkugel (MillerCoors). Again, they're co-opting the imagery of cool independents, but — shhhh — it's the same old Big Beer hiding behind the small-guy labels.

When all else fails, the giants get thuggish, using their marketing muscle and political punch to knock the craft beers out of bars and off the shelves. But the independents are scrappy — and it's up to us quaffers of real beer to stand (and drink) with them. Cheers!

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow. Click here to contact him, follow him on Twitter: @JimHightower, or click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Santa Barbara Middle School Students Receive Happy Homecoming After Expedition

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Santa Barbara Middle School celebrates its 35th Homecoming and 2 million miles of biking since the school’s inception in 1977. The celebration marks a shift in the traditional homecoming celebration.

Hundreds of proud Santa Barbara Middle School parents, siblings, alumni and even family dogs gathered at Goleta Beach on Saturday afternoon to welcome home triumphant teens from the school’s weeklong fall biking and kayaking expedition to Morro Bay.

Colorful flags, personalized welcome home posters, music and lots of smiling faces lined the parking lot as close to 200 students, faculty and volunteer parents rode through the rainbow-colored banner. Parents beaming from the edge of the spiraling circle were eager to rush in for welcome home hugs, and to learn about their child’s week of accomplishment, growth and outdoor adventure.

Stories about bike rides along the Morro Bay coastline, challenging climbs up and over See Canyon, pedaling the scenic Montana de Oro single-track landscape or kayaking the Morro Bay estuary were soon to become topics of family conversation.

Students pitched their own tents setting up their makeshift home for the weeklong trip at Morro Bay State Park Campground. Seventh-grade student Jayna Toye suggests taking off your shoes and leaving them outside your tent as a good tip. Otherwise, “the tent begins to smell after a few days.” Great advice from someone who has experienced this first hand!

Many students were both surprised and amazed at their own strength and stamina on the 35-mile coastal ride from San Simeon through Cayucos and back to their campground in Morro Bay.

“I was one of the last kids to finish the ride just as the sun was setting, and it felt so great when I rode into camp and all my friends were cheering and clapping for me,” proud sixth-grader Katie Prudden said.

The evening meals drew the bike riders together around the “chuck wagon,” where the food had been partially prepared by the sixth-grade Humanities class the week before. The class, who is studying early civilizations and hunter and gatherer societies, was working to replicate parts of early civilization life. The class had visited Ellwood Canyon Farms and “gathered” produce such as tomatoes, persimmons, squash, apples and more. They then prepared tomato sauce, dried fruit, made butternut squash soup and dried herbs, all which were consumed by hungry students on the school-wide trip.

Evenings brought the whole group together singing and sharing stories around the campfire. This year’s school theme, “The Power of Story: Yours, Mine, Ours,” revealed unlikely heroes in the form of stories and special recognition. Over 35 student musicians either sang or performed around the campfire each evening.

When most people think about fall homecoming, images of a hopeful football win against the cross-town rivalry comes to mind. At Santa Barbara Middle School, the celebration of success and school spirit took a different form. All students are acknowledged for their external physical growth the biking expedition requires, and also the significant internal journey that takes students away from home — teaching independence, self-reliance, patience and perseverance.

Sophia Alexander, a seventh-grade student, stated, “I figured out that I was capable of a lot more than I thought I was, especially on the bike rides. I was stronger than I ever thought I would be.”

— Sue Carmody is a community outreach coordinator for Santa Barbara Middle School.

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Barbara Frink Joins Lompoc Valley Medical Center as Health Information Management Director

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The Lompoc Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that Barbara Frink has been named health information management director for the Lompoc Healthcare District.

Barbara Frink
Barbara Frink

Frink comes to the district after a distinguished 16-year career at Boulder Community Hospital, where she most recently served as interim director of the Health Information Management Department.

As health information management director at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Frink will manage a 15-person department responsible for implementing and maintaining the confidentiality and security of medical record information for the Acute Hospital, Comprehensive Care Center and the Champion Center.

“We are delighted to welcome Barbara Frink to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center,” Chief Executive Officer Jim Raggio said. “Barbara brings with her an extensive history in health information services and medical records. Her problem-solving ability and innovative approach to streamlining processes make her an asset to our district.”

Frink is drawn to the complexity of medical records management.

“This is a dream come true,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Frink is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health information management at Regis University in Denver. She holds an associate's degree in radiologic technology from the Community College of Denver’s Auraria campus and an associate's degree in health information technology from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo.

Previously, she held various positions in the medical field, including manager for the Medical Records Department; coordinator for the Medical Records Department; mammographer; ultrasound technologist and radiologic technologist.

“When I came to interview, everyone was just wonderful,” Frink says. “It felt like coming home. I felt this is the place I needed to be. It was like I’ve known the people forever.”

Frink began her new position on Monday.

— Nora Wallace is a public relations coordinator for the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

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School Counselor/Activist Lauren Pressman Nominated for Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize

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Cabrillo High School counselor and community activist Lauren Pressman is the third nominee for the 2014 Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize.

In addition to her counseling duties, Pressman also serves as faculty advisor for a student group dedicated to promoting understanding and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. She is also advisor to a group whose purpose is to confront peacefully and eventually to secure a halt to the practice of bullying.

Since June 2013, Pressman and her husband have led monthly discussion groups open to all members of the community. Discussions center on topics that often inspire widely different viewpoints, including race relations, right of privacy, border security, affirmative action, domestic violence, and the role of the United States in the world. Their goal is to foster a free exchange of differing viewpoints in the hope that participants will learn from one another.

The Peace Prize ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Valley of the Flowers Church, 3346 Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village. There is no admission charge.

This year’s previous nominees are Sid Haro and Jon Vanderhoof.

Additional nominations may be made through Dec. 1. Contact Allie Kay Spaulding at 805.741.7000 or send a description of a suggested nominee to Peace Prize Committee, Valley of the Flowers Church of Christ, 3346 Constellation Road, Lompoc, CA 93436.

— Allie Kay Spaulding represents Valley of the Flowers Church.

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Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North Starts Poinsettia Sale

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Rotarian Amy Perkins, the poinsettia sale chairwoman, announces the 2014 Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North's annual poinsettia sale.

This is the 23rd year that the club has sold poinsettias for the holiday season.

The proceeds of the sale support the club's charitable activities that include Adams Elementary School, sending two high school youth to Rotary's leadership camp and other youth oriented projects.

The sale runs through Nov. 25.

The poinsettias are available in 4.5-inch, 6.5-inch and 8-inch (nominal) sizes in four colors, red, white, pink and Monet (salmon colored). Flowers will be delivered free to customers from Goleta through Summerland Dec. 1-2.

Prices start at $55 for six 6.5-inch plants; colors may be individually specified in each order.

Click here for a fillable order form with complete details and prices. The form may be filled out online, printed and mailed or faxed in to the number on the form with payment details; orders may also be placed by calling Amy at 805.705.5194.

— Terry Straehley is the public relations director for the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North.

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Community West Bank to Host Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s B2B Breakfast

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Join the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce as Community West Bank hosts November's Business-2-Business Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Earl's Place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, and celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Learn more about how Community West Bank can help your business while supporting the local community.

Attendees will be provided an opportunity to introduce themselves and their business in a 20-second elevator pitch to the crowd.

A hot breakfast from Marmalade Cafe, coffee from Zizzo’s and water from Team Cashman of State Farm will be served promptly at 7:30 a.m.

The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.

Click here to register. For more information, contact David Hunt at 805.967.2500 x5 or david@goletavalley.com.

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John Daly: The Benefits of a Positive Attitude

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I started thinking about the benefits of positive thinking on a recent morning, especially how it relates to achieving success. Two thoughts popped into my mind:

» A positive attitude convinces you that you can achieve success.

» A negative attitude makes you believe that you cannot achieve success.

I once spoke to three highly successful people and asked them why they thought they had succeeded in such spectacular ways. All of them answered with this same response in one form or another: I never considered that I couldn’t succeed!

If you have a positive attitude, it is manifested in:

» Positive thinking

» Constructive thinking

» Creative thinking

» Optimism

» The motivation and energy to do things and accomplish goals

» An attitude of happiness

That same positive attitude creates:

» Expecting success and not failure

» Inspiration

» Happiness

» The strength not to give up if you encounter obstacles on your way

» A belief that failure and problems are blessings in disguise

» Belief in yourself and in your abilities

» The achievement of your goals and success

» Self-esteem and confidence

» Refusal to dwell on problems; instead, you look for solutions

» The ability to see and recognize opportunities

» Better interaction with everyone around you, whether they are part of your team or are customers

» More love and respect from others

A positive attitude results in happiness and success. It helps you cope more easily with everyday life. It affects your entire environment and everyone around you. It’s contagious! And it truly can change your life.

Simple Tips to Develop a Positive Attitude

Remez Sasson, founder of SuccessConsciousness.com, is an author teaching how to use mental tools and inner powers to create a life of happiness, success, fulfillment and inner peace. He offers the following tips for developing a positive attitude:

» Choose to be happy. Yes, it is a matter of choice. When negative thoughts enter your mind, just refuse to look at them, substituting them with happy thoughts.

» Look at the bright side of life. It’s a matter of choice and repeated attempts.

» Choose to be optimistic.

» Find reasons to smile more often. You can find such reasons, if you look for them.

» Have faith in yourself, and believe that the Universe can help you.

» Associate yourself with happy people.

» Read inspiring stories.

» Read inspiring quotes.

» Visualize only what you want to happen, not what you don’t want.

Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar offers up five tactics to improve your attitude:

1. Come up with a positive response to every situation you meet

Yes, sometimes our first response is negative. I’m never happy when my daughter uses too much toilet paper and proceeds to flood the bathroom, for example. Simply stepping back for a moment and looking for a positive response to the situation can make all the difference. The spilled water can be a close experience with my daughter, as I gather up some towels to mop up the water and allow her to help me as we sing songs while doing it, then I plunk her in the tub as I Lysol the floor, and then we have a fun bath time.

2. Look for the good in other people

Rather than seeking to identify the negative traits in the people around you that you interact with, look for the positive ones. Person A might not be the most skilled person, but he does put forth a lot of effort and asks a lot of good questions. Person B might have a caustic personality, but she does show tremendous efficiency in handling some incredibly complicated projects.

3. Act happy, even if it’s a painted dayglow smile

You don’t have to be happy — often, that’s an impossibly tall order. Instead, just act happy. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes. Even more interesting, the more you do it, the more it becomes a part of you — you actually do feel happier.

4. Drop the sarcasm

Sarcasm can be a lot of fun, but in the end, it’s just negativity wrapped up and packaged as a joke. Drop the sarcasm — you don’t need to ridicule things you don’t like. Just expend your energy elsewhere; don’t even think of the ridicule-worthy things at all.

5. Get plenty of rest and eat a good diet

This (along with exercise) is one sure way to naturally elevate your mood. It’ll increase your energy and focus, decrease your stress, and make it easier to interact with the world.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by adding a little more positivity to your life.

John Daly is the founder and president of The Key Class, the go-to guide for job search success. Click here to learn more about The Key Class or to get his book. If you have questions about business or social etiquette, just ask John at johnkeyclass@gmail.com. Connect with The Key Class on Facebook. Follow John Daly on Twitter: @johndalyjrClick here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Three Arrested in Gang-Related Guadalupe Homicide

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Three Santa Maria residents have been arrested in connection with the homicide of Javier Alcantar Limon, whose body was found two months ago near an irrigation ditch with multiple gunshot wounds. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives have been investigating the murder of Limon, 37, and determined the case is related to criminal street gang and drug activity, spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

Gregorio Agustine

A group of farm workers found Limon’s remains just off the side of West Main Street, near the entrance of the Guadalupe Dunes, in the morning of Aug. 19.  

Detectives arrested three suspects in September who first appeared in court this week. The arrests were not made public until Tuesday.

“It was and still is an active investigation involving drug and gang activity,” Hoover said.

Sheriff’s detectives arrested Santa Maria man Gregorio Agustine, 26, on Sept. 11 and siblings Yesenia Granados, 24, and Arturo Granados, 22, on Sept. 24, Hoover said.

Arturo Granados

Agustine and Arturo Granados are being charged with murder and several special circumstances including lying in wait, kidnap, torture, and committing murder for criminal street gang purposes, Hoover said.

Yesenia Granados was charged with being an accessory after the fact, a gang violation and a probation violation for possession of a controlled substance.

Yesenia Granados

After a search warrant was conducted on the 400 block of West Fesler Street in Santa Maria on Sept. 11, Agustine was also charged with possession of ammunition and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

All three suspects are being held without bail in the Santa Barbara County Jail and will appear in Santa Barbara County Superior Court again Friday.

Noozhawk news editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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UCSB Biomedical Scientist Receives $3.5 Million NIH Grant to Expand Research on Sepsis

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It’s the most common cause of death in American hospitals and among the top five killers worldwide, but sepsis remains largely under the radar in conversations about public health — and in promising treatments.

Jamey Marth
Jamey Marth

A biomedical scientist at UC Santa Barbara may have a hand in reversing both those trends, thanks to his novel therapeutic approach and a big new grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Jamey Marth, director of UCSB’s Center for Nanomedicine and a professor of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, has been awarded $3.5 million from the NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his continued work to boost survival rates in sepsis.

“This research funding award represents recognition by the NIH and scientific colleagues throughout the nation of the leading research in sepsis going on at CNM focused on understanding and thwarting the pathogenesis of sepsis, a common syndrome that remains one of the most difficult to detect and treat effectively,” said Marth, who is also the Carbon Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Mellichamp Professor of Systems Biology at UCSB. “With this grant, we will be able to more rapidly and more effectively follow up on our earlier discoveries of a completely new approach to the treatment of sepsis that once in the clinic may save millions of lives.”

The new grant supports an ongoing collaboration of UCSB, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and UC San Diego that is focusing on advancing these discoveries to the point of clinical trials. His team has already shown the method increases, by twofold, sepsis survival rates in models of bacterial infection.

Now, using Cottage’s robust data registry of septic patients, including blood samples from consenting participants, the research will accelerate to further translate the approach for human patients.

“On average and even among patients in the developed world, 30 percent of those diagnosed with sepsis will die due to the severe inflammation and coagulopathy associated with this syndrome, while limb amputation, organ dysfunction and cognitive decline are common outcomes among survivors of severe sepsis and septic shock,” Marth said. “No new effective treatments for sepsis have been developed in decades.

“The advances that we have already made open a door to better understanding of this debilitating and lethal syndrome that continues to cause suffering, disability, and death while costing billions of dollars in health care each year,” he added. “Our recent discoveries were the basis for this award and include the goal of developing new approaches to detect and treat sepsis.”

The work being funded by the NIH grant will build on the Marth group’s previous identification of a protective mechanism found in the liver and a means of leveraging it for therapeutic use. In their earlier study, the scientists employed the enzyme neuraminidase to pre-activate and augment that protective system — part of the liver’s Ashwell-Morell receptor — to block the lethal blood coagulation and thrombosis often triggered by sepsis.

“We’ve done about as much as we can for improving the way we take care of septic patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fried, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Cottage Hospital, where he has developed lifesaving protocols for sepsis. “What we really need are new ways to treat sepsis and a better understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology. That’s when we’ll start to make some real progress.

“I think the work that Jamey is doing is really exciting and it’s really amazing that he got this grant,” Fried added. “It’s rare for a university without an official medical affiliation to get this kind of large grant. For the NIH to award this is a real testament to the work Jamey is doing at UCSB, and the ideas and techniques he and his collaborators are developing. These are novel and new things that need to be explored. Somebody at NIH sees that and it’s great to be part of it.”

— Shelly Leachman represents the UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

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Mental Wellness Center Takes the Long View of Mental Health Challenges

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Even as it battles awareness, stigma, misunderstanding and current events, agency proud of progress and strength of programs

[Noozhawk’s note: This article is one in a series sponsored by the Hutton Parker Foundation.]

Mental illness has been central to the news in 2014, linked to mass murders in Isla Vista and Goleta as well as the circumstances surrounding the death of actor-comedian Robin Williams. The pathway to recovery is a long journey, and early intervention is the key to creating wellness and a healthy lifestyle that, in turn, can help prevent future tragedies.

The nonprofit Mental Wellness Center has been serving the Santa Barbara community since 1947, with the goals of providing recovery, education and family services to meet the needs of adults and families who are affected by mental illness.

This challenging issue affects the whole community, not just families. Parents, siblings, friends and co-workers all experience the trauma of mental illness, too.

“When people think about mental illness they often conjure up an image in their head of someone who is perhaps homeless, not receiving services, someone who’s pretty ill,” said Annemarie Cameron, CEO of Mental Wellness Center CEO. “And the truth is that mental illness is more profound in our community.”

According to Cameron, one in four families on the South Coast is affected by mental illness, with 55,000 people living in the area needing help with their mental health or treatment for mental illness.

Mental health stigmas often can lead to delays in receiving care or contribute to long-term effects for those facing mental health issues, individuals who often feel misunderstood and misjudged.

“Everyone knows that lack of money and resources are a major barrier in getting mental health services, but another issue that faces all of us is stigma in mental health,” Cameron explained. “Stigma can be overt or subtle, and often take the form of discrimination.”

The Recovery and Learning Center at the Fellowship Club was founded in 1959 to provide education, residential and support services, and advocacy. The fully peer-staffed program served 301 clients in 2013-2014, a 9-percent increase over the previous year.

The Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St., has been serving the Santa Barbara community since 1947. (Melissa Walker / Noozhawk photo)
The Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St., has been serving the Santa Barbara community since 1947.(Melissa Walker / Noozhawk photo)

Through the personal experiences of others, program participants are able to relate to and learn skills and tools for managing their own mental wellness. Family support services for the right resources and programs are key in the journey to recovery, and the RLC offers a safe place for support and knowledge in both English and Spanish, providing education, companionship, recreation and self-help activities.

“Every day about 80 people join us at the Fellowship Club where they take part in support groups, computer classes and vocational clubs, where they are looking for work and all kinds of opportunities that help them with their individual goals towards achieving a better life,” Cameron said.

Community support for the Mental Wellness Center is vital since government funding for mental health services has been severely reduced in recent years. The effect has left many community members in limbo.

Every week, Cameron said, the Mental Wellness Center receives calls from the parents of 20 year olds with the quandary that their child is not ill enough to be “in the system” and not well enough to be progressing in life as an adult.

An informed community helps to establish a keen base of caregivers, students and citizens, who believe that treatment and hope are essential for everyone’s mental wellness.

The student education program, Mental Health Matters, teaches sixth-graders the facts about mental health problems and an understanding that depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anorexia, bulimia, attention deficit and anxiety disorders are not only treatable but can happen to anyone. MHM helps students to fight the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders, and the program achieved a 56-percent increase in 2013-2014, serving 750 students.

Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 12-hour course that teaches participants about the risks and warning signs of mental health problems. In 2013-2014, 165 people were served, and a Spanish Mental Health First Aid course will be offered in 2014-2015. Email the Mental Wellness Center to register for the next course, scheduled for Nov. 8, or call 805.884.8440. Pre-registration is required.

Together with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Santa Barbara County, the Mental Wellness Center provides training and education for families with self-care and advocacy. This partnership grew 4 percent in 2013-2014 and now serves 52 people while offeringfree services that include NAMI’s monthly educational meetings and Family-to-Family bilingual course.

Another joint venture is the Healthier Living chronic disease self-management program, in partnership with Sansum Clinic, CenCal Health and the Partners in Care Foundation. This award-winning six-part program was developed by Stanford University for individuals or families to better manage health, lower anxiety, and offer suggestions for better communication with doctors, friends and family.

And the Family Advocate Program at the Mental Wellness Center provides family members with one-on-one support and weekly support groups in English and Spanish. Calls to the program increased following the Isla Vista tragedy in late May, with a 20-percent increase in 2013-2014 leading to the serving of 409 people.

Safe housing options for individuals living with mental health needs also are provided by the Mental Wellness Center, which served 73 people in 2013-2014 and had a waiting list of more than 200 people for units at the Garden Street Apartments, Eleanor Apartments and Casa Juana Maria. Additional forms of housing support include the Housing Assistance Loan Program that provides security deposit assistance for rental housing.

The Mental Wellness Center also assists clients in finding competitive employment services with support at local and private employers. The jobs program provides the business community with a talented labor pool, and referrals from outside agencies dramatically increased by 144 percent in 2013-2014. The program now serves  44 clients.

According to Cameron, all of these programs and the increased awareness of mental health issues lead to a fundamental question for the public to evaluate and consider in order to stem unwarranted discrimination and allow people to live full lives.

“One of the things that we do at the Mental Wellness Center is that we say to people, would you really discriminate against someone who had diabetes or heart disease or any other chronic illnesses?” she said. “No, and so it’s time that we start to understand that mental illness is a biological, chronic disease that needs treatment and support.”

Click here for more information about the Mental Wellness Center, or call 805.884.8440. Click here to make an online donation.

Noozhawk contributing writer Melissa Walker can be reached at mwalker@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Boy George and Culture Club to Perform at Chumash Casino Resort

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Culture Club, the British pop group that took the U.S. music charts by storm in the 1980s, will perform with its original lineup, including frontman Boy George, at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

Tickets for the show are $75, $95, $115, $135 and $155.

Throughout the ’80s, Culture Club racked up seven straight Top 10 hits in the U.K., nine Top 10 singles in the U.S. and became the first band since The Beatles to achieve three top 10 hits from their debut album on the Billboard chart.

Central to the band's appeal was Boy George, whose cross-dressing and heavy make-up created an image that was completely unique on the pop scene. George was also noted for his biting wit and frequently came up with cutting quips that won Culture Club media exposure on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s joined by original members Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion).

They had several international hits with songs such as "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Time (Clock of the Heart)," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Miss Me Blind," "Victims," "It's a Miracle," "The War Song," "Move Away" and "I Just Wanna Be Loved."

The group’s second album, Colour By Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and has been certified quadruple-Platinum in the United States.

Don’t miss an opportunity to see this groundbreaking pop group when it takes the stage in one of the most popular music venues in Santa Barbara County.

Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 18-or-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash or online by clicking here.

Mike Traphagen is a public relations specialist for the Chumash Casino Resort.

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Cynder Sinclair: Tips for Year-End Giving for Nonprofits and Donors

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It’s almost Halloween, and the holidays will be here before we know it. So let the donation requests begin.

Nonprofits are busy preparing their year-end fundraising campaigns, and donors are bracing for mailboxes overflowing with multiple requests. Are you ready? Whether nonprofit or donor, you will feel calmer knowing you have a well-thought-out plan for holiday giving.

8 Tips for Nonprofit End-of-Year Fundraising Campaigns

Holidays are the perfect time for donor response to nonprofit donation appeals. People are tender-hearted and more generous at this time of year. They are also aware that tax-deductible donations made by Dec. 31 will lower their tax liability in April. Consequently, nonprofits eagerly make the most of this window of opportunity. Having a clear plan for your end-of-year fundraising appeal always results in greater success.

Fundraising expert Pamela Grow offers these eight tips for making the most of your nonprofit’s year-end fundraising campaign. She suggests you begin by deciding who in your organization will be responsible for the different portions of your campaign. She emphasizes that everyone has a role to play that will make a major difference in your year-end fundraising.

» 1. Which of your board members can write personal notes or make phone calls to selected donors?

» 2. Do you have board members who might host a house party? Hold a holiday celebration for major donors, board members and close friends.

» 3. Matching gifts provide a perfect incentive for year-end campaigns. Do you have a foundation connection or board member who might step up to the plate?

» 4. Are you sending out holiday cards? Create Thanksgiving cards now, and set aside time for staff, volunteers and board members to hand sign.

» 5. Schedule a thank-a-thon. Make calls to donors, thanking them for their past support. Mobilize your staff and volunteers to help. Answer the question “but what do I SAY to them?” with a fun, brief script for them to use.

» 6. Think about following up your year-end direct mailing with a postcard. Definitely follow up with phone calls. Which members of your team will be responsible?

» 7. Hand-addressed envelopes have a much higher open rate than printed. I love to bake, so in the past I’ve made a pan or two of brownies to entice volunteers, board members and program staff to spend an hour or two hand-addressing envelopes and/or stuffing them. If you have a larger donor database, consider hand-addressing the top 10 to 20 percent of your donors, or those donors you’re targeting for larger gifts.

» 8. You need a thoughtful, integrated course of action if you’re looking to raise the most money possible during year-end season — one that includes major donors, direct mail, online giving and social media, and leaves no stone unturned.

3 Tips for Donors’ End-of-Year Giving

People who make financial gifts to nonprofits are angels in our community. They recognize how the work of nonprofits enrich our entire community, and they want to be part of that rich blessing.

Yet, donors often become overwhelmed by the multitude of requests from organizations doing so much good for all of us. That’s why I like to recommend donors get out ahead of the appeals tsunami by proactively creating their own year-end giving plan — and then stick to it. Here are three strategies that seem to work for most people.

» 1. Identify why you are giving. People make charitable donations for all sorts of excellent reasons. Some believe passionately in a particular cause and want to do all they can to make a difference. Others donate because giving is a deeply held family tradition. Some businesses make charitable donations because they know it will increase their bottom line while benefiting their community. Still others want to do all they can to be part of the solution for a certain problem in their community. Some like the joy of seeing their name high on a public listing of donors.

All reasons for giving are valid, so identify exactly what motivates your own giving.

» 2. Make a list of the causes and organizations that are near and dear to your heart — then do your research. Have you visited their location lately or had a conversation with one of their board or staff members? If not, make an appointment today — they will welcome you with open arms. Have you checked out their website? Websites reveal valuable information about how your funds will be used. Is their mission statement prominent on their website? Are open and transparent with their financial information? Are their board and staff members listed? Do they tell stories about lives they have touched with their work?

Also, take the time to review their 990 tax return at GuideStar. This popular site is chock full of valuable information about each nonprofit. The organization’s 990 will give you a good idea about how they spend their resources and how they are funded.

» 3. Determine which giving vehicles work best for you. The giving method you choose will usually influence the amount you decide to give. The quickest way to donate is to write a check or click the donate button on the nonprofit’s website. You can also consider giving your assets like a car or real estate. One of the most popular methods is including the charity in your will. If you have reached 70½, you can make cash donations to IRS-approved charities directly out of your traditional IRA.

Donating securities eliminates tax on long-term capital gains and offers an immediate charitable deduction. Gifting your retirement assets allows you to make the gift from the most highly taxed assets. Making a gift of life insurance offers a current income tax deduction and allows you to make a large gift with little cost to yourself. Setting up a family foundation appeals to some high net worth individuals because it is the best way to make sure your donation totally matches your values and interests.

Donating through donor-advised funds is becoming more popular. These funds are charitable giving accounts offered by a sponsoring organization, such as the Santa Barbara Foundation, that are designed as an accessible, simple and less expensive alternative to private foundations. Put your money in, let the sponsoring institution manage it, and then make a donation to the cause of your choice.

Giving circles such as the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, which is under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Foundation, are relatively new to the philanthropic scene but are gaining ground rapidly. Making your donation through a giving circle is both fun and practical. Arranging for a planned gift such as a charitable remainder trust, a charitable lead trust or a charitable gift annuity has a variety of benefits and is best handled by a financial professional.

Regardless of why you give or which organizations you donate to or which vehicles you use for your donation, creating your own plan that reflects your personal preferences will help you feel more in control and prepared for this year’s end of year donation appeals. Always remember, you are an angel in our community and we all applaud your generosity and caring heart.

— Dr. Cynder Sinclair is a consultant to nonprofits and founder and CEO of Nonprofit Kinect. She has been successfully leading nonprofits for 30 years and holds a doctorate in organizational management. To read her blog, click here. To read her previous articles, click here. She can be contacted at 805.689.2137 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The opinions expressed are her own.

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Paramedic Students Selected to Receive Christopher Meadows Memorial Scholarship

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Five Central California paramedic students from a five-county region have been selected as the 2014-15 Christopher Meadows Memorial Paramedic Scholarship recipients following interviews held this past Saturday at Cuesta College.

The awardees are Dustin Bury and Jonathan Nugent from NCTI in Santa Barbara, Taylor Alaimo from Foothill College in Los Altos, Danielle Vidal from WestMed College in San Jose and Natacia Garcia from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

A record number of paramedic students from a five-county region applied for the $3,000 memorial scholarships, which is given out annually to Central California EMS workers pursuing paramedic education. The scholarship has now been awarded to 12 students over its five-year existence.

“The response this year was overwhelming, and we had an incredibly talented group of applicants, making our decision harder than usual,” said Tim Meadows, Christopher’s father and interview committee member. “It is humbling to see so many selfless individuals who have chosen such a noble profession — helping others in their darkest hour.”

About the Recipients

» Dustin Bury — Bury attends NCTI paramedic school in Santa Barbara. A native of Ojai, Dustin works as a firefighter/lead EMT for the U.S. Forest Service. His desire is to become a firefighter/paramedic.

» Jonathan Nugent — Nugent is also a student at NCTI. He hails from Granada Hills, and is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in environmental engineering. He works as an EMT for American Medical Response in Santa Clarita.

» Taylor Alaimo — Alaimo attends Foothill College’s paramedic program. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a combat medic in Afghanistan. He is from Soquel, and is inspired to continue in a career as a first responder.

» Danielle Vidal — Vidal is a native of San Jose and attends WestMed College. She is also a graduate from UC Davis, with a degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior. After graduation, she plans to become a full-time paramedic in Santa Clara County.

» Natacia Garcia — The first to go to college in her family, Garcia attended Butte College and is enrolled in the Central Coast Paramedic Program at Cuesta College. She works for San Luis Ambulance and plans to continue in the field as a paramedic and skills trainer.

— Tim Meadows represents the Christopher Meadows Education Fund.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Measure P, Because My Dad Would Say So

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I want to put this out in the world of Santa Barbara County. I don’t know everything about anything, but I do know a bit about science, and the history of our area. I also call among my friends and family people who make their living working in the oil industry; they are good people, made of all the right stuff, and I respect their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So, I am going to get personal with you all, in this land that we share and call home. You should vote yes on Measure P, because my dad would say so ...

When I think of my dad, I love to look at the black and white picture of him playing football with friends on the Sands below Isla Vista in 1960. It is one of those old pictures that gives you the year in the white border. But it was 1969, the year that I was born, that I really try to imagine what he was doing.

The same year that our ocean and shoreline were covered in black, gooey oil from Jalama to Rincon. When a gargantuan oil spill that lasted for months, from a burst pipe off Platform A, covered from Point Conception to the Ventura County line. I wonder if he joined others in our community in scooping gooey tar into jars, and sending those jars to each and every member of the United States Senate. Not a very romantic task, but someone had to speak up and be the force of good, commit to protecting our coastline and all the life that comes from it.

Our lives are very much dependent on the health of our oceans and freshwater — on our access and availability to fresh, clean water, which you lump together with the global climate crisis. Yes, climate change is a very real issue that we are reminded of daily with the weather report, or as my friends joyously surf and swim with no wetsuits. Our oceans have never been warmer. But it is the local issues we must be focusing on, protecting our water supply, because it is nothing less than protecting our way of life, and all of our livelihoods.

Have you read about the towns in Texas where their taps ran dry? Yes, no more water comes out when you turn on the faucet. Livestock being sold off — before they die, hopefully. But it is hard to find buyers for agricultural goods when the drought is everywhere. Do you think Santa Barbara is immune from issues of drought, or that it just couldn't happen here? Of course not, because it already is here. We are in the third year of a drought, with no certain relief in sight. Is it all just too much too believe? Read for yourself: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/11/texas-tragedy-ample-oil-no-water or http://www.peoplesworld.org/texas-towns-run-dry-as-private-water-trumps-public-need/.

Of course, that we are in a climate crisis is the overriding scientific consensus — and fracking produces greenhouse gases at more than four times the rate of the old methods of gas extraction — something like 97 percent of the scientific community agrees; it is no longer a question of debate. Yet there are scientists (in that 3 percent) whose profits derive from the oil industry itself, who speak in front of government committees, testifying about the science of their practices. Interestingly enough, one of these scientists, with money from the oil industry, was a founding member of the geology department at UCSB, and his face and name is one appearing on the No on P materials (http://www.geol.ucsb.edu/DeptHistory/DEPT_HIST_ms.htm). Obviously, they must have more scientific data about the practice of fracking and high-pressure steam injection, or acidization.

The main thrust of their argument is that the language of Measure P, which amends SB 4, is unclear and therefore open to litigation. The language can only be as clear as the science is possible to present, and in a field of an evolving science, we need to be able to amend the laws to protect ourselves. This is what Yes on P does. Please read for yourself: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB4.

The language is not any more susceptible to legal challenge than any piece of legislation. All legislation is open to legal challenge; it is part of our checks and balances, a founding principle of our government. It is that way to protect the people from those who would seek to profit at their expense. Furthermore, the oil companies have been claiming the exact concoction of chemicals they use, are trade secrets, or “proprietary,” thus they don't need to tell us exactly what they are injecting into our ground and water (http://www.willistonherald.com/most_recent/fracking-company-considers-revealing-secret-chemicals/article_0af28f9a-ccb3-11e3-af07-001a4bcf887a.html).

You say that a measure like this should only be a last resort. I would counter that this is a last resort. Do you think the oil industry will self-regulate? Sacrificing great profit, for the good of the community? I thought about writing a letter to my oil friends asking: If you don’t frack, then why don't you come out in favor of P? It would be a huge gesture, which would garner you great support from the community, you could actually be stewards of our environment. But as my geneticist, marine-science friend pointed out, it is because they want to frack, they want their "due" profits, no matter the cost to the surrounding neighbors and livelihoods, or the future costs to humanity.

Dad taught me to think scientifically, question the data, make choices based on facts rather than opinions, and to understand bias and seek to recognize your own, and when you have exhausted all the facts, you follow your gut. When we are operating in complete honesty, when all factors are transparent — we do know — it is something elemental in being human. We instinctually want things to be fair, we know what is right. And when we are trying to discuss these matters, where science and life and self-interest come together — we need to speak in plain English. Never should we use science or data to overwhelm clear-thought, or to deceive people into doing something. Why would we vote to allow something we know is not good for us?

Fracking is not good for us, Santa Barbara, for our water, for our bodies or for our planet.

It is, as you point out, good for the oil industry’s profits. And I fear we have a case of the means justifying the ends, but the ends, the profit, is short-lived and not as much as they would have you believe.

Tammy Merritt
Santa Barbara

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New VP of Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Honored with ‘40 Under 40’ Award

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Arie Dejong, the new vice president of Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, has received the “40 Under 40” award from the Pacific Coast Business Times.

The award recognizes 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40 in the Tri-County area.

Dejong joined Cottage Health System in 2013 to manage the completion of the new, $126 million Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.

The new hospital will include 152,000 square feet, and will feature lifesaving Emergency Care (expanding from eight beds to 20), the Cottage Center for Orthopedics, the award-winning Center for Wound Management (doubling the number of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers from two to four chambers), expanded physical therapy services, and 44 private patient rooms and eight intensive care unit rooms.

Dejong manages current hospital operations, the rebuilding of the new hospital, the building of a new medical office building and lease commitments from physicians, and the hospital move preparations for more than 300 employees.

He comes to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital from the Seton Healthcare Family, Austin, Texas, where he was vice president and chief operating officer. At Seton he oversaw the financial and quality performance of the hospital and nine primary care and specialty clinics, home health and hospice with a combined $150 million in gross revenues.

“Arie’s leadership style is one that encourages a high level of accountability, professionalism and vision,” said Ron Werft, president and CEO of Cottage Health System. “He has shown in his brief time with Cottage that he represents the core values of excellence, integrity, and compassion. Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is fortunate to have someone of his caliber at the helm.”

— Maria Zate is the manager of marketing and public affairs for Cottage Health System.

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BFAS Attorney Naomi Dewey Named President of Santa Barbara County Bar

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Naomi Dewey will be sworn in as president of the Santa Barbara County Bar on Thursday.

Naomi Dewey
Naomi Dewey

Dewey has served on the board of the County Bar for a number of years, and has been on the Executive Committee since 2010.

Dewey is a principal at Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray specializing in general counsel and litigation services for private clients, foundations, nonprofits and small-business owners with a focus on employment law, construction and real estate.

Super Lawyer Magazine honored her as Rising Star for 2013 and 2014. With this designation, Dewey is recognized of one of the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in California. Super Lawyer Magazine evaluates outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of professional achievement.

“The Santa Barbara County Bar is recognized as one of the strongest in California,” Dewey said. “Our membership grows each year, and we are very fortunate to serve such a diverse legal population.

“In addition to representing attorneys throughout the county, we serve as a liaison between elected officials, judges and lawyers on key issues such as court funding and access to justice. This year, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association was able to support Legal Aid with a $20,000 donation to fund programs for low income residents who might not otherwise be able to afford legal help.”

Dewey has been active with many local and regional organizations, including the National Association of Business Owners, California Women Lawyers and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers.

Dewey can be reached at ndewey@bfaslaw.com.

— Marjorie Large is a publicist representing Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray.

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Ron Fink: Energy Storage Targets — Sacramento Out of Control, Out of Touch

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On Oct. 7, the Lompoc City Council discussed “Energy Storage Targets,” which was signed into law when the governor signed Assembly Bill 2514 on Sept. 29, 2010. This bill and the requirements generated by it are ample reasons to turn some politicians in Sacramento out of office!

Prior to passing the bill, there were numerous brownouts and power outages during “high use periods” throughout the state. Most were during the heat of summer when customer demand in all of those hermetically-sealed buildings was very high. These buildings are a result of high density development, which is favored as a way to pack as many people as possible into urban areas.

In California, our elected leaders feel a strong need to champion as many pieces of legislation as they possibly can each session to demonstrate how hard they are working for the people. This is why we are so overregulated and why things cost so much. It is also why businesses are moving elsewhere to a more business-friendly state.

So now that the problem had been identified by technology-challenged legislatures, a solution was needed, and who best to come up with it than a bunch of politicians sitting in — you guessed it — a hermetically-sealed Capitol wondering if the air conditioning was going to last through the day?

AB 2514, “Energy Storage Systems,” was authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a Democrat. It was fast-tracked and passed 48-27 on a party-line vote.

In the context of this bill, “Energy Storage (ES)” means “commercially available technology that is capable of absorbing energy, storing it for a period of time, and thereafter dispatching said energy.” That’s regulatory talk for batteries. So their brilliant solution was to have each electrical service utility build and maintain large battery banks similar to the uninterrupted power systems many people employ for computer systems and emergency lights.

To me, this demonstrates a serious flaw in the cognitive powers of the people who have been elected to serve our state in Sacramento. Just how big of a battery would you need to store enough power for a small city like Lompoc or a larger one like Santa Barbara?

For Lompoc, the city staff says, “The only current ES technology available that the city’s electric utility could finance and feasibly construct are battery energy storage systems (BESS).” Their conclusion is that the industry may not be ready yet and that “technology maturity and risks are important variables to consider prior to committing to a multimillion-dollar project.”

They estimated that the initial construction cost for the system needed to satisfy the storage targeted in AB 2514 would be about a $3 million capital cost for a system with a service life of only 10 years — that means they would have to replace the whole thing and dispose of the hazardous waste every 10 years. It would also take a new full-time employee and at least $200,000 a year to maintain the system.

According to the staff report, “The cost of a BESS to fully cover the loss of PG&E’s transmission source for two hours would be over $50 million, just for equipment. The cost to cover the loss of every distribution transformer in the city would be over $240 million. Alternatively, BESS could be installed at strategic locations throughout the city at a minimum capital cost of $200,000 per site for residential areas and at least $2 million for commercial customer sites.”

And these are just estimates, and we all know how good the government is at estimating the cost of things they build.

The action the council took that night was to find that it wasn’t cost effective for Lompoc to adopt this technology.

So why should you worry about what Lompoc does anyway? Well, this legislation applies to the entire state of California, that’s why.

The total cost to cities larger that Lompoc could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and the only way to recover the costs of these systems comes from your pocket. And most power outages last for more than two hours, so after spending all that money, the best we could hope for is just a short respite until the power went out.

Wouldn’t it have been wiser to increase the system capacity by adding power plants? Oh, I am sorry; I forgot that the current ruling majority is dead set against allowing new power plants to be built.

Well maybe they wouldn’t say that they don’t want new power plants, but they virtually eliminate the possibility of building new plants by creating rules that prevent constructing dams to produce hydroelectric power, nuclear power, fossil fuel plants and other traditional sources of power generation.

Think this over carefully. Can we afford to continue subsidizing this kind of thinking?

— Ron Fink, a Lompoc resident since 1975, is retired from the aerospace industry and has been active with Lompoc municipal government commissions and committee since 1992, including 12 years on the Lompoc Planning Commission. He is also a voting member of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association. Contact him at news@noozhawk.com. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Letter to the Editor: There’s No Need to Frack in Santa Barbara County

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I’m writing because I think that voters need help to sort out the facts from the fear: There is no need to frack in Santa Barbara County.

Our geology simply isn't amenable to this method because generally the ground naturally has many of the fractures that are the goal of hydraulic fracturing. Secondly, and most importantly, there are already strict ordinances in place that would require the Board of Supervisors to approve any project of that nature.

The truth is that Measure P is not about protecting water; it aims to shut down onshore oil production. Supporters claim existing permitted work is exempt but do not know or refuse to acknowledge that energy production requires obtaining permits on an ongoing basis.

If Measure P passes, those new permits will be prohibited, which will put an end to the oil industry onshore in Santa Barbara County. It will cost the county millions in tax revenue, over a thousand jobs, and force us to import oil from foreign countries with no environmental regulations on oil production.

Measure P is does not protect Santa Barbara County. As a geologist, an environmentalist and a concerned citizen, I am voting no on Measure P and encouraging our community to do the same.

Eric White
Santa Barbara

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Quadruple-Murder Arraignment Delayed Until December

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Nicolas Holzer is accused of slaying his parents and two sons in August

A man indicted by the grand jury for allegedly murdering his parents and two children in August appeared in Santa Barbara Superior Court on Tuesday, but his arraignment on the charges was postponed until December.

Nicolas Holzer, 45,  was indicted earlier this month on four counts of murder.

Authorities say Holzer called 9-1-1 late on Aug. 11 to report that he had murdered his family in their home in the 600 block of Walnut Park Lane near Goleta.

Responding deputies found four bodies with multiple stab wounds, and the victims were identified as Holzer's parents and two children: William Charles Holzer, 73, Sheila Garard Holzer, 74, Sebastian Holzer, 13, and Vincent Holzer, 10.

The family’s Australian shepherd, Dixie, also had been stabbed to death.

Holzer entered a not-guilty plea last month, and appeared before Judge Frank Ochoa Tuesday. The case was continued until Dec. 2, when it will be heard before Judge Brian Hill.

The indictment lists the same charges as the initial criminal complaint against Holzer, and was turned over to the defense on Monday.

Holzer's attorney, Christine Voss, now has a turn to read the indictment transcript of the grand jury proceedings that were done in secret, and may order the transcript to be sealed so that it cannot be accessed by the public in the near future.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen told Noozhawk earlier this month that the grand jury indictment allows the trial to move forward at a faster pace because it eliminates the need for a preliminary hearing.

"We're taking the prosecution very seriously," he said.

If convicted, Holzer is facing the possibility of a life sentence for each count of murder without the possibility of parole.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Anacapa School to Hold Admissions Open House on Nov. 5

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Anacapa School will host an admissions open house for enrollment in fall 2015 on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

At the open house, you will have the opportunity to see the school's cozy downtown campus and hear directly from some of Anacapa's well-spoken, kind, inquisitive students, who will be offering guided tours starting at 5 p.m. with a formal program at 5:30 p.m.

You can choose a school for your kids, or an astonishingly vibrant educational experience that starts their life on an exuberant path. Anacapa is the first step toward extraordinary: rigorous academics, unparalleled civic involvement from our downtown location, arts & humanities, intimate class size. Anacapa is building America’s leaders.

Anacapa School’s open house is an excellent opportunity for students and their families to see the Anacapa experience first hand.

Anacapa School is an independent, co-educational, WASC-accredited, college preparatory day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Founded in 1981, Anacapa offers rigorous academics, unparalleled civic involvement, arts and humanities at its historic campus located in the heart of the Santa Barbara civic center.

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Representatives from UC Campuses, Research Labs Meet to Discuss Carbon Neutrality Initiative

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In November 2013, at her first Board of Regents meeting, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced a forward-looking sustainability effort that would have the entire UC system achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The Carbon Neutrality Initiative commits UC to balancing its net greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and vehicle fleet with renewable forms of energy, as well as reducing emissions from the outset through energy efficiency.

“The carbon-neutrality initiative is an enormously ambitious and unprecedented undertaking for the UC system,” said David Auston, executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency, “and it is also a unique opportunity to collaborate and apply UC’s world-renowned research expertise to accomplish the goal.”

Auston will conduct a seminar on the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Engineering Sciences Building, Room 1001. The event is free and open to the public.

No Small Feat

Carbon neutrality is no small feat for the 10-campus system, which aims to be the first university system in the country to zero out its carbon footprint.

In addition to accommodating the growth needed to address demand for higher education in California and to stay on the forefront of research worldwide, each campus has its own unique challenges: energy-intensive laboratories and medical centers, different energy portfolios and varying physical and policy constraints. Added to this is the need for behavioral change across each campus, without which the carbon neutrality goal cannot be achieved.

However, each campus also has its strengths in both research and practice, and those strengths are what representatives from the campuses were looking to align in a Carbon Neutrality Applied Research Workshop on Oct. 8 and 9. Over the course of two days, participants — who represented both the research end and the physical facilities know-how of each campus, as well as major research partners and authorities on California’s energy and climate policies — came together for transdisciplinary collaborations to conquer what Napolitano called a “steep mountain” of effort for the UC System to become carbon-neutral in a decade. The workshop was hosted by UCSB’s IEE.

Encouraged by the shared energy efficiency triumph represented by UCSB materials professor Shuji Nakamura’s recent Nobel win for the blue LED, and motivated by a video message from Napolitano, the workshop participants got off to a running start.

“When I arrived at UC about a year ago, I was impressed with the wide range of research being done to address climate change,” Napolitano said. “I was also impressed by the commitment the campuses and medical centers had to carbon neutrality and the many strategies and programs launched to achieve it.” Napolitano praised campus living laboratory successes enabled by UC research efforts, and encouraged the further involvement of UC’s graduate and undergraduate students in climate neutrality research solutions.  

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A photovoltaic project at UCSB's Parking Structure 22 will supply electricity to the nearby Student Resources Building. (Andrew Riley photo)

UC campuses are already working toward greener facilities and technologies, such as UC Davis’s West Village student housing that is the largest planned zero net energy community in the country, and UC Riverside’s recently launched Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative. At UCSB, several projects are aimed at a more energy-efficient campus, including recent retrofits of student housing, and a student-funded initiative that will provide photovoltaic power to the campus’s Student Resources Building.

The goal of the workshop was to develop and prioritize a list of key research areas for investment, focused on applicable solutions for carbon neutrality. Strategies for collaborative funding, entrepreneurship, private-public partnerships — balanced with longer-term investments in breakthrough science — were also deemed essential in research prioritization.

“I think we have more ideas now,” said Wendell Brase, vice chancellor for administrative services at UC Irvine, and co-chair of Napolitano’s Global Climate Leadership Council. “There are opportunities to bring together synergies we hadn’t discovered yet. Every campus has something to bring to the table.”

Strengths and Challenges

The participants reached an early consensus that the most challenging research topic, as well as one of the most important actions to take, would be to find alternatives to natural gas. It is the single largest source of emissions in the UC system and a fuel source that is widely used for both heating and electricity generation by on-site co-generation plants.

“Statewide, there are a lot of organic, fermentable biomass resources in urban as well as rural areas, and underutilized agricultural and food processing residues that can be converted to biogas,” said Stephen Kaffka, cooperative extension agronomist at the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The statewide network of agriculturally focused UC researchers and educators, includes several UC colleges of agricultural sciences, research and extension centers and UC Cooperative Extension. “Probably the largest sources could be organic matter in urban regions from municipal solid waste and yard wastes,” he said, pointing out that the generation of biomethane from organic waste could be an excellent collaboration from which UC campuses and their surrounding communities could benefit.

While biomethane is a promising alternative energy source, further research would be necessary to assess cost-effectiveness, local availability of supply, distribution, regulatory policies and other factors, according to the participants. Other alternatives need to be explored as well, they added, including options such as fuel cells and geothermal heat pumps.

On-site solar energy and wholesale purchases of renewable energy also surfaced as potential options for UC’s new carbon-neutral energy portfolio, and members suggested examining state regulatory issues and constraints for potential solutions or recommendations for policy revisions.

California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, who gave the workshop’s keynote speech, also noted the broader relevance of UC’s effort: “The UC system’s carbon neutrality enterprise will develop and apply much-needed new systems and practices, and will produce an impressive array of high-performing facilities. But the potential impact of this effort goes far beyond. UC’s globally recognized academic horsepower will generate knowledge that will prove valuable throughout our economy; and the UC staff and students involved will emerge as leaders and emissaries in the sustainability field.”

Many other research suggestions and options for capital improvements were brought up over the two-day workshop, as contributors discussed topics such as intelligent building controls; efficient building technologies; storage and use of excess renewable energy; and simultaneous land use for large scale energy generation as well as for agricultural operations and ecosystem preservation. Over-arching themes included data collection and modeling and economic, policy and behavioral analyses. A very preliminary suggestion called for the possible use of Site 300 — a 7,000-acre remote test site operated by UC’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — as a systemwide test-bed for developing and evaluating solar and wind technologies and system integration, including the possible need for on-site storage. Emphasis was also given to the exploration of areas where funding can serve both long-term basic research and short-term carbon neutrality goals.

Next Steps

Findings and recommendations from this workshop will be sent to the UC Council of Vice Chancellors for Research as well as to the UC Global Climate Leadership Council for further evaluation and next steps, which may include additional workshops to develop certain areas for strategic research, as well as other relevant issues, such as the nexus of water, climate and energy in California and its relevance to the 2025 carbon neutrality goal.

“From the research perspective, UC is uniquely positioned to rise to the 2025 Carbon Neutral challenge by drawing on the rich intellectual resources of its faculty, students and staff,” said UC San Diego Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown, who co-chaired the workshop. “If successful, this could be a model with impact that goes far beyond the university and influences the state, nation and the world.”

— Sonia Fernandez represents the UCSB Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

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San Marcos Marching Band and Dance Guard Earn Second Straight Win

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The San Marcos High School Marching Band and Dance Guard had another successful weekend, this time at the Simi Valley High School Field Tournament on Saturday.

This field event is part of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association circuit.

The Royals took home first place in Guard, Percussion, Music, Music Effect, Visual and Visual Effect, resulting in a first-place finish in Division 2A and is the second win in as many tries.

This was the second competition of the year for the Royals.

"We are very happy with our performance this past weekend, but we know we still have a long way to go to reach our potential," drum major Nadine Lising said. "We know we are moving up a division for the state championships, so we still have a long road ahead of us. But this group is very motivated.”

The next competition for San Marcos will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Moorpark High School.

The show is titled "The Domino Effect" and was designed by Michael Kiyoi, Idonarose Orr and Lozell Henderson. It features music by Radiohead with drill by Eric Salas. Other staff include Jon Fernandez, Dave Thompson, Perry Chantes, Jack Trieger, Vincent Gonzales and Jacob Swartz.

If you wish to support the San Marcos Marching Band and Dance Guard, please contact Michael Kiyoi at mkiyoi@sbsdk12.org or donate on PayPal to smbandboosters@gmail.com.

— Aaron Solis represents San Marcos High School.

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Competition Heating Up for Sunday’s Santa Barbara Chowder Fest

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The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County in conjunction with Santa Barbara Food & Home Magazine is proud to present the fifth annual Santa Barbara Chowder Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Bacara Resort & Spa.

The Santa Barbara Chowder Fest attracts dozens of restaurants competing for "Chowder Champ" judged both by a professional panel and by festival attendees. Local celebrity judges this year are KEYT senior reporter John Palmenteri, Dan Russo, Charles Fredricks from the Santa Barbara City College Culinary School and personal chef Edie Robertson.

Come join us to sample the delectable edibles of over 20 local restaurants who will compete for bragging rights in categories “Chowder Champ,” “People’s Choice,” and “Most Creative Chowder.”

The Santa Barbara Chowder Fest has quickly become a local favorite on Santa Barbara's festival circuit and promises to be even better than last year. Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine, great beer and a host of other delicious treats apart from award-winning Clam or Creative chowder.

Participating local food merchants include The Boathouse Restaurant, Chuck's Waterfront Grill, Bacara Bistro, Mac's Fish and Chips, Cultured and Saucy, China Pavillion, Via Maestra, Scarlett Begonia, Fork & Finch Restaurant, Lazy Acres Market, Enterprise Fish Co., Belcampo, Crazy Good Bread, Pizza My Heart, Chase Restaurant, Santa Monica Seafood, Three Pickles, Max's, Ojai Jelly, Crocodile Bar, Santa Barbara Shellfish Co. and Whole Foods Market.

Beer and wine libations will be provided by Summerland Winery, Grassini Family Vineyards, Foley Wines, Demetria Estate, Cocquelicot Winery, Silver Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Giessinger Winery, Lucas & Lewellen Winery, Stolpman Vineyards & Winery,  Whitcraft Winery, Brander Vineyards, Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyards, Oreana Winery, Telegraph Brewery, Cutler's Spirits, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Lagunita Brewery, Island Brewery and Firestone Brewery.

Dancing to live music provided by “The Clams,” exciting auction items and the opportunity to win a raffle for 52 bottles of wine round out this event.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the Legal Aid Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides free help to those who in our community who have limited resources for legal protection against family violence, guardianships for minor children, housing discrimination, consumer fraud, financial abuse against elders or other vulnerable residents of Santa Barbara County.

Tickets for this fabulous event are $65 for online purchase up to Friday or $75 at the door.For more tickets and information, click here or call Donna Reeves at the Legal Aid Foundation at 805.963.6754.

— Donna Reeves represents the Santa Barbara Chowder Fest Committee.

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On-Duty Ventura Sheriff’s Deputy Struck and Killed

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Eugene Kostiuchenko

A deputy killed in the line of duty early Tuesday was an 11-year veteran with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, said Sheriff Geoff Dean.

Eugene Kostiuchenko, 41, was struck and killed by a vehicle in Camarillo while conducting a traffic stop, officials said.

He is survived by his wife and two stepchildren, Dean said.

Kostiuchenko, who was declared dead at the scene, was assigned to the Camarillo patrol unit. He previously worked in the sheriff's Office of Emergency Services and in detention services.

In a joint press conference with the California Highway Patrol, Dean called the incident a tragedy, not only for the Sheriff's Office but for fellow officers and the community.

As of 6:45 a.m., the crime scene remained intact except for the Kostiuchenko's body, which was removed from the scene. Debris was scattered on the side of the road near where the deputy was struck.

The two law enforcement agencies, as well as Caltrans, were on scene, and accident investigators were working in reconstructing the crime, said CHP Lt. Mike Brown.

Kostiuchenko was conducting a traffic stop about 1:15 a.m. near Highway 101 and Lewis Road in Camarillo when a motorist unrelated to the traffic stop struck him, officials said.

The motorist fled the area and then crashed his vehicle near Highway 101 and Las Posas Road in Camarillo, officials said.

The motorist, Kevin Hogrefe, 25, of Camarillo, was captured and arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, and further charges were pending, Reid said.

The investigation was ongoing and being handled by the California Highway Patrol, officials said.

[Click here for updates to this story from the Ventura County Star]

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Cinema in Focus: ‘John Wick’

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1 Star — Destructive

It is rare that we see a film that is so void of any positive values. John Wick wins the award for the most gory gunshots to the heads of bad guys of any movie in recent history.

Wick (Keanu Reeves), who left the mafia to get married and settle down, is left in a vulnerable position after his wife unexpectedly dies as the result of an illness. So, when another bad guy’s son shoots Wick’s puppy, it unleashes a pit-bull response that rips dozens, if not hundreds, of other bad guys from the face of the Earth and sends them to another form of the Hell in which they live.

Don’t look for any socially redeeming value other than the fact that bad guys are taken off the street. This is not a film about justice being served. Rather, it is about vengeance being experienced.

In many ways, this film is a natural extension of the video game world in which so many young people live today. You get points for how many people you can shoot in a one-minute period. Killing them is not enough, though; you have to do it with enough blood and gore to get the audience to think that this is “Chainsaw Massacre Revisited” or some similar celebration of gratuitous violence.

If we could have given a film a “negative 1,” we would have. This takes the prize for the worst film of the year!

Discussion

» Do you think vengeance is every justified? What if it was Wick’s wife rather than his dog that was killed? What happens when we go far beyond an eye for an eye and give death for a dog’s death?

» This is the debut film for director David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Having had a long career as stunt men, it is as though they have gory stunts for no purpose. Derek Kolstad wrote the screenplay, but it is only his third script and lacks depth. What would you have done to make the film better?

— Cinema in Focus is a social and spiritual movie commentary. Hal Conklin is a former mayor of Santa Barbara and Denny Wayman is pastor of Free Methodist Church, 1435 Cliff Drive. For more reviews, visit www.cinemainfocus.com, or follow them on Twitter: @CinemaInFocus. The opinions expressed are their own.

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Halloween Party Helps Bring Volunteers Back to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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This Halloween, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will wrap up the Community Gifts portion of its multiyear comprehensive Seed the Future campaign.

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Jim and Kathie McClure dressed as hippies for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden director’s Halloween party in 2009.

The fundraising team for Community Gifts consists mostly of volunteer docents, with no fundraising experience, many of whom had once been part of a volunteer strike at the garden. But today, they are just a few thousand dollars away from reaching their goal of raising $100,000 in small gifts from the community and winning a matching gift from the Mericos Foundation.

At least one of these volunteers counts a Halloween party three years ago as part of her journey back to the heart of the garden.

Kathie McClure, a retired school teacher, has been a docent at the garden for 23 years. But in the spring of 2009, she joined other volunteers in a strike to force some action on the many issues threatening the future of the garden. By late summer, the board took a new direction and requested that the volunteers, including McClure, be involved in the selection of a new executive director. When Steve Windhager was chosen, most of the volunteers began to trickle back.

“We had cautious hopes for a new direction, but had yet to see it in action,” McClure said. “When Steve invited everyone — every single volunteer, staff person, trustee, donor, everyone — to his house for a Halloween party that year, I was stunned. In nearly 20 years volunteering, I had never been invited to the director’s house, or to anything with staff and trustees. My husband and I were dressed as hippies, with crazy wild wigs. As I stood there sharing a peace sign with a staff person, I just knew everything was going to be OK.”

McClure still gives school tours as a docent, and for the past nine months has also worked on the Community Gifts Committee with a team of other docents and volunteers to raise money for Seed the Future.

“Of course, as a teacher, I believe in giving children a good future," she said, "hopefully one that is full of the beauty and diversity of the native plants that we have in the garden."

But McClure admits that support of the mission of the garden would probably not have been enough to get her involved in fundraising.

“It was more about family,” she says, “and maybe a few painkillers.”

McClure recalls that she had been on bed rest with pain medication due to a water skiing accident when Seed the Future Community Gifts chairwoman Carolyn Kincaid Henderson called and asked her to join the team.

“I am not sure I even knew what team I was joining, but I knew I wanted to work with Carolyn and the other great volunteers from the garden,” McClure said.

With just two weeks to go, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is over 83 percent of the way toward reaching its goal for the Community Gifts Challenge matching gift from the Mericos Foundation. The Community Gifts Challenge is the final phase of a three-year, $14 million fundraising campaign that will allow the garden to rebuild from the Jesusita Fire. Funds will be used to build a conservation center, plant new gardens and create exhibit areas to enhance the garden's ability to foster a love of California native plants through conservation, research and education.

This Halloween, McClure and her husband will be back at Windhager’s house for the annual costume party. She won’t say what this year’s costume will be, but she does hope to be celebrating success in her first fundraising campaign.

“Every donation I bring in makes me happy we never gave up on the garden and that I am part of making this beautiful place and beautiful family of support even brighter,” she said.

You can help McClure meet the goal before Halloween by showing your support with a donation of any amount by clicking here.

— Rebecca Mordini is the communications coordinator for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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Goleta Council Weighs In on Design Plans for City Hall

By | Published on 10/27/2014

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Architects move forward with plans for the proposed Goleta Civic Center at the site of the Goleta Valley Community Center

The Goleta City Council on Monday weighed in on design plans for its potential new home within the Goleta Civic Center project, which could feature a two-story parking garage, third-floor council chambers and plenty of open green space.

After incorporating suggestions from two public workshops, planners presented an update on the proposed Civic Center and City Hall feasibility study during a special afternoon meeting.

Officials hope to move the current City Hall at 130 Cremona Drive to the seven-acre site of the Goleta Valley Community Center on Hollister Avenue in Old Town.

Council members were tasked with providing direction to designers at Ventura-based RNT Architects, not approving specific plans. 

A major takeaway included council directing staff to begin negotiating with the Goleta Union School District to buy three acres adjacent to the proposed site, the location of a bus yard and Operation School Bell, an organization that works to clothe needy local children.

Some decisions with the project include how much parking to include and how much space is needed to house a police substation, library branch, council chambers, city hall, Head Start school, Girls & Boys Club and a Rainbow Bridge School.

Tyson Cline of RNT Architects said about 500 parking spaces would be required to accommodate city employees and facility users, suggesting a joint-use option with local businesses.

“This is actually a work in progress model,” Cline said. “We’re still kind of in the 'dream mode.'"

Council members favored a “courtyard scheme” leaving the community center front and center, with a central green space instead of parking along Hollister Avenue and with City Hall located directly behind it, accessible through a separate entrance in a courtyard between the buildings.

Another option would’ve been to have City Hall and the council chambers flanking either side of the community center in a “front-door scheme.”

After considering six commercial properties adjacent to the community center for potential spaces from 5723-5755 Hollister Ave., council members focused on a lot near Rutherford Street that could help attain the 447 desired parking spaces — 165 onsite, 182 in a structure and 100 adjacent.

Cline said residents seemed especially in favor of preserving green space, the architectural integrity of the community center building and educational programs.

Locals also favored plans that address traffic congestion, use ground-level parking and assume a connection with the future Ekwill Road extension.

Council members suggested putting more surface-level parking on the west side, opposite from the parking structure, and providing more space for recreational needs, such as a skate park or pool.

“The bones of the civic center need to be in place,” City Councilman Jim Farr said. “Amenities could come later. You can do a ton of things with (10 acres).”

With the proposed design scheme, all buildings would be one level except the parking garage and the three-story City Hall, which would be higher at its center so council chambers could look down on the courtyard.

Keeping the branch library at the forefront was a priority for the council, along with allowing access to the future Ekwill Road extension and exploring whether police services should be within city hall or separate and if commercial space for lease could be built.

Staff said more formal plans would likely be back for more discussion at City Council in February.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Pool Business Riding Wave of Success in Santa Barbara Ahead of Possible Restrictions

By | Published on 10/27/2014

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The city has mandated covers to reduce evaporation but so far has not limited the building of pools, spas and fountains during the drought

Jim Gaskin remembers the rough times, when locals weren’t looking to put pools in their backyards and his business took a hard hit.

The pool installation gig has picked up in the years since the latest recession, however, and, somehow, Tri-County Pools seems to be having its best sales year in a long time.

Gaskin had hoped the worst was behind him, but the drought could prompt new regulations to put a damper on his Carpinteria-based business, which serves Santa Barbara and specializes in building high-end, custom-made pools on residential and commercial properties.

“We got through that; I just don’t want to go through it again,” Gaskin told Noozhawk. “Drought would be a real killer.”

So far, Gaskin and other businesses building pools, spas and fountains have been able to continue pulling permits, even as much of the South Coast is under stage two drought status.

All residential and commercial pools and spas must be covered when they’re not in use to reduce evaporation, and they can’t be refilled more than a third of their volume without prior authorization, according to Madeline Ward, acting water conservation coordinator with Santa Barbara City Public Works Water Resources Department.

The city has not yet restricted residential fountains, just large outdoor commercial ones.

Those restrictions were enacted in May, and more could come if the drought worsens and the area moves into stage three, she said.

“Generally, pools are constantly going through filtration,” Ward said. “The draining and fixing and repairing of pools, that’s what we’re trying to limit. In terms of new pools, that’s something that we’re looking at for the future. We’re doing our due diligence. It really depends on this rainy season. We’re all doing our rain dances over here.”

To help, the city is offering rebates on pool covers, Ward said.

She expected proposed future restrictions on new pool development and landscaping for any new development would be presented to the Santa Barbara City Council for consideration in December.

Because some residents might be ditching their pools or spas altogether, Ward suggested they use water for landscaping rather than just draining it.

Gaskin said local cities have prohibited pool development during past droughts, before officials realized how little water they actually used.

Most new pools are built with automatic covers these days, said Gaskin, who has been in business since the 1980s and has installed more than a dozen pools already this year.

“We’ve had ups and downs,” he said. “Realistically, if you study pools at all, they use less water than a drought-tolerant garden. You’re using the same water you put in there 10 years ago.”

In Montecito, government agencies use backyard pools to their advantage.

The Montecito Fire Protection District offers a voluntary program that allows residents to put a small blue sign outside their homes letting firefighters know they have pool water that could be used in case of a fire emergency.

The program launched 15 years ago to identify alternate water resources — especially during wildfire season — and about 300 residences with swimming pools of at least 5,000 gallons have signed up over the years, according to fire department spokeswoman Geri Ventura.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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