Open House Listings for Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Santa Ynez: March 9, 2014
Sunday, March 9
Winifred Lender: Guided Imagery Is a Powerful Tool for Mastery and Relaxation
If you watched the recent Winter Olympics you might have seen athletes who appeared to be in a meditative state; some with eyes closed sitting quietly and others with eyes opened and arms and legs moving around, as though they were rehearsing their upcoming routine.
They appeared calm, intently focused and unaware of the whirlwind of activity around them. These athletes were engaging in guided imagery. This technique has been shown to improve the performance of elite athletes, such as the Olympians, as well as regular athletes.
In addition to enhancing performance, guided imagery has been found to increase relaxation and lead to overall well-being. For example, this technique has been linked to reduced pain in a number of clinical populations (e.g. children with abdominal pain, individuals with fibromyalgia, cardiac patients), improved healing after surgery, decreased latency to fall asleep, less stress and anxiety, decreased blood pressure and improved mood.
Guided imagery is a simple and effective technique that focuses and directs the imagination. It utilizes all the senses, emotion and cognition, and can be performed by people of all different ages. In guided imagery, people experience via imagination an event that evokes the emotion, sensations and thoughts of the actual experience. If very focused, people will enter a clam state and become almost unaware of what is going on around them. Research using brain scans has found that people engaging in guided imagery show the activation of parts of the brain responsible for sensations, cognitions and emotions that are associated with the actual act they are imaging.
Guided imagery can be practiced alone or with the help of facilitator. The process of guided imagery starts with the creation of a script that details an upcoming event. The script is highly specific and focuses on all the sensations that accompany each component act of the activity. For example, a person using guided imagery to prepare for a speech might have several first component steps in the script that include: “I walk on the stage. I hear the thud of my shoes on the wood floor, squint with the bright lights before me and feel the cool air rush toward me. My legs move quickly and my hands swing naturally as I walk to the podium. My hands feel the cool wood as I grasp the sides of the podium. I take a deep breath and feel the air rush into my lungs. I exhale and feel my muscles relax. I look out into the audience. I see the bright lights. I clear my throat and smile. I feel my calm, slow breath as it goes in and out. The words come out of my mouth easily and my heartbeat is calm.”
The detailed script can be read and reread with additional details included as needed. The goal is to create enough detail so that a person could have a vivid image of the event, using only the script for guidance. The script then can be recorded and can be listened to daily. When listening to the recording, one should adapt a relaxed position and focus on hearing the script and experiencing the guided images. At first, the task may seem unnatural, but with practice the experience can become very vivid to the extent that you may become unaware of what is going on outside of the guided imagery tape. The daily practice of taking time to listen to the tape is an important component of guided imagery.
The guided imagery script can change with time and as mastery is experienced. For example, a child who is very anxious about petting dogs, might be given an initial script that involves her being in the same room with a small dog. The next script might have her sitting close to the dog. By pairing the relaxation and mastery of guided imagery with an increasing hierarchy of demands, the child will slowly develop the ability to remain calm while being guided through a scenario in which she is ultimately touching a dog. Next, the success in the imagined experience can be generalized to the real world.
Guided imagery can be used not only to enhance performance on a particular task, but to improve health and increase relaxation. Guided imagery that focuses on deep breathing and muscle relaxation may be used to induce a relaxed state. The relaxation script may entail having people visualize the air going in and out of their lungs like a balloon expanding and shrinking or their blood flowing through their body like a stream. The recordings can encourage people to engage in activities such as stretching, deep breathing and muscle relaxation that induces calmness while envisioning scenes that may produce endorphins to lead to overall well-being.
The power of guided imagery is due to several factors. First, by engaging in the scripted imagery, people can exert control over the image and eventual experience, moving away from self-defeating ruminations that may accompany new events. For example, instead of thinking about all that could go wrong when you give a speech, the guided imagery forces you to focus on an imagined sequence that is controllable and positive. Likewise, a person with heart disease that has anxiety around their health, might be forced to focus on relaxing their body, slowing their breathing and envisioning blood flowing well; behaviors that distract them from their anxiety and the muscle tension and the shallow breathing that may accompany it.
Second, anxiety about a new experience can be due to the fact that it is unknown, and the more we practice the experience, the unknown will becomes familiar and the anxiety is likely to decrease. This can be particularly empowering to children, who may feel they lack control in a new situations.
Third, by engaging in guided imagery we are able to practice the task at hand providing our neural pathways with repetition of the act that will only help to bolster our performance. Finally, by practicing a successful outcome to the experience we may increase the likelihood of actually succeeding in the real life task. In essence, the practice may become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whether your goal is to run a race more quickly, give a speech, decrease your blood pressure or simply attain a more relaxed state, consider guided imagery as an effective tool. This simple, yet productive technique can help you open new doors, achieve greater levels of performance, and break through barriers that are holding you back.
Time To Spring Ahead, Change Smoke-Alarm Batteries
Clocks should be advanced an hour before going to bed Saturday night
Is it losing an hour of sleep, or gaining another hour of daylight after work?
Either way you look at it, clocks turn forward one hour on Sunday morning for daylight savings time.
Officially, the clock springs forward at 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., so set them ahead on Saturday night (including those alarm clocks) to avoid being late to any Sunday events.
Clocks in smart phones, computers and many other electronic devices should jump ahead automatically overnight.
Local fire departments remind everyone that this also is a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors.
Home fire fatalities peak between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
“A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely,” Capt. David Sadecki said.
Smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors can be tested by pushing the test buttons, and families should take the opportunity to practice escape routes, he said.
Working smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom and hallway, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department said. Working alarms save lives and cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
It's very common for the department to respond to house fires with no smoke detectors at all or non-working ones, fire inspector Ryan DiGuilio said.
There's a perception that flames harm people in house fires, but smoke is what injures or kills a lot more people, he added.
"There's a lot more of that in an enclosed space than fire."
Some newer buildings have smoke alarms wired in, but the batteries in those should still be changed as a failsafe, fire officials said. Commercial buildings should have alarm systems serviced by a licensed technician, too, since they do need occasional maintenance.
There's also an easy reminder for testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly: "Take a second on the second," DiGuilio said.
Judy Crowell: In Sequoia National Park, the Trees Are the Kings of the Forest
Experience the splendor of Mother Nature amid the vastness of this national wonderlnad
Driving to Sequoia National Park from the south on Highway 198, you traverse the flat, fertile San Joaquin Valley, often called the “food basket of the world,” and begin your mountain ascent on The Generals Highway over continuous hairpin curves to a hiking and camping paradise almost 7,000 feet above sea level.
Word to the wise: Don’t trust your GPS or MapQuest. You’ll still have 23 winding miles left to go from the park entrance to Wuksachi Lodge, the only lodging in the par — a beautiful mountain lodge with guest rooms located in groves of trees, blending into the forest.
With every modern convenience and mouth-watering high country cuisine, you will be encountering the splendor of Mother Nature in pristine and peaceful perfection.
Surrounded by a gazillion trees, the first thought that popped into my head was of Joyce Kilmer’s saccharine but well loved poem, “I think that I shall never see …”
The very first thing I would do upon arrival is to call Paul at Sequoia Sightseeeing Tours for a half- or full-day tour to acclimate yourself to the vastness of this national wonderland. He is such a delight to be with that I would have paid him just for the company, but boy, does he know his way around these trees.
We stopped first at the Giant Forest, named in 1875 by famed naturalist John Muir. When topography and climate are in sync, sequoias reproduce and grow. Reaching heights of 311 feet and weights of 2.7 million pounds, these giants live more than 3,200 years, producing 31-inch bark and bases up to 40 feet in diameter and drinking 400 to 500 gallons of water per day.
Herein lies the world’s largest tree by volume, The General Sherman Tree. Nearby, you’ll stop in the Giant Forest Museum and Crescent Meadow, where you might spot a black bear feeding in the open grasses. Whether black, brown, tan or red-coated, all the bears found in the park are black bears. Able to smell barbecue ribs or canned tuna from a mile away, you must never leave food or anything scented unattended.
Paul will take you to one of the favorite places in the park, Moro Rock, a gigantic granite dome with 400 steps up a steep, narrow trail for a breathtaking view (especially at sunset) of the Great Western Divide. He’ll show you baby sequoias, Tharps Log, the first house built from a fallen sequoia, Tunnel Log and hollowed trees, making for a great photo-op.
On your own, you’ll want to tour Crystal Cave; walk among the wildflowers at Tokopah Falls; watch for wildlife including badgers, bobcats, coyotes, mule deer, mountain lions and the adorable, darting Alvin chipmunks. Bird watching includes mountain chickadees, golden-crowned kinglets and red-breasted nuthatches.
The mid-1800s brought the Gold Rush to California along with loggers who tragically cut down more than 300 sequoias, using the wood to make pencils and grape stakes for vineyards. Sequoia wood is brittle and breaks against the grain when it falls, making it almost unusable for timber. Still, they continued to destroy the giants taking over a week to chop down a single tree.
Finally, in 1890, President William Harrison established the park as America’s second national park, thanks in large part to the combined efforts of George Stewart and Muir. Muir’s appalled response to this devastation was that we “might as well sell the rain clouds and the snow and the rivers to be cut up and carried away, if that were possible.”
Every American owes a great debt of gratitude to America’s first naturalist, Muir, for saving these kings of the forest and for giving us this hallowed walk through the trees — nature’s own cathedral.
So, the least I can do is to end with another lofty Muir quote: “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” So true.
Teen Sentenced to Prison for Vehicular Manslaughter
A 19-year-old Santa Maria man will spend 12 years in state prison following a no contest plea to vehicular manslaughter and other charges related to the death of an 18-year-old former star athlete last June.
Superior Court Judge Rick Brown handed down the sentence to Christian Iban Carbajal Friday in a Santa Maria courtroom after several emotional appeals from both sides of the case.
Carbajal faced a maximum of 14 years in prison after he entered a no-contest plea in January to charges of vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury, and reckless driving, according to Deputy District Attorney Anne Nudson.
He had originally pleaded not guilty.
Carbajal must serve at least 10 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole because he pled to a serious and violent felony strike, Nudson said.
Prosecutors alleged that Carbajal was racing at speeds up to 80 mph when he caused a June 18, 2013, five-vehicle accident at South Broadway and McCoy Lane, which injured two people and killed Jade Marie Dodson, who had recently graduated from Santa Maria High School and was a star member of the school’s tennis team.
Carbajal was allegedly driving under the influence when his Chevrolet pickup truck failed to stop for a red light while southbound on Broadway at McCoy Lane, according to authorities.
Dodson, a passenger in a Toyota Camry, succumbed to major injuries and died at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The driver of the Camry, 19-year-old Robert Caroag, suffered traumatic brain injuries, and another passenger, 7-year-old Isabel Dodson, sustained facial lacerations, authorities said.
Carbajal, whose blood tested positive for marijuana, sustained minor injuries and was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $1 million.
The DA's Office did not offer Carbajal a plea, and Nudson sought the maximum prison sentence.
Carbajal, who has been in custody since the incident, read a letter of apology to Dodson’s family, who spoke and played a photo slideshow, along with the parents of Robert Caroag.
“It was very emotional,” said Nudson, who said she was satisfied with the sentence. “Prison was warranted in this case due to all the aggravating factors, including the defendant hot boxing his car, the defendant street racing, and the defendant’s seeming lack of remorse and lack of insight into his behavior.
“This is a very tragic case, and no amount of prison time can fill the void the families feel,” she continued. “However, I believe that the prison sentence in this case will bring closure to the families of the victims and help them begin to heal.”
Captain’s Log: Taking Stock of the Storm’s Destruction to Plants, Ocean Life
We read the news accounts of the damage caused by the big storm last weekend. We saw the TV reports. We viewed the videos on the Internet. It was awe-inspiring and awful. But that ain’t the half of it!
All of those videos and reports focused primarily on damage to man-made structures. What happened to the natural order — the habitat, plants and critters — is even worse. Actually, far worse.
Kelp beds get uprooted and ripped out by monstrous storm surges and swells. Our coastal kelp beds serve as the home to more flora and fauna than most of us can dream of — everything from microscopic life forms to schools of large fish. Whole generations of plants and critters were wiped out or dislocated to places, perhaps without adequate habitat. Early season spawns were disrupted. Small fish were pounded mercilessly.
It was mass destruction out there. Huge waves crashing onto the beach dug trenches and moved massive amounts of sand off the beaches. Critters who live in that sand can only stand so much compression and scouring. The death toll, I believe, is staggering.
We didn’t lose any people (though one guy came mighty close to losing his life at Goleta Beach), but then, I tend to focus on critters. I’m saddened by the loss of life and habitat.
There is a bright side. The ocean is incredibly resilient. Large-scale destructive events also push spores and larvae into places they might not otherwise go; therefore, new and interesting dispersion of life begins. Kelp beds grow again from spores that reach good growing habitat. Where kelp grows, life follows.
Give that ocean some time and it will again be teeming with life. Meanwhile, larger fishes had the strength to get to deeper, safer water, lobsters and other crustaceans scurried to safety under rocks and in crevices and caves.
The effect on the critters we fish for and dive for is minimal, thank goodness, but the lower end of the near-shore food chain will take some time to rebuild.
— 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.
Appeal Hearing for ICE Facility in Santa Maria Postponed
The special meeting of the Santa Maria City Council scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, has been postponed due to a noticing defect.
The city will reschedule the meeting for the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a planned development permit to allow a developer to build a 12,700-square-foot office building at 740 W. Century St. to house an immigration facility for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
The delay was necessary because the approximately 120 residents who live within 1,000 feet of the proposed project did not receive mailed notice of the appeal 10 days prior to the hearing as required by law.
The new date for the meeting will be determined.
Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, 805.925.0951 ext. 372.
Open House Listings for Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Santa Ynez: March 8 and March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8
Sunday, March 9
Bill Macfadyen: Waves of Storm Leave Mark on Santa Barbara County, but Rain ... Not So Much
NoozWeek's Top 5 goes heavy on weather but includes drought conditions, road rage, a hit-and-run bicycle collision, and Uggs
There were 97,086 people who read Noozhawk this past week. I’m expanding this week’s column to the top 10 stories, since the first four and six of 10 were storm-related.
The series of storms that pummeled Santa Barbara County by air and by sea last week made for some terrifying moments, but — fortunately — delivered no serious injuries.
Jill Freeland of Goleta and had just finished breakfast with her family when the wave struck.
“I really didn’t expect it to break,” Freeland told our Gina Potthoff. “Another swell beforehand came pretty close. We were just expecting some excitement.”
Freeland posted a video of the close encounter, which went viral on the Internet and sent a wave of web surfers to Noozhawk to read more.
Joining Gina on storm patrol that Saturday were our Tom Bolton and Lara Cooper, and a vast army of Noozhawk readers who eagerly provided tips and photos all day long.
Early that morning, Warren Thomas, president and CEO of SurfingSports.com, alerted us that the wave-battered Gaviota pier was in danger of collapsing. Al Fimlaid, an employee of his Standup Paddle Sports subsidiary, sent some pictures of the pier as it was losing a 50-foot stretch, almost back to its iconic boat hoist.
“Waves were breaking over top of the pier,” Hjelstrom said. “They took out some pilings, and once one goes, they all go down like dominos.”
One wave that hit the restaurant swept an employee out to sea as he and co-workers furiously tried to board up the place. Although the man dislocated his shoulder as he was sucked underneath the water, he managed to grab on to a pier piling and was rescued.
Many thanks to Noozhawk contributor Zack Warburg for sending us some terrific photos and video of the angry surf as it plowed through the pier.
The Goleta Beach destruction provided a timely glimpse of what may be in store for the heavily used recreational area. On March 18, the county Board of Supervisors will be voting on a controversial “managed-retreat” proposal that would remove the rock revetments protecting the beach from erosion and likely will spell the end of the park.
Click here for a gallery of storm photos and video submitted by Noozhawk staff and readers.
Every little bit of rainfall helps in a drought. But after two days of continuous downpours last weekend, that’s about all we ended up with: A little bit.
Curious about the impacts, our Tom Bolton talked to local water and fire officials to see if the storms made much of a difference. What he found wasn’t all that encouraging.
“It was welcome and needed, but it doesn’t really affect the drought situation,” said Tom Fayram, deputy director of Santa Barbara County’s Water Resources Department.
He said there’s a danger that residents will get the wrong idea about the water shortage.
“It’s good news to get the rain, we really need it,” Fayram said. “My concern is it will lower people’s concentration that we’re still in a drought.”
It wasn’t a total loss. Lake Cachuma, which was around 40 percent of capacity before the storms, inched up by 557 acre-feet of water — an increase of ... about 0.2 percent. The lake remains more than 50 feet below spill level.
Unfortunately, March marks the beginning of the end of the rain season.
Fayram said that, absent a repeat of 1991’s “March Miracle” rains, which ended a prolonged drought and filled Lake Cachuma almost overnight, reservoir levels and water supplies will remain low at least until next year.
A rolling “road-rage” incident escalated into a collision on Highway 101 in Carpinteria and ended with the arrest of two motorists.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the confrontation began about 1 p.m. March 4 when one pickup truck allegedly was following too closely behind another on the southbound freeway through Montecito.
As the vehicles neared Santa Claus Lane, several miles later, Officer Jonathan Gutierrez said one driver allegedly threw a “super-sized” soda through the open passenger window of the the other truck, hitting the passenger in the face and dumping soda all over the inside of the cab.
In retaliation, Gutierrez said, the second driver allegedly crashed the right side of his pickup into the left side of the other.
Another motorist called 9-1-1 to report the incident, which also was witnessed by CHP Coastal Division Chief Reggie Chappelle, who was in an unmarked patrol car. The first driver swerved off the freeway at the Carpinteria Avenue exit, Gutierrez said, but the second continued down the highway and eventually was pulled over by Chappelle near Mussel Shoals east of the Rincon.
After an investigation, both drivers were arrested. Gutierrez said Joseph G. Antonucci, 56, of Santa Barbara, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for ramming the other vehicle, while Ryan Luna, 25, of Simi Valley, was charged with battery for throwing the cup. Both men were charged with vehicle-code violations. Antonucci’s bail was set at $30,000 and Luna’s at $5,000.
A 68-year-old Santa Maria bicyclist suffered major injuries when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver the night of Feb. 27.
Santa Maria police Sgt. Jesus Valle said the man was riding his bike at North Broadway and Roemer Way about 11:30 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a vehicle. Officers found the victim unresponsive when they arrived at the scene.
The man, whose identity has not been released, was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center with major injuries, and he remained in serious condition.
The cause of the collision is under investigation. Anyone with information about it is asked to call Santa Maria police at 805.928.3781 x115.
If you’ve driven past Cabrillo Business Park in Goleta recently, you’ve no doubt seen the shoe brand logos adorning the side of Deckers Outdoor Corp.’s new headquarters at the corner of Hollister Avenue and Los Carneros Road. The logos are more than decoration, however; they’re intended to beckon customers to the company’s retail store on the premises.
“Shop in the store using iPads, customize your product, order online, ship direct to your home free of charge or pick up in-store,” said Dave Powers, president of OmniChannel for Deckers. “Whatever the preference, our goal is to align our capabilities to customer demand.”
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Double Dolphin Freed After Getting Stuck In Harbor Entrance
Sand build-up from recent storms snags 50-foot catamaran that provides coastal cruises and whale watching
The Double Dolphin got stuck while trying to sail out of the Santa Barbara Harbor on Friday, but was able to get back to its slip after unloading passengers.
Because of last weekend’s storms, the entrance is sanded in, and has a smaller channel than ever, Harbor Patrol Officer Erik Engebretson said.
It hasn't been dredged yet.
The Double Dolphin, known for coastal cruises, misjudged one of the buoys, got it caught in the prop, lost power and ran aground, he said.
Harbor Patrol boats tried to budge the boat, but ended up unloading passengers so the 50-foot catamaran could head back to the harbor.
“It’s not the best time to go, right at low tide, when the deepest amount of water we have is 5 feet at that time,” Engebretson said.
The channel has strong currents, too, which can push the boats into the buoys, he noted.
Crew members on the Double Dolphin said they have another cruise scheduled for later in the day, at higher tide.
While dredging equipment is stored locally, the city has to wait on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the actual dredging. The dredge is expected to get started by Saturday, according to the Harbor Patrol.
Harbor Patrol boats haven’t had to rescue anyone else this week, but have pushed or pulled a few boats that bumped the bottom, Engebretson said. Most of the larger boats aren’t going out.
There are no restrictions, but the Harbor Patrol would advise waiting for dredging unless someone absolutely has to get out. Several fishermen were going out to pick up lobster traps on Friday.
“In a perfect world we’d say no, don’t go out, better safe than sorry – but time it for high tide,” he said.
Other commercial cruise boats have been waiting for dredging. The Condor Express hasn’t gone out all week, but expects to start tours again this weekend.
Friday’s interrupted cruise was another blow to the Double Dolphin, which has had a rough week.
It was set adrift Tuesday morning, and police arrested Phillip Everett Conway, 21, for grand theft after they found him inside the boat as it floated toward the out part of the marina.
Damages were estimated at $1,000 to $3,000, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Authorities say the man didn’t give a reason for untying the sailboat and may have been suffering from a mental illness.
Montecito YMCA Offering Water-Safety Program
The Montecito Family YMCA will host the 21st Annual SPLASH: Learn to Swim Week in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara on Monday, March 24, through Fridat, March 28, at Ortega Pool (640 N. Salsipuedes St.) centered in Santa Barbara’s Eastside community.
SPLASH: Learn-to-Swim Week is a water safety program offered to participants in the community who have little or no swimming ability at a reduced fee of $10 for the week. This course will introduce the aquatic environment to beginners, teach basic learn-to-swim skills, and increase water safety awareness for families.
The Y’s goal is to make everyone feel safe and comfortable in and around the water. The Y has been teaching people to swim for over a century and we are well equipped to meet this pressing community need.
Through a partnership with the city of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department, the Y has been able to teach over 3,500 kids through this one week community program over the past 21 years.
Swimmers and Non-swimmers ages 5-13 are invited to participate in the week-long program of 30 minute swim and water safety lessons.
Swim lesson start times: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 pm, 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
The program is offered to the entire community for a low cost of $10 for the week. Participants will need to bring a towel, suit, sunscreen, and goggles if needed.
Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
You can help a child in need by donating bathing suits, towels, or goggles to Splash: Learn to Swim Week.
Items can be dropped off at the Montecito Family YMCA or at Los Banos pool.
Don Rickles Cancels Show at Chumash Resort
A night of comedy with legend Don Rickles, who was scheduled to perform at the Chumash Casino Resort on Thursday, March 13, has been canceled due to health reasons.
Rickles’ publicist has released the following statement:
“For the past few months Don Rickles has been recovering from treatment for a leg infection. Although, his continued rehabbing has been very effective, he is not quite at the 100 precent level to do his stage show. As such, it is necessary to cancel his engagement at Chumash Casino Resort.
“With apologies for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation, Mr. Rickles is looking forward to rescheduling this show and performing for his fans.”
For those who bought tickets online at chumashcasino.com, please call Club Chumash at 805.691.1996 to have the purchase amount credited back to your credit card.
If you paid cash for tickets, please return to Chumash Casino Resort to collect your refund.
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 18-and-older venue.
Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash or online at www.chumashcasino.com.
Santa Barbara Airport to Close Auxiliary Parking Lot
The Santa Barbara Airport has announced that, effective April 1, the Long Term Parking Lot 2, off of Hollister Avenue and Frederick Lopez Road, will no longer be available for passenger parking.
“We have been monitoring our parking lots, and it is apparent that short term and long term parking, immediately adjacent to the terminal with a combined total of 994 parking spaces, are sufficient for our current passenger traffic,” said Hazel Johns, acting airport director.
Parking rates will remain the same, Johns said:
Long Term Parking Lot 1 at 500 Fowler Road: 0-60 minutes, $ 2; each additional hour, $ 1; maximum charge per 24-hour period, $12.
Short Term Parking Lot at 500 Fowler Road: 0-60 minutes, $ 2; each additional hour, $ 1; maximum charge per 24-hour period, $20
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) is a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of Santa Barbara, serving over 710,000 passengers annually.
Health Officials Issue Warning About Sick Raccoons
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is recommending the community to be on high alert after identifying cases of apparent distemper in raccoons in the Santa Barbara area.
Sick raccoons have recently been found in the Eastside and Sycamore Canyon and in the area of Arroyo Burro Beach, so the outbreak is thought to be widespread.
Raccoons are susceptible to infection by both canine and feline distemper. Although they both can cause acute illness and death, they are caused by two completely different viruses.
Canine Distemper is a highly contagious disease of carnivores caused by a virus and is common when raccoon populations are large. The virus is widespread and mortality in juveniles is higher than in adults.
Feline distemper, also called feline panleukopenia, catplague, cat fever, feline agranulocytosis, and feline infectious enteritis, is an acute, highly infectious viral disease.
Canine distemper in raccoons starts slowly, initially appearing as an upper respiratory infection, with a runny nose and watery eyes developing into conjunctivitis (the most visible symptoms). As time wears on, the raccoon can develop pneumonia.
The raccoon may be thin and debilitated and have symptoms of diarrhea. In the final stage of the disease, the raccoon may begin to wander aimlessly in a circle, disoriented and unaware of its surroundings, suffer paralysis or exhibit other bizarre behavior as a result of brain damage.
Feline distemper usually begins suddenly with a high fever, followed by depression, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, and a profound leukopenia. The course of the disease is short, rarely lasting over one week, but mortality may reach 100% in susceptible animals.
Feline distemper virus is shed in all body secretions and excretions of affected animals. Fleas and other insects, especially flies, may play a role in transmission of the disease Warning for Pet Owners - Dog and cat owners should make sure their pets have been vaccinated for the disease.
Wildlife rehabbers should quarantine any new rehabs until they get a clean bill of health and should have the animals vaccinated against both canine and feline distemper. The cost of prevention is much cheaper than the cost of treatment so make sure your dog or cat is vaccinated today.
If you observe a sick wild animal, do not approach the animal. Contact your local animal control agency or wildlife rehabilitation facility and advise of your observations and the location of the animal.
Santa Maria Police Investigating Late-Night Shooting
Santa Maria police are investigating a shooting — possibly gang-related — that sent a man to the hospital Thursday night.
Officers responded shortly before 9 p.m. to the 1600 block of North Pine Street, where they found a 22-year-old man with a single gunshot wound, said Sgt. Jesus Valle.
The victim, whose name was not released, was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center, and was later sent home, Valle said.
The gunman had fled by the time officers arrived on scene and remained at large, Valle said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Santa Maria Police Department at 805.928.3781, ext. 297.
65 mph Wind Gusts Expected in Montecito Through Early Friday
Winds gusting to 65 mph were blowing through the Montecito foothills early Friday and the National Weather Service has extended a wind advisory in the area until 9 a.m.
The weather service said north to northeast winds of 25 to 35 mph should begin to diminish Friday morning across Santa Barbara County’ South Coast. In the meantime, gusts of 45 to 65 mph were expected intermittently in Montecito.
Motorists were advised to use caution while driving in and around Montecito, on Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass and on Highway 101 along the Gaviota coast.
Hazardous surf was expected to continue to pound area beaches through Saturday morning. Beaches with western exposure are likely to be hit with waves of 4 to 6 feet, and the weather service said sets as high as 8 feet were possible.
Authorities warned that the elevated surf can create dangerous rip currents as well as powerful waves that can sweep people off of rocks and jetties.
Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 60s to mid-70s. Winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 35 mph are possible below canyons and passes.
Similar conditions are expected Saturday, but the weather service said Sunday is likely to be mostly cloudy with high temperatures in the low to mid-70s.
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One Person Hurt in Multivehicle Crash in Santa Maria
One person was seriously injured Thursday night in a multivehicle accident, according to the Santa Maria Fire Department.
Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly before 7 p.m. to West Fesler and North Curryer streets, said Battalion Chief Mike Barneich.
Crews using specialized equipment worked for about 25 minutes to extricate the injured person from a severely damaged vehicle, Barneich said.
The patient, who suffered moderate injuries, was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center.
Further details on the accident were not available late Thursday night.
Joan Bolton: Water Conservation and the Drought
Local landscape experts meet to discuss ways to cut water use
They're not hitting the panic button yet, but there is an increasing sense of urgency on the part of Santa Barbara County water agencies to get out the word that the drought is serious, and that people need to start using significantly less water.
Earlier this week, water purveyors met at Chase Palm Park Center with about 30 landscape architects, designers, irrigation specialists, master gardeners, and other landscape pros to talk about the drought and explore ways to capture the public's attention.
"Obviously we had a lot of rain in recent days. But I want to make sure that people understand that we're still at only 46 percent of normal," said Len Fleckenstein, water conservation coordinator for the Santa Barbara County Water Agency.
He added, "Every day that percentage goes down, if we don't get rain."
Representatives from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta said their water districts already have declared Stage One drought conditions, and are calling for consumers to voluntarily cut their water use by 20 percent. Mandatory restrictions of 20 percent or more could come as soon as this summer.
The trouble is, water consumption is up right now. Ironically — due to the drought — people are watering more than usual for this time of year.
"As of a week or so ago, we were at 10 percent higher than normal demand because of the increased irrigation going on," said Alison Jordan, water conservation supervisor for the city of Santa Barbara. "So we are asking for people that are irrigating to conserve more than 20 percent."
The water purveyors asked the industry folks what they were hearing from their clients. Responses ranged from "What drought?" to "Why are we hearing about this now?"
More, perhaps typical, inquiries included requests for shrinking or eliminating lawns, converting sprinklers to drip irrigation and installing new, water-conserving landscapes.
In addition, Lesley Wiscomb, a leader with the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program for Santa Barbara County, said her group held a waterwise workshop recently that was standing room only.
Barbara Wishingrad, a founder of Sweetwater Collaborative, said she has received many inquiries about installing greywater systems.
The conversation then shifted to what the water agencies plan to do next.
Rhonda Gutierrez, engineering technician and water conservation specialist for the Carpinteria Valley Water District, said that her agency is focusing on urging customers to conserve. The district also plans to survey customers about water use and set up a telephone and online hotline so people can anonymously report water wasters.
Madeline Ward, water resources technician for the city of Santa Barbara, said the city has doubled its ad budget, and plans to develop forums and training sessions for high water consumers, promote water conservation success stories, provide specific water conservation tips and renew efforts with local nurseries to feature waterwise plants.
Misty Williams, senior water resources analyst for the Goleta Water District, said the agency plans to develop water budgets for the district's 250 dedicated irrigation accounts, and may start up a new rebate program for waterwise landscaping and interior upgrades to residences and commercial sites.
The district expects to learn in May whether it will receive a grant to fund the program.
Before concluding the meeting, water purveyors solicited additional ideas from the landscape pros. The lengthy list that ensued included:
» Raise rates 1,000 percent.
» Create ads offering strong visuals of problems, along with practical advice.
» Convey financial incentives to the higher-ups.
» Install a submeter on every residence to show how much water is being used for various tasks.
» Host a workshop for maintenance gardeners to help them "re-skill," so that they don't lose their jobs.
» Offer a waterwise certification to add value to homes.
» Send a mailer to water users bluntly stating that we're going to run of water if we don't conserve.
» Tell users you'll reduce their water usage next year by as much as they exceed their allotment this year.
» Sign up precinct captains to conduct door-to-door campaigns to build a movement for water conservation.
» Set up a centralized calendar of water conservation workshops, events and other activities.
» Educate consumers about strategies, such as permaculture, that don't rely on irrigation.
» Start a campaign that "waterwise is beautiful."
» Replace city park turf with synthetic lawn.
» Expand access to reclaimed water.
» Sponsor pop-up advertising in grocery stores, retail stores and other public places.
» Offer a list of bomb-proof plants, showcasing one new plant each week.
» Let people know that planting natives helps sustain pollinators.
» Harvest condensation from fog.
» Hold a water festival.
» Change the theme of Earth Day.
» Educate consumers about how to convert sprinklers to drip irrigation.
» Standardize a conservation message to people who want turf, including offering information about how to better manage lawns.
» Offer instructions about how prioritize what to irrigate, including information about the economics of what to save.
County Auditor-Controller Thinks Maintenance Initiative May Not Work
The Santa Barbara County auditor-controller thinks the Board of Supervisors may not be able to comply with the terms of a proposed infrastructure-maintenance initiative if it is approved by voters.
Fourth District Supervisor Peter Adam, who was the lone vote against this year’s county budget, gathered 15,000 signatures to get Measure M on the June 3 ballot.
Measure M, or “Fix Santa Barbara County,” would require the Board of Supervisors to keep all roads, parks and public buildings in the same, or better, condition that existed at the time the ordinance is passed, but offers no funding mechanism.
It’s not a tax, but prioritizes spending differently, Adam says.
Without any new revenue, there would have to be a “major reallocation” of county spending to fulfill the ordinance, Auditor-Controller Bob Geis wrote in his fiscal-impact statement for Measure M.
It could take away money from other department such as public safety and public health.
Since many of those services are mandated, “it may not be possible for the Board of Supervisors to fund the requirements of the ordinance,” Geis wrote in his analysis.
Measure M doesn’t stop the county from finding new revenue sources, but any debt or new taxes would still have to be approved by voters – things like parcel taxes, general obligation bonds and infrastructure improvement bonds.
The county is still working on a report to outline the current condition of facilities, roads and parks, but Geis estimates that an additional $18 million-$21 million per year is needed to keep everything in the same or better condition it is now.
Roads are measured with a Pavement Condition Index and need another $9 million annually to stay at that level.
The county is trying out a new Facility Condition Index to measure parks and buildings status, and another $9 million to 12 million per year is needed to keep all of those facilities at their current levels, according to the fiscal impact statement.
Measure M already has mixed support among the Board of Supervisors, with Salud Carbajal and Doreen Farr writing the arguments against the measure for the ballot.
Adam recently made a presentation to the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce asking for its support and pointed out that the county’s 1,670 miles of roads are projected to fall back to 1989 conditions by 2020.
That’s after Measure D and Measure A, which poured millions of dollars into street repair and maintenance.
This initiative wouldn’t address the amount of deferred maintenance – fixing things that have already deteriorated – but would try to stop additional deterioration.
If the county can’t find $18 million a year to keep infrastructure from getting worse, Adam told the Chamber of Commerce, it’s not managing itself right.
The County Elections Office won’t release the official documents – including arguments and ballot language – until next week, but Geis submitted the fiscal impact statement early and made it available to the public.
BizHawk: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Opens Taproom in Los Olivos
New Sonos headquarters building sold, Pure Order Brewing Company coming to Santa Barbara, and Rooted Vine Tours offers door-to-door wine tours
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Beer lovers have been good to Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company since its founding in Buellton three years ago, and the rapidly growing brewery will reward its loyal followers by opening a third tasting location and expanding its headquarters.
A taproom will open in Los Olivos on Friday, about a year after the craft brewer laid roots in Santa Barbara for its second tasting location.
The new taproom at 2446 Alamo Pintado, Suite C, dubbed “The Cottage,” is smaller than Buellton and Santa Barbara taprooms, and will host a grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday with live music, barbecue and special giveaways.
Buellton’s taproom has expanded with a new second level, including a mezzanine and bar overlooking the brewing facilities, set to open this month, and the Beto’s Place restaurant slated for an April opening.
With the growth comes more sold-out Mug Club spots available at the Los Olivos and Buellton locations.
“We are thrilled to bring our beer to Los Olivos,” said Figueroa Mountain Brewing President Jaime Dietenhofer. “The tasting room at ‘The Cottage’ will be a great place for locals and visitors to enjoy craft beer made right here in the Santa Ynez Valley.”
Sonos Building Sold
The former Bekins Moving & Storage building and current Sonos research and development headquarters at 25 E. Mason St. has been sold, marking the largest transaction involving office property in Santa Barbara since 2007, according to Radius Commercial Real Estate & Investments.
Radius, which handled the sale, this week announced the purchase of the iconic Funk Zone building — listed at $21.5 million.
The buyer was not disclosed, and Sonos will continue occupying the entire building through its 10-year lease on the property.
Pure Order Brewing Opens in Santa Barbara
The brewery will feature a garden area for beer tastings and a hops yard.
Pure Order hopes to begin selling its beers all over Santa Barbara and beyond in the coming weeks, months and years.
Partners James and David Burge have reached a key milestone on the way to realizing their dream of sharing Pure Order beers with the community they love.
“It has been a sometimes frustrating but necessary journey,” said owner and brewmaster James Burge. “I am proud to say that we stuck with it and can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
Rooted Vine Tours Launches Local Experience
Rooted Vine Tours, a locally owned and operated wine-tour company, is offering tours that focus on boutique, family owned and independently operated wineries.
The business provides door-to-door service from most locations in Santa Barbara, including hotels, residences, airport and train stations.
Santa Barbara wine country tours also include an educational component and passionate and knowledgeable guides.
Rooted Vine Tours was established in 2013 by Iaon Pohlit, who previously worked as a wine buyer and restaurant consultant.
“Rooted Vine Tours started out of a passion for wine and sunshine, sprinkled with a desire to share what we love about Santa Barbara County,” he said.
Two Breweries Host Women’s Brew Group
Buellton’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company has teamed up with Valley Brewers, a Solvang home-brew supply shop, to form a new women’s brew group called Hop Tarts, which will meet regularly for tastings, brew sessions and field trips.
The group was a collaboration of several other breweries as well, which is why the Hope Tarts first event — celebrating International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day — will be hosted Sunday with a brewing session at Pure Order Brewing Company in Santa Barbara.
Sunday’s 8-hour brew day at 410 N. Quarantina St. begins at 8 a.m., and the public is encouraged to observe the brewing process.
Any female brewer interested in joining Hop Tarts can email Kady@FigMtnBrew.com, and interested breweries and businesses that would like to host a brew day, field trip or tasting can email Sandy@ValleyBrewers.com.
Traffic Stop in Santa Barbara Leads to 4 Arrests on Drug Charges
Four people were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after the California Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop involving a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects, according to the Lompoc Police Department.
The owner of the vehicle, Jesse Ybarra, 51, has been the subject of an ongoing narcotics investigation conducted by the Lompoc Police Department’s Gang & Narcotics Enforcement Team, said Sgt. Chuck Strange.
Ybarra and Catherine Ball, 27, who was driving at the time, were the only two suspects in Ybarra’s vehicle when they were pulled over at about 4 a.m. on northbound Highway 101 near the La Cumbre Road exit, Strange said.
“A search of the vehicle and occupants resulted in the seizure of narcotics, cell phones, cash and other related drug paraphernalia,” Strange said.
Ybarra and Ball were arrested on felony narcotics charges, and Ball also faces charges of driving under the influence, Strange said.
The CHP officers took both into custody and transported them to the Santa Barbara County Jail.
The other two suspects — Anthony Ybarra Sr., 49, and Anthony Ybarra Jr., 34 — were arrested after a search warrant was obtained for Ybarra’s home in Lompoc.
That search turned up more narcotics and related paraphernalia, Strange said.
They were booked on felony narcotics charges, and Anthony Ybarra Jr. also was charged with violating probation.
Overall, approximately $2,400 worth of methamphetamine, $600 of heroin, and $800 of marijuana were seized, Strange said.
Also seized in the search were digital scales, prescription drugs, cell phones, and other drug paraphernalia, Strange said.
Saturday is ‘Princess Day at Santa Barbara Zoo
Children encouraged to show support for frogs, toads and other amphibians
Little princesses are invited to don their tiaras and visit the Santa Barbara Zoo Saturday to show their support for the world’s frogs, toads, and other amphibians facing possible extinction.
Frog kissing is not required at this annual event that features real live princesses like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, along with fairies, frogs and toads.
Princess Day will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Santa Barbara Zoo members only are allowed early admission at 9 a.m.).
Princess Day features a “Kiss a Frog” booth, plus face painting, animal encounters, music and dancing, bounce houses, games, crafts and more, all with a princess theme.
Costumes are encouraged, and boys are also welcome, be they dressed as knights, princes, cowboys, pirates or astronauts.
Cosmetologists in training at the Paul Mitchell School of Santa Barbara will be on-hand to provide free make-overs for the young princesses, including makeup, hair and nails.
“This is a fun way to talk about a serious issue,” says Santa Barbara Zoo CEO Rich Block. “The world’s amphibians are in trouble, and there are no easy answers to stem the shocking drop in their populations. Accredited zoos and aquariums are working to address the issues in the wild, and are creating temporary captive ‘lifeboats’ of some of the most threatened species.”
He adds: “Conservation isn’t only for adults. Kids, even ones in shiny, pink princess dresses, can and do make a difference.”
Since Princess Day debuted at the Santa Barbara Zoo in 2009, other zoos have picked up the “scepter” for amphibian conservation.
Variations of the Princess Day have been staged at the Georgia Aquarium, Houston Zoo, Calgary Zoo, Oregon Zoo and Knoxville Zoo.
The event is free with Zoo admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors aged 65 and up, $10 for children 2-12, and children under 2 free. Parking is $6.
What Do Crowns Have to Do with Frogs?
While the major culprit has historically been habitat loss and degradation, many of the declines and extinctions previously referred to as enigmatic are now being attributed to the rapidly dispersing infectious fungal disease chytridiomycosis, which is causing population and species extinctions at an alarming rate.
Managed populations and “lifeboats” of amphibians may become the only conservation hope for many species faced with imminent extinction.
Zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are committed to ensuring the survival of all amphibian species and are already an active force in amphibian conservation.
Their “Year of the Frog” in 2008 began a campaign that continues today, with AZA providing conservation and education resources, subsidizing financial support, managing a citizen science program, and maintaining partnerships with like-minded government and nongovernment agencies to raise awareness of the amphibian crisis and promote amphibian conservation.
For more information, visit www.aza.org/amphibian-conservation/.
Third Defendant Takes Plea Deal in Ibarra Murder Case
A third defendant in the gang-related torture and slaying of a Santa Maria man has made a deal with prosecutors, entering a no-contest plea that will result in almost 10 years in prison.
Verenisa Aviles entered the plea Thursday in Superior Court in Santa Maria to kidnapping with a gang allegation, false imprisonment, and assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury in the case of Anthony Ibarra, a Santa Maria resident and fellow gang member, whose murder was detailed in a 932-page grand jury transcript that was made public last year.
Aviles will received nine years and eight months in prison when she is sentenced on May 8, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Ann Bramsen.
Two other defendants have already taken plea deals. Bramsen did not comment on whether Aviles or the two other defendants would be called to testify during a jury trial.
Pedro Torres Jr., 54, of Santa Maria, pleaded guilty in December to being an accessory after the fact to murder, and admitted to a gang enhancement, and will receive three years in prison.
Carmen Cardenas, 28, of Santa Maria, was sentenced in September to three years and four months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder and for admitting to a gang enhancement.
The remaining defendants — Ramon Maldonado, Reyes Gonzalez, Santos Sauceda, Robert Sosa, David Maldonado, Anthony Solis, Ramon Maldonado Jr., Jason Castillo — are still in custody and awaiting trial that is tentatively set for May.
Teacher Gets Probation in Molest Case Plea Deal
A Carpinteria teacher was placed on probation — and will have to give up teaching forever — in a plea deal stemming from his arrest for allegedly molesting a 17-year-old high school student, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.
Michael George Carey, 42, pleaded guilty last week to a single misdemeanor battery charge, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Paula Waldman.
Carey was arrested at Rincon High School in December 2012 on charges of felony sexual battery and misdemeanor child molestation for allegedly inappropriately touching the female student, according to the county Sheriff's Department.
Those other charges against Carey "were dismissed at the time of sentencing because they could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," Waldman said, adding that her office, the Sheriff's Department and the victim were all satisfied with the outcome.
Superior Court Judge William Gordon sentenced Carey to three years of probation, Waldman said.
In addition, Carey must resign from the Carpinteria Unified School District, surrender his teaching credential, and agree never to teach again.
He also was ordered to have no contact with the victim, and to "never engage in any sexual or dating relationship with a person under 18 years of age," Waldman said.
The incident occurred while Carey was employed as a teacher at Rincon, which is a continuation high school.
“Mr. Carey will never teach again; his inappropriate actions with a student ended his career as a teacher,” Waldman said. “Because we are now assured that Mr. Carey will never teach again, justice has been served and public safety concerns have been adequately addressed.”
Angel Investor Chris Felipe Gets Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Off the Ground
The entrepreneur's $150,000 donation kick-starts other support for the partnership designed to nurture local startups
Chris Felipe humbly embraces his role as linchpin, an essential element that guided a local concept into reality with one heck of a bargaining chip.
Having returned to the West Coast with his wife more than two years ago, the seasoned startup investor and entrepreneur hoped to financially back small, potential-packed businesses in the Santa Barbara area.
When Felipe found no such firm catering to that outlet, the Pasadena native searched on until he heard about the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet, a partnership of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Goleta and UC Santa Barbara to attract and nurture local tech startup businesses.
GEM remained mostly an idea at the time, a notion launched in 2012 but still without a small-business incubator space — or funding — and one that had only recently tapped an executive director in Doug Lynch.
Felipe, 55, decided to lead by example and agreed to fund GEM with $50,000 per year for three years.
The financial commitment allowed Lynch to approach Goleta officials with a similar proposal.
Soon after, the city, UCSB and the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce had pledged the same amount, buying GEM the time necessary to get off the ground and making way for lease of a physical space within the ATK Space Systems building at 600 Pine Ave. in Old Town Goleta.
“I think that was just enough to get them over the finish line,” Felipe told Noozhawk on a recent morning at the downtown Santa Barbara office of his CAF Holdings firm. “What I like about GEM is, in Santa Barbara, there isn’t a strong infrastructure. It’s a great program. Keep these smart, young kids here.”
Felipe is familiar with the stresses of starting one’s own business, an endeavor he took on years ago when he co-founded Sirios Capital Management, a hedge fund in Boston.
He worked for 13 years before that at a Boston mutual fund, and then sold Sirios 10 years ago to morph into a startup investor, commonly called an angel.
“I know how they’re feeling,” Felipe said, noting the stress of being responsible to investors as well as employees. “Angel investing is very, very risky, but quite rewarding if it works out.”
Majoring in economics at UCLA before obtaining a master's degree in business administration, Felipe said it’s easy for him to see “the big picture,” which, in this case, involves getting the word out about GEM to generate more backers.
Tenants are expected to move into the new incubator space in early March, and Felipe has already vowed to help fund a GEM summer accelerator program that would allow entrepreneurs to get a jump-start on starting their businesses right after graduation.
“He was there at the right time,” Lynch said of Felipe. “We used his donation to get everybody else committed. Hopefully, it’ll be a no-brainer that they’ll donate again.”
Regardless of what happens three years from now, it seems Felipe's investment in GEM has already paid off.
Santa Barbara May Raise Sewer Rates 5.5%, Trash 2%
The City of Santa Barbara's Wastewater Department wants to increase sewer rates by 5.5 percent next year to cover huge capital-improvement projects coming up.
It’s unusual to have rates increase this much, but the city is preparing for a lot more debt service, according to Finance Director Bob Samario.
Santa Barbara is going out for $35 million in State Water Resources Control Board loans to rehabilitate the secondary treatment at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant and improve the anaerobic digestion process, Wastewater Department Director Christopher Toth said.
Both major projects should be finished by 2019 and won’t interrupt wastewater treatment operations, Toth said.
El Estero has been in service since the early 1980s, and the improvements will ensure the city can get another 30 to 50 years of use out of it, he said.
Upgrades will make the plant more efficient but won’t expand capacity at all.
The Wastewater Department has been increasing rates by 4 percent per year recently, so this is a significant bump.
Toth told the city Finance Committee that the long-range plan is to increase rates by 5.5 percent for the next two years and 5 percent annually after that.
Notices will go out to customers soon, and a public hearing will be held in June.
The City Council doesn’t normally weigh in on rate increases, but will discuss the sewer rates since they are increasing more than usual, Samario said.
Trash rates could be raised 2 percent this year. Santa Barbara’s contract with MarBorg Industries includes a Consumer Price Index increase every year, which is low at 0.9 percent due to the nearly stagnant economy, Samario said.
The city proposes a 0.69 percent increase to replace and maintain the 1,300 city-owned trash containers like the ones on State Street and in front of City Hall. Most of them were installed by the Redevelopment Agency, but no money was set aside to maintain or replace them.
Finance Committee members were supportive of the idea since the CPI is low this year, Samario said.
Santa Barbara County regularly raises tipping fees (for dumping trash at the landfill) but may not this year, which means that cost wouldn’t be included in rate increases next year.
Water rates are up in the air since the city isn’t sure what will happen with the drought.
City staff suggested a 3 percent rate increase, but wants to wait on a decision until the end of the rainy season.
Gerald Carpenter: UCSB Wind Ensemble Concert to Look Back on 21st Century
The vital and accomplished University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of its founder and guiding light, Paul Bambach (Adriane Hill, graduate assistant) will perform their annual Winter Concert — called “21st Century Masters” — at 8 p.m. Thursday in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall at the UCSB Music Building.
By now, we can trust Bambach not to make us suffer for our art. The music on this program is all very attractive and listenable, even if the composers involved are serious and intelligent musicians.
They each seem to have come separately to the conclusion that if you can write music that pleases audiences, you'd be crazy not to do it, so long as the composition is also well and sincerely made.
We will be hearing: Resurgences, Opus 162 by Robert Sheldon (born in 1954); A Childhood Remembered (2013) by Rossano Galante (born in 1967); Dance Rhythms for Band, Opus 58a (1955) by Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961); Flowing Pens from Concord (2009) by Roger Cichy (born in 1956); and the Symphony for Winds No. 2 by Frank Ticheli (born in 1958).
If Ticheli remains today the most-performed band composer (always excepting John Philip Sousa), then Sheldon has to be a close second. His Resurgences makes a tuneful and engaging come-all-ye. Galante, who has a thriving career as a film composer, remembers his childhood as a having a jaunty, Virgil Thomson-like score.
Flowing Pens from Concord was commissioned by the Concord Band of Concord, Mass., for its 50th anniversary concert. It is divided into four sections, each devoted to a famous book that "flowed" from the pens of Concord authors: I. Mosses from an Old Manse (Nathaniel Hawthorne); II. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott); III. Walden (Henry David Thoreau); IV. Nature (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Now, obviously, Riegger is not a 21st-century composer, though he is certainly a master, and his music can be quite aggressively "modern" — i.e. harsh — but the Dance Rhythms, as you will hear, fit very comfortably in with all the sweet, post-modern melody-making on the rest of the program.
Tickets to this concert are $15 for general admission and $7 for students, and they are available at the door. Please call 805.893.7001 for further information.
Dos Pueblos JV Boys Win Tennis Season Opener Over SLO
Dos Pueblos High School's boys JV tennis team burned up the courts Wednesday in their season opener against the JV San Luis Obispo Tigers in a 17-1 contest at the home courts.
Slight nerves initially hampered the players for a few games. After that, the consistency came through on all courts.
In singles, freshmen Mason Dochterman, Kellen Roberts and Chris Lane, all with their unique style of play, took charge and lost only 14 games in nine sets.
In doubles, experience and athleticism took over. Captain Ameet Braganza paired up with Ryan O’Gorman and swept, allowing only four games at line 1. At line 2, Garret Foreman and Davide Gerli split sets in their first high school match, and Roshan Naik with Eddie Park took the last set in that line. At line 3, we mixed it up. Justin Worley with new partner Jason Lee battled to snatch the 6-4 set from the Tigers, then Ryan Daniel played with Lee, then with Michael Soto, to take the two remaining sets.
We are proud to see our team show good sportsmanship. We also appreciate the immense support of parents and varsity players, and the TAs who came out to help and cheer on the team.
The JV Chargers host Bishop next Wednesday. Way to go, Chargers!
Dos Pueblos Singles
» Mason Dochterman 3-0; Kellen Roberts 3-0; Chris Lane 3-0
Dos Pueblos Doubles
» Ameet Braganza/Ryan O’Gorman 3-0; Garret Foreman/Davide Gerli 1-1; Roshan Naik/Eddie Park 1-0; Jason Lee/Justin Worley 1-0; Jason Lee/Ryan Daniel 1-0; Ryan Daniel/Michael Soto 1-0
San Luis Obispo Singles
» Sid Alwen 0-3; Cole Westwood 0-3; Cannon Fryaldenhoven 0-3
San Luis Obispo Doubles
» Evan Anselmo/Janson Fritzley 1-2; Henry Amir/Zach Wise 0-3; Alex Hasley/James Raj 0-3
— Liz Frech coaches boys’ tennis at Dos Pueblos High School.
Central Coast Agency Hires Broker to Find Water for Sale
To deal with Santa Barbara County’s dwindling supplies, the Central Coast Water Authority has hired a consultant to find water for sale.
The CCWA owns and operates the pipelines that deliver State Water Project water to 13 agencies in Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County.
It’s the only organization that has the pipelines to bring water into the county, CCWA Executive Director Ray Stokes said.
Some local water agencies are looking for outside sources on their own, but the CCWA is starting a water purchase program that districts can join.
Sierra Water Group will be paid on an hourly basis as a water broker, and already has a standing contract with the City of Santa Maria.
Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Solvang have expressed interest in the program.
The CCWA wants to buy 4,000 to 5,000 acre-feet of water this year, but a recent threat to the system’s banked carryover water could make that number go way up.
Many water districts have stored or “banked” unused water in San Luis Reservoir, and CCWA regularly pumps it into Lake Cachuma so agencies can use it.
On Monday, the state Department of Water Resources warned Stokes on that it might cut deliveries by half. That would give districts less water in the bank and a bigger problem with the ongoing drought.
“That just means that we need to try and find additional water sources as soon as possible to help water agencies meet demand,” Stokes said.
Lompoc Man Accused of Attempted Murder in Stabbing
Lompoc police announced Wednesday that they've arrested a suspect who may be linked to an early morning stabbing last week that left a man with serious injuries.
Angel Ramos, 26, of Lompoc was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, participation in a criminal street gang and violation of parole, according to a statement from the Lompoc Police Department.
Ramos was booked into the Lompoc City Jail and was subsequently transported to the Santa Barbara County Jail.
The stabbing occurred Tuesday. Lompoc police received a call at 4:10 a.m. reporting that a man had been stabbed in the area of Pine Avenue and F Street.
When the officers arrived, they spoke to the adult male victim, who said he had been approached by several Hispanic adult males yelling a gang phrase and asking where the victim was from.
The victim told the suspects he was not a gang member, but the suspects reportedly attacked the victim and repeatedly hit him.
After the attack, the victim realized he had been stabbed numerous times, and had sustained approximately eight stab wounds near the back of his neck, on his neck, on the back of his head and on his hand, police said.
"The victim said that towards the end of the attack, he thought he was going to be killed," the statement said, adding that he was transported directly to Cottage Hospital because of the seriousness of his injuries.
Detectives from the Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted a follow-up investigation, including a second interview of the victim, collection of physical evidence and a search of the crime scene, which led to Ramos' arrest, the statement said.
Larry Kudlow: Recalling the Days When Democrats Cut Taxes
[Noozhawk note: This column was co-authored by Brian Domitrovic, chairman of the history department at Sam Houston State University. Larry Kudlow and Domitrovic are writing a book on the JFK tax cuts, to be published by Penguin next year.]
Fifty years ago last week, on Feb. 26, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the sweeping tax cuts that had been championed by his predecessor, John F. Kennedy. The law brought the top marginal income-tax rate down to 70 percent from 91 percent and the bottom marginal rate down to 14 percent from 20 percent. The 22 rates in-between also were cut.
The tax legislation of 1964 was one of three major across-the-board income-tax cuts in the 20th century. The others took place in the 1920s, during the Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge administrations, and in 1981 and 1986 during the Ronald Reagan administration. After the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the top marginal rate was all of 28 percent. Today, it is 39.6 percent.
The 1920s, '60s and '80s were three of America's greatest decades of economic growth. Without them, growth since the inauguration of the income tax in 1913 averages less than 3 percent per year. Each of the tax-cut decades saw at least seven years of growth of 4-5 percent, along with advances in entrepreneurship, employment, living standards and wealth.
We would hardly speak of an "American century" if not for the economic expansions that came with these three historic tax cuts.
Today, tax cuts are associated with the Republican Party. Yet a half-century ago, it was the Democratic President Kennedy who said in his Dec. 14, 1962, address to the Economic Club of New York: "Our practical choice is not between a tax-cut deficit and a budgetary surplus. It is between two kinds of deficits: a chronic deficit of inertia, as the unwanted result of inadequate revenues and a restricted economy; or a temporary deficit of transition, resulting from a tax cut designed to boost the economy, increase tax revenues, and achieve — and I believe this can be done — a budget surplus. The first type of deficit is a sign of waste and weakness; the second reflects an investment in the future."
When JFK's tax legislation came before Congress, Democrats in the House voted for it 223-29 and in the Senate 56-11, while Republicans voted against it in the House 48-126 and for it in the Senate 21-10. The GOP candidate for president in 1964, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, voted against.
And after jacking up tax rates during World War I, the Democratic Woodrow Wilson administration proposed the tax cuts that came to pass under the guidance of Republican Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon in the 1920s. Stretching back into the 19th century, it had consistently been Democrats who had been in favor of tax reductions — and Republicans who had been in favor of high rates.
As generations of schoolchildren used to be taught, the tariff — the principal means of federal revenue before 1913 — was a Republican baby, while Democrats and other "populists" railed against this form of mass taxation and insisted that tariffs be reduced if not eliminated. Democrats of old realized that high tax rates and trade protectionism prompt exceptions and preferences to be written into the law — special deals that crony capitalists thrive on. When the income tax began to replace the tariff in 1913, little changed. High, stifling rates encourage lobbying for loopholes, special carve-outs and backroom deals. Nothing populist about that.
In the 1930s and '40s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, turned the tables by jacking up marginal income-tax rates (at one point all the way to 94 percent for the very top earners), expanding the reach of the income tax into the humblest of wage earners, and withholding taxes from paychecks. Or as the authors of the textbook Federal Income Taxation put it in 1953, under FDR the income tax "changed its morning coat for overalls."
JFK understood that high tax rates, even on the rich, bring inequities into the nation's political economy that do not befit America's traditions of liberty and constitutional rule. He also understood that devaluing tax preferences, as tax cuts do, frees up capital to move to its most naturally productive purpose and spur economic growth.
Reagan had the good sense to use the JFK tax cut as a model for his own historic tax cut in 1981. It is a pity that President Barack Obama, who has unsuccessfully tried massive infusions of government money to spur growth, didn't follow JFK and Reagan's lead and make lower marginal tax rates a priority. If he had, we'd likely be in the midst of a vigorous recovery, and on our way to another decade of impressive growth.
— Larry Kudlow is economics editor at National Review Online, host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, and author of the daily web blog Kudlow’s Money Politic$. Click here to contact him, follow him on Twitter: @larry_kudlow, or click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.
Ed Fuller: Real Estate Activity Remains Strong in Metro Santa Barbara
Closed and pending (under contract) single-family homes are off significantly from last year, but prices are up while inventory is relatively the same.
This February saw 52 homes sold and 73 go under contract. Last year's torrid February saw 80 homes close escrow and 121 go under contract.
The median sales price has increased only from $935,500 to $977,000, but the median price of homes going under contract has increased from $949,000 to $1,185,000.
This typically foreshadows a higher median sales price as these homes close escrow in the coming months.
The current inventory (active listings for sale) is almost unchanged at 265 homes. The time on market for sold homes has dropped from 90 days in February 2013 to 51 days this February.
What this means is that, although we don’t have the feeding frenzy we had at the beginning of last year, the market is still strong. We continue to have a shortage of lower-priced, single-family homes to sell, which is keeping the median pending price high.
For a seller, now is a good time to list as home prices may have reached a plateau. For buyers, there may be less competition at the moment, and interest rates are still very reasonable — in the low 4 percent range.
Be sure to consult with a Realtor for any of your real estate needs.
— Ed Fuller is a real estate broker with San Roque Realty Inc. and president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. Contact him at email@example.com or 805.687.1551. The opinions expressed are his own.
Santa Maria Council Adds E-Cigarettes to Smoking Ban
An electronic cigarette is no different than a regular cigarette, according to the Santa Maria City Council, which decided this week to extend its public-smoking ban to the relatively new devices.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to add e-cigarettes — battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives in aerosol form — to the definition of smoking in the city’s municipal code, which means no smoking the “vapes” inside public buildings or within 20 feet of them.
The change was included in an annual list of code updates that also amended speed limits on several city streets, according to city spokesman Mark van de Kamp.
Santa Maria is just the second city in Santa Barbara County to extend its public-smoking ban to e-cigarettes. Buellton has passed a similar provision.
The city joins a growing list of municipalities nationwide that have singled out e-cigarettes, including New York and Los Angeles, which just approved a ban earlier this week.
Santa Maria City Librarian Mary Housel requested the code revision after a patron came into the library while smoking an e-cigarette two months ago.
“The staff was a little unsure how to respond to it,” Housel told Noozhawk. “They are kind of a more recent phenomenon. My personal feeling was a cigarette is a cigarette whether it’s a cigarette or an e-cigarette.
"It’s helpful to have a clear decision so we can refer to it as needed.”
Several people spoke out about the move during public comment, focusing on the health benefits as opposed to conventional cigarette smoking, but the council ignored their pleas.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is revising its policies related to tobacco, including e-cigarettes, said spokeswoman Susan Klein-Rothschild.
She said to expect some ordinance revisions later this spring.
Students Receive Added Incentive in Battle of the Books Competition
Nearly 200 students in fourth through sixth grades from more than 30 schools throughout the county will test their knowledge April 30 at the 13th annual Battle of the Books in the Santa Barbara County Education Office auditorium.
About 8,000 students in public schools countywide have been challenged to read as many books as possible from a pre-selected list of 30 to qualify for the event. These books will be the source of the questions and challenges that the students will face at the “battle.”
Students are encouraged to read all 30 books, but they must read at least 15 to attend the Battle of the Books. Each school can send a maximum of five students.
This year, a partnership with Granada Books, a new community bookstore in downtown Santa Barbara, has given students an added incentive: Participating students can earn certificates for free books to keep.
“This annual competition is an entertaining opportunity for students from throughout the county to come together for a friendly ‘literary battle,’ but it’s also an important reading incentive program,” said county Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone, whose office coordinates the event.
Granada Books will offer a free book for every five books a student reads, with certification from a teacher, up to the entire 30 on the official list. That means each child could earn up to six free books.
“This is a win-win opportunity for Granada Books and our sister nonprofit, Pomegranate Arts, to give back,” said Emmett McDonough, co-owner of Granada Books. “One of our core beliefs is that by providing children with an opportunity to earn their own books to keep, we help encourage more reading, as well as the love of books.”
Many schools will have more than five children who have read multiple books, so the bookstore’s owners will offer the same incentive to students who are not chosen to attend the “battle.” South County children and parents can redeem their certificates at Granada Books, and North County families will be able to redeem theirs at a temporary “store” that Granada will set up in Santa Maria after the event.
In addition to encouraging literacy and making reading fun, the Battle of the Books rewards reading comprehension and teamwork. Two teams of six or seven students compete against each other by answering 20 comprehension questions based on the 30 books. The students must agree upon and offer their answers as a group.
All teams will compete in a round-robin tournament of four battles, and then the highest-scoring teams will take the stage for the final battle, facilitated by guest author Robin Mellom.
“When they arrive for the Battle of the Books, the students will be re-blended into teams so that no one school competes against another,” said Matt Zuchowicz, director of Educational Technology Services, the SBCEO department that conducts the event. “Regardless of who wins the final battle, every student is rewarded with certificates, and the winners receive books and T shirts. Students also have an opportunity that day to vote for a book they’d like to see on the list for next year’s event, which is a fun way to motivate and engage the young readers.”
— Dave Bemis is the communications director for the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
Cinema in Focus: ‘Son of God’
This film's explanation of Jesus' purpose? To change the world
4 Stars — Inspiring
In retelling the biblical stories, every artist must make theological as well as artistic choices. These choices reflect in part God's story, but they also reveal the hearts and thoughts of the individual storytellers. This is not only true of every sermon delivered in every church, but it is also true of every film shown in which the biblical stories are portrayed.
In Christopher Spencer's film Son of God, we experience a telling of the story of Jesus based primarily on the Gospel According to John with a hint of the Revelation of John. This particular telling is formed by Spencer as well as three writers who assist him — Richard Bedser, Colin Swash and Nic Young — and it reveals a bias towards a Roman Catholic version of Jesus' life.
Using some scenes and referring directly to the History channel's hit miniseries The Bible, the uneven telling of the tale and low-budget special effects do not lessen the amazing message of the incarnate Son of God.
Narrating the story is John, who is in exile on Patmos as the film begins with the prologue of the Gospel of John and ends with the revelation of Jesus to John with His wonderful proclamation that, "I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end."
Playing the part of Jesus is the appropriately named Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado, whose last name means "first-born." Perhaps the most difficult person in all of history to portray, Morgado's portrayal is one with subtle charm and powerful presence. The same is true of Roma Downey, who reveals the deep faith, knowledge and love needed to be Mary, the mother of Jesus. As both a producer of the film and a devout believer herself, it is easy to see her love for God.
Also of primary importance in the story are the apostles John (Sebastian Knapp), Peter (Darwin Shaw), Judas (Joe Wredden) and Thomas (Matthew Gravelle), with Mary Magdalene (Amber Rose Revah) representing the women who became followers of Jesus along with the men.
The conflicts in Jesus' life come from two sources, both of whom are portrayed with more depth than often seen in Christian cinema. Pilate (Greg Hicks) displays historically appropriate indifference to the lives of his subjects as the Roman governor, and the High Priest Caiaphas (Adrian Schiller) is sincere yet manipulative in his attempt to protect his religion and his nation.
There is no story that reflects the depth of the meaning of life as does the story of Jesus and His divine identity. Though the telling of His story may vary, the basic truth breaks through in ways that require a response by all who hear it. It is this response that will "change the world" as Jesus charges His disciples to do on His behalf.
» It is difficult to imagine what Mary experienced as she held Jesus in her arms at his birth as well as at His death. What do you think she thought about Jesus in the years between those two events? Why do you answer as you do?
» It is clear that the religious and political leaders conspired together to kill an innocent man. Why do you think it takes both religion and government to conspire to do something truly evil? How can we follow Jesus without the greed and corruption that turned His house into a den of thieves and without the violence and scheming that can turn a nation into a brutal destroyer?
» The warning that his wife gave Pilate about Jesus did not stop Pilate from killing Him. Why do you think Pilate did not heed the warning? Would you have listened if you had been Pilate? Why or why not?
— 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.
Max McCumber: A Fan Without a Team
Anyone familiar with the high school sports culture in this town knows how unruly the scene can get at rivalry games involving the Royals of San Marcos, the Dons of Santa Barbara and the Chargers of Dos Pueblos. It's not quite as severe as an NCAA showdown between Duke and North Carolina in Durham or Chapel Hill, but it's up there. It's enough for county sheriff's deputies to wait outside at the San Marcos Thunderhut to prevent teenage hooliganism from erupting after basketball games.
A decade ago, as a senior at San Marcos, I was ejected from my last game in the stands before tip-off for booing the DP cheerleaders. Ex-football coach turned athletic director Bob Archer escorted me out.
Overcome with shock and dismay, I nodded and left the Thunderhut as he asked. I would write Coach Archer a letter of apology the next week, which he accepted.
School spirit was something I was obsessed with back then. I went as far as painting my face blue and red once. I was a brash 17- going on 18-year-old. What happened that night warned me to be careful with that obsession.
Since then, I've gone away to college up in San Francisco, moved back to Santa Barbara after I graduated and now work at UCSB as an office professional. The days of Max the Royal fanatic are now a lifetime ago.
It's not that I've never professed any other rooting interests. A friend sharing San Francisco Giants season tickets near home plate at AT&T Park with me made it hard not to. I was a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan growing up. Shaquille O'Neal was larger than life to me when I was 12 or 13.
To have been kicked out of that high school game wasn't the only epiphany that transformed me into the more nonpartisan observer of a sports fan I am today.
To name one film or TV program that has influenced my life the most, it has to be Ken Burns' Baseball documentary. It made me laugh and cry as it enlightened me on the national pastime. As a kid, I would check it out from the library on VHS inning by inning, multiple times. A few weeks after high school graduation, I made a pilgrimage to Cooperstown when my brother played in a PONY league tournament there. Baseball, more than any other sport, captivated me without needing a team early on, and I was just getting started.
For affordable travel thrills, summer vacations of my 20s have involved gallivanting to spots around the country on a quest to attend a game in all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. So far, I'm almost there. I've been lucky enough to pass through the turnstile at Fenway Park, the friendly confines of Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built." I've been mooned by the Phillie Phanatic. Between innings in Milwaukee, I took in the Brewers' sausage race and sang along to the "Beer Barrel Polka." I've visited the sites where Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run in Atlanta and Pete Rose singled for hit No. 4192 in Cincinnati. Last year, I stopped at the spot where first base at Shea Stadium used to be, right next to the New York Mets' new digs, where the ball went through Bill Buckner's legs in 1986. Once I sat in the right-field bleachers of Dodger Stadium, where that surprise homer from Kirk Gibson landed in 1988.
Experiences like these instilled in me a deeper connection to baseball.
The defining moment for me may have been in 2012, when I stopped in Indianapolis for a minor league game on a detour between Cincinnati and Detroit. At picturesque Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, Santa Barbara's own Dylan Axelrod was the starting pitcher for the visiting Charlotte Knights, the White Sox's AAA affiliate. The old Max might have thought he was an enemy because he was a Santa Barbara Don. Instead, I marveled at how, via the great game of baseball, the guy was from my hometown and we crossed paths way over there in Hoosier land.
Or it could have been my former boss, she is now retired, a loyal Dodgers fan married to a Bay Area-bred Giants fan for years. I also think back to a muggy night in St. Louis, in June 2011, when few saw the St. Loius Cardinals' dramatic World Series run that fall coming. Up in the Busch Stadium mezzanine, I chatted with a friendly face so typical of Cardinal Nation, her longtime husband sitting next to us — a Cubs fan. Baseball alone helped bring these folks together. A Yankees-Red Sox romance, though — those are probably rarer.
Sure, I've been partial to the Lakers before, but these days, as long as Staples Center tickets stay so outrageously priced, not so much. Even in the nosebleeds way above where Jack Nicholson sits is difficult for me and most other middle-class patrons to afford. I have seen NBA games in person but never in the state of California. I've had better luck in New Orleans with the then-Hornets and visiting my rabid Suns fan relatives in Phoenix.
Maybe it would be different if I were related to a player on a particular team. Even so, what if he or she transfers to another school, gets traded, released or becomes a free agent? It would be tough not to change allegiances. If I were a father, I definitely wouldn't be one of those obnoxious parents who bad mouth the opposition or harass the coach for not playing my kid.
Die-hard team fans, I do acknowledge, have more than a place in the scholastic and pro ranks. After all, teams need seas of face or belly-painted, jersey- and cap-clad faithful to survive. Heck, if you are this type of fan, I need you, because you give me something to talk about. You could be the Latin teacher from Pittsburgh ecstatic about the Pirates finally posting a winning season after 20 years of futility. Or maybe you're my great aunt in Seattle hopeful of the Mariners' chances thanks to the offseason splurge on Robinson Cano.
All I want to say is that rooting for the game objectively and still having fun is possible, too.
I like to think that the advantage of not picking sides as a fan is that you win more often. For every exhilarating photo finish, overtime, extra innings, buzzer beater, bases loaded with two outs and a full count, you win. For every March Madness, Fall Classic, Olympics, Stanley Cup or World Cup extravaganza, you win. A disadvantage is missing out on the kinship one can have with a team, win or lose. Yet, just like the bleacher bum Cub fans do, I'm always waiting until next year.
— Max McCumber is a Santa Barbara resident.
Mother Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment, DUI for Wreck That Injured Toddler Son
Kate Hatrey Walters, 24, of Santa Barbara is sentenced to four years of probation and must seek treatment at a residential facility
A Santa Barbara woman has pleaded guilty to DUI and child-endangerment charges after she crashed a vehicle into a lamppost, severely injuring her 3-year-old child last May.
Kate Hatrey Walters, 24, was arrested May 20, 2013, after crashing a friend’s vehicle, which injured both women as well as the boy, Sgt. Riley Harwood told Noozhawk at the time.
She was sentenced Monday to DUI with injury and admitted a special allegation of great bodily injury.
Walters also pleaded guilty to the child abuse charge, according to Arnie Tolks, senior deputy district attorney with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.
She was placed on four years of probation, with various terms and conditions, including going to a residential facility and taking her medications, Tolks said.
"She no longer has custody of her son," Tolks said, adding that he objected to the probation recommendation.
The incident began when officers responded at about 7 p.m. May 20 to a call of a disturbance involving intoxicated subjects outside of Harry’s Plaza Café, 3313 State St., and the investigation revealed that the women had driven from the area, and were involved in a traffic collision near the intersection of State Street and Broadmoor Plaza.
At the scene, police said they encountered Walters, heavily intoxicated and distraught, seated to the rear of the car she had been driving.
Her injured son was being cradled in the arms of a citizen , and the boy was bleeding from abrasions to his neck. He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken neck.
Another woman owned the vehicle, but Walters had been driving at the time, Harwood said, adding that Walters started drinking heavily earlier in the day and had gone to Harry’s at 5 p.m. with the friend, taking her son with her.
The women continued to drink at the restaurant until they became argumentative with staff, who asked them to leave and called police. Before officers could arrive, the women got in the car with the child.
Walters nearly collided with two other parked cars in the Loreto Plaza parking lot, prompting another witness to call the police while a restaurant employee took note of the description of the involved vehicle and its license plate number for the responding officers, Harwood said.
After exiting the parking lot, Walters drove two blocks westbound on State Street until she reached the intersection with Toyon Drive, Harwood said, where she collided with a lamppost.
The force of the collision caused the airbags in the vehicle to deploy, and an inspection of the vehicle revealed that the child seat used by Walters’ son had not been properly installed.
Walters has been in jail since her arrest, Tolks said.
George Runner: California’s Gas Tax Nightmare
California taxpayers don’t have to fall sleep to have a nightmare. They experience one each and every day when they encounter a costly, confusing and constantly-changing tax system. Unfortunately, most efforts to change this system only make matters worse.
Take the gas tax, for instance.
California consumers currently pay 71 cents per gallon in taxes every time they fill up their tanks. That’s the highest gas tax rate in the country. The average American pays less — about 50 cents per gallon. That translates into hundreds of dollars a year in higher taxes for Californians.
Adding insult to injury, Californians are double taxed for gas. Sales tax is calculated after excise taxes have already been added. That means we pay a tax on a tax, which is just plain wrong.
Double taxation aside, most California motorists wouldn’t mind paying high gas taxes if it meant we could drive the nation’s finest roads. But that’s not how things work. Instead of seeing our tax dollars invested wisely, we’re constantly told we should pay more. Our freeway system, once the envy of the world, has become an embarrassment.
Further complicating matters, in 2010 the governor and Legislature adopted a convoluted gas tax scheme over my objections. This scheme, known as the “fuel tax swap,” is so confusing even tax experts have a hard time understanding it.
Lawmakers didn’t adopt this scheme to make taxes simpler; they did it to move about a billion dollars to the general fund.
Although the Board of Equalization didn’t create the formula, we at the BOE have to live with it. Each year we must adjust the fuel tax rate to ensure the state receives neither more nor less revenue than it would have under the prior tax system.
A silver lining to this complicated system is that it can produce a tax decrease when gas prices fall.
That’s what happened this year. On Feb. 25, my fellow board members and I voted to lower the gasoline excise tax 3.5 cents per gallon as of July 1.
Our vote is good news for taxpayers. This much-needed tax relief will arrive as Californians are on the road for summer vacations.
Lower gas taxes are good for our economy and good for jobs, but even after this cut takes effect Californians will continue to pay one of the highest tax rates in the nation.
Unfortunately, some in the Legislature want you to pay more taxes, rather than less. Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed a new “carbon tax” that would raise the taxes you pay on gas by 15 cents per gallon next year and up to 43 cents by 2030.
Steinberg argues his new tax would actually be a better deal for motorists, since they already face rising gas prices as a result of the anti-global warming bill AB 32’s cap and trade requirements. His proposal would impose a direct tax in place of the indirect one set to start next year, while also providing an earned income tax credit to low-income Californians.
In a surprisingly frank confession, Steinberg said, “For climate policy to work, it has to sting. I am concerned about who we sting.”
In other words, if you’re not already poor, politicians want to raise your gas taxes enough that you’ll stop driving your car and start riding mass transit.
Rather than plotting to raise taxes at a time when the state is already awash in cash, lawmakers should be finding ways to simplify our tax laws, reduce taxes and make life easier for California taxpayers.
Taxes are hard enough to accept, but when they can’t be simply explained and the money is wasted, it erodes public confidence.
Lawmakers could start by scrapping the current confusing and complicated gas tax formula and replacing it with one that is simple, straightforward and easy to understand.
Taxpayers deserve a tax system they can understand and won’t take them by surprise. People have the right to know how much they’re paying and where those dollars are going.
California is a great place to live and work. There’s no reason our tax system needs to be a nightmare.
Survey Finds County’s Youth Have Easy Access to Tobacco, Alcohol Near Schools
It’s just as easy for many kids to buy tobacco as candy bars, according to the results of a new study in Santa Barbara County.
Data from a groundbreaking survey show that tobacco products are sold next to candies at check-out areas in over 50 percent of stores. These findings come from a new study about the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and food products in stores that sell tobacco — the first time all three categories of products have been analyzed together.
The statewide survey collected information from almost 7,400 diverse stores — including convenience, supermarket, liquor, tobacco, small market, discount, drug and big-box stores — in all 58 counties. Roughly 700 people helped gather the data statewide between July and October 2013. This major surveillance effort provides a snapshot of how product availability in stores can impact our health.
Flavored little cigars or cigarillos have grown in popularity in recent years. One national study found that 2 out of 5 middle and high school students who smoke reported cigarillo use. Locally, close to 80 percent of tobacco outlets sell these products and most are located near schools. It’s not surprising that youth are drawn to these with their colorful packaging, and flavors like bubblegum and grape. Furthermore, the most popular brand costs under $1.00 in almost three-quarters of the sites visited.
Other novel products are enticing to kids in retail settings. Alcopops, alcoholic beverages that resemble soda or fizzy juice drinks, are sold at 91 percent of tobacco outlets in our county, exceeding the state average. This is coupled with the finding that just over half of the stores had alcohol advertising near candy, toys — or at a child’s eye level.
Over two-thirds of tobacco retailers surveyed are located within 1,000 feet of schools, meaning many of our kids are exposed to unhealthy products on a regular basis. Just over 10 percent of stores had advertising that promoted healthy foods, like fresh produce.
Not all the news is troubling: Local stores sold low or non-fat milk in more than half the stores — well above 37 percent statewide.
“As adults, we’re desensitized to these influences,” said Ellen Stewart, a mother in Santa Ynez Valley who helped with data collection, “but this opens my eyes to how many unhealthy messages our kids are bombarded with every day. Even if they don’t enter a business, they can be exposed to the ads on the storefronts and windows.”
Additional survey findings in Santa Barbara County include:
» 66.7 percent of the stores selling tobacco at check-out areas were also near schools, compared to 40.5 percent statewide
» Over half of stores display exterior alcohol advertising
» Tobacco outlets are located in 54 percent of lower-income communities, exceeding both regional and state rates
» Only 46.9 percent of stores had any fruit or vegetables available
» 76 percent of stores sold sugary drinks at the checkout and near schools
“We all need to be more aware of these influences in our neighborhoods,” said Dr. Takashi Wada, deputy health officer and director of the county’s Public Health Department. “We are committed to working with store owners, families and other partners throughout Santa Barbara County to protect our kids and make our communities healthier.”
Wednesday marks the launch of the Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, a statewide campaign that seeks to improve the health of Californians by informing them about the impacts of unhealthy product marketing in stores. This new campaign is a collaboration of tobacco prevention, nutrition and alcohol partners.
Click here for state, regional and county specific data and more information on Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community.
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara Hosting March Madness Basketball-a-Thon
The Athletic Department at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara is planning its fifth annual 2014 March Madness Basketball-a-Thon on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, in an effort to raise $50,000 commemorating the club's 76th anniversary, through the athletic booster program.
The proceeds will be used to continue the operation and improvement of our athletic program and offer the opportunity for more than 850 kids the chance to participate in our sports programs every year. Only 10 percent of the cost of the athletics program is covered through registration fees.
We will be playing 24 hours straight of basketball that will include the “Donny Yee Alumni Basketball Tournament.” Yee was the athletic director at the club in the 1960s and ‘70s who made a difference in thousands of kids’ lives.
The club is also reaching out to all former athletic directors and alumni to participate in this year’s March Madness. We will have an Alumni BBQ at 11 a.m. March 15.
Tickets are available at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara; a $10 donation is suggested.
— Vickie Prezelin is an executive assistant for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara.
UCSB Researchers Explore Cocaine and the Pleasure Principle
Animal models demonstrate that the net result of cocaine use is a balance of both positive and negative effects
On the other side of the cocaine high is the cocaine crash, and understanding how one follows the other can provide insight into the physiological effects of drug abuse. For decades, brain research has focused on the pleasurable effects of cocaine largely by studying the dopamine pathway. But this approach has left many questions unanswered.
So the Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory at UC Santa Barbara decided to take a different approach by examining the motivational systems that induce an animal to seek cocaine in the first place. Their findings appear in today’s issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
“We weren’t looking at pleasure; we were looking at the animal’s desire to seek that pleasure, which we believe is they key to understanding drug abuse,” said Aaron Ettenberg, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who established the BPL in 1982.
The lab has been particularly active in the development and use of novel behavioral assays that provide a unique approach to the study of drug-behavior interactions.
The findings suggest that the same neural mechanism responsible for the negative effects of cocaine likely contribute to the animal’s decision to ingest cocaine.
“Just looking at the positive is looking at only half the picture; you have to understand the negative side as well,” Ettenberg said. “It’s not just the positive, rewarding effects of cocaine that drive this desire to seek the drug. It’s the net reward, which takes into account the negative consequences in addition to the positive. Together the two determine the net positive output that will lead to the motivated behavior.”
Ettenberg’s team chose to study norepinephrine (also called noradrenaline), because cocaine is known to act upon this primary neurotransmitter. The researchers chose two places in the brain — the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) — because both have been implicated in the aversive effects of such emotional processes as fear conditioning and general anxiety. Norepinephrine is a major transmitter in these two brain systems and plays a part in regulating anxiety.
Lead author Jennifer Wenzel chose a unique way to reproduce the results of previous work she had done at UCSB, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2013. An earlier study used reversible lesions in the BNST and CeA to block the function in these two areas and then examined their effects in a unique animal model of cocaine self-administration.
For that study, the investigators trained rats to run down a custom-built 6-foot-long runway for a daily dose of cocaine. Each day they responded more quickly than the last, demonstrating an increasing motivation to get cocaine.
“Over several trials, however, rats developed an ambivalence about entering the goal box: they rapidly approached the goal but then turned and retreated back toward the start box,” Wenzel explained. “These retreats can happen several times before rats finally enter the goal box and receive an injection of cocaine.”
This retreat behavior became more and more prevalent as testing continued and reflects the animals’ learning that negative effects (the crash) follow the positive effects (euphoria) of cocaine. Blocking the function of the BNST or the CeA resulted in a dramatic decrease in retreat behavior because the negative effects of the drug were blocked.
In the newly published paper, the researchers used drugs that selectively block the action of the neurotransmitter, noradrenaline, in the BNST and CeA rather than the entire function. The results were similar to those in the earlier study. “If you put norepinephrine antagonists directly into the BNST or the CeA, you can prevent or dramatically attenuate the negative effects of cocaine, leaving the positive effects intact,” Ettenberg explained. “So the animals show fewer retreats in the runway.”
The study looked at acute cocaine use with only one injection a day, which is not considered a model of addiction. So the natural extension of this paper’s line of inquiry is how the positive and negative systems associated with cocaine use change when animals are exposed to multiple doses in any given day (i.e. addiction). Subsequent studies have demonstrated that as the animals become addicted to the drug, the positive consequences get reduced and negative effects get exaggerated so the net experience is less positive. To overcome the decreased positive effects, users increase the dose, which creates a behavioral spiral.
“We need to more fully understand the underlying neuronal mechanisms altered by cocaine before we can treat people,” Ettenberg said. “Once we understand how the brain systems producing the positive/euphoric and negative/anxiety effects of the drug interact, we might be able to produce treatments that address the balance between these two opposing actions, both of which serve as strong driving forces. We therefore need to understand both of these systems in order to come up with a rational treatment down the line.”
C.G. Jung’s First-Generation Art Prints on Display at Pacifica Graduate Institute
An exhibition of first-generation fine art prints by C.G. Jung is showing at Pacifica Graduate Institute through April 4.
These momentous prints from Jung’s groundbreaking The Red Book have only previously been exhibited at the International Association of Analytical Psychology Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.
“You are able to see Jung’s personal paintings,” said Willow Young, certified Jungian analyst. “The Red Book was hidden for generations; now 100 years later, the images from Jung’s visions, inner experience and confrontation with the unconscious have come back to life.”
At the time of publication in 2009, Jung’s secret The Red Book was billed as the most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology. Five years later, The Red Book, with its exquisite images and provocative messages, still captivates our imagination and travels the world, now in yet a new form as fine art prints.
Through April 4, the artworks of Jung, enhanced and enlarged for color, quality and detail, are available to the public via a six-week, free exhibit at Pacifica Graduate Institute, 801 Ladera Lane in Santa Barbara.
Jung’s Liber Novus, The Red Book, is not simply a compendium of dream descriptions and derivations of archetypal roles and functions; it is a book that itself draws on an inter-cultural archetype, the illuminated manuscript. It could pass for a Bible rendered by a medieval monk, especially for the care with which Jung entered his writing as ornate Gothic script. He also took on similarly stylized and beautiful manners of non-western word-image conflation, including Persian miniature painting and East Asian calligraphy.
Using proprietary technology employed to reproduce The Red Book in facsimile and to create the reproductions, Digital Fusion, in cooperation with the Jung Foundation, has produced a suite of 77 large-scale prints that capture the vividness of Jung’s handiwork and present it, finally, as art.
Twenty-three individual curated images will be on display at Pacifica Graduate Institute through April, 4. While all 77 prints, 25 inches by 32.8 inches, will be available for purchase through the Pacifica Bookstore. Each print is authenticated through laser engraving and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and description by London-based historian Sonu Shamdasani, who spent three years persuading the Jung family to endorse the publication of The Red Book.
— Erik Davis is the director of institutional advancement for Pacifica Graduate Institute.
HICAP Offering Free ‘Medicare Plans and Changes’ Seminar in Carpinteria
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) will sponsor a free seminar for people interested in better understanding Medicare benefits and recent changes.
The "Medicare Plans and Changes" presentation will be held beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at the Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main, 5201 Eighth St. in Carpinteria.
“HICAP is offering this presentation to help people with Medicare and their caregivers better understand this comprehensive health care program and current changes,” said Karen O’Neil, president of the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens.
Topics will include a general overview of 2014 Medicare changes and recent changes related to the Affordable Care Act.
HICAP is pleased to partner with the Carpinteria Unified School District and the Carpintería Children’s Project at Main in presenting this important information to the community.
HICAP offers free and unbiased counseling and information on Medicare issues. HICAP does not sell, recommend or endorse any insurance product, agent, insurance company or health plan. The presentation is a service of the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, HICAP with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medical services, the federal Medicare agency.
— Bill Batty represents the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.
‘Road Rage’ on Highway 101 Leads to Crash, 2 Arrests
Two men were arrested Tuesday after a "road rage" incident escalated into a collision on Highway 101 in Carpinteria, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The conflict began about 1 p.m. with one pickup truck following too closely behind another on the southbound freeway in the Montecito area, said Officer Jonathan Gutierrez.
The trailing driver became upset that the pickup in front would not move out of the way, Gutierrez said.
"What began as verbal banter between the two escalated as the vehicles neared Santa Claus Lane," Gutierrez said, "when one of the drivers, Ryan Luna of Simi Valley, threw a 'super sized' soda into the passenger window of the other truck, striking the truck's passenger in the face and causing soda to be spread throughout the front of the truck."
Moments later, the other driver, Joseph G. Antonucci of Santa Barbara, allegedly retaliated by crashing the right side of his truck into the left side of Luna's truck, Gutierrez said.
Luna, 25, swerved off the freeway at Carpinteria Avenue, while Antonucci, 56, continued southbound.
Another motorists called 911 to report the incident, which also was witnessed by CHP Coastal Division Chief Reggie Chappelle, who was driving an unmarked patrol car, Gutierrez said.
Chappelle stopped Antonucci's vehicle near Mussel Shoals along the Rincon after following it through the freeway construction zone.
After investigation, both men were arrested.
Antonucci was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a vehicle-code violation, with bail set at $30,000.
Luna was charged with battery and a vehicle-code violation, with bail set at $5,000.
Letter to the Editor: The Rule of Law
Do Americans understand the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship? A democracy operates by the rule of law, a dictatorship operates by fiat of the dictator. Sadly, President Obama, as well as the American public, seem unconcerned about this.
According to the Constitution, it is the president's job to execute laws and Congress's job to write laws. Is this true today? No.
Instead, we see an over-reaching president bypass Congress, as he executes, rewrites, extends or selectively picks parts of laws to support. Some examples include immigration, the health-care law, recess appointments, etc. Furthermore, his head of the Department of Justice recently told state attorneys general to ignore laws passed by the people, and the IRS has been used to target groups with opposing views.
The separation of powers is supposed to protect us from the rise of a dictator. It is a system of government where three branches have defined and limited powers. If one gets out of control, the others act. This is not what is happening today. This is especially true today, as Obama is ignoring, postponing and manipulating the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in order to influence or rig the 2014 elections.
What effect will President Obama's have on America? His legacy will be that he set in place the blueprint for turning our republic into a dictatorship. Unfortunately, he is succeeding due to public apathy, a corrupt Congress and a shortsighted judiciary. Does anyone care?
The rule of law is very important, because it is the only thing that separates us from a dictatorship. Wake up, America.
Family Pledges $1.6 Million to UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
If there were a chancellor’s hall of fame, Vernon Cheadle would hold a prominent place.
As UC Santa Barbara’s leader in the 1960s and ’70s, he guided the campus through an extraordinary expansion, paving the way for the onetime teacher’s college and then-new addition to the UC system to become the true research university that it is today.
For the vital role Cheadle played in that evolution — and for the administrative superstar status he achieved, UCSB’s central administration building, Cheadle Hall, serves as a bricks-and-mortar homage. Yet it’s a lesser-known campus facility that his family says reflects his true professional passion: the Vernon and Mary Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER).
Vernon Cheadle was a world-renowned botanist whose prolific research bookended — by decades in either direction — his time as UCSB’s top administrator. His vast collections, which include some 15,000 plants and 60,000 light microscope slides, are housed at the research and teaching center named for both him and his wife.
Mary Cheadle was actively involved in campus activities during her husband’s tenure as chancellor and later as benefactor to the library and trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation; together the couple were “truly a wonderful pair,” said son William “Bill” Cheadle, M.D.
“A lot of people know what he did for the campus as chief administrator but a lot of people don’t know Cheadle the botanist,” Bill Cheadle said of his father, who died in 1995. “He was a botanist for 30 years before he ever became chancellor, and he went back to it for almost 20 more years after retiring. In a way he had two different lives — one as a scientist and one as an administrator. Cheadle Hall may highlight his administrative work, but CCBER symbolizes his life’s work and his love of botany. And that’s the great thing about it.”
Seeking to safeguard his father’s scientific legacy by ensuring that CCBER survives and thrives long-term, Bill Cheadle, with his wife, Mary, has gifted the center with $1.6 million — most of which will establish an endowment meant to support its operations in perpetuity.
“We are deeply grateful to Bill and Mary Cheadle for their personal and generous philanthropy to establish an endowment to support the operational priorities of CCBER, including the valuable and historically significant natural history collections, as well as the center’s ecological and restoration efforts,” Chancellor Henry Yang said. “This gift is a meaningful tribute to the memory of Bill’s parents, Mary and Vernon Cheadle, and helps to build on Vernon’s legacy as a renowned botanist as well as his extraordinary leadership as our campus’s chancellor from 1962 to 1977. As the second chancellor of our UC Santa Barbara campus, Vernon developed a small, mostly undergraduate college into a strong, full member of the UC system. By the time Dr. Cheadle retired in 1977, the campus had experienced a period of solid foundation building — in academic programs, buildings and faculty scholarship.
“He also guided the campus plantings to include an incredibly diverse and unusual array of species from all over the world,” Chancellor Yang added of Vernon Cheadle. “He had a vision of developing the campus into an outdoor classroom. This would not only serve as an educational tool, but would also create an environment of great beauty. Upon retirement, Dr. Cheadle returned to the laboratory full-time, and resumed his life-long love of research. Vernon had a tremendous scientific curiosity. For his research and studies, he actively used the Museum of Systematics and Ecology — now known as the Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration. We join Bill and Mary in looking forward to the continuing success of CCBER and our faculty, staff and students in biodiversity and restoration activities and research.”
In line with UCSB’s own three-pronged mission of research, teaching and public service, CCBER, which launched in 2005, is equal parts scientific study hub, natural history museum and ecosystem management service. It boasts multiple collections of plants, animals, algae and diatoms — many of which have now been digitized — that serve as a means of studying species distribution, climate, medicine, disease, natural resources and life itself.
Its educational programs include “Kids in Nature,” which engages area schoolchildren in grades K-12. Aiming to protect and enhance native plant resources, promote regional biodiversity and preserve ecological function in urbanized areas, CCBER is leading several ecological efforts on and around campus. To that end, the center is playing a key role in the restoration of wetland habitat at the former Ocean Meadows Golf Course (now known as North Campus Open Space).
All of which makes CCBER the ideal home for the impressive and important plant collections of Vernon Cheadle. The Harvard-educated botanist traveled around the world collecting samples and, son Bill said, was actively devoted to their study until his death at age 85. His father’s lifelong ardor for research is what motivated his own family’s support of the center.
“We just want to make it permanent,” Bill Cheadle said of CCBER, where he and wife, Mary, are longtime benefactors (they have also, in the past, made gifts to UCSB’s library and the campus’s soccer program). “I don’t want it to ever go away. We want to keep Dad’s legacy alive and keep people informed about what he was really like. He was just an amazing human being. I still think about what he would do when I’m in a difficult situation.”
Jennifer Thorsch echoed those same sentiments. The Katherine Esau Director of CCBER, she was a graduate student when she first met and worked beside Cheadle. After earning her Ph.D., she spent 15 years as his lab director — an experience she calls “a privilege.” Thorsch said the center she now runs “embodies the vision for success that Vernon Cheadle instilled in me.”
“CCBER is a biodiversity hot spot that provides students of all ages the opportunity to explore, learn and be inspired by the environment and the plants and animals that inhabit our campus and local region,” Thorsch said. “Our collections offer a valuable window into the past and will inspire and enable future research projects that we cannot yet imagine. When fully funded, the endowment created by the Cheadles’ gift will help us to protect and preserve UCSB’s unique biodiversity — and to continue to provide opportunities for research and education for current and future generations.”
Michael Witherell, UCSB’s vice chancellor for research, added: “We are delighted that Bill and Mary Cheadle have made this generous donation, which insures that the Cheadle Center will continue to thrive for a very long time. The center helps the university do a better job of teaching and research about biodiversity, and it helps connect students in the surrounding community with natural history and ecology.”
There is one particular student whose interest in CCBER runs deeper than most. Joseph Cheadle, son of Bill and Mary, grandson of Vernon and Mary, is in his third year at UCSB. Majoring in economics and math, he hasn’t had occasion to tap the center in his course of study, but he has been there to conduct research on one special subject — his grandfather.
“Growing up I heard stories about my grandfather, but he died when I was 2 so I didn’t know him at all,” Joseph Cheadle said. “Visiting CCBER, there is a lot of information about his life in there. Seeing that — seeing all his slides — I learned so much about him. I appreciate what he’s done now more than I ever knew. Just imagining this place, the whole campus, how it used to be, shows me how hard he worked to accomplish his goals. That’s inspiring for me.”
Such words are music to the proud ears of Bill and Mary Cheadle, who never pushed their younger son (elder Jack is in medical school) to attend UCSB — but are thrilled that’s where he ended up.
“When he said he wanted to come here — for him to choose UCSB of his own volition — it was just so exciting and fulfilling to me. It’s just fabulous to have him here,” said Bill Cheadle, who raised his sons in Kentucky, where he is a professor and program director in the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville. “It gives me an even better excuse to get out here more often; it’s thrilling to see the growth of this most beautiful campus.”
“When I was living here, probably 90 percent of what you see today was not here,” said Cheadle — possibly the only person who can claim UCSB itself as his childhood address (he grew up in University House on the campus’ southern edge). “It’s exciting to see the growth and to see so many good students come here. Quality! That’s what Dad wanted — to raise the bar and turns this campus into a real research university. There were home economics and woodshop classes when he took over. Now it’s a world-class research university and he lived to see its admission to the Association of American Universities. It’s incredible.”
Betty Rosness Celebrates Her 90th Birthday by Jumping Out of Plane for Charity
The Goleta Valley resident aims high with a skydiving adventure to raise awareness for her most beloved nonprofit organizations
No one was surprised when Betty Rosness announced that she would ring in her 90th birthday not just with cake, candles and song, but by hurling herself out of a plane at 11,000 feet.
She would skydive, she told her friends, to raise awareness for all the causes she loved most.
[Scroll down to see video of Betty Rosness landing]
Don't give me gifts this year, she told her friends, just donate to those worthy organizations.
An Oklahoma native, Rosness moved to Goleta in 1968, when she opened an ad agency in the area and began learning about the needs of local nonprofits. Prior to that, Rosness worked as a radio salesman, copywriter and broadcaster, and even as a press assistant to then-U.S. Sen. Frank Carlson of Kansas for five years.
Her life in Goleta is marked by community involvement. Rosness has volunteered for and served on the boards of 32 organizations during the past 42 years. It seemed fitting that her birthday would include giving some attention to those groups.
So just hours after turning 90, Rosness was zipped into a bright yellow jumpsuit inside a hangar belonging to Sky Dive Santa Barbara at the Lompoc Airport, waving to the 40 or so people who had come to watch her tandem jump as the small, single-engine plane carrying her lifted off the ground, disappearing into the sky.
When Rosness got the idea, she said she didn't want it to be a stunt or to be silly.
"I prayed a lot about this before I did it," she said. "I didn't want to do anything silly or stupid. … I just wanted to bring attention to these organizations and the amazing work they do."
Rosness, who admits she doesn't even like to drive, decided that she would ask her kids and her doctor if she could make the jump, and if everyone gave the OK, she would go for it.
Go for it she did, and she wasn't the only one to jump out of a plane on Tuesday.
Rosness' grandson, Shawn, traveled from Germany to spend the day with his grandmother and to continue on with a family visit to Arizona, but had surprised her at the very last minute.
He had called on Tuesday, expressing sadness that he couldn't be with her on her special day, and as the pair were about to hang up, he told Rosness to open her front door.
He was standing there with flowers, ready to hug his grandmother.
Shawn decided on a whim to skydive with his grandmother the next day, and that "it's always something I've wanted to do," he said.
Flight holds a special place in the hearts of those in the Rosness family.
After Hank died in 2012 from Parkinson's disease, Rosness and her three sons and their wives traveled to West Point last May for the 70-year reunion of Hank's class. It was a moving experience for the family to see the 12 men in Hank's class, many of them in wheelchairs or with walkers, be celebrated for their heroism, knowing that Hank's contribution was being honored as well.
With the skydiving, "I think she just wanted to experience the flight that her husband had," said longtime friend Patricia Montemayor.
Hank flew 66 missions during World War II in Normandy, but "he never did like doing jumps," Rosness said of the paratrooper training her husband was required to do.
If Rosness felt any of that apprehension her husband was prone to, it didn't show Tuesday.
The crowd gathered along the gravel landing area to watch Rosness and her grandson land. For several minutes, all eyes were trained on the sky, waiting and watching.
Slowly, a red and yellow parachute drifted into view, until Rosness' bright yellow jumpsuit could be seen.
She and her tandem jumper touched down on the ground, and Rosness was on earth again, her friends cheering her on in the distance as she waved to them.
Rosness said she felt fine "but a little dizzy," she admitted, but that the view was "amazing."
She and Shawn climbed into a van that drove them both back to the hangar.
"I always wished I was brave enough to do something like this," she reflected after landing, her hair still tousled from the jump as attendants helped her out of the tandem harness.
Rosness continued the celebration on Tuesday evening at her church, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Goleta, and asked that donations be made to Cottage Health System, Girls Inc., the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Santa Barbara County Women’s Health Coalition and the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Santa Barbara County Leaders Set to Decide Future of Goleta Beach
Leaders back a plan calling for 'managed retreat' to handle ongoing erosion, and may send the project to the California Coastal Commission
Santa Barbara County leaders will decide the future of Goleta Beach Park in two weeks, and may send the project directly to the California Coastal Commission.
A draft environmental impact report has several alternatives for how to handle erosion at the popular park, and the county has been pushing for the “managed retreat” option of removing all the rock revetments and letting nature take its course.
That plan would result in the loss of two parking lots and a lot of the shoreline lawn area due to erosion over time.
The City of Goleta and community members, including a group called Friends of Goleta Beach, are advocating for other options to protect the park.
The supervisors expect the meeting to take three hours, and will undoubtedly hear a lot of public comment, especially in light of recent high tides and large surf that pummeled the park.
Anne Wells, Goleta’s planning manager, expressed concern that the county Planning Commission won't be vetting the draft EIR. Usually, there would be a local permit process before the project is packed up and sent for a coastal development application, she said.
County planning staff said the process has been used before; the county submits an application to the Coastal Commission without certifying the environmental documents.
Ed de la Torre, who frequently uses the park, said the environmental documents have flaws and the alternative project options like planting Canary Island date palm trees should be seriously considered.
The Friends of Goleta Beach group already haspurchased trees and was given more by UC Santa Barbara.
The park’s future could be complicated by the damage done by this weekend’s winter storm. It was evacuated and closed to the public on Saturday and was set to reopen Wednesday.
Crews have been working to clean up parking lots, repair the Beachside Bar-Café restaurant and evaluate the damage to the Goleta Pier.
The west end of the park and beach lost a substantial amount of sand, community services director Herman Parker said. In some areas, there’s a drop-off of 10-12 feet from the grass to the beach, so the county got an emergency permit to cut walking paths down to the water for public access.
The restaurant’s patio was hit by waves and the restaurant itself was flooded, but the scariest part of it all was a restaurant manager being swept out to sea by a huge wave. He was able to grab onto the pier to be rescued, and was taken to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder.
Parker said the restaurant has Public Health Department clearance to reopen, which was planned for Tuesday evening.
The Goleta Pier remained closed since some of the railings are missing and some of the boardwalk itself has a 5-6-inch lift.
The damage doesn’t seem overwhelming and county inspectors are assessing what repairs are needed, Parker said. They believe the damage is from waves, but a boat did hit the underside of the pier and get destroyed, he noted.
Supervisor Steve Lavagnino told new CEO Mona Miyasato that it’s always an exciting time in Santa Barbara.
“This is just one of many disasters,” he said.
He and Supervisor Peter Adam tried to delay the March 18 hearing, but the other three board members wanted to stick with the staff recommendation.
Adam has a problem with one of the consultants used for the EIR, former county planning employee Dan Gira.
About 10 years ago, a court found that the county wrongly prohibited Adam Bros. Farming from cultivating some Orcutt land after it falsely designated it as environmentally sensitive wetlands.
Adam asserted that Gira had lied to the Board of Supervisors in the past so his conduct makes his involvement in the EIR questionable.
Supervisor Janet Wolf said she was “stunned” the issue had come up again, and said the hearing shouldn’t be suspended because of a personal lawsuit.
The Goleta Beach 2.0 project hearing will be held at the County Supervisors Hearing Room at 105 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara.
Drought Making Trees More Vulnerable to Infestation
The ongoing drought has brought trying times for area trees, parched with thirst and, subsequently, made weaker when facing insect pests and other foes.
Just as older people are more susceptible to health problems, so are trees, particularly those of the pine and oak variety, according to local arborists.
Spiewak said he isn’t surprised to see pines dying this time of year, and he has inspected several oak trees that were attacked by beetles or other pests because they’re more vulnerable without water.
“They especially need water, and the drought has affected them,” he said of pines. “Like all trees, if they get stressed with drought, they become more susceptible.
"Even under normal conditions, they still get infested with beetles and often die. During the drought is a particularly stressful time.”
Spiewak noted that several types of pines grow locally — Aleppo, Monterey, Canary Island and stone — with some more resilient than others.
Santa Barbara city arborist Tim Downey said his staff is working to identify where the Parks & Recreation Department should focus irrigation efforts and where to reduce watering, which could affect some of the estimated 50,000 trees the city maintains.
The re-evaluation of resources was prompted by the Santa Barbara City Council’s declaration of drought last month, asking residents to reduce water use by 20 percent.
All parks and younger trees are watered when the city isn’t dealing with drought, Downey said.
“Trees need water to survive,” he said. “If they don’t get it in amounts sufficient to sustain their size, then they suffer from that.”
Downey said locals need to make their own decisions about how to use a dwindling water supply.
Spiewak recommended residents with trees on their property target the roots when watering for efficiency.
“The problem is that people get so concerned with the drought and conserving water and won’t water trees,” Spiewak said. “All trees are struggling in this weather. I think that the public doesn’t really understand the amount of water we get for every inch of rain on their property.”
He guessed that locals wouldn’t see the true impact of the drought on trees for some time.
Boys’ Tennis: Dos Pueblos Nets 13-5 Win Over San Luis Obispo
The 13-5 score does not indicate how tough Tuesday's boys' tennis match was between Dos Pueblos High School and San Luis Obispo.
In spite of players battling colds and injuries, the DP Chargers persevered.
In singles, we snagged six sets. Patrick Corpuz played through sneezing and coughing, and joined Miles Baldwin in taking two sets each. Quinn Hensley fought well throughout his set to win the set tiebreaker (7-2) with a perfectly executed unreturnable "slap shot." Then, Sanad Shabbar played relaxed and calm to take his set quickly.
In doubles, we took seven sets, where two pairs swept — Mason Casady and Joshua Wang; and Greg Steigerwald and Andrew Tufenkian. Also, Noah Gluschankoff stretched his back plus tended to the cramps in his legs between changeovers in his sets with Ankush Khemani.
Next up for the Chargers is their opening league match at home vs. Santa Barbara. Way to go, Chargers!
Dos Pueblos Singles
» Patrick Corpuz 2-1
» Miles Baldwin 2-1
» Quinn Hensley 1-1
» Sanad Shabbar 1-0
Dos Pueblos Doubles
» Mason Casady/Joshua Wang 3-0
» Noah Gluschankoff/Ankush Khemani 1-2
» Greg Steigerwald/Andrew Tufenkian 3-0
San Luis Obispo Singles
» Mason Hansen 3-0
» Ryan Hseih 0-3
» Chase Brown 0-3
San Luis Obispo Doubles
» Josh Milla/Luke Olson 1-2
» Noah Cleere/Alex DIll 1-2
» Scott Hicks/Addie Alwin 0-3
— Liz Frech coaches boys’ tennis at Dos Pueblos High School.
Santa Barbara Councilmen White, Rowse Push for Community Discussion About Infrastructure
The City Council decides to make an educational film about the city’s unfunded projects and wants to form a subcommittee
The City of Santa Barbara has systematically underfunded infrastructure maintenance and repair costs for years, and two councilmen want to start a community discussion about how to address the problem.
Councilman Bendy White said they’re “sounding the alarm,” but it’s definitely not the first time.
A task force put together a report in 2008 saying that infrastructure maintenance is the fundamental responsibility of city government.
“Time is of the essence,” task force chairman Richard Jensen wrote in the cover letter.
That backlog was growing by about $700,000 every year, according to the report.
Task force members suggested the city put 10 percent of all General Fund money into infrastructure just off the top, consider a 0.5-percent sales tax increase for infrastructure needs and expanding partnerships with the private sector, and better prioritize General Fund infrastructure in the city budget.
“The city needs to clearly define the priority it gives to community organizations in the capital budget since it doesn’t have the resources to meet all the worthy infrastructure needs,” the report said.
White said the report was excellent but had horrible timing.
Councilman Randy Rowse, who brought up this issue with White, said the city needs to get input from neighborhood and business groups to find a solution. The ultimate goal is to find a strategy that has broad support, though there is already talk of increasing revenues to bridge the gap.
For now, the City Council decided to make an educational film about the city’s unfunded projects and infrastructure costs and wants to form a subcommittee to talk about the needs in more detail.
“We’ll take our Randy-Bendy show on the road,” Rowse said.
Scott Burns, who was on the 2008 task force, said people won’t be cheering on the council in this effort since it’s not very exciting, but it needs to be done.
Finance Director Bob Samario said the city has $368.5 million worth of unfunded infrastructure projects through fiscal year 2019, not counting any enterprise funds such as the airport or waterfront. Streets maintenance is the biggest chunk of that, with almost $217 million unfunded.
The council has budgeted an average of $2 million per year for streets maintenance over the past eight years and would have to triple it just to keep the current conditions, Samario said.
To keep the Pavement Condition Index at 63, which is considered “good” but below the state average, the council would have to start putting aside $6.7 million per year.
The more deferred maintenance is put off, the more it will cost in the long run as things deteriorate, Samario noted.
As the task force put it, “If the city fails to act decisively now, it will face a far greater burden in the future and potentially undermine the growth of the local economy and the value of the community’s homes and real estate.”
White and Rowse first presented their goals to the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce at the same meeting county Supervisor Peter Adam talked about his infrastructure ballot measure. It doesn’t change any taxes, but would force the board to reprioritize and fund enough maintenance to keep all county facilities at the current level or better.
John Daly: Attitude vs. Aptitude and Hiring for a Company Culture Fit
Several weeks ago, I watched a 60 Minutes segment entitled “Years Up.” It focused on an organization helping youth to get internships. It is very much on target with The Key Class. What struck me in this piece was this group’s emphasis on “hiring for skills and firing for behavior.”
A week or so later, I read with interest a guest blog for Extraordinary Events, written by my long-time friend, Bonnie Siegel, the founder and CEO of ASE Group, an event production firm based in Overland Park, Kan. In it, Siegel takes a slightly different approach to hiring the best and the brightest.
“My approach is to hire for Culture Fit,” she explained. “I don’t care as much about from what school they graduated or where they worked in the past. We have somewhat perfected an in-house process that tests whether they will fit in with our culture. If they fit, they can be trained to give the ‘ASE Experience’ to a client. I can’t train or mentor or teach our culture. They are either ‘wired’ to fit in or not.”
This holds value for me. It goes to the “hire for attitude; train for aptitude” theory that has been growing among business.
Bill Taylor, the co-founder of Fast Company, points out in an article from the Harvard Business Review: Arkadi Kuhlmann, founder and CEO of ING Direct USA, has invented a whole new approach to retail banking. Over the past decade, as he has recruited thousands of employees to his organization, he has made it a point not to look to his competitors as a source of talent.
“If you want to renew and re-energize an industry,” he told Taylor, “don’t hire people from that industry. You’ve got to untrain them and then retrain them. I’d rather hire a jazz musician, a dancer, or a captain in the Israeli army. They can learn about banking. It’s much harder for bankers to unlearn their bad habits.”
Taylor goes on to say that “the game-changers at Southwest Airlines” who constantly challenge conventional wisdom in that business “have embraced the hire for attitude philosophy more intensely than any big organization.”
Sherry Phelps a 33-year top exec at Southwest explained the philosophy to Taylor.
“The first thing we look for is the ‘warrior spirit’,” Phelps said. “So much of our history was born out of battles — fighting for the right to be an airline, fighting off the big guys who wanted to squash us, now fighting off the low-cost airlines trying to emulate us. We are battle-born, battle-tried people. Anyone we add has to have some of that warrior spirit.”
This all makes sense because when you hire for cultural fit you end up with a more cohesive workforce, and it improves engagement and retention rates. However, I decided to take a closer look.
Raj Sheth, co-founder of Recruiterbox, an online recruitment and applicant tracking system, suggests hiring for both attitude and aptitude. In a piece for ere.net, he says:
“There has recently been such a strong push to hire for attitude that skills are steadily falling by the wayside. Job Preparedness Indicator research from the Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, found that only 17 percent of 516 hiring managers said that job seekers have the skills and traits their organization are looking for in a candidate.”
Sheth goes on to say that “Leadership IQ performed a three-year study of 5,247 hiring managers and tracked 20,000 new hires; 46 percent of them failed within 18 months. But even more surprising than the failure rate was that when new hires failed, 89 percent of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11 percent of the time for a lack of skill. Bad attitudes or attitudes that aren’t in line with the company culture will lead to high turnover. High turnover then leads to low morale, upset productivity and high talent acquisitions costs.”
Hiring managers who still emphasize aptitude are reviewing their top employees and trying to locate candidates like them, says Sheth. So they suggest identifying top talent, charting their values, skills, communication type, etc. and targeting sourcing, interviewing and hiring processes to reach those people. In his recommendation, Sheth quotes HR pro John Myrna, “Hire based on aptitude, i.e. having enough gray matter to master the skills, and attitude, i.e. the passion and commitment to put in the time to master the skills.”
Interesting food for thought, don’t you think?
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— 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 get information on Thursday night classes in Santa Barbara. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.
iCAN Hires Leisa Cosentino as Its First Director of Finance and Operations
The Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) is pleased to announce Leisa Cosentino as the organization’s first director of finance and operations.
With more than 30 years of experience as a senior financial and operations manager, Cosentino will work with the organization’s leadership team to refine and implement financial systems, human resource policies and in-house operations, including the renovation and management of iCAN’s new 16,000-square-foot building, located in downtown Santa Barbara.
“The creation of this position is critical to our organizational development as we build on a foundation to strengthen our financial and operating systems,” Executive Director Jeffry Walker said. “Leisa not only has the experience necessary to establish these structures, but she brings with her a dynamic and personable skill set both as a leader and collaborator.”
Cosentino transitioned to Santa Barbara after serving as the chief financial officer for the Exploration School in Norwood, Mass., for more than six years. There, she created the accounting, budgeting and financial reporting systems for the $15 million organization. Additionally, she oversaw the facility and operational management during a major facilities renovation.
Before working in the nonprofit arena, Cosentino spent 20 years in the for-profit sector. She spent most of her career in Massachusetts, including 12 years as a financial advisor, chief financial officer and strategic financial planner for private equity firms and national corporations.
In 2000, she was hired as chief financial officer for Global Training Solutions LLC in Framingham, Mass., where she managed the financial and administrative operations through two major restructurings.
She then spent six years in New York and Boston with Schooner Capital, as chief financial officer of several portfolio companies and then corporate controller.
Cosentino is a graduate of Bryant University and received her master's degree in business administration from Suffolk University. She is an active member with the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club, currently serving on its Board of Directors.
— Hillary McCall is the director of network relations for iCAN.
Purse-Snatching Suspect Nabbed in Santa Maria
At 1:23 p.m. Tuesday, officers of the Santa Maria Police Department were detailed to a purse snatching in the shopping center area of the 1800 block of North Broadway.
The suspect grabbed the purse of a 60-year-old female and fled on foot.
The 60-year-old gave chase across Broadway, and several citizens assisted and grabbed the suspect and was taken to the ground and held for police.
Officers took the suspect into custody.
David Ruiz, 45, was booked into jail for theft and violation of probation.
— Chris Nartatez is a sergeant for the Santa Maria Police Department.
Jeff Moehlis: Jazz Guitarist Pat Metheny Shines in Return to Lobero
Partway through his return to the Lobero Theatre on Thursday night, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny called the venue "a special place for me," even alluding to a stop there as becoming, for him, the "definitive gig of the tour."
Metheny's enthusiasm for the Lobero was matched by the audience's enthusiasm for his 2½-hour dazzling and diverse display of guitar virtuosity, a tour de force of brilliant technique, versatility and overall musicality.
The concert began with a mesmerizing solo piece by Metheny on his 42-string Pikasso guitar, which is almost a cross between a guitar and a harp, showing us right away that it would be a special evening.
Then the rest of the Unity Band lineup came out, namely the incredible Chris Potter on saxophone and other woodwinds, Ben Williams on stand-up bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. They played several pieces from their Grammy Award-winning Unity Band album, with Metheny switching between some fine guitars including his guitar synth. This set ended with "Police People" from Metheny's acclaimed album Song X, featuring a wonderful drum solo by Sanchez.
After this smokin' opening set, Metheny joked that "we've kind of been our own opening band tonight," then keyboard player Giuliana Carmassi joined in to fill out the Unity Group. This band started out with the piece "Kin (←→)", the title track to their great new album which sports a fuller, more composed sound.
Actually, here and for most of the rest of the evening the Unity Group was augmented by a collection of Metheny's Orchestrion instruments, which are custom-built machines in the spirit of a player piano that mechanically play real instruments such as a marimba, drums, and (my favorite) blown bottles.
Watching the instruments seemingly play themselves brought to mind those stories about the Lobero Theatre being haunted, but I digress ...
The Unity Group program included my favorite piece off the new album, On Day One, a long, sophisticated composition that to my ears has a rather nice Steve Reich influence. Metheny also did a series of duets with each of the bandmembers, all unique and all impressive.
Overall, the concert was a fitting reflection of Metheny's diverse career, with a stellar band that matched his amazing musicianship. Hopefully his next musical adventures will also find their way to the Lobero.
— Jeff Moehlis is a Noozhawk contributing writer and a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Upcoming show recommendations, advice from musicians, interviews and more are available on his web site, music-illuminati.com. The opinions expressed are his own.
Jim Hightower: A Financial Transaction Tax on High Frequency Traders
Have you heard about High Frequency Trading? Get ready to be dazzled!
HFT is sweeping, purely speculative financial transactions that have been made possible by huge leaps in technology. Done by super-fast computers, using mathematical algorithms, HFT searches millions of prices at lightning speeds and places bets automatically. Transaction times are measured in milliseconds, as the global network of "trading robots" never sleeps, and its sole function is to allow the wealthiest speculators to skim quick profits out of markets.
Guess how much in taxes folks pay on the sales in the HFT game? When I buy a $3 pack of toilet paper here in Austin, Texas, I pay an extra 8.25 percent in sales tax. But if a high roller in the HFT game buys $10 million worth of corporate stock, he or she pays zero tax on the sale.
So maybe we need an FTT on HFT.
A Financial Transaction Tax is not an idea whose time has come, but simply returned. From 1914 to 1966, our country taxed all sales and transfers of stock. The tax was doubled in the last year of Herbert Hoover's presidency to help us recover from the Great Depression. Today, 40 countries have FTTs, including the seven with the fastest-growing stock exchanges in the world. Seven members of the European Union voted for an FTT (including France and Germany) to help blunt rising poverty, restore services and put people back to work.
This is no soak-the-rich idea. Rather than asking the Wall Street crowd to join us in paying a 6- to 12-percent sales tax, the major FTT proposal gaining support in the U.S. calls for a 0.5 percent assessment on stock transactions. That's 50 cents on a $100 stock buy, versus the $8.25 I would pay for a $100 bicycle.
Even at this miniscule rate, the huge volume of high-speed trades means an FTT would net $300 billion to $350 billion a year for our public treasury. Plus, it's a very progressive tax. Half of our country's stock is owned by the 1 percenters, and only a small number of them are in the HFT game. Ordinary folks who have small stakes in the markets, including those in mutual and pension funds, are called buy-and-hold investors — they only do trades every few months or years, not daily or hourly or even by the second, and they'll not be harmed. Rather, it's the computerized churners of frothy speculation who will pony up the bulk of revenue from such a transaction tax.
An FTT is an uncomplicated way for us to get a substantial chunk of our money back from high finance thieves, and we should make a concerted effort to put the idea on the front burner and turn up the heat. Not only do its benefits merit the fight, but the fight itself would be politically popular.
The FTT idea is blessed with broad support, ranging from Bill Gates to Occupy Wall Street to the Vatican, and it's been embraced by dozens of major economists, including Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman. But this fight will be won at the ground level of good politics, and that's well under way. Many grassroots groups and several progressives in Congress have already forged solid coalitions and are going to the countryside with a growing campaign to make Wall Street pay.
A major push is being made under the banner of the "Robin Hood Tax," led by National Nurses United, National People's Action, Health GAP and Progressive Democrats of America. They and some 150 other organizations are backing the IPA. (This IPA is not a beer, though I suggest the organizers brew one to help popularize, cheer and lubricate the cause.) It's the Inclusive Prosperity Act, a proposal by Rep. Keith Ellison and others for an FTT. Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Peter DeFazio have another version with a more modest tax rate.
A sales tax on speculators can deliver tangibles that people need but Wall Street says we can't afford — infrastructure, Social Security, education, good jobs, etc. Just as important, it can deliver intangibles that our nation needs but Wall Street tries to ignore — fairness, social cohesion, equal opportunity, etc.
— 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.
Goleta Beach Park to Reopen to Public on Wednesday
The storms that occurred over the past weekend caused several severe impacts to Goleta Beach Park.
The beach experienced substantial loss of sand, the Goleta Beach pier was damaged and the Beachside Bar-Café experienced flooding.
Due to this severe storm damage, Goleta Beach Park and the Beachside restaurant were temporarily closed to vehicular access.
The Community Services Department, working in conjunction with County Public Works and County Planning and Development. have assessed repairs, removed debris and, with emergency permits from the California Coastal Commission, created access ways for safe beach access.
Park visitors will see temporary fencing at the park while the sand regains a more uniform slope outside of the access ways.
The Beachside restaurant has completed all of its repairs and is excited to reopen Tuesday evening; the parking lots adjacent to the restaurant will be open to vehicular use.
The county would like to welcome the public back to Goleta Beach Park, which will reopen to the public and vehicular access at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
“I am very pleased that Goleta Beach Park is reopened to the public as it is a true community jewel, and want to thank our county staff for their diligent work during and following the storm events of this past weekend,” Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf said.
Mother Facing Drug, Child-Endangerment Charges
A Santa Barbara mother of three is facing drug and child-endangerment charges after a two-month investigation by the Santa Barbara Police Department.
Ana Teresa Morales, 29, whose children range in age from 4 to 14, was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and cocaine for sale, as well as child endangerment. according to police Sgt. Riley Harwood.
Her bail was set at $100,000.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Morales' residence on the 2500 block of De La Vina last week, Harwood said, and placed her under surveillance.
"On the morning of Feb. 28 ... she was contacted after she was observed dropping her two youngest children off at their respective schools," Harwood said.
Officers searched her vehicle immediately afterwards, and found two small bags of methamphetamine totaling two grams in the unlocked center console of the car, Harwood said.
"Both the drugs in the car and in the family home were kept within easy reach of the children, and could have resulted in injury or death if ingested," Harwood said in explaining the child-endangerment charge.
A subsequent search of her home turned up 7.5 ounces of methamphetamine and half an ounce of cocaine, as well as $485 in cash, Harwood said, adding that the drugs were valued at $5,300.
"Some of the drugs were stored in the bathroom of the residence, including inside a cup on the bathroom counter next to the family’s toothbrushes," Harwood said. "These drugs, too, would have been within easy reach of the children living there."
Morales’ children were taken into the care of Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services.
Man Arrested After Double Dolphin Sailboat Set Adrift
Phillip Everett Conway, 21, is charged with grand theft of a vessel and felony vandalism
Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officers responded at about 7:30 a.m. after a harbor resident reported seeing the 50-foot sailboat — known for its coastal cruises — adrift near the outermost area of the marina, said Officer Karl Halamicek.
The suspect was identified as Phillip Everett Conway, according Santa Barbara police Sgt. Riley Harwood.
Halamicek said he found Conway on the vessel, and he admitted to untying the Double Dolphin from its dock and then drifting away.
Conway was charged with grand theft of a vessel and felony vandalism, and was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $500,000, Harwood said.
“The boat was pretty much in disarray,” Halamicek said, noting the lifeboats thrown across the deck and significant damage to the vessel’s interior.
Authorities notified the Double Dolphin’s owner, who came out to inspect damages — estimated at $1,000 to $3,000 — before taking the vessel back to its dock at the sailing center, Halamicek said.
The suspect didn’t offer a reason for untying the sailboat, and might have been suffering from a mental illness, Halamicek said.
He called the incident “odd” but couldn’t offer any more details as the investigation is ongoing.
Goleta Celebrating Arbor Week; Named Tree City for Seventh Straight Year
The City of Goleta is celebrating Arbor Week this week with several events, and was recently recognized as a Tree City for the seventh year in a row.
On Tuesday, the City Council proclaimed March 7-14 Arbor Week during the afternoon session of the City Council meeting.
At 5:45 p.m. Tuesday , the winners of the 2014 Arbor Week Drawing and Photography Contest will be announced at a reception in the City Council Chambers. The City Council will recognize the artists and their week immediately following at the 6 p.m. City Council meeting. The artwork will be on display in the City Council chambers throughout the spring.
At 2 p.m. Thursday, the city will plant a tree at the Winchester II Open Space located on Calle Real near Jenna Drive.
Directions: Take Highway 101 north. Exit Winchester Canyon and turn right at Union 76 (Winchester Canyon Road). Turn right on Calle Real. Winchester II is on the south side of the street with the low chain link fence.
Goleta has also been named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Goleta achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership wit the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by the Tree City USA communities. More information on the program is available by clicking here.
— Valerie Kushnerov is a public information officer for the City of Goleta.
Henry Schulte: Imagine All the People
Imagine a country where everyone shares the tax burden and doesn’t place nearly that entire burden on those who work. A sales tax or tiered tax that allows all Americans the same “privilege” by providing their fair share of taxes to help their country survive. Imagine no Internal Revenue Service and the billions of dollars finally saved and cut from the federal budget.
Imagine stripping certain politicians of using class warfare because now everyone is contributing and doing their patriotic duty on an equally relative basis.
Imagine a country where nonsensical regulations are removed or rewritten, where common sense is used instead of ideology to allow small business to grow again. Imagine a government who actually cares about small business and supports them through tax incentives, understands the critical importance of minimum wage being an entry-level job and won’t burden and punish small business with a health-care program being forced upon them.
Imagine the new jobs the country could create as we watch America grow and flourish and thrive again through free enterprise and become the powerful nation we once were.
Imagine where fear isn’t a tactic used to steal money for selfish reasons such as “climate change.” Thankfully, the climate does change. Imagine if common sense were reintroduced, and rather than fight the benefits of oil we embrace it to make America completely self-sufficient and financially secure.
And imagine if we were to eventually create a balanced budget, and where we could keep “certain” politicians' hands out of the budget and actually save for a rainy day or even consider giving some of it back to the people.
Imagine where cries of racism, homophobe or hating the poor aren’t used as a weapon to undermine or shut down another’s point of view, and where honest, open discussion is used to put right inequities instead of the use of intimidation and demonization of character.
Imagine where thousands of people stream across our borders and we actually do something about it. And imagine they start the process of becoming Americans rather than remain another culture within a culture. The United States is a gracious and welcoming land, and imagine where just once we are thanked for our kindness and not taken advantage of for it.
Imagine a government that doesn’t offer lip service about how much they care about the men and women who defend us and would actually go out of their way to help them. Imagine instead of trying to balance an out-of-control spending spree on the backs of soldiers and balance it on those who sit around and wait for handout checks. Imagine if the money squandered on waste was actually brought under control, and things such as keeping the White House open for tours held some priority over an abuse of food stamp fraud.
Imagine doing away with the stupid regulations where a 3-inch fish is given more importance than humans. Where once the flourishing San Joaquin Valley was green with agriculture and producing an abundance of food for Americans, and now we have to make up the shortfall by importing the food from China.
And as if we don’t already rely on China for nearly everything as it is, imagine paying off our loans and reading more labels saying "Made in America."
Imagine where high school students wear patriotic T-shirts on any holiday they choose because we are in America and it trumps everything else. Period.
Imagine if all those who hate our flag, abhor free enterprise, don’t respect private property, pay no taxes, wait for unearned checks and despise the military all moved to China or North Korea, where they would be allowed to freely express themselves. Of course, they couldn’t enter those countries illegally because other nations enforce their immigration laws and free speech doesn’t exist. But just imagine it.
Imagine if Mitt Romney was our president.
— Henry Schulte of Santa Barbara owns and operates Dos Pueblos Ranch. He has been politically active in the community for years. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.
Montecito Rotary Club Names Jennifer Goddard Combs Its Rotarian of the Month
The Rotary Club of Montecito’s board has named Jennifer Goddard Combs as the club’s Rotarian of the Month.
Goddard Combs, president of The Goddard Company Public Relations, joined the Rotary Club of Montecito 18 years ago. Since then, she has served as president and program chair and on the board of directors. She is a past Rotarian of the Year.
For the past 20 years, Goddard Combs has created and managed successful publicity campaigns for her clients locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She has built The Goddard Company on integrity and creativity. This allows her to consistently secure properly aimed news coverage for her clients — which include prominent law firms, leading companies and local nonprofits on the Central Coast — and to maintain good rapport with members of the media.
A graduate of the University of Southern California’s journalism school, Goddard Combs honed her skills in Los Angeles, managing public relations for people in the entertainment industry and business community, before moving to Montecito.
In addition to serving the community through her involvement in Rotary, Goddard Combs is a board member of the Santa Barbara Executive Roundtable, a networking and educational group for area businessmen and women.
The Rotary Club of Montecito celebrates its 60th year of community service this year and supports both local and international humanitarian projects. The club is part of Rotary International, a worldwide group of business and professional leaders. Members meet every Tuesday for lunch at the Montecito Country Club.
For more information about attending a luncheon or joining the Rotary Club of Montecito, please contact club President John Glanville at 805.565.3334.
Jean-Michel Cousteau to Introduce ‘Blackfish’ Film at Free Screening at Crane Country Day School
Crane Country Day School is proud to present Jean-Michel Cousteau, renowned environmentalist, educator and film producer, for an educational introduction to the documentary Blackfish.
He will share his message and passion about the importance of better understanding the complexity of the amazing whales featured in the film.
In the documentary Blackfish, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale, through shocking footage and emotional interviews in this emotionally wrenching story. The film explores the creature’s extraordinary nature, reveals the lives and losses of the trainers, examines the multi-billion-dollar sea-park industry, and challenges us to consider our relationship with nature.
The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Cate Hall at Crane Country Day School, 1795 San Leandro Lane in Montecito. Admission is free.
The introduction will be approximately 20 minutes. The film running time is 90 minutes; it's rated PG-13 and not appropriate for children younger than sixth grade.
— Katy Berrey is a development officer for Crane Country Day School.
CenCal Health Welcomes New Board Members James Raggio, Joseph DeSchryver
CenCal Health is pleased to announce James Raggio, C.L.S., M.H.A., and Joseph DeSchryver as new board members.
Raggio is the chief executive office of Lompoc Valley Medical Center.
With nearly 24 years of experience with LVMC, Raggio began his career as the director of the clinical laboratory in 1980 and expanded his duties and responsibility to six clinical departments.
He has been active in various professional health organizations in Lompoc, serving as the administrator of Valley Medical Group in 1995 and playing a key role as the administrative director in the formation of the Mission Valley IPA.
Raggio has extended his skills to professional organizations such as the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization, BETA Healthcare Group, Healthcare Association of Southern California and the District Hospital Leadership Forum.
He is involved in the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board, the Santa Barbara County Special Districts Association, the YMCA and the Lompoc Rotary Club.
DeSchryver is the chief Executive officer of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. He previously served as SVRMC’s chief operating officer, beginning in 2005.
Prior to his appointment at SVRMC, DeSchryver spent five years working for Tenet South Florida in various roles, including chief operating officer of West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton, Fla.
DeSchryver earned a bachelor of science degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and his master's degree in health services administration and master's degree in business administration from Arizona State University.
In 2006, DeSchryver was recognized as a recipient of the Top 20 Under 40 award by the Tribune Newspaper, and again in 2009 by Pacific Coast Business Times as a Top 40 Under 40 for the Tri-County areas. He is a 2005, 2010 and 2012 recipient of Tenet’s Circle of Excellence Award.
DeSchryver is an active member of the community and involved with numerous charitable causes and nonprofits, including Rotary of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing CenCal Health.
UCSB Ventura Center Hosting Community Information Session on March 13
UCSB has long had a "campus" in the heart of Ventura. From Ornithology and Neurological Nursing (1975) to Principles of Financial Accounting and Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies (2014), the Ventura Center has for decades been a vibrant outpost of UCSB’s globally recognized academic excellence.
From 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 13, UCSB Extension will open the Ventura Center doors for a community information session where attendees are encouraged to ask questions, mingle with their academically-inclined neighbors, and learn what it means to have a world-class university at their disposal, and in the heart of Ventura.
From 5:30 to 6 p.m., there will be general information and light refreshments. At 6:45 p.m., there will be five breakout sessions to drop in on for subject area- specific information, each representing a UCSB Extension Program; Human Resource Management, Financial Planning, Paralegal Studies/Mediation, Accounting, and Project Management.
“UCSB is within your reach at the Ventura Center," said Dr. Michael Brown, dean of Extension. “The Ventura Center has the resources of a world-class university — accessible, affordable and convenient — to serve your professional and academic goals. Come and see what we have to offer you.”
UCSB has had a presence at 3585 Maple St. in Ventura since at least 1975, when that space was called the Ventura Learning Center and, along with a handful of other classroom facilities around the Ventura area, provided evening and weekend courses for working adults, and across an array of subjects. Today, the Ventura Center’s offerings are specifically aligned with the needs of the region’s workforce, and provide relevant professional development to those who want to burnish their know how, add to their portfolio of professional skills, or move into a new line of work entirely.
The March 13 event is an opportunity for UCSB Extension and Info Session attendees to get to know each other. Click here for more information.
UCSB Extension program manager Anissa Stewart oversees the Paralegal, Human Resource Management and Mediation programs for UCSB Extension, each of which offers coursework at the Ventura Center.
“Professional development is more important than ever — to jumpstart your career, to stay competitive, to continually expand your knowledge and skills, and to perform more effectively and efficiently," Stewart said. "What UCSB Extension offers is meaningful, relevant, timely, and stimulating professional development courses and workshops.”
As the continuing education division of UCSB, Extension offers certificate programs, courses and seminars for personal and professional development on a year-round basis. Courses are open to the general public, including UCSB students. UCSB Extension is supported by student fees and receives no state funds.
— Jeff Wing represents UCSB Extension.
Tom Donohue: Regulatory Sanity Must Be Restored
Anyone who thinks that the federal government isn’t getting much done must not be paying attention to the growing onslaught of regulatory activity. Federal agencies are churning out 4,000 new regulations a year. We might even congratulate them on their efficiency and output if the actual outcomes weren’t so bad, so often.
Some regulations — like the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas rules — are sweeping agency power grabs that threaten entire industries. Others — such as Obamacare and its 10,000 pages of regulations — are so massive and complex that they are collapsing under their own weight. Many rules bear jaw-dropping price tags. The number of regulations that cost $100 million or more has gone up 80 percent in a decade. And then there’s the sheer volume of new rules and regulations. Businesses don’t know what will hit them next. This uncertainty has a chilling effect on expanding, hiring and investing.
What we need is a regulatory system that restores checks and balances, upholds the rule of law, relies on quality data and restores good governance.
We proceeded in the right direction last week when Congress took up the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act. This comprehensive bill incorporates some vital reforms that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports.
The broader bill includes the Regulatory Accountability Act, legislation to modernize the Truman-era Administrative Procedure Act, which governs our regulatory process. It would enable more transparency and public participation and require agencies to justify the need for new rules. And it would hold agencies accountable for the nature and quality of their data.
Also included is the Sunshine Act, which would address “sue and settle,” one of the worst abuses of the system. This is where environmental groups sue EPA or another federal agency with a wink and a nod, the agency agrees to a settlement, and a court signs off. As a result, key decisions about how and when to issue new regulations are made in secret, outside of the rulemaking process. The bill would require agencies to give public notice more quickly, providing greater opportunity for public comment.
These and other reforms would help Congress regain control over a swelling bureaucracy that is opaque, unaccountable, and often unfair. And it would give the American people a voice in the process.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be watching and weighing in. We’ll fight for commonsense reforms to the system and work with agencies to improve regulations. But if the federal government oversteps its bounds or circumvents the process, we’ll challenge regulators in court.
One way or another, regulatory sanity must be restored.
— Tom Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed are his own.
Great Pacific Ice Cream Co. Brings Back Popular Flavor for 30th Anniversary
In honor of The Great Pacific Ice Cream Co.’s 30th anniversary, the flavor Pecan Praline is back based on popular demand.
Owner and president Francisco Aguilera shares the 30-year anniversary with Great Pacific, which is located on Stearns Wharf.
In 1984, Aguilera started working as a dishwasher at East Beach Grill, which was then owned by John Williams. Williams also owned Great Pacific and Char West (also located on the wharf) and, over the years, Aguilera moved through the ranks as a cook and manager at all three locations.
Following Williams’ advice and prompting, Aguilera took business classes at Santa Barbara City College.
In 2007, when Williams was ready to retire, Aguilera was able to purchase all three restaurants — Great Pacific, Char West and East Beach Grill — from Williams. Aguilera’s wife, son and daughter help him with the family-run restaurants.
Great Pacific employees hand make fresh waffle cones in the shop every day. A waffle cone plus one scoop of ice cream costs $6. For more information, call 805.962.0108.
— Jennifer Goddard Combs is a publicist representing The Great Pacific Ice Cream Co.
Rotary Club of SB Selects Roosevelt’s Alison Throop as Elementary Teacher of Year
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has selected Alison Throop, a first-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, as its outstanding elementary teacher of the year.
Since 1986, the club has honored outstanding teachers from South Coast schools. Each year, it awards a secondary, elementary and special-education teacher with a certificate and a $1,000 check to spend on classroom needs.
Throop was honored at the club’s luncheon meeting last Friday.
“These efforts by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara are investments that pay big dividends for our youth and our community,” county Superintendent of Schools Bill Cirone said. “A donation like this is so valuable, and so much appreciated, because it helps teachers make an immediate impact for children.”
“The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara is committed to supporting local education and teachers such as Alison Throop, and it is our honor to recognize her through this award,” said Roland Christopher, chairman of the Teacher Recognition Committee of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. “Mrs. Throop has an impressive background in education, and a lovely family that supports her. She is truly an outstanding example of an educator doing incredible things for our local youth.
“Rotary of Santa Barbara and Rotarians around the world know that educators like Alison lead our children in working to make communities better. Her passion for education is an inspiration to all in our great community of Santa Barbara. It's a pleasure to recognize excellence with the Santa Barbara County Education Office.”
“Alison Throop is a teacher's teacher,” said Donna Ronzone, the principal at Roosevelt. “She exemplifies all of the characteristics of an exceptional teacher. She creates a learning environment that is inclusive of all students, she is creative in designing instruction, and she builds strong home-school partnerships. Alison goes above and beyond. She mentors student teachers, works tirelessly on school committees and is an active participant in Common Core curriculum planning and the integration of technology. Kids love her, parents are grateful for her hard work and dedication to their children, and her colleagues and I could not ask for a better person to be on the Roosevelt team.”
“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 5 years old,” Throop said. “It is my greatest joy to work with young children. I love the way they see the world, their laughter and their unconditional love. I have a passion for inclusion of students with special needs and for helping families with educating their children. I love my job and I count myself very fortunate to work in such a beautiful community as Roosevelt with such involved families and wonderful staff and principal.”
Throop is an inclusion specialist, teacher representative for the PTO, and a member of the Kindergarten Council. She has served as a grade-level team leader for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, has been a cooperating teacher for five UCSB student teachers, and has mentored new educators through the Teacher Induction Program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara meets at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara for lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. Recipients of the club’s Teacher Recognition Awards are made with the assistance of the Teacher Programs and Support Department of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
— Dave Bemis is the communications director for the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
Cynder Sinclair: Philanthropy Week — Implications for Local Charitable Investors
Since this is Philanthropy Week, hundreds of foundation executives and program officers will be descending upon senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to make their case. Their message will focus on topics ranging from concerns about limits on the charitable deduction to support for reducing the foundation excise tax to concerns about limitations on the value of deductions for real property. In addition, representatives from institutional philanthropy will relate their qualms about the increasing inequality in the U.S. and the important role government can play in meeting the needs of communities across the country.
During Philanthropy Week, let’s take a look at implications in the charitable arena for Santa Barbara philanthropists.
Since the number of nonprofits per capita in Santa Barbara County is second only to Marin County, philanthropy clearly plays a key role in our community’s life.
Just last week, more than 700 enthusiastic attendees gathered to hear Dr. Muhammad Yunus at the Westmont President’s Breakfast. His compelling challenge to all of us to take personal responsibility for problems we see inspired many. He used his own life experiences to demonstrate how the microfinance revolution emerged from the simple act of distributing $27 from his own pocket to 42 would-be entrepreneurs. Today, his banking model has led to more than 250 institutions in nearly 100 countries setting up similar micro-credit programs.
It all sounded so simple and so powerful, yet counter-cultural even radical. Bring the banks to the people instead of bringing the people to the banks? Give loans to the poor who have no collateral? His ideas seem counter-intuitive and several attendees thought they were unrealistic, and yet Dr. Yunus stood there as a living example of the success of this revolutionary model successfully implemented from Bangladesh to Malaysia to the Philippines to New York to Los Angeles.
Started in 1982, his thriving Grameen Bank based on his principle of people-worthy banks rather than bank-worthy people has made $8.5 million in loans to the unbankable. Dr. Yunus points out that dollars from typical donations go only one way and are never seen again; whereas his model makes endless use of the same money through business.
I wondered what our local philanthropists might think of this perspective. So, after Dr. Yunus’ thought-provoking presentation, I asked three community leaders the same question: What would you say to a local philanthropist who asked if Dr. Yunus’ comments mean that s/he has been doing philanthropy all wrong by simply giving financial donations to nonprofits? Marsha Bailey, CEO/founder of Women’s Economic Ventures; Steen Hudson, president of Hudson Consulting and former executive director of the Rescue Mission; and Steve Baker, Westmont College’s associate vice president for advancement all had different perspectives on this question.
All three leaders reminded me that the word philanthropy means love of people. As philanthropists, we want to use our resources to care for people in our community. Therefore, we take a broad view of our community needs and realize there are multiple ways of making a difference.
Microfinance can be a potent method of empowering low-income individuals to begin entrepreneurial businesses. Women’s Economic Ventures is a shining example of this model’s success in our own community. Yet this type of social investing is not the only way to encourage self-reliance or to enrich our community.
To be the most effective philanthropy, or loving people, takes many forms: donors investing financially in the work of nonprofits that are making a difference; companies encouraging their employees to volunteer for their favorite causes; businesses offering expert advice and counsel to nonprofits; community members serving on nonprofit boards of directors; and a plethora of in-kind contributions. In fact, members of the Corporate Philanthropy Roundtable meet quarterly to learn from each other best practices in philanthropy.
In the days leading up to Philanthropy Week, Dr. Yunus challenged all of us to look at our community with caring eyes wide open and, when we see a problem, to take personal responsibility for finding the seed of a solution. He reminds us to look deeply at how we can work together to solve our common challenges by asking probing questions and creating a shared vision.
It turns out that Dr. Yunus’ most important message to us was not necessarily how to implement microfinance or how to revolutionize our banking system but to remind us that when we help others we increase our own happiness.
You will find additional viewpoints on philanthropy from community thought leaders by visiting Nonprofit Kinect.
Commission for Senior Citizens Seeks Nominations for Awards Celebrating Older Americans Month
Nominees are being sought for seven categories of awards to be presented as part of the Older Americans Month, in May, celebration activities.
The seven award categories are: Senior Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen Program of the Year, Public Official of the Year Media, Advocate of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Older Worker and Intergenerational Effort of the Year.
2014 marks the 30th year of activities to celebrate Older Americans Month. At this time, the community recognizes significant achievements and the contribution of senior citizens to the community. In addition, many fine programs have been designed to create a safe and healthy community for frail, at-risk older people, and these programs merit attention.
May will be declared Older Americans Month by President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown. The official theme selected for Older Americans Month 2013, “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.
“Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population,” said Karen O’Neil, president of the Board of Directors. “Unintentional injuries to older persons result in millions of medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With a focus on safety during Older Americans Month, the Area Agency on Aging joins with the aging network to use this opportunity to raise awareness about this critical issue. By taking control of their safety, older Americans can live longer, healthier lives."
“In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology and financial stability over the past decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living,” said Amy Mallett, chairwoman of the AAA Advisory Council.
All people are invited to present candidates for the award categories. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens by calling 800.510.2020 or via email at seniors@KCBX.net or online by clicking here. The deadline to submit nominations is April 25.
In Santa Barbara County, the celebration to honor the nominees will be held at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriot at 2 p.m. May 14. In San Luis Obispo County, the celebration to honor the nominees will be held at Embassy Suites at 2 p.m. May 13.
For more information about local activities for Older Americans Month contact Joyce Ellen Lippman of the Area Agency on Aging at 805.925.9554 or seniors@KCBX.net.
— Joyce Ellen Lippman for the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens.
Gerald Carpenter: UCSB Concert to ‘Spotlight’ Overlooked Genius
Spotlight 3's program will consist of the Little Fugue in G-Minor, BWV 578 by Johann Sebastian Bach (arranged by Moore) performed by Ben Donlon, Andrew Manos, Robert Deichert and Nick Diamantides (mallet percussion); the Trio for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord by Georges Migot (1891-1976), performed by Adriane Hill on flute, Matisse Geenty on violin and Haladyna on harpsichord; Movement III (Adagio cantabile-Allegro vivace) from the Sonata No. 3 in A-Major for Cello and Piano, Opus 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), played by Larissa Fedoryka on cello and Leslie Cain on piano; and the Suite for Percussion and Piano by Jef Maes and William Van Neck, with Andrew Manos and Aaron Jones on percussion and Rosa Lo Giudice on piano.
"I've been wanting to play something of Migot's for decades," Haladyna said. "Now I finally get my chance. He's one of the great musical iconoclasts of all time. All three of us playing [the Trio] feel it's something quite profound and special."
I must admit, with some embarrassment, that Migot has been unknown to me, until now. Having heard a few of his pieces by now — and been astonished at their beauty, as well as the sheer confidence of their composition — I have come to the conclusion that Migot must have been something of a smart-aleck, who irritated his contemporaries (he would, for instance, present himself as the "Group of One" while Francis Poulenc and his buddies were ruling the Parisian roost as "Les Six").
There is, at any rate, no musical reason for his obscurity. He was also a writer and a painter. At this point, I find that the only one of his contemporaries, whose music resembles his own, is Albéric Magnard, who died defending his country home against the invading Germans in the fall of 1914. When I hear more of Migot, and I will, I will probably have to abandon this comparison.
In 1925, Irving Schwerke wrote: "Any record or discussion of 'modern' music that does not reckon with Migot is incomplete and out of balance, for he ranks among the uniquely interesting and serious contemporary French composers. He is one of the few music-makers of the time who not only possess the ability to attract attention, but the genius to express something worthwhile as well, and consequently he merits serious consideration."
Chances are, when you have heard the Trio, you will agree with every word of this paragraph, and you will want to scratch your head at the mysteries of musical reputation.
Admission to this, and all Spotlight concerts, is free.
Eric Miller Installed as Board President for Easy Lift Transportation
Easy Lift Transportation is pleased to announce the election of Eric Miller as the agency’s president of the board.
Miller succeeds Mac Johnson, co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care of Santa Barbara County, who has served on the board for over 10 years.
“We are very fortunate to have Eric Miller take the helm as Board President,” said Ernesto Paredes, Easy Lift executive director. “It has been a privilege working with him on the board for the past four years and I expect we shall see a continuation of the stellar service we received from Mac Johnson.”
Miller actively serves and advocates for the senior population in Santa Barbara County. He has been an Easy Lift board member for over four years. His 25 years in the financial services industry has centered on wealth management and lending.
Currently, Miller is employed by AAG, American Advisors Group focusing on the education of borrowers, their children and financial advisors on FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages. He has been a resident of Santa Barbara for 17 years after having migrated west from New England. He is married with two children, 5-year-old daughter Evyn and 2-year-old son Cannon.
Easy Lift’s mission is to provide independence, dignity and improved quality of life to individuals and organizations by fulfilling the community’s need for specialized transportation services.
Since its start 35 years ago operating with just one vehicle, Easy Lift has become a vital community presence as the sole paratransit provider of Dial-A-Ride services for south Santa Barbara County. Dial-a-Ride is available by application for any individual who cannot physically or cognitively access and utilize the MTD public transportation system.
With 30 vehicles in its fleet, Easy Lift has developed a comprehensive team of fully certified drivers and experienced operations department which has been crucial to keep up with the expanding aging community. This past fiscal year Easy Lift scheduled over 80,000 ADA rides within their service area from Goleta to Carpinteria.
Additional Easy Lift programs include Children’s Accessible Transportation, Greatest Generation Accessible Transportation, Non-Emergency MediCal Transportation, Community Service Collaborations, Loaner Vehicles, Emergency Evacuation & Preparedness, and the Homeless Shuttle.
For more information, click here or call 805.681.1181.
— Melinda Johansson is the development director for Easy Lift Transportation.
Effort to Build New Bioengineering Facility at UCSB Back on Track
With the last piece of funding secured for its planned bioengineering building, UC Santa Barbara has moved one step closer to seeing the state-of-the-art research facility become a reality. The shovel-ready $74.3 million project is anticipated to break ground this summer.
The UC Regents originally approved the project in July 2010; however, due to the downturn in the economy, the state was not able to provide its portion of the project funding.
As the state’s financial picture improved in this past year, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang reinvigorated efforts to seek state support for the project and was instrumental in securing a $26.5 million funding commitment.
“I am very pleased that the UC Office of the President gave this project the highest priority for funding this year,” Yang said. “Our existing and fast-growing strengths in bioengineering, together with the collaboration with colleagues from various disciplines on our campus and in our community, have helped us make a compelling case for this building proposal. Our bioengineering program exemplifies UC Santa Barbara’s highly interdisciplinary and collaborative culture. We are excited that this new building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching while also serving as a gathering place to support and enhance such a collaborative culture.”
At three stories tall and with 48,000 assignable square feet of space, the new facility will be a hotbed of biomedical and bioengineering research, housing both the campus’s Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies and its Center for BioEngineering. Current plans include 15 faculty offices and several conference rooms as well as an auditorium and classroom and laboratory space for up to 110 postdocs and graduate student researchers.
“Hubs, such as the laboratories in this building, truly enable the multidisciplinary interactions that are the hallmark of UCSB’s research,” said Frank Doyle, UCSB associate dean of research and director of the ICB. The new multipurpose research facility will be located a stone’s throw from the southeast corner of the UCSB Library.
The new building is the solution to an old problem: how to consolidate the bioengineering research that has already been taking place on the campus over the last decade or so.
“The need was always there,” said Samir Mitragotri, UCSB professor of chemical engineering and founding director of the CBE. In Doyle’s lab, for instance, cross-disciplinary collaborations on- and off campus have resulted in the creation of an artificial pancreas that can deliver the optimal dosage of insulin to diabetes patients without constant blood glucose testing.
In Mitragotri’s lab, nanoparticles have been developed to selectively deliver chemotherapy to tumors with minimal impact to healthy tissue. Meanwhile, other researchers on campus continue to take engineering perspectives on biological problems, leading to critical advancements in areas such as traumatic brain injury and sepsis protocols.
In fact, 2007 rankings by the Chronicle of Higher Education placed UCSB No. 2 in the nation — behind only Duke University — for biomedical engineering research impact, even without a centralized academic program or physical location.
“That really triggered a lot of thinking,” Mitragotri said. “If we are this good even without a cohesive presence, how good can we be if we are gathered together under a single umbrella? Having a physical home takes our bioengineering to the next level in a way that a dispersed presence all over the campus cannot.”
Funding for the construction of the multipurpose research facility comes from the state ($26.5 million) and from Garamendi bonds ($47.8 million), a type of revenue bond that allows UCSB to pledge the overhead revenue from faculty research in the building to pay its debt.
Locking in the funds for the building, which has already been approved for construction, comes at just the right time for the university. Bioengineering is a rapidly growing discipline across the country and around the world. Undergraduate majors and Ph.D. programs in bioengineering are among the most popular in the United States, and employment prospects are promising. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010-20 outlook estimates a 62 percent job growth in the field, much higher than average.
The building would not only enable the kind of collaborations and synergies that lead to breakthroughs and discoveries inspired by both biology and engineering but also provide a vantage point from which UCSB can enhance its own bioengineering academic offerings. Currently the university offers a bioengineering undergraduate concentration through the College of Creative Studies and a Ph.D. emphasis through several departments on campus; the new physical hub for research will make it possible to offer an undergraduate major and an independent Ph.D. program with new faculty selected for their expertise in bioengineering.
Meet and Greet Local Artists, Authors and Musicians at Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday
Visit downtown Santa Barbara for 1st Thursday, an evening filled with free art, culture and music! This week's event will include more than two dozen cultural art venues, all ready for you to meet, greet and enjoy artists, musicians, singers and authors.
Santa Barbara Arts (1114 State St., No. 24) is hosting author Tita Lanning, signing her book The Wit to Win. Hers is an eye-opening account of life in the lap of Gatsby-esque luxury, adoption and her search for her biological parents. In celebration of Women’s History Month, meet Viola Mecke, author of Aging Wisely: Facing Emotional Challenges from 50 – 80+ Years, at CASA Magazine Gallery (23 E. Canon Perdido St.).
A notable figure painter in Southern California, Ejnar Hansen began his career in Copenhagen. The entire Estate of Plein Air paintings, beautiful portraits, abstracts and fantastic works on paper by Ejnar and Jorgen Hansen is now on permanent display and for sale at Cominichi’s Antiques Collective, Estates and Consignment (19 E. Haley St.).
Blush Restaurant & Lounge (630 State St.) is featuring local artist David Diamanté. You can view his eye-catching paintings on the walls, plus enjoy live music.
Swing by Marshalls Patio (900 State St.), where All For Animals presents ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!). An innovative literacy program that gives disadvantaged first- and second-graders an opportunity to improve reading skills, ARF! and its therapy dogs will host a Dr. Seuss Story Time every half-hour to celebrate the good doctor’s birthday and Read Across America.
Follow the beat of a youthful drummer to Paseo Nuevo Center Court — that’s where you’ll find Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy. SBMYA was founded locally to provide opportunities for children to explore and express their musical interests and talent. Bottom line: These kids rock!
Speaking of music, get your groove on at several locations: Encanto (1114 State St., No. 22) hosts the Blue Moon Quartet; Sojourner (134 E. Canon Perdido St.) presents singers Eric and Lauren; and Blush, CASA Magazine and Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art (1528 State St.) are all adding music to their evening.
You heard it here first: Opera Santa Barbara returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.) with a delightful pop-up opera, featuring soprano Sara Duchovney and tenor Sergio Gonzalez. And just because it’s the most fun to say: Be sure to head downstairs to Salt (740 State St.) to sample their chips and — wait for it — “Saltsa!”
Join the Ensemble Theatre Co. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 1st Thursday: After Hours at the New Vic (33 W. Victoria St.). They’re presenting entertainment by Steve Fort, and delicious snacks provided compliments of a local restaurant partner and a no-host full bar provided by Marquee Events. The New Vic, the Granada Theatre and the Lobero Theatre are teaming up to offer these new 1st Thursday: After Hours events that will be held at a different theater each month.
All of these attractions and many more are free during 1st Thursday. With more than a dozen stops on this month’s 1st Thursday map, there is something for everyone. Click here for more information and a complete listing of the specific programming offered at each gallery, as well as all public performances and interactive exhibits.
— Kate Schwab is the marketing and communications director for the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization.
Pool, Tennis and Speed Among Highlights of Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club’s Summer Sports Camp
Keep your kids active this summer with the ultimate sports camp!
The Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club Summer Sports Camp has it all, including swim lessons, tennis clinics, and agility and speed classes at the Parisi Speed School.
The camp welcomes nonmembers with all activities happening at one place: Swell Clubs’ Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, 5800 Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta, the only club in Santa Barbara equipped with tennis courts exclusive to kids ages 10 and under.
With full- and half-day options, this program includes a variety of outdoor sports activities to keep every kid interested and soaking up Vitamin D during their summer break.
Click here for more information about Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club Summer Sports Camp, or call 805.964.7762.
Check Out Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Complete Schedule of Summer Activities
Boasting the largest roster of summer activities for kids in the Santa Barbara area, the Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department has the perfect camp for your child, whether he or she wants to spend the summer learning about bugs, discovering how to paddle board, or building up leadership skills as a Junior Counselor.
Not only are there many activities from which to choose, there are many times slots and sessions available, making it easy to plan out your summer activities and work schedules!
Time-Tested Training Techniques Help Your Child Get a Kick Out of one. Soccer School
A typical day at one. Soccer School’s residential program would go like this: Everyone wakes up at 5:45 a.m. There’s breakfast, and then the kids hit the field. They go through 10 micro sessions throughout the day, each focusing on a single soccer fundamental — dribbling, scoring goals and agility, to name a few. They end the day with a yoga session and a closing activity at which the kids hear a motivational speaker, work on visualizing their goals, or watch videos of highlights from the day.
It sounds like an intense day of work for a kid, but at one. Soccer Schools, it’s just another day in the program’s efforts to live up to its motto: “Always Train.”
This motto comes from Jeff Johnson, the founder and co-director of one. Soccer Schools. An experienced athlete himself, Johnson played collegiate soccer at UC Santa Barbara and the University of North Carolina. He has trained and played with several professional teams and clubs, including the Anaheim Splash, The Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) and the Sacramento Knights.
Johnson has coached youth and college soccer for 18 years, after having been mentored by Hubert Vogelsinger, a European professional player and the founder of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy.
After his time coaching at Vogelsinger Soccer Academy, Johnson started one. Soccer Schools, with the foundations that Vogelsinger had taught to him.
“Each facet of our program is structured and disciplined,” Johnson says. “We are known as a high-end, professional soccer school that has a curriculum and a set way of teaching.”
Johnson has built up a curriculum to help students learn the fundamentals of soccer with 10 micro sessions: Soccercize, Going 2 Goal, Speed/Agility/Quickness (SAQ), Technique, Tactics, Dribbling, Footvolley, Small-Sided Games, Injury Prevention and Yoga. Players build up their skills in each micro session so that they improve their performance.
While building up soccer fundamentals is the main focus of one. Soccer School’s curriculum, the program has expanded to include character-building exercises and leadership development.
“We have a lot of parents who ask us how many of our kids have gone pro,” Johnson says. “We have had a few who go pro, but we always say that our main objective is to give these kids hope to give them a better life and to help them be global achievers and make better relationships with their peers.”
Having attracted more than 2,500 kids from all over the country, one. Soccer School’s philosophy of “Always Train” and objective of developing leaders has certainly made an impact on young soccer players around the United States.
While Johnson is preparing for his tour this summer for one. Soccer School here in Southern California, Illinois and in Boston, he’s also excited to announce that One. Soccer School will be opening a residential program in Miam. This would complete Johnson's goal to reach the four regions of the United States: West Coast, East Coast, Midwest and South.
If your child is a serious soccer player, this is definitely the camp for him or her. Sign up your soccer star for a day camp or a residential program on location at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo.
Damaged Beachside Bar-Café in Goleta Working to Reopen After Storm
Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Harbor resume operations, but Gaviota State Park and the Goleta Pier remain closed indefinitely
Waves were cresting way too close to Dave Hardy’s restaurant on Saturday morning, as the owner of Goleta’s Beachside Bar-Café arrived well before the usual 11 a.m. opening in time to see the damaging winter storm’s wrath firsthand.
Hardy drove through the gusty, rain-pelted Goleta Beach Park, timing his passage between crashing waves that flowed across the road and dumped into nearby Goleta Slough.
As Hardy stood among the 15 employees working to board up windows on an already pummeled outdoor patio around 9 a.m., co-workers noticed that the restaurant’s manager was missing.
He had been swept out to sea, but was able to grab onto the pier to be rescued and taken to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder.
After the scary morning, which featured a 6-foot-high tide, the longtime restaurateur and employees were evacuated from the beach park when it closed for safety reasons.
Two days later, and the beaten Beachside Bar-Café has yet to reopen.
“It’s really up in the air,” Hardy told Noozhawk on Monday. “We’re waiting here for the county inspectors this afternoon.”
Goleta Beach Park remained closed to traffic Monday as Santa Barbara County crews worked to clear up mounds of sand and debris and to evaluate the state of the Goleta Pier, which also sustained damage.
The Gaviota park will be closed until further notice, as parks officials evaluate damage done when a third of the Gaviota Pier — the seaward 50 feet — fell victim to the high seas early Saturday.
“The storm damage hit us really hard at Refugio and Gaviota,” Hjelstrom said. “The short answer is it’s closed indefinitely, and we’re doing the best we can to come up with a game plan.”
Plenty of curious onlookers traveled on foot or bike Monday to survey the damage at Goleta Beach Park.
Hardy’s employees worked to wrangle about a foot of wet sand from the outdoor patio in hopes of reopening soon.
Exactly when depends on county parks officials, who could not be reached for comment.
A couple of windows were broken, and the carpet and plywood were ruined, but Hardy said his restaurant made out pretty well considering the intensity of the worst storm Beachside has weathered during its nearly 30 years.
He credited nearby seawall rocks with saving the building.
“Hopefully sometime this week,” Hardy said of opening. “The waves were just huge. It was crazy. We did the best we could do.”
Cliff Drive Care Center’s Summer Program Takes Low-Key Approach with Fun-Filled Results
Cliff Drive Care Center has a simple response to the question of what differentiates its summer camp.
“We are flexible,” pre-school director Jenny Yznaga says.
With unbinding enrollment and a varying schedule, the fluctuating interests and obligations of parents and children alike are accommodated. Although schedules may vary, the foundation remains constant.
Yznaga describes the summer program as “loving and safe.” These qualities are distinct through the Christian essence of the organization and fully committed counselors, again with the interests of both parents and children in mind.
The summer camp runs all summer, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. The schedule ensures all-day fun on days parents are working in the summer. Additionally, enrollment allows a weekly or monthly payment schedule, which is sensitive to parents who want their children to have divergent extracurricular activities. A general schedule is posted before summer, allowing parents to fully maximize their children’s time by working around conflicted interests or additional circumstances.
From active to relaxing activities, this camp has a large scope of opportunities for children to explore different areas of interests, with the optimal amount of structure. Themed days such as “Messy Mondays,” which utilize sensory activities like finger painting and shaving cream, are weekly staples.
Additionally, pre-planned, local field trips — such as visits to Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond or the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History — make up the week. On-site entertainment includes a range of inside activities, such as cooking or playing with puzzles and Legos, but favors outside activities. Water play is a favorite, consisting of all sorts of aquatic games, water slides and pools.
Ultimately, the activities are dependent on the children, however. The intimate environment of the camp allows schedules to be tailored to the specific needs.
Cliff Drive Care Center on the campus of Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, 1435 Cliff Drive, is fundamentally based on Christianity, but is inclusive of children of all religions. The Christian sentiments are directly represented through brief 30-minute, age-appropriate chapel each week. Outside of chapel, Christian values are still infused throughout the program. The qualified counselors fully immerse themselves in the program, seeking to give them the best experience in the safest environment.
Old Town Mural Recalls Life in Long-Ago Goleta
Larry Maser's artwork adorns the exterior of Santa Cruz Market on Hollister Avenue
The new mural will portray the Goleta area before development.
“The idea was to create kind of a vision of what the area looked like before development,” Maser said.
The mural is generally a landscape, with a Chumash village in the foreground, and although not completed, Maser said a large condor will fly above the scene and look down at people passing by the market.
"We have a little bit of a seagull problem," Maser joked, pointing up at two obvious bird-dropping scuffs. He also commented that he was not able to work last week due to the rain.
Maser has done work for Santa Cruz Market manager Tom Modugno before.
Maser has painted restaurants and other private buildings in Santa Barbara; however, the City of Santa Barbara rarely approves murals.
“The city is generally against murals,” he said.
On the other hand, Darryl Mimick, associate planner for the City of Goleta, backed the Santa Cruz Market project, which is ongoing and most likely will be completed within the next few weeks.
Santa Cruz Market and the new mural can be found at 5757 Hollister Ave. in Goleta.
Pioneer Valley Students to Sharpen Horticultural Skills by Learning to Graft Trees
Students will have an opportunity to sharpen their horticultural skills Wednesday when they learn how to graft one apple tree to another.
The grafting will be taught to Pioneer Valley High School students by members of the California Rare Fruit Growers. The process involves attaching or connecting a new variety on an existing tree to improve quality and production.
PVHS Future Farmers of America and agricultural students plan to start the learning experience with retired Cal Poly professor Joe Sabol and other CRFG members and wrap it up in the greenhouse.
Students receive one root stock variety and then pick what they want to invent. The grafting choices include Pink Lady, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious or Red Barron apples.
FFA adviser Hector Guerra believes students are up to the rewarding challenge of starting a tree from scratch.
"This is a skill that not only can be used later in life, but also can be a gateway that shows students that they have the ability to create,'' Guerra said. "You get to witness the growth and maturation of your hard work, and it is a symbolic testament to individual growth and maturation of our agricultural program and life.''
Students stand ready to learn this new skill.
"I am extremely excited to graft a tree,'' said senior Mikey Ruiz, All-CIF wrestler and four-year ag student. "Before this class, I had no idea this was a thing. And then we get to take it home!"
— Kenny Klein is a media affairs coordinator for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
SBCC Names 30 Student Winners in Great Books Curriculum Contest
Thirty Santa Barbara-area college and high school students were honored as winners of a Santa Barbara City College Great Books Curriculum awards luncheon at SBCC last month.
Building on the success of the last two years, invitations were extended to students at SBCC and three area high schools to interpret the great play Antigone by Sophocles in the categories of expository writing, creative writing or visual arts.
Last fall, more than 1,000 copies of the play were distributed to students at Alta Vista Middle College (a collaboration between Alta Vista Alternative High School and SBCC), Carpinteria High School, SBCC and Santa Barbara High School.
To increase their exposure to the play’s themes, students had the opportunity to attend in-class workshops and lectures and view scenes performed by local actors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, SBCC and each of the participating high schools.
More than 200 entries for the competition, which was funded by the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation, were submitted with 30 winners selected.
SBCC is only one of six community colleges in the nation to offer a Great Books Curriculum. Each semester, more than 900 students take at least one course that exposes them to the literary canon of the world’s greatest literature, thematically linked to works by more contemporary writers. Twenty to 25 faculty teach classes focusing on Great Books through reading, study skills, composition, critical thinking, philosophy, world religion, politics, drama, literature and poetry.
“The Great Books Curriculum features enduring works of literature,” said Celeste Barber, SBCC instructor of English composition and literature and the Great Books Curriculum coordinator. “We are tremendously grateful to the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation for providing the funding that has allowed us to introduce local students to the world of Great Books and to our wonderful campus through this contest.”
— Joan Galvan is a public information officer for SBCC.
Pure Order Brewing Secures Final Occupancy Permit from City of Santa Barbara
Pure Order Brewing Co. is pleased to announce that the City of Santa Barbara has issued the final occupancy permit for its brewery at 410 N. Quarantina St.
The permit effectively gave the up-and-coming brewery the go ahead to finalize the build-out of the facility, and the team has begun full-scale production.
Partners James and David Burge have reached a key milestone on the way to realizing their dream of sharing Pure Order beers with the community they love.
“It has been a sometimes frustrating but necessary journey,” owner and brewmaster James Burge said. “I am proud to say that we stuck with it and can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.
“Davey and I tried to find the positives in our situation. For example, the extra time gave us a chance to really lock down our recipes and get to know our equipment.”
“We were also able to focus on our systems and tasting experience,” said David Burge, director of sales and marketing. “The brewery will have a garden area for beer tastings and a hops yard that has now been planted. In addition, our new sales systems will make sure that we will be easy to do business with."
Pure Order hopes to start selling its beers all over Santa Barbara and beyond in the coming weeks, months and years.
High School Girls Invited to Shop ‘Cinderella’s Closet’ for Free Prom Dresses
The mission of Cinderella’s Closet Santa Maria is to empower young women to find their dream prom dress without having to consider the financial restraints that normally go with shopping for formal wear.
They will open the second annual Cinderella’s Closet Santa Maria at Element Christian Church on Saturday, March 8. The goal is to provide free prom dresses and accessories to those who may find it difficult to afford a new store-bought dress, or girls who simply want to be a part of the recycle, reduce and reuse movement.
The event is open to all high school girls in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
The idea was born in the hearts of several Orcutt Academy High School students two years ago. After putting the idea out there, a couple of mothers from Element Christian Church introduced the program to the church and a partnership was formed. Once again, Orcutt Academy High School is reaching out to other local high schools for both donations and to find shoppers.
Cinderella’s Closet Santa Maria will have new, vintage and gently-used dresses from which the girls can choose, ranging in size from 0 to 22. Jewelry, evening shoes, purses and wraps will also be available on a limited basis. There will be Fairy Godmothers available to assist with sizing and fitting. After making their selection, girls will be able to choose an accessory item to complement their dress.
There will also be drawings for hairstyles and nail gift certificates. All of the items are free of charge to the young women, and there will be goodie bags available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be several makeup and hair workshops, also free, throughout the day.
Cinderella’s Closet Santa Maria will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Element Christian Church, 3596 Skyway Drive in Santa Maria.
Donations are being accepted at Orcutt Academy High School and Element Church. If you would like to have your donations picked up, please email us and we will coordinate a more convenient pickup time and place.
For more information or to make a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Ali Degraffenreed is a coordinator for Cinderella’s Closet-Santa Maria.
Report Concludes Panga Boat Operator at Fault in Coast Guard Officer’s Death
On the back of murder and assault convictions for two Mexican nationals in the death of a U.S. Coast Guard officer, Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft has released additional information about the investigation.
Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach sustained fatal head injuries after his Coast Guard vessel was rammed by a panga boat in late 2012. Horne was thrown into the water along with another boarding team member of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, and Zukunft concluded that his death was caused by the deliberate actions of the panga boat operator.
As the panga fled the scene after the collision, the boat’s outboard engine propeller hit Horne’s head while he was in the water, according to the memorandum released last week.
Jose Meija-Leyva, 42, of Ensenada was found guilty of murder, failure to heave to, and assaulting federal officers with a deadly and dangerous weapon, and could be sentenced to life in prison. Manuel Beltran-Higuera, 44, of Ensenada was found guilty of failure to heave to and four counts of assault, and faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.
Both men were convicted by a federal jury after a seven-day trial and are scheduled to be sentenced May 12.
The Coast Guard Cutter Halibut is an 87-foot patrol boat that was in Smuggler’s Cove off Santa Cruz Island on Dec. 2, 2012, to provide search-and-rescue coverage. A Coast Guard aircraft told them about a 30-foot, open-bowed panga boat in the area.
Four officers got into the 18-foot rigid inflatable boat, HAL-1, and approached the panga boat as they announced themselves to the boat in English and Spanish, according to investigative documents.
The men operating the panga boat rammed into HAL-1, and one Coast Guard officer fired seven times at the oncoming boat in self-defense, according to authorities. After the two people were recovered from the water, the Halibut rushed to Port Hueneme, but Horne was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.
Several Coast Guard vessels and aircraft gave chase to the panga boat, which was eventually intercepted near the United States-Mexico border when it experienced engine trouble. The two men were held at gunpoint and the driver, who didn’t comply with officers, was pepper-sprayed when the Coast Guard boarded the panga boat, according to the investigative documents.
The men told authorities they were transporting gasoline to another boat, and authorities found a satellite phone, clothing, food, toiletries, shell casings and Mexican vessel registration on the boat. There is no mention of any drugs or other contraband found on the boat.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and found that Horne’s death was a homicide caused by chop injuries to the head.
Zukunft’s investigation found that the Halibut and HAL-1 vessels were ready for operation and crews were qualified, except the certification to fire warning shots and disabling fire had expired. He also found that the crews all performed within the applicable procedures.
The Coast Guard’s Channel Island Harbor Station and Los Angeles-Long Beach Station were changed to pursuit-level IV stations as of Jan. 9, 2013, since they weren’t when this incident happened.
The investigation came to the same conclusions as the federal jury trial: Horne’s death was caused by the deliberate actions of the driver of the panga boat, Meija-Leyva, Zukunft said.
“Tragic incidents like these remind us of the dangers our crews face every day in the fight against illicit smuggling,” he said. “We continue to mourn the loss of our shipmate and resolve to honor his legacy and sacrifice.”
Santa Ynez Woman Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years in Prison for Defrauding Ex-Employer
A Santa Ynez woman was sentenced Monday to serve four years and eight months in state prison after she pleaded guilty to 16 felony counts for defrauding two local property-management companies while she was an employee.
A judge handed down the lengthy sentence to Gina Vrastil, 50, during an afternoon appearance in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria before she was remanded into custody.
Vrastil had faced up to nine years and eight months in prison after she pleaded guilty last December to charges including felony theft from an elder, felony perjury, and multiple counts of felony grand theft by embezzlement, forgery of checks and preparing false documentary evidence, according to Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley.
Vrastil will not be eligible to serve any time in the county jail, said Deputy District Attorney Mai Trieu, who prosecuted the case.
A joint investigation between the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and DA investigator Chris Clement revealed that Vrastil embezzled approximately $45,000 from MGF Enterprises and MGF Property Management Inc. while working as an administrative assistant for the Solvang companies.
She used her position and access to the company checkbooks and accounting program to begin writing herself unauthorized checks in August 2011, and then made false entries into the company books to hide the thefts, Dudley said.
The crimes continued until July 2012, when they were discovered by the companies and reported to the Sheriff's Department.
The DA’s Office did not offer Vrastil a plea bargain in the case.
Jeff Moehlis: Con Bro Chill Bringing the Party to Santa Barbara
Frontman Connor Martin talks about the band's 'hat trick' on Thursday at Velvet Jones
Con Bro Chill's publicist describes the band as "LMFAO meets Cobra Starship," and even if that doesn't mean anything to you, you owe it to yourself to check out their infectious music and hilarious videos.
If these move you, scrounge up some neon clothes and get yourself to Velvet Jones on Thursday night, when the band brings the party to town; tickets are available by clicking here. Note that this is an all-ages show.
Still not convinced? Here are frontman (and professional lacrosse player) Connor Martin's email replies to Noozhawk's questions, with a little help from his brother and bandmate Sam.
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Jeff Moehlis: Your tour is kicking off in Santa Barbara, which is great because Santa Barbara loves to party! Have you been here before?
Connor Martin: That is the TRUF. Ya, we've played Velvet Jones twice, so we're gearing up for the hat trick on Thursday. Hoping to see some maniacs out at the show dressed in neon.
JM: What can we look forward to at the show?
CM: Party times. Neon dance. Banging beats. Tasty vocals. Head banging. Man eagles. Costume changes. High kicks. Guitar and keytar shreds. Cod pieces. Crowd surfing. In the crowd dance partying. Boom towning. Explosions of happiness. You know, your basic CBC show ...
JM: Arcade Fire made headlines recently for requiring a dress code for people who go to their concerts. If you had a dress code for Con Bro Chill concerts, what would it be?
CM: You know we do that, too, right? Neon or bust. Well, we don't enforce, but there is heavy encouragement to our fans, the "Neon Army," to rock their most ridiculous neon outfits. Wearing something stupid and bright-colored lowers your inhibitions like nothing else in this world.
JM: Besides your own music (of course), what is the ultimate party music?
JM: Your videos are awesome! Are they as much fun to make as they are to watch?
CM: Ha, I wish! We do them all by ourselves, so it's a lot of work to get 'em done and finished the way we like 'em. The best part of the videos is they get people out to the shows dressed up and ready to rock out. That's what it's all about, partying and playing music with our fans.
JM: Where can I get a giant wearable balloon like you use in the video for "Partied Out"?
CM: In the Con Bro Chill Emporium! Those things are hilarious. Climbing in the balloon is a next level experience. When you finally pop your head out, you will laugh like you never have before.
JM: Connor, how do you juggle the parallel lives of being a professional lacrosse player and a musician?
CM: Pro Lax is a weekend gig in the summer, so staying in shape and touring kind of go together. Running the band, making videos and writing music are all fun things I can do while training and playing in the summer, so the real balance is finding gaps in the lax schedule to tour with the band. So far it's been great. I've carved out a cool little life for myself.
JM: Sam, you have an interesting resume of working with other artists. What have been some of the highlights for you?
Sam Martin: I think working with Max Martin and Adam Levine on "Daylight," my first placement, was a surreal couple days. Max Martin is a legend in writing and producing pop music, and to get to work with him was incredible. Also spending serious time writing with David Guetta and Ziggy Marley have been some of the best times of it all. Such legends, got some goosebumps writing with them.
JM: What are your plans, musical or otherwise, for the near future?
CM: We're gonna finish this tour, make the next music video for our song "Party Animal," and then finish another EP we hope to release this year.
JM: What advice would you give to an aspiring musician?
CM: It's a long way to the top if you want to rock-'n'-roll. We always joke about that on the road when we play shows for 20 people, but it's not a lie. It's a hard industry, so make sure you're doing it because you love it and it's fun. Chances are it will not pay off financially. So get over that and start living!
JM: Where are you responding from?
CM: Portland, Ore. 'Bout to take off tomorrow for SoCal! See you at Velvet Jones on Thursday. Love life!
— Jeff Moehlis is a Noozhawk contributing writer and a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Upcoming show recommendations, advice from musicians, interviews and more are available on his web site, music-illuminati.com. The opinions expressed are his own.
Michael Barone: Don’t Write Those Tea Party Obituaries Just Yet
February marked the fifth anniversary of the re-emergence of the label "Tea Party" in American politics. It was in February 2009 that Rick Santelli delivered his famous rant on CNBC, and a few days later, a group calling itself the Tea Party Patriots was organized.
Today the conventional wisdom is that the Tea Party movement is exhausted. Polls are cited showing that only one-quarter of Americans express approval of the Tea Party. Democrats run ads claiming their opponents are Tea Party radicals.
Many Republicans argue that Tea Party candidates have lost winnable Senate races, cementing the Democratic majority there rather than overturning it.
There is something to these lines of attack, but it misses a larger picture.
I have likened the contemporary Tea Party movement to the peace movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Both began as critics of the more like-minded party: Peaceniks excoriated Lyndon Johnson; the Tea Party decried George W. Bush. Both targeted politicians of both parties.
But both groups soon became mono-partisan, working within one major party. The peace groups secured the Democratic presidential nomination for George McGovern in 1972 and, more successfully, generated support for the young liberals who swept to control in the congressional elections of 1974.
The peace movement permanently changed the character of the Democratic Party. For a half-century, starting in 1917, Democrats were the party more inclined to support military interventions. In the almost half-century since then, Democrats have been consistently the more dovish party.
The Tea Party movement has had a similar effect on the Republican Party so far. We shall see if it proves as permanent.
Like the peace movement, the Tea Party movement brought hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people into political activity, people with strong convictions, not on peripheral, but on fundamental issues of public policy. They supplied energy and enthusiasm plainly lacking in the Democratic Party in 1969 and the Republican Party in 2009.
Such surges into politics will bring in many wackos, weirdos and wannabes. But they also include many solid citizens and some with finely honed political instincts.
Both movements supported primary challengers against contrary-minded incumbents or favorites of party insiders. Some of those challengers — most notably Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware — then lost winnable general election races.
But the Tea Party movement also supported some politically gifted challengers — some with considerable political experience (Marco Rubio in Florida, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania), some with none at all (Ron Johnson in Wisconsin) and some with insider connections among conservatives (Mike Lee in Utah, Ted Cruz in Texas).
On policy, the Tea Party movement has had significant impact as well. It contributed to Republican unanimity against Obamacare and against tax-rate increases.
President Barack Obama predicted that his re-election would "break this fever" of Republican opposition to his policies. Republicans would acquiesce in what Obama seems to regard as common-sense expansions of government.
That hasn't happened. Instead, policy has moved in the other direction. Republicans were willing to accept the sequester, despite spending cuts, and then to have it only tweaked slightly in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement.
Income tax increases have been avoided on all but couples making $450,000 annually. The result is what liberals call "austerity."
Meanwhile, Obama has been repealing and revising Obamacare, whether the Constitution gives him authority or not. His signature law is disintegrating.
So Republicans, though only controlling the House and squabbling over tactics, have shifted the vector of national policy. They have had even more policy success in many of the majority of states with Republican governors and legislatures.
Tea Party spokesmen are, unsurprisingly, dissatisfied with the results — as peace advocates often were by policies of even Democratic administrations. But in American politics, policy success is never complete and almost always unsatisfactory to principled purists.
Political reporters chronicling the exhaustion of the Tea Party movement focus on the apparent weakness of primary challenges to incumbent Republican senators and congressmen. None currently seems seriously endangered except possibly 36-year Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.
The Tea Party movement continues to be frustrated by a politics-driven Internal Revenue Service and the intractability of Obama and Senate Democrats.
But Republicans have a solid chance to win a Senate majority, and Obama approval is stuck in negative territory. Big government liberalism, hailed as the wave of the future in 2009, now seems widely discredited.
The Tea Party obituaries, like Mark Twain's, are premature.
— Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. Click here to contact him, follow him on Twitter: @MichaelBarone, or click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.
American Riviera Bank VP Lori Murray Named ‘Outstanding Community Lender’
Lori Murray, vice president and mortgage lending officer at American Riviera Bank, was named an Outstanding Community Lender by the Independent Community Bankers of America.
The organization, known as the “Nation’s Voice for Community Banks” for almost 7,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types nationwide, honored Murray as representing “the best in our profession.”
Murray started American Riviera Bank’s mortgage lending department from scratch, doing everything from selecting processing software to writing policies and procedures. Prior to joining American Riviera Bank, she worked for 17 years at a regional bank that was acquired by a larger international financial institution in 2007.
“At American Riviera, we have a bit more flexibility in our portfolio program to extend loans to responsible borrowers and get them closed quickly and efficiently,” Murray said. “My focus is always on matching customers with the best loan available. I don’t tell them what to do, but I’m happy to give sound advice so that my customers can make good financial decisions.”
Murray’s work has helped the bank’s overall earnings increase.
“Lori is now helping our existing clients gain home financing, and we no longer have to refer them to one of our competitors,” said Jeff DeVine, the bank’s president and CEO. “Better yet, her external marketing and business development efforts, coupled with her superior service, are bringing new customers and depositors in the door.”
American Riviera Bank has two locations, one at 1033 Anacapa St. in Santa Barbara and one at 525 San Ysidro Road in Montecito.
For more information, call the bank at 805.965.5942 or click here.
— Jennifer Goddard Combs is a publicist representing American Riviera Bank.
The Rise of Tracy Pintchman — UCSB Ph.D. Alumna, First Towbes Fellow and Goddess Guru
The native New Yorker had written her dissertation on the historical evolution of a Great Goddess figure in orthodox Hindu texts. Even before she finished it, a publisher, SUNY Press, expressed interest in turning it into a book.
“I had a book contract within nine months of finishing my Ph.D.,” Dr. Pintchman said in referring to what would become the 1994 book, The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition. Dr. Pintchman was doing the right research at the right time. “As one of the peer reviewers noted,” she said, “in the early 1990s, goddess studies were ‘a growth industry.’”
The female deity she wrote about proved to be a “green” goddess for Dr. Pintchman, as it earned her some cash from the book deal. This research as well as her other excellent doctoral work at UCSB also helped lead to a job offer before she completed her Ph.D. of a tenure track position at Loyola University Chicago.
Pintchman grew up in New York’s Westchester County in a largely secular Jewish family, the youngest of three daughters. Her father headed up public relations for Reader’s Digest Corporation and her mother was an office worker. Pintchman had no ties to Chicago when she headed to Loyola in 1992, and she had not imagined staying in the Windy City more than a few years.
But today, 22 years later, Dr. Pintchman is still at Loyola University Chicago, as a professor of religious studies and director of the International Studies Program. She has won teaching awards, and has written, edited or co-edited seven books.
Married for 18 years to another Loyola professor, Dr. William French in theology, whom she met shortly after moving to Chicago, Dr. Pintchman has two children: Noah French, 11, and Molly French, 13.
If not for a Towbes fellowship — which is marking 25 years of awards to UCSB students — Pintchman would have probably gone to Harvard. She earned her master’s degree in religious studies from Boston University in 1987. When she decided she wanted to pursue her Ph.D. in the discipline, her advisor suggested UC Santa Barbara.
“I applied to religious studies Ph.D. programs at just two universities — Harvard and UCSB,” Pintchman said. “While I was accepted to both, the funding I received at UCSB was much more robust than what Harvard offered. I liked both programs, but getting the Towbes Fellowship support at UCSB was for me the deciding factor.”
Pintchman was the very first Towbes recipient, in the 1987-88 academic year.
“I remember I got a phone call from the then-chair of the Religious Studies Department at UCSB, Phil Hammond,” Pintchman recalled. “He told me I was being offered this fabulous fellowship. I did not really know anything about it.”
Soon after coming to Santa Barbara, Pintchman was fortunate to meet Michael Towbes and his late wife, Gail, for lunch, where they discussed a mutual interest in music.
“The fellowship supported me fully for four years through teaching and research assistantships,” Pintchman said. “I took one year off in the middle of my Ph.D. program to study in India, and that year was supported by a different fellowship. So I was able to complete my doctoral program in five years without having to take out any student loans or work at McDonald’s.”
While studying at UCSB, Pintchman’s “work-life balance” skewed heavily toward the “work” side, by her own choosing.
“The professors in the Religious Studies Department were fabulous teachers and mentors,” she said. “I did coursework the first two years, and I remember I was studying or writing papers much of the time. Learning Sanskrit consumed a lot of energy. After I returned from my year in India, I spent two years writing my dissertation. So I didn’t have much time to enjoy living in Santa Barbara.”
Only a month before leaving California for Chicago, she went swimming at a Santa Barbara beach for the first time.
“My dissertation was done at that point, so I decided it was OK to have a little fun,” she said.
At Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Pintchman specializes in the study of Hinduism, with a focus on gender issues, goddess traditions and Hindu women's rituals. She has held grants from the American Academy of Religion, American Institute of Indian Studies, and the National Endowment of the Humanities. In addition to Loyola, she has also taught at Northwestern University and Harvard University, where she was a visiting scholar in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School in 2000-01. She’s currently doing research for a book on transnational influences on a Hindu Goddess temple in Michigan.
For some, career paths take twists and turns in new and unexpected directions. But not for Pintchman, who knew exactly what she wanted to do when she was a graduate student.
“My goal then was to do pretty much what I have been doing for the last 22 years: to work as a professor in a university setting where I could teach, write, and think,” she said.
Awards such as the Towbes helped her achieve that goal.
“Graduate fellowships like the Towbes Fellowship can help attract hardworking, committed graduate students and enable them to finish their programs in a timely manner with minimal distraction,” she said. “Fellowship support is probably more important in humanities doctoral programs than in many other kinds of graduate programs. Professors in the humanities do not earn the kinds of substantial salaries commanded by lawyers, business professionals, scientists, or medical doctors, so completing graduate studies somewhat quickly and without taking on a great deal of debt is important.”
Dr. Pintchman also attributes her career success to her UCSB professors.
“The outstanding scholars in the Religious Studies Department set the standard when I was there, and I simply tried to do what they were doing. I learned how to teach by watching great teaching in action,” she said. “Being able to serve as a teaching assistant in several classes also helped a great deal. So I had a handle on teaching by the time I started my job at Loyola. I read what my professors were writing so I would understand the standards of scholarship in my field. Barbara Holdrege and Gerald Larson were my main faculty mentors, and they were incredible; they were supportive, but they pushed and challenged me as well.”
Dr. Pintchman has some simple and straightforward advice for current grad students.
“Stay focused, work hard, and don’t get distracted by department politics,” she said. “Watch what the best professors in your department do in the classroom, and read what they write. That will help you figure out how to be a professor yourself. Remember that a dissertation doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be done if you are to ever get out of graduate school and start your career. So just do it. And maybe go to the beach more than I did.”
Santa Barbara Public Library System Now Offering Free Music Downloads
The Santa Barbara Public Library System has added music to its free downloadable collections.
Freegal Music offers access to more than 7 million songs and music videos, including Sony Music’s entire catalog. The collection includes music from more than 28,000 labels from 85 countries.
Each Santa Barbara Public Library System card holder can download three music tracks per week via the library’s website and can stream music for up to three hours per day. The selection includes rock, indie, classical, soundtracks, jazz, punk, world music and many other genres. Music videos may also be downloaded and count as two music tracks.
Freegal is set up to browse or to search for favorite artists or songs. Library patrons with a valid library card can select and download songs to their computer, tablet, smartphone or mobile device. Freegal offers free mobile apps for Apple devices and Android phones and tablets. The library system subscribes to the service, making the downloads free and legal for patrons, and the tracks never expire.
Once downloaded, the music and video tracks belong to the library patron and can be transferred to any computer, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player, and even burned to a CD. Copyright laws apply for all music downloaded.
Trained volunteers are available to assist with setting up and using Freegal from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. During the month of March, Freegal training is also available from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call the Central Reference Desk at 805.564.5604 for more information.
A link to Freegal can be found on the Santa Barbara Public Library System’s website by clicking here. The library system’s “Library To Go” digital collections also include e-books, audiobooks, and magazines, all accessible anytime, anywhere with an internet connection. Visit the library online for information about services, events, hours and locations. All library programs are free and open to the public.
— Scott Love is the library services manager for the Santa Barbara Public Library System.
Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Ynez Valley Foundation Forge Partnership to Expand Support
The Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation are pleased to announce a three-year partnership to expand grantmaking and focused resources for nonprofit organizations working in the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos.
This collaboration between the two community foundations will serve as a catalyst for even greater community impact.
“Through this collaborative partnership with the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation, we are illustrating the exciting and powerful role philanthropy can play, when strategically applied, in bringing about a future for Santa Barbara County that is sustainable, vibrant, and full of opportunities,” said Ron Gallo, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation.
Building on a 23-year history of expertise about Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos communities and provision of critical funding for nonprofit services, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and its Board of Directors will now increase their philanthropic efforts with a Santa Barbara Foundation grant of $100,000 a year for three-years to augment grantmaking. From the yearly grant, $50,000 will be used to implement the Santa Barbara Foundation Express Grant program throughout the valley, while the remaining $50,000 will supplement regular grants made by the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation.
“By partnering with the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation will be able to better support the philanthropic needs of the Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos,” said Priscilla Higgins, board president of the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. “Working together we can accomplish so much more and we are delighted to have this opportunity.”
Santa Barbara Foundation Express Grants are awards with a short review period used to advance excellence in the social/nonprofit sector by improving organizational efficiencies and effectiveness; are linked to foundation initiatives or developing areas of interests; and can support non-deferred maintenance or emergency events. Organizations may apply for up to $10,000 in support. These funds may also be used to encourage new or innovative projects, joint/collaborative efforts, or projects that include other grant awards with a match requirement.
Organizations throughout Santa Barbara County wishing to apply for an Express Grant can submit an application any time throughout the calendar year through Nov. 3. The applications can be found online at each of the foundation’s websites.
Organizations from Santa Ynez Valley and Los Alamos should submit Express Grant applications directly to the Santa Ynez Vally Foundation. More information can be found by clicking here or by calling 805.688.2991.
Organizations from all other areas of the county should submit Express Grant applications directly to the Santa Barbara Foundation. More information can be found by clicking here.
— Jessica Tade is the director of communications for the Santa Barbara Foundation.
Bees in Danger: California DFA Plans Pesticide Application in Carpinteria, Summerland
In response to the discovery of two Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) in residential citrus trees in Carpinteria and Summerland, the California Department of Food & Agriculture is planning a targeted pesticide application in Carpinteria, in the Cravens Lane and Foothill Road area, possibly affecting numerous residential properties. This application follows on the heels of similar sprayings throughout the state and most recently Ojai in Ventura County.
According to the CDFA, ACP can carry and transmit a devastating bacterial disease called Huanglongbing (HLB).
It should be noted that HLB has not been detected in any of the samples, but because of risk to the citrus industry, the state has been aggressively monitoring and attempting to control the pest. Several alternatives to this treatment exist; including netting citrus trees and far less toxic treatments that organic growers have used successfully.
The three pesticides intended to be applied including Imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid, all are labeled by the manufacturer to be “highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops or weeds.” Dozens of independent studies on Imidacloprid, as well as other neonicotinoid pesticides, confirm impacts on bees and colony health including colony collapse disorder (CCD).
As many citrus trees are currently in bloom in the intended treatment area where local bees are foraging, an application of these insecticides poses an extremely high risk of poisoning, injuring, and potentially exterminating local honeybee colonies.
Last year, 18 beehives collapsed in nearby Montecito. Penn State University tested samples of the comb and honey which showed the presence of a number of pesticides.
“Honey bees across the country are being exposed to a great diversity and sometimes high levels of pesticides," Penn State senior extension associate Maryann Frazier said. "While the evidence associated with the Montecito die-off is not conclusive, the symptoms of colony deaths and detections of low levels of pesticides toxic to honey bees are suspicious and cause for concern.”
Just last week, Assemblyman Das Williams introduced a bill, AB 1789, that would set a timeline for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to determine whether the pesticide neonicotinoids are driving bee die-offs across the country. The Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association is sponsoring the bill.
CDFA will be sending notifications to homeowners within the treatment area, but will not be holding any public hearing. Residents DO have the option of requesting to opt out of treatment and should inquire further.
Honeybees are responsible for the pollination of at least 95 kinds of crops. Local beekeepers and supporters of beekeeping are highly committed to providing safe, healthy, and pesticide-free environments for honeybees, as well as other important pollinators.
“Honeybees and other pollinators are getting hit hard, but there are things we can do to reduce the threats to them,” SBBA President Paul Cronshaw said.
“These chemicals have been banned in the European Union, and it is only appropriate that their use be conditional on good scientific evidence,” said Todd Bebb of the Beekeepers Association.
Voluntary monitoring and treatments using less invasive and harmful methods by owners of citrus trees are encouraged.
Click here for a document about treatments published by the USDA. Click here for a document about ACP/HLB Facts and Identification published by the CDFA.
— Todd Bebb is vice president of the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association.
Employment Attorney Alex Craigie Opens Law Firm in Santa Barbara
After more than 13 years, Alex Craigie, a Santa Barbara resident and trial lawyer practicing employment law, has left Dykema Gossett PLLC, a leading national law firm, to start his own local practice — The Law Offices of Alex W. Craigie — in Santa Barbara to better address the needs of small businesses and employers.
Known for his innovative, cost-effective and, where necessary, highly aggressive approach to dispute advocacy, Craigie will use skills and experience he gained representing Fortune 50 companies in high-stakes lawsuits throughout the nation, to help smaller employers prevent, manage and resolve employment disputes.
Craigie holds an “AV” Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine and a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in the area of General Litigation by Los Angeles magazine. In addition, his law blog, AtCounselTable.com, was honored in the prestigious ABA Journal Blawg 100 for 2012 and 2013.
A recognized thought leader in employment law and trial practice, Craigie has been interviewed, quoted and published in various publications, including the Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Los Angeles Times, the California Lawyer, For the Defense, Employee Benefits News and Nonprofit World.
He recently contributed a chapter to the Aspatore publication "Strategies for Employment Discrimination Cases."
Craigie graduated with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and literature writing from UC San Diego. He then earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, where he was a member of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.
Google VP to Speak at UCSB About Role of Science in Future of Energy, Economy
We owe a lot to the Industrial Revolution. In addition to boosting the global economy and raising the standard of living, it ushered in a new era of manufacturing and innovation. At the heart of the revolution was the expansion of technologies used to make, refine and transport goods, and its lifeblood was fossil fuels, the source of energy that powered new machines and accelerated commerce.
Two centuries later, fossil fuels continue to be an energy source of choice for industrialized countries, but they are up against an ever-increasing fight against pollution and global warming. Debates rage between proponents of restricting the production and use of fossil fuels in the interest of the environment, and those who are concerned with how those restrictions could impact economic growth.
Google’s Arun Majumdar, however, contends that environmental sustainability and economic strength are not mutually exclusive. To a large extent, current projections don’t account for the growing ability of science and engineering-based research to launch a new industrial revolution, one that can create a sustainable energy future while keeping the economy strong.
In a talk titled “Energy & the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present & Future,” Majumdar will discuss, among other things, the variety of research opportunities and challenges in the areas of stationary power and transportation systems, which could enable the transition of our energy economy to a sustainable one.
Hosted by the UC Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency, Majumdar’s lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, March 10 at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion. It is free and open to the public; click here to register.
As Google’s vice president for energy, Majumdar’s oversees energy initiatives and advises the company on its broader energy strategy.
Prior to his position at Google, he served in the U.S. Department of Energy from 2009 to 2012. Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the founding director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy, Majumdar also held appointments as the acting undersecretary of energy and as a senior advisor to the secretary of energy.
Before joining the Department of Energy, Majumdar was the Almy and Agnes Maynard Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley and the associate laboratory director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
His research career includes the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices as well as large engineered systems. Majumdar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in 1985 and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1989.
Brian Burke: About Your Divorce (Letter 80) — How Cooking Grease Comes Into Play
Dear Nick and Dear Nora:
During a joint session, Rose and Paul frequently resorted to “high context” communication, which made parts of the conversation unintelligible to me. A “high context” communication is one that requires knowledge extrinsic to the immediate exchange in order to be understood.
Professional education is largely involved in teaching students a vocabulary that’s deep and different from common usage. This “jargon” creates a vernacular that allows its users to talk about specialized subjects for which ordinary language is inadequate. This is the “context” for a high context conversation.
However recondite the professional jargon is to the outsider, its mystery pales in comparison to the patois created during the life of a family. A family’s intimate interactions generate a context making possible the exchange of complex messages with an economy of word and gesture. These communications are clearly understood by members of the family but cryptic to everyone else.
The context for exchanges between Rose and Paul included facts specific to both her family of origin and Paul’s extended family of origin — which includes a woman (now a physician living in Santa Barbara) who has been Paul’s best friend since the first day of kindergarten and who is Paul’s father’s protégée. While Paul told me about Laura, what he left out made her more mysterious than when she was only a name used scornfully by Rose.
When asked about Rose’s family Paul said, “It starts with grease.”
That was the opening for an extended story, so he agreed to meet with me alone — and that’s where we begin …
“Grease. You said that Rose’s family begins with ‘grease.’ Is that some kind of a put-down?”
Paul clarified, “There have been people who have thought so and the joke turned out to be on them. Rose’s family is in the grease-reclamation business. It’s a huge industry where there is still an opportunity for small, smart and motivated operators, especially families, to make a lot of money.”
“What kind of grease?”
“Cooking grease, mostly from restaurants.”
“What do they do with it?”
“They scheme, maneuver and enter into hardball negotiations to get the rights to it. Then they collect it, transport it to one of their rendering facilities and sell it as biofuel.”
“Where does the grease come from?”
“I just told you — restaurants.”
“Oh, all over the southwest. They’ve been at it for 20 years and have a system. They analyze possible locations where they can convert an old, low-cost industrial facility into one that can render grease. Then, they study and survey the area to see if they can outbid competitors to get enough grease to justify the cost of the rendering plant. If so, the plant’s converted and tanker trucks are brought in along with everyone in Rose’s family who knows exactly what to say and do to get the grease.
“They have a great time doing it. Rose’s mom is pretty and funny, so she gets the contracts from guys who want to deal with an attractive woman. Rose’s dad and brothers are jocks. They all lettered in four sports, so they can talk to anyone about any sport, and they have — or can get — tickets to any sporting event. They are all ultra-competitive and love a contest — even a fight — so they love it when they have to go head-to-head with another company to get someone’s old grease. Rose’s brother Joe, a sweet guy who likes to go into bars and play piano, has a scar that runs through his right eyebrow in a way that makes him look like a killer. He has a convincing “enforcer” act, though he says he can’t stay in role for more than an hour.
“They are all characters. They’ve got a business that sounds gross, and they love it. It’s made and it’s keeping them rich, and they have a lot of fun running it."
I stated the obvious: “And you married into it.”
“I did. I told you, they were the exact opposites of my doctor-dad and my wise, do-good mom."
“And the perfect Laura?” I asked.
Paul replied, “Whoever said, ‘No one is perfect,’ didn’t grow up with someone like Laura. But even so, she can’t be all things to all people. She can’t be all things even to herself, so human perfection might be overrated.”
I asked, “How is Rose’s family taking the breakup?”
“Not well. In her way, Rose is to her parents and brothers what Laura is to my family. She’s a great package; I married her and then walked away as soon as she started the next generation.”
“Are they angry with you?”
“What do you think? Of course they’re angry with me. Very angry.”
“How do you know?”
“What if some guy married Laura and left her with a brand new baby? I’d be homicidal. So would my mom and dad — not to speak of hers. That’s one way I know. I also get direct reports from Rose. Rose lets me know verbatim what each has last said about me.”
“Is it bad?”
“It’s extreme, but it’s the way they all talk, lots of drama. If I’m in a certain mood — usually when I’m feeling guilty — it can be scary. It can also be funny. A couple of times Rose has told me about how her mom said this, and then her dad said that, and then Joe said another thing. Then, she and I realize at the same moment that they were being facetious, and she was so deep into her own stuff that she took them literally.
“This is a Bad Thing To Do in Rose’s family. You are supposed to know when they are being ironic, sarcastic or facetious; if you can’t tell one from the other, you don’t know what’s going on with them. Unlike my family, they have fun with language; actually, they often make fun of language. I like it, but you have to pay attention.”
“So when you and Rose realize that she’s gotten it wrong, what happens?”
"She laughs. I laugh. It’s a joke within a joke because I’m usually the one who has misunderstood her family and she’s the one to correct me — or I’ve had to ask her, ‘What are these people — your people — talking about?’”
“So then what happens — between you and Rose?"
“She remembers another reason for being angry with me.”
“Do you think she uses the divorce to put on a show for her family, and if she does, do you think they encourage her?”
Paul took time to think about the question. “The answer is yes to both questions,” he finally said.
During this conversation Paul described sufficient facts for him to form a theory about what was happening in his case. With a provisional “conjecture” in mind, he could test its accuracy by predicting the effect of a deliberate action. After taking that action, he could compare its real effect to the predicted effect and revise his model accordingly. “Reflective practice,” described in earlier letters, is the methodology I’m using for this mediation. Paul is beginning to use the same method in a private and individual setting. If he can exercise enough patience and objectivity, it will work very well for him, for Rose, for the baby and for everyone else in their families.
This conversation was the turning point in the mediation, so I‘ll use two or three letters to describe what was said, why it was important and how it will affect the unfolding of the case.
[John Colapinto’s extended article on the grease business appears in the Nov. 18, 2013, issue of The New Yorker.]
— Brian H. Burke is a certified family law specialist practicing family law and mediation in Santa Barbara. A researcher and educator in the field of divorce and family conflicts, he is also the creator of the Legal Road Map™. Click here for more information, call 805.965.2888 or e-mail email@example.com. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.
Crews Called to Structure Fire in Sycamore Canyon Area
Damage is contained to a home's unattached garage; Southern California Edison responds to repair downed power lines
Crews responded to a structure fire in the Sycamore Canyon area that broke out just after 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Crews from the Montecito, Santa Barbara City Fire departments responded to a call of structure fire at 651 Circle Drive at 12:35 p.m., according to Stu Pfister, a battalion chief for the Montecito Fire Department who was the first to arrive on scene.
A power line had been reported down in the area, and the unattached garage of a nearby home caught on fire.
The residents were home at the time and were trying to put the fire out with garden hoses when crews arrived, Pfister said.
No injuries resulted from the incident.
Pfister said the fire actually occurred in the City of Santa Barbara's jurisdiction, but both agencies were called out for a full structure fire response.
Seven engines responded to the scene as a result, but some were turned back as the fire was contained and command was transferred to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, he said.
Pfister said the fire was contained to the home's garage and wasn't sure about the dollar amount of damage done by the incident.
Tickets Now Available for Good Friday Breakfast with Keynote Speaker Gayle Beebe
Dr. Gayle Beebe, Westmont College’s eighth president, will be the keynote speaker at the 37th Annual Good Friday Breakfast on April 18, and tickets are now available.
The annual Good Friday Breakfast brought to the community by the Channel Islands YMCA since 1978 is a Christian outreach program, focusing on the significance of the death of Jesus Christ, is open to the public and will be held in the Ballroom at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort beginning at 7 a.m. with breakfast and will conclude by 8:50 a.m.
An active scholar, Beebe’s latest book is The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership (InterVarsity Press, 2011). He co-authored Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion with Richard Foster (InterVarsity Press, 2009), and spent five years working with Foster, Dallas Willard, Lynda Graybeal and Thomas Oden to produce the acclaimed Life with God Bible.
Beebe attended Westmont for a semester in 1980 while earning his bachelor’s degree at George Fox University in Oregon. He received master’s degrees in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, and in business administration in strategic management from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. He completed his doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University in 1997.
Prior to leading Spring Arbor University, he served as dean of the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University. Under his leadership, Spring Arbor was named a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report.
Beebe serves on the boards of Santa Barbara’s United Way, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Christian College Consortium. He and his wife, Pam, have three children.
Brian Gough, partner with Howell, Moore & Gough LLP and Channel Islands YMCA board member, will emcee, and music will be provided by Joyce Reed and Shalen Williams of Lewis Chapel.
Table sponsorships are still available: Gold, $1,000; Silver, $500 and Bronze, $300. Individual tickets are $40. Click here to purchase online or call 805.687.7720 x257.
— Tina Hernandez is the marketing and communications director for the Channel Islands YMCA.
‘UCSB Reads’ Author Timothy Egan to Conduct Live Online Interview and Chat
For the first time in “UCSB Reads” history, people outside the Santa Barbara area will have an opportunity to hear — and chat with — the program’s featured author.
From noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Timothy Egan will present a live online interview and discussion that can be viewed anywhere. All that’s required is an Internet connection.
“UCSB Reads” is an annual winter quarter event that brings the UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara communities together to read and talk about a common book. This year’s selection is Egan’s The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America.
To participate in the hourlong discussion, or simply to hear what Egan has to say, click here.
The first 20 minutes will feature John Majewski, professor of history at UCSB, conducting a brief interview with Egan. The remaining 40 minutes will be devoted to questions posed by the audience.
Individuals who want to ask Egan a question during the live broadcast must be signed into a Google account. It is recommended that participants sign in before the broadcast by selecting the blue “Sign In” button at the top right of the event page.
The online event follows a free lecture by Egan on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Campbell Hall. The lecture is one of several “UCSB Reads” events hosted by the library. Others have included panel discussions, exhibitions and film screenings.
Questions about the online interview and chat can be directed to Rebecca Metzger, assistant university librarian for outreach and academic collaboration, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information about UCSB Reads.
IHOPs Serving Free Pancakes to Benefit Cottage Children’s Hospital
IHOP restaurants in Santa Barbara County will be celebrating National Pancake Day this year on Tuesday (also Mardi Gras) by offering guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes throughout the day and night.
IHOP is partnering with the Children’s Miracle Network to encourage guests who enjoy free pancakes to make a donation to benefit Cottage Children’s Hospital in Santa Barbara.
Enjoy a short stack of pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday, and please remember to make a donation to help children fighting illness and injury.
IHOP restaurants in the southern Santa Barbara area are located at 1701 State St. in Santa Barbara, 4765 Calle Real in Santa Barbara (Goleta) and 1114 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria, Other restaurants are located at 212 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo and 202 Nicholson Ave. in Santa Maria.
The nonprofit Cottage Health System is the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.
— Maria Zate is the manager of marketing and public affairs for Cottage Health System.