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Thanks to SB Polo Club’s John Muse and Charles Ward, Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open on tap for TV, p.6



Montecito Fire to test emergency notification systems, by zone, on June 15, and residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for Aware & Prepare, the County’s local, real-time system for disseminating emergency messages and instruction (story on page 12)

Fresh Fitness

Getting in shape with wife-and-husband duo Martina Ritt and Bill Lindert, co-owners of Montecito Athletic Club, p.28

Black and White

Ruben and Robert Perez are the father-andson team behind both The Black Sheep and new Oveja Blanca, p.30

June Bloom

Among the market’s new listings are four houses from Chelham Way to Lilac Drive, priced from $1.695m to $5.495m, p.44



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Guest Editorial


Montecito Miscellany


Letters to the Editor

Bob Hazard spotlights the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, recipient Ashleigh Widstrup of San Marchos High, and what the organization means to Montecito SB Polo Club on TV; Rob Lowe to join Kelly Ripa?; Daniel Gibbings and Forevermark; author Jean Johns; Eric Schmidt’s phone; Montecitans visit Japan; SB Scholarship Foundation; Hands On! festival at Lobero; SB Strings benefit concert; 20 years for Village Properties; and Rick Bayless earns award Sharon Byrne on Christensen versus Williams; Larry Bond writes about Clintons; Dan Eidelson on 1st District Supervisor race; Michael Livingstone on Channel Drive campers; Bob Gale on dialing 9-1-1; Douglas Johnston sounds off about Salud Carbajal; Dudley Morris on Obamacare; Craig Smith reviews candidates; Ben Burned on patriotic quotes; Frank Hotchkiss crunches numbers; and Dick Thielscher counts the money

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Knit and crochet; poetry club; art at 10 West; Barbara Eberhart art opening; MUSC meeting; Walk & Roll; Skate Art show; Centering Prayer; June Gloom festival; Susan Branch at Tecolote; author Anton Hoffmann; Mission Treasures; Lake Cachuma lecture; Tea Dance; Plein Air & Beyond; MBAR meeting; MA Land Use; Cold Spring School Board; SBMM lecture; The New Yorker; Summer Tasting; Sedgwick Reserve; Family Movie Night; book party; MFPD chipping schedule; art classes; Adventuresome Aging; Cava entertainment; brain fitness; Story Time; Pilates; and farmers market

Photography: Spenser Bruce


Tide Guide

Handy chart to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach

12 Village Beat

Emergency Notification Test slated for June 15; dying trees around Montecito; update about power surge; new exhibit at Gallery Montecito; and author Jean Johns at Tecolote

14 Seen Around Town

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20 Meet The Teacher

Sigrid Toye sits down with Pam Herzog, Montecito Union School’s music teacher whose acclaimed chorus has a voice of its own

23 Your Westmont

Coach Jeff Azain joins the Court of Champions on June 5; and Kirsten Moore to coach U18 National Team

27 Association Agenda

Tom Schleck and Victoria Greene explore the environment of Montecito and vicinity while recommending steps to improve everybody’s well-being

28 Fitness Front

Karen Robiscoe takes a long look at the “fresh” Montecito Athletic Club and its co-owners, Martina Ritt and Bill Lindert; and a glimpse of Jane Frederick, heptathlon Olympian

30 Coming & Going

James Buckley catches up with father-son duo Ruben and Robert Perez – the brains behind Black Sheep and Oveja Blanca (“white sheep”) – tracing their roots from L.A. to Holland to Santa Barbara

32 On Entertainment

Steven Libowitz previews the Ojai Music Festival set for June 9-12; UCSB Gospel Choir celebrates 25th year; choir and chorale on June 12; Center for Successful Aging productions; SBIFF new showplace; and upcoming concerts

L U X U R Y C O N D O S in the heart of D OW N T OW N S A N TA B A R B A R A

38 Legal Advertising 39 Brilliant Thoughts

For Ashleigh Brilliant, love and marriage hasn’t always gone together like a horse and carriage; herein lies a tale of three marriages (and two divorces) to the same woman

41 Spirituality Matters

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Steven Libowitz details SB Consciousness Network’s “Conscious Entrepreneurs” mixers; An Evening of Sacred Poetry and Song; SB Dance Tribe event; Jim Dreaver presents workshop; and David Richo leads Retreat Day at La Casa de Maria

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42 Calendar of Events

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44 Real Estate

Just in time for June, Mark Hunt surveys the scene of new listings for properties on Chelham, La Vereda, Humphrey, and Lilac roads

45 Open House Guide 46 Classified Advertising


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Guest Editorial 


Peace of

by Bob Hazard Mr. Hazard is an Associate Editor of this paper and a former president of Birnam Wood Golf Club


Spreading The Wealth


n May 26, some 300 donors and friends of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara gathered together for their annual dinner to celebrate this year’s new record – the awarding of $8.74 million in private scholarship aid to 3,016 local students, without one penny of public funding. Since 1962, our Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 44,000 scholarships with a value of $99.3 million to students living between Carpinteria and Santa Maria.

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Under the leadership of Barrett O’Gorman, board chairman, and Candace Winkler, president and CEO, the Scholarship Foundation distributes 100% of every donor dollar. All staffing and administrative costs have been funded by generous support from the George and Dale Cavalletto Charities Foundation. With every donor dollar dedicated to direct aid, Charity Navigator, which evaluates and scores the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofits nationwide, has awarded the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, its highest rating for the last five years. Three of this year’s scholarship recipients spoke at the May 26 dinner. Here is just one of their stories:

Ashleigh Widstrup

This year, Ashleigh Widstrup graduates from San Marcos High School and heads to Durham, N.C., to attend Duke University to major in biochemistry. Her goal is to prepare herself for a life in medical research, seeking to prevent KFrank_MovingSale_MJ:Layout 1 5/26/16 2:36 PM Page 1 EDITORIAL Page 224

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Monte ito Miscellany by Richard Mineards

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Not Good for Business


s someone that has asked businesses to join the Chamber of Commerce in recent years, I am sorry to inform you that the chamber is making a disastrous endorsement in the primary election. They are endorsing Das Williams for county supervisor. I know that reads like a bad sci-fi story. But it’s true. I have problems with this, for obvious reasons, but I want to point out the ones that matter to your business: Das was a fierce proponent for the minimum-wage hike to $15. He received a 15% rating from the Cal State Chamber, meaning he voted against businesses 85% of the time. That marijuana dispensary our community just tried to fight off on Milpas? Brought to you courtesy of Mr. Williams’s tenure on city council. He zoned them into Milpas because he “saw demand for marijuana in this town,” and he wanted to “answer that demand.” He supported several measures that

increased the cost of doing business in California. He killed a bill that would have made it easier to repair California roads and said we needed to raise taxes instead. The chamber believes he will somehow make widening the 101 Freeway a priority, and not demand a tax increase to do so. The process. The chamber hosted a lunch debate recently for Das Williams and Jennifer Christensen. Four chamber leaders then gathered as a subcommittee and recommended endorsing Das. They said they put it to a board vote, and decided to make the endorsement. I am having a hard time believing that guys like Earl Armstrong would sign off on this. The chamber has not yet publicly announced this endorsement, though it’s already up on Williams’s website [since removed, we believe – J.B.]. I have urged them to withdraw, and instead take a neutral position in the county supervisor race. Work with whomever is elected. But do not get behind some-

one that is so solidly anti-business and anti-small business in particular. Here’s what you can do to prevent this endorsement from being made: Email the chamber, and let them know that you don’t support this decision and you won’t be renewing your membership if they proceed to announce this endorsement. Cancel your existing membership and ask for a refund of your existing membership because of this endorsement. Encourage them to take a neutral position. Question why they didn’t go for the more fiscally prudent candidate, Jennifer Christensen. Sharon Byrne Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Ms Byrne is Ms Christensen’s campaign manager.)

The Clintons on Trial

Is it possible that the mainstream media (MSM), known heretofore as Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC, have decided that to continue covering for her would whittle away at what little credibility they have left? I have noticed of late a change in the tenor of articles featuring her. Whereas in the past, the MSM has rigidly adhered to referencing Ms Clinton in only glowing terms, without the slightest trace

of criticism, now I notice terms such as “looking weak” and “crooked” being applied to her. I’m wondering whether this is the beginning of a conscientious switch of political allegiance on the MSM’s part. This ill-tempered, violent, loudmouth, hateful, and abusive woman wants to be our next president and have total control as commander-in-chief of our military, the very military for which she has shown incredible disdain throughout her public life. Remember her most vile comment about Benghazi: “What difference at this point does it make?” Now it will be clear why the crew of “Marine One” helicopter nicknamed the craft “Broomstick One.” Let’s just look at her judgment by bringing her husband to help her campaign. This act alone should convince anyone with even half their marbles that this was just about the dumbest thing she could have done as – she’s got enough baggage to sink a battleship – her husband is the epitome of a chronic adulterer. The list of women and/or interns he groped, probed, and prodded is available in the public record, so I won’t list them all here. She can probably lie and laugh her way out of Bill’s escapades, but the one thing she must be absolutely dreading

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This Week in and around Montecito

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Art Opening Santa Barbara’s Divine Inspiration Gallery presents Barbara Eberhart’s “Within” during the monthly First Thursday Art Walk. When: 5 to 8 pm Where: 1528 State Street Info: 962-6444

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Knitting and Crocheting Circle Fiber art crafts drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. Must have some manual dexterity for crochet and knitting. When: 2 to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Poetry Club Each month, discuss the life and work of a different poet; poets selected by group consensus and interest. New members welcome. Today: Kay Ryan. When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 MUS Scoping Meeting Montecito Union School hosts a scoping meeting to discuss the Environmental Impact Report being utilized for improvements to the school. When: 6 pm Where: MUS, 385 San Ysidro Road Info: FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Walk & Roll Montecito Union School students, teachers, and parents walk or ride to school, rather than drive. When: 8 am Where: Via Vai, Ennisbrook, and Casa Dorinda trailhead Info: 969-3249 SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Centering Prayer Practice Retreat A mini-retreat day for Centering Prayer practice. There will be meditation walks, journaling, reflection, and prayer exercise. Let by Sr. Suzanne

Dunn, Jeannette Love, and Annette Colbert. Beginners welcome. When: 9:30 am to 1 pm Where: La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road Cost: donation Info: 969-5031 June Gloom Fest Porch on Padaro Lane hosts June Gloom Fest, which includes a handlettering workshop with Joya Rose, book signing and meet and greet with authors Brooke and Steven Giannetti and Pascale Beale, live music, demonstrations, coffee, and sweet treats! When: 10 am to 4 pm Where: 3823 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria Info: 684-0300 Book Signing at Tecolote Susan Branch will sign her new book, Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams. Branch is the beloved author of many bestselling books, each hand-written and watercolored, filled with quotes, recipes, tips, stories, and personal mementoes. When: 1 pm Where: Tecolote Book Shop, 1470 E. Valley Road Info: 969-4977 SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Relationship Lecture Local author Anton Hoffmann discusses his book, Fraternal Fracture: An History of Troubled Gender Relationships with a Solution. When: 9 am Where: El Montecito Presbyterian, 1455 East Valley Road Mission Treasures A tour to learn about the Mission’s

architecture, artwork, and some of its greatest treasures in areas not normally open to the public. All proceeds support the Mission and SB ArchiveLibrary. When: 12:30 to 2 pm Where: 2201 Laguna Street Cost: $20 per person; no children under 12 Lecture at Lake Cachuma An entertaining and interesting presentation on biting and stinging insects will be presented by David Chang, general manager of the Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County, and hosted by Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake. Come and learn about ticks, mosquitoes, bees and wasps; how to identify them; and how to avoid getting bit or stung. When: 2 to 4 pm; meet & greet and refreshments to follow lecture Where: 2265 Hwy. 154 Cost: lecture is free; parking is $10 at the gate Info: 693-0691 Tea Dance The Santa Barbara Ballroom Tea Dance is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Carrillo Rec Center. No partner necessary, but if you can find one bring him or her along! When: 2 to 5 pm Where: 100 E. Carrillo Street Info: 897-2519 Cost: free Plein Air & Beyond The historic Casa del Herrero opens its doors and welcomes the community to their Plein Air and Beyond art celebration and sale. Sixteen of the

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Santa Barbara area’s finest artists will offer guests the opportunity to appreciate and purchase their personal interpretations of the Casa and other local subjects. Advance tickets are required for this special one-day-only al fresco art exhibit and sale. Guests will enjoy the artwork, along with delicious food provided by chef Jessica Knight’s Three Girls Catering, wines poured by Zaca Mesa, a signature cocktail created by St. Germain, and live music by acclaimed folk/flamenco guitarist Chris Fossek, all while leisurely taking in the Casa and its beautiful estate and gardens.  When: 4 to 7 pm Where: 1387 East Valley Road Cost: $175 per person, $150 for members Info & RSVP: 565-5653 MONDAY, JUNE 6 MBAR Meeting Montecito Board of Architectural Review seeks to ensure that new projects are harmonious with the unique physical characteristics and character of Montecito. When: 3 pm Where: County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu TUESDAY, JUNE 7 Montecito Association Land Use Committee The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of Montecito; today the Land Use Committee meets to discuss upcoming projects. When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Special Cold Spring School Board Meeting A hearing to discuss next year’s budget. When: 5 pm Where: 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road Info: 969-2678

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9 Knitting and Crocheting Circle Fiber art crafts drop-in and meet-up for all ages at Montecito Library. Must have some manual dexterity for crochet and knitting. When: 2 to 3:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Lecture at SBMM Author Henry Kreuter utilizes remarkable archival photos and firsthand accounts to tell the story of the 1944 invasion at Normandy that prompted Hitler to destroy Paris. When: 7 pm; members-only reception at 6:15 pm Where: Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way Cost: free for members; $10 for non-members Info: Discussion Group A group gathers to discuss The New Yorker. When: 7:30 to 9:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road FRIDAY, JUNE 10 Summer Tasting Series The ocean-front terrace and lush gardens of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara create a perfect setting for a summer tasting series. On select Friday afternoons throughout the summer, taste Patron tequila, rosé wines, local microbrews, and flights of our region’s signature varietal, Pinot Noir. When: 6 pm Where: 1260 Channel Drive Cost: $49-$79 Info: 565-8232 Family Movie Night Montecito Country Mart kicks off summer series of outdoor movies with The Wizard of Oz. When: 6 pm Where: 1016 Coast Village Road Info: SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Book Party Kendall Conrad hosts a book party for Everybody Behaves Badly, by Lesley Blume. When: 5 to 7 pm Where: Kendall Conrad at Montecito Country Mart, 1016 Coast Village Road ONGOING Montecito Fire Protection District’s Fire Prevention Chipping Schedule Week of June 6: West Mountain, 2 – 9 June 2016

Coyote, and Banana Vines, grass, palms, succulents, and other small trimmings can be put in dumpsters that have been donated by MarBorg Industries. The dumpsters are placed at pre-identified locations within the participating neighborhoods during the week of the project. Participants are asked to stack larger shrub and tree limb materials at the edge of the nearest passable access road for free chipping. For more information, call 565-8018.

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MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS Art Classes Beginning and advanced, all ages and by appointment – just call. Where: Portico Gallery, 1235 Coast Village Road Info: 695-8850

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MONDAYS Connections Brain Fitness Program Challenging games, puzzles, and memory-enhancement exercises in a friendly environment. When: 10 am to 2 pm Where: Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane Cost: $50, includes lunch Info: 969-0859 TUESDAYS Story Time at the Library A wonderful way to introduce children to the library, and for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills; each week, children ages three to five enjoy stories, songs, puppets, and fun at Story Time. When: 10:30 to 11 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 THURSDAYS Simpatico Pilates Buff Bones Join Neela Hutton, Buff Bones instructor for a medically endorsed workout that combines therapeutic exercise, Pilates, functional movement, and strength training. All levels are welcome. First class free. When: 8:30 to 9:30 am Where: 1235 Coast Village Road, Suite I (upstairs) Info & Reservations: 8 05-565-7591

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Save the Date for Emergency Notification Test


n Wednesday, June 15, Montecito Fire Protection District (MFPD) in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, will conduct a test of the emergency notification methods utilized by MFPD. The test, which begins at 10 am, will include all the methods currently utilized to notify the community during an emergency: “Aware & Prepare,” the Hearo emergency broadcast radio, and social networking sites. “This is a great time for residents to review their notification systems, and, if necessary, to register for emergency alerts,” said MFPD communications coordinator Jackie Jenkins. The newest emergency notification system, Aware & Prepare, was launched in Santa Barbara County earlier this year and aims to keep residents, staff, and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements. The system will be used to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods, and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages are sent to residents on their preferred contact path, including cell phone, SMS (text message), home phone, email, fax, pager, and others. Messages will describe the emergency and what actions community members should take. “The system ensures real-time access to potentially lifesaving information,” Jenkins said. Residents listed in the Santa Barbara County 911 database have already been automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but Aware & Prepare allows citizens to self-register, provide additional contact information, or opt out. “I strongly encourage every resident to register,” Jenkins said, adding, “it’s easy and takes just a few minutes.” Jenkins took us through the process of registering during a visit to Fire Station 1 last week and explained that Aware & Prepare is a different system from NIXLE, which is the former notification system used by the District. Aware & Prepare will eventually become the primary method of alerting the community to emergencies and important events. The system is location-based, and users can choose multiple locations from which to receive alerts. “If your fami-


ly members live in one ZIP code, and you live in another, you can set your alerts to receive notifications if there is an emergency in their area,” Jenkins explained. “It gives peace of mind.” Visit to register. Also being tested on June 15: the Hearo emergency broadcast radio, a desktop radio many residents and business owners have purchased from the District. When activated by MFPD personnel, a loud, audible alert tone will sound from the radio, followed by scrolling text with instructions on how to respond to the emergency. The system utilizes FM frequencies to distribute the notifications via the Hearo Network through a partnership established with KDB Radio, FM 93.7. The radios are programmed with the associated address that corresponds with pre-identified evacuation zones within the District. During an actual emergency, the Reverse 911 and Hearo Radios will only be activated for zones immediately affected by or adjacent to an emergency incident. To obtain a Hearo emergency warning radio receiver, please contact Jenkins at 565-8010. During emergencies, MFPD will also utilize Facebook, Twitter, and the District’s website, which are accessible by computer or smart phone. The June 15 notification test will be conducted using pre-identified evacuation zones. See attached map or go to trict-map. The schedule is as follows: 10 am to 11:30 am, Zones 1, 2, 3: From the Western Montecito District Boundary along Gibraltar and El Cielito Rd. to Hot Springs Rd., North of Hwy. 192. 11 am to 1 pm: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7: From Hot Springs Rd., to the Eastern Montecito District Boundary, along Ladera Ln., North of Hwy. 192. 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Zones 8, 9, 10: From the Western Montecito District Boundary along Sycamore Canyon Rd. to San Ysidro Rd., south of Hwy.192, and north of Hwy. 101. 2:30 pm to 4 pm, Zones 11, 14, 15: San Ysidro Rd. to Ortega Ridge Rd., between Hwy. 192 and Hwy. 101 (Zone 11) and Olive Mill Rd. to the Eastern Montecito Boundary along Fernald Point Ln., South of Hwy. 101 (Zones 14, 15). 4 pm to 5:30 pm, Zones 12, 13: Western Montecito District Boundary

to Olive Mill Rd., South of Hwy. 101. After the test, MFPD residents are encouraged to complete a survey online: MFDNotifications. For more information, visit www.

Dead Trees in Montecito

Also happening at Montecito Fire Protection District: the battle to combat stressed and dying trees in our area. Fire personnel say they are aware that more trees are showing signs of severe stress due to the continuing drought. The diminishing ground moisture, and in some cases completely dried soil conditions, have weakened the defense systems of native oaks and ornamental pines, and even the hardiest of the tree specimens, including eucalyptus trees, are starting to die, according to wild land fire specialist Kerry Kellogg. Kellogg explains that moisture stress causes trees to be attacked and killed by native insects or diseases, because they lose their ability to produce sufficient sap to ward off these attacks. Even if we get more rain in the coming year, or residents water their trees, drought-related tree mortality is known to continue beyond the end of a drought because precipitation benefits are not immediate. “It will take time for trees to recover and for the invasive beetle populations to decline,” Kellogg explained. Beyond the visible changes to Montecito’s aesthetics, dead and weakened trees are a major concern for fire personnel, as it is hard to predict how a tree will fall once it comes down. “A dead tree may continue to stand for several years, but eventually it will come down,” Kellogg said. Property owners are encouraged to assess the trees they own for tree health, and address the liability of having a drought-killed tree on their property. In California, it is assumed that the liability is the responsibility of the homeowner, Kellogg explained. The District is especially concerned with dead and weakened trees that will fall directly onto roadways and into power lines. Trees and falling branches that come in contact with power lines have the potential to start vegetation fires or cause power surges, as we saw happen in April. Southern California Edison (SCE) can and will help, and residents should contact SCE if they see dead or dying trees on their property with the potential to make contact with power lines. Dead standing trees also provide opportunities for the spread of fire by casting embers into the community. In addition, dead, weakened trees and large limbs have the potential to come down during periods of high winds

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Dead trees are the norm throughout Montecito thanks to years of below-average rainfall and a continued drought

creating safety and access issues. MFPD reps are asking residents to examine their landscape for drought-related die off and come up with a plan to remove dead trees and vegetation. “We understand that a large tree removal is both complex and costly,” Kellogg said. “The cost of removing tree can go up if the tree is allowed to continue to rot and become unstable. We are available to help assist in developing a plan for removal.” MFPD recently sent out an “Annual Fire Hazard Abatement Notice” in the mail. In the mailer are Montecito Fire Protection Defensible Space Requirements, which should be completed by this week. Fire District Staff will now start the process of individual property inspections for compliance to Defensible Space Requirements. As a result of the ongoing tree mortality in Montecito, the Fire District has developed the following criteria for evaluating dead trees and the need for their removal: any dead tree that is located within the required 100-foot defensible space shall be removed; any dead tree that will compromise access/egress for both the public and first responders shall be removed; any tree that will compromise community infrastructure (utility lines, water systems, transportation routes) must be removed; any dead trees located in an established Fuel Treatment Network need to be evaluated for removal; all dead trees located within High Fire Severity Zones need to be evaluated as a potential fire threat to the community. Fire District Prevention staff is available to meet with property owners to evaluate dead trees and help residents develop a plan for removal. For more information, call 969-7762.

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OW! Old Spanish Days held a monumental La Primavera party at Rancho Dos Pueblos north of town on the Gaviota Coast at a private beach. It was perfect to showcase El Presidente. J. C. Gordon’s theme: Santa Barbara – the Coastal Frontier, near where Juan Cabrillo anchored in 1542 and Portal camped on the creek in 1769. At one

time, there were two Chumash villages above the beach; hence the name Dos Pueblos. A sold-out crowd of three hundred costumed in fiesta finery boarded buses to head to the Ranch. They were greeted at the “barn” by soldados doing a drum roll for their entrance and a glass of sangria. Then a walk on the red carpet to two horse-drawn car-

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riages from the Carriage Museum for a ride to the beach. There was also a small lake where a group of Chumash were rowing their tomol (boat) to shore and were greeted by the Spanish – a meeting of the two cultures. And so the event began. The receiving line included El Presidente, his wife Jamie and two daughters Avianna and Olivia, the Spirit of Fiesta Alexis Simentales and Jr. Spirit Sarah Naretto who later danced for us. It was their first official performance of the year. A silent auction of plein-air paintings depicting various scenes around the Ranch were on display. Artist Jeremy Harper who painted the scene for this year’s Old Spanish Days poster was introduced, and the painting unveiled to a threegun salute. It shows a long-ago scene of Santa Barbara from the water with just the Mission in the distance. Guests enjoyed the sunset with cocktails, wine, and bites and also the unveiling of this year’s Fiesta pins. The sit-down three-course dinner


magically appeared. I’m still not sure where the “kitchen” was. The VIP tables had wrought-iron candelabras with driftwood intertwined. Mayor Helene Schneider spoke, “I want to honor and respect the Chumash elders and family members who are here today.” Also speaking was the Spanish consul general of Los Angeles, Francisco Javier Vallaure de Acha, who loves the United States so much, he’s going to retire here instead of Spain. El Presidente reminded us,

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sands of dollars in electrical damage to appliances. Several residents told us their appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, TVs, washing machines, dryers, and others were no longer functional after the surge. At that time, First District supervisor Salud Carbajal sent a letter directly to Edison’s president, Pedro Pizarro, who responded last week that a plan is in place to lessen the impact of similar events in the future. “Our investigation determined that the outage was due to high winds in the area that damaged trees and caused debris to contact and break one of our 16kV lines,” Pizarro wrote. “The broken 16kV lines fell into two phases of our 4kV lines, momentarily energizing the 4kV lines to 16,000 volts and escalating home voltages from 120 volts (the normal voltage) to upward of 480 volts. This momentary, yet significant, increase in voltage led to damages in certain residents’ homes.” Following the investigation, Pizarro said SCE reps have met with Santa Barbara County Fire Department personnel to discuss a plan for line clearing and more aggressive tree maintenance in specific areas. SCE will dedicate a “sizable budget” to this work, Pizarro said. Residents should expect to see more SCE crews and more street closures in the coming months, and Pizarro asks for the community’s support and patience. “You have my commitment that our SCE team will continue to work with the Montecito community and the County of Santa Barbara to accomplish our efforts for more aggressive tree maintenance,” Pizarro said. In addition, each homeowner who filed a damage claim as a result of the outage should expect to be contacted by SCE. To file a claim, visit www.sce. com/claims.

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On May 20, Santa Barbara author Jean Johns was at Tecolote Book Shop in the upper village signing her new book, The Woman I Am. “The book is a poetic autobiography that gives readers an inside view of the author’s revolution from a fearful teenage virgin bride to a resilient, sometimes raunchy world traveler,” Johns tells us. “In it, I share my life lessons with the lightest touch and great humor – letting readers live through my experience of world events such as WW2, JFK’s death, 9/11, and Y2K, as well as my own personal journey as wife, mother, recovered alcoholic, and survivor.” The book is available at Tecolote; for more information, visit www.jean •MJ


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Montecito actor Rob Lowe is in contention as the new co-host with Kelly Ripa on the ABC morning show, I hear. Longtime co-host and former football player Michael Strahan, who replaced veteran Regis Philbin, has joined the team at the network’s early show Good Morning America and currently guest hosts are filling in until a permanent co-host is found. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, ABC executives have spoken to Rob’s reps about the lucrative gig.

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He was reportedly also in the running for the job four years ago when Philbin left the program, but he was busy with his NBC series Parks & Recreation. But Rob’s newest show Fox’s The Grinder, in which he co-starred with Fred Savage, recently got axed after just one season, leaving him perfectly placed for the co-anchor spot with Ripa. A rep for Rob says: “No comment at this time.” Stay tuned. Daniel’s Diamonds

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Montecito bling king Daniel Gibbings is a man of many facets. South African Daniel, whose bijou emporium is on Coast Village Road, a tiara’s toss from Tre Lune, has been chosen by the diamond giant, De Beers, to be one of just 200 purveyors in the U.S. to carry the company’s Forevermark diamonds, the cream of the jewelry crop mined in South Africa and Canada. Less than one percent of the diamonds mined are designated as of Forevermark standard. “We have been working on this deal for two years now, and it is quite an honor to get this kind of designation, particularly from a company like De Beers, who have a long and illustrious history,” Daniel told me at a 133-guest celebratory bash with Santa Barbara Magazine at the Montecito home of 71-year-old Australian author Rhonda Byrne, who has penned two multi-million best sellers, The Secret and The Power. The six-bedroom, three-acre property, with interior design by Santa Barbara’s Mark Weaver, which is just a short distance from the former estate of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas and his now ex-wife,

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aiting patiently at a table for my rushed arrival for tea at the Coffee Bean was Pam Herzog, Montecito Union School’s (MUS) music teacher par excellence. We met on a weekend... during her free time. I was soon to learn that offering her “free time” to others was not a foreign concept to Pam, despite her fulltime teaching position at MUS and an assortment of volunteer obli-

gations in and out of school over the years. How many of us have had the pleasure of listening to the joyful sounds of the Montecito Union School’s chorus under Pam’s direction? Most likely, thousands. “The Montecito Union Chorus is considered the highest performance level our school has to offer,” Pam proudly proclaims. “These children,”

she notes, “come to school over an hour early each day for practice and rehearsals. It’s become our number-one outreach program, not only for parents and friends, but on holidays in and around Santa Barbara.” Add to that, Rotary meetings, retirement homes, Disneyland for performances, and collaborations with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Education Outreach Foundation, and Lobero Theatre. “It’s an all-volunteer group of kids and when I think of the commitment these fifth- and sixth-graders are making, I’m continually astounded,” she says. She neglects to say who else makes this commitment of time: as director and producer, fostering cohesiveness while working long hours before and after school, is Pam. What a stroke of good fortune that she ended up in our community. A small-town girl, Pam grew up in Minnesota the eldest of four children. When asked how she developed an interest in music, she had to admit that it didn’t come from her immediate family, though it was her mother who introduced Pam to music lessons. “I have to admit that my mom’s motive was not the love of music,” she says with a chuckle. “She just thought piano lessons might be a wonderful opportunity for us to do something together, a mother/daughter bonding


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experience. She found a piano teacher to teach us both at the same time. Funny how that ended up, though,” Pam mused, “Soon after our lessons began, I developed a love for the piano and improved so quickly that it surprised us both. My mom came to the realization that I had talent and was truly inspired by both the lessons and the teacher. She encouraged me to continue... alone.” Pam’s inspirational teacher was Gloria Lien, whose own passion for music was contagious. “With her guidance, I experienced both the power of music and the impact of inspired teaching. She became my mentor as well as my teacher and introduced me to all forms of musical genres, from classical to jazz to musical theatre. I stayed with her through high school, a huge influence in my life.” Pam adds that music was highly encouraged in the Minnesota schools and served as a support system for her and eventually her siblings. With the encouragement of her parents, Pam learned to play the flute, was a member of various choirs and bands, and entered music competitions throughout her growing-up years. “When I think of all the piano lessons, recitals, choir and band performances my parents attended and paid for, it boggles my mind! I now understand,” she says, “the sacrifices that parents make for their kids.” Pam knew early in high school that she would pursue some form of music as a career. Her acceptance at Westmont College as a piano performance major was her introduction to the Santa Barbara area. The warmth of the California sun apparently encouraged the musical seeds sown by her mentor teacher to blossom. Pam immersed herself in performance skills, was introduced to jazz, which further opened doors musically; she played piano in a jazz band. In her off hours, she worked as accompanist for both voice and choir as a source of extra income. Despite the joy of performing and immersing herself in her musical studies, Pam decided to re-evaluate the direction of her major. “After spending the thousands of hours of practice that I needed to graduate as a performance major, I decided that I didn’t want to be stuck in a practice room for the rest of my life,” she admits, “so I chose to refocus my energies on becoming a teacher and finished college with a California teaching credential in music.”

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At that point, another mentor appeared, someone who also happened to share the same first name. Pam McLendon, music educator at Montecito Union at the time, also 2 – 9 June 2016

taught a Music for Children class at Westmont. McLendon introduced Pam Herzog to music education and the steps needed to develop a music program. She recommended Pam to Dr. Art Fisher, principal and superintendent of Cold Spring School, who was looking for a credentialed teacher to build a music education program. Pam was perfect for the position and accepted his offer right away. Dr. Bryan McCabe took over after Art retired and Pam continued to flourish, as did her music program, complete with a student choir and band. “Other than the creative elements of establishing a music program from the ground floor up, the most gratifying part of the job was the opportunity to get to know all the children intimately, grades K through six,” Pam says, adding, “And I’m grateful to both Art and Bryan for allowing me full creative reign.” Additionally, with McLendon, a musical performance partnership was formed: the Spring Festival, combining the choirs of both schools as a concert for the community. “It was because of McLendon’s guidance that I was able to grow professionally. We continued to collaborate on resources for materials and curriculum, until her retirement four years ago.” After 20 years at Cold Spring, an offer from Montecito Union School gave Pam the opportunity to join the MUS faculty. It was an easy transition to continue the music program at MUS, while also benefiting from a collaboration with musical colleague Rachael Clark and current music teacher Ron Zecher. In addition to offering electives such as orchestra, band, and two choirs for fourth through sixth grades, students receive instruction in music throughout the school day. Classes in music appreciation, theory, movement, and learning a string instrument are also provided. This comprehensive curriculum is further enhanced with the artist-in-residency program, and a sixth-grade musical. Montecito Union School students and their parents, along with those of us in the Santa Barbara community, have certainly benefited from Pam’s innovative and extensive music and outreach programs. As the sunlight began to diminish and our chat over tea at the Coffee Bean drew to a close, Pam summarized her feelings. “Music is my passion and a way for me to give back. It’s an outlet for me to honor my parents, my inspirational piano teacher, my music teachers, and those who were my mentors and guides along the way.” It was a lovely tribute with which to accompany a flavorful cup of afternoon tea with Pam Herzog, music teacher extraordinaire. •MJ


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The Message for Montecito

Montecito has a unique heritage of philanthropy and volunteer public service. We are among the fortunate few, privileged to live here. According to statistics, 98% of our residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school; 70% have a college degree; and 33% have a post-graduate or professional degree. This community understands and appreciates the value of a higher education and its correlation to greater civil engagement, increased self-sufficiency, and a host of other positive outcomes. We accept a personal responsibility to donate our time and treasure to community causes. Higher education is expensive. Take a minute or two to remember the cost of your own education. Did your parents pay the bill? Did you work and contribute to your education funding? Did your community and your school work together to provide scholarship aid opportunities and individual financial counseling on how to finance your education? Candace Winkler sees it this way: “The whole purpose of education,” she says, “is to turn mirrors into windows by replacing our vision of ourselves with a view of the world around us.” Ms Winkler’s call for support reminds us all that education is the place where real change can happen and community begins.  •MJ

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is Trump bringing up Bill’s association with convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and the reported 12 or more visits he made on Jeff’s private plane known as The Lolita Express to Jeff’s private island known as Pedophile Island. Trump might also want her to explain how Mr. Epstein had 21 ways to contact her husband via phone numbers, e-mail, et cetera. Anyone interested in more of the gory details on this can find them by browsing Just to keep things equal with the line of questioning at the Republican debate, Rush Limbaugh suggests that the first question that should be asked of Hillary Clinton at a Democrat debate should be: “Mrs. Clinton, let me mention seven names; Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, Beth Dozoretz, Denise Rich. Now, tell us: how can you look at anyone with a straight face and talk to them about ‘family values,’ when it apparently ‘takes a village’ to satisfy your husband?” And now as it appears more and more likely that she will be indicted, the speculation on the Internet is to whether she will be in enough time so that Obama can issue her a pardon, and who will replace her? Will it be Biden and Warren? or Bernie and ??? Larry Bond Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: I’ve seen this scenario play out in a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey in 2002: when freshman senator Robert Torricelli, the Democrat candidate, appeared to be a loser to his Republican challenger due to pending corruption charges, the New Jersey Democrat Party pulled Torricelli from the race – barely a month before the election – and replaced him with retired senator Frank Lautenberg, who then went on to win the seat. The fear around here is that if Ms Clinton’s chances of success seriously deteriorate, she will indeed not only be indicted, but also replaced on the ballot with Joe Biden and either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren as his VP. With just a short time before Election Day at that

point, there wouldn’t be time for Biden to be fully vetted and he would likely go on to victory, just as Lautenberg did. We Trump supporters hope Hillary’s poll numbers hold up until at least the beginning of October, at which time it will probably be too late for the DNC (Democrat National Committee) to do anything to change the outcome. – J.B.)

Politician Versus Professional

When deciding who to vote for in the race for First District Supervisor, I want someone qualified and capable with the skills and knowledge for this job. I want someone in it for the long term. This election, there is a very clear choice. When I look at Das Williams, I see someone who went to an environmental school and claims to be an environmentalist, yet floods my mailbox with glossy paper flyers. I see someone that is clearly a professional politician, as he is running for State Senate 2020 while also running for supervisor. He’s already got his next career move planned. I see someone that thinks “balanced budgets” means you just ignore mounting liabilities, [such as] pensions and road maintenance, and kick them to the next seat holder to deal with. I see someone that can’t possibly negotiate with our public employee unions because they have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaigns. When I look at Jennifer Christensen, I see someone that’s very bright, with an MBA and a law degree from USC, someone who put herself through school and paid off her student loans. I see someone with 15 years of county law and finance experience and that understands the budget better than any supervisor. She actually prepared the budgets the supervisors review. She knows every financial decision that has been made at the county level, and the adverse impacts of the poorer ones. She manages $1 billion

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Your Westmont 

by Scott Craig (photo by Brad Elliott) Scott Craig is manager of media relations at Westmont College

serves as the associate director of Warrior Sports Associates, coordinating fundraising activities. He is also a vital link between the athletic department and its corporate sponsors.

Azain to Join SB Court of Champions

Moore Named as Basketball U18 Court Coach

eff Azain, Westmont men’s basketball assistant coach, will be inducted into the Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions along with 11 others Sunday, June 5, at 6 pm at the Cabrillo Arts Pavillion, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Tickets, which cost $60 for general admission, $30 for kids under 12, and $75 at the door, may be purchased at www.santabarbarabas Jamaal Wilkes, NBA Hall of Famer, will also be in attendance signing his new book, Memoirs of the Original Smooth as Silk. Azain, celebrating 25 years as assistant coach at Westmont, has contributed to the Warriors having only one losing season, and 14 seasons with more than 20 wins. Azain transferred from Cal State Northridge to Westmont in 1983, playing on two Warrior teams that advanced to the NAIA national tournament, including the Final Four team of 1984. He set Westmont’s all-time record for season field-goal percentage in the 1984-85 campaign,

USA Basketball has tabbed Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore to be one of two court coaches for the USA Women’s Basketball U18 National Team Trials. Moore, serving alongside Temple University coach Tonya Cardoza, will coach 30 athletes May 28-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Participants will compete for 12 roster spots on the USA U18 National Team, which will play in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women, July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile. “It is an absolute honor to be named a court coach for USA basketball,” Moore says. “To wear the letters U-S-A across my chest while representing our country is honestly something I dreamed of growing up. I am grateful and excited to play a role in growing and developing young basketball players to represent this great country on a national stage.” The court coaches were selected by the USA Women’s Junior National


shooting .676 from the field. He was a captain on the 1985-86 squad and was named the recipient of the Tom Byron Most Inspirational Player Award. “Jeff is a Warrior, tried and true. The stability he brings to our program has been key to our success,” says John Moore, Westmont head men’s basketball coach and Court of Champions emcee. “I don’t think there are a lot of programs where if the head coach had to step away, there wouldn’t be a drop-off at all. And I think that in our case that would certainly be the circumstance. I have an incredible amount of faith in Jeff, and the players have great confidence in him.” He is a member of local high school San Marcos’ Athletic Hall of Fame, where he earned All-CIF honors and played on a team that advanced to the 1981 CIF final game. In May 2009, Azain was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame. Besides his coaching duties, Azain

Kirsten Moore has won more than 70 percent of her games over 11 seasons

Team Committee consisting of Jim Foster (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt), Lindsay Gottlieb (California), Joi Williams (formerly of Central Florida), and athlete representative Kara Lawson Barling, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist. In 11 seasons at Westmont, Moore has accumulated a record of 249-99 (.716) and has made nine trips to the NAIA National Championships. In 2013, Moore guided the Warriors to their first NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship and was named NAIA Coach of the Year. Last season, Westmont (29-4, 15-1 GSAC) won both the GSAC regular season and tournament championship, and Moore was named the GSAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the fourth time. •MJ

Montecito Union School to Move Forward with Critical Safety Improvements Delays Action on Possible Bond to 2018 Election At Wednesday’s Special Board meeting the Montecito Union School Board of Trustees discussed the school’s urgent need to address life, health and safety needs, and voted to proceed with addressing the most critical safety issue to the school and the greater community: improving the roadway access and the pick-up and drop-off along San Ysidro Road. “This is a big step forward,” said Board President Mary Kirkhart. “After listening to the compelling urgency to protect our students and the public, the Board determined that this issue really cannot wait, and must be addressed now.” “Every day, traffic along San Ysidro Road backs up during drop-off and pick-up, which not only puts school children at risk, but can cause delays to first responders and inconvenience to the public,” stated Superintendent Tammy Murphy. The Board has added additional crossing guards and approved funds for additional service from the California Highway Patrol to address these safety issues on a temporary basis. The estimated cost of the roadway and traffic safety improvements is projected at $2.5 million. The Board directed staff to proceed with discussions with the County on how to expedite the needed improvements. Over the past five years, the Montecito Union School District has committed over $4 million from reserves to develop a Facilities Master Plan and address immediate facility repairs, including water and sewer line breaks and improving student safety -- creating a secure perimeter, installing safety film on the historic windows, automated door locks and a surveillance system. At the same meeting, the Board determined that they would not move forward with a bond election in November 2016 by rescinding an action taken at the May 3rd meeting. The Board wants to make a plan dedicating more time to listening to the community, sharing the school’s facility needs and outlining the school’s finances. “We are continuing to move forward with the environmental review of the proposed improvements to the 60 and 90 year old buildings, including the safe removal of hazardous materials including asbestos and lead paint, and other possible enhancements to the learning environment. Knowing that things are moving forward the Board was comfortable with delaying the decision on a potential bond measure, as the most urgent need for the roadway improvements could be addressed with existing funds,” stated Kirkhart. “We want to hear more from the public and continue the dialogue about the very real needs of the school and our educational programs.” A meeting to discuss the scope of the environmental review of the potential life, health, safety and educational improvements, including the proposed traffic safety measures will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Montecito Union Elementary School Auditorium, 385 San Ysidro Road. The public has until June 24, 2016 to submit written comments regarding the scope of the environmental review. For more information please visit the school’s website: 2 – 9 June 2016

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Diandra, is currently on the market for $18 million through Riskin Partners. Among those turning out for this gem of an event were publisher Jennifer Smith Hale, editor Gina Tolleson, winemaker Bilo Zarif, Jeff and Hollye Jacobs, Pat and Ursula Nesbitt, Kendall Conrad, Doug and Marni Margerum, Jennifer Zacharias, Setenay Ozdemir-Osman, Arlene Montesano, film fest director Roger Durling, Amanda Masters, and Kim and Tammy Hughes.

Apple of His Eye As the executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Eric Schmidt would be expected to be an avid user of his firm’s Android mobile phones. But Eric, 60, who bought TV talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres’s Montecito estate, near Lotusland, and whose net worth is placed at $10.2 billion by Forbes, has an embarrassing secret – he uses an iPhone 6, a device made by his company’s rival, Apple. The technology tycoon made the admission during an interview at a seminar in Amsterdam, admitting he carries both the iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy S7, which runs on his company’s Android software. “The Samsung S7 is better,” he told an interviewer. “It has a better battery. Are we clear? And to those of you who are iPhone users, I’m right.” His admission triggered laughter in the audience during the wide-ranging interview, which was being held on the opening day of the week-long Startup Europe Fest in Holland. Eric spent 10 years as chief executive of Google, where he oversaw the launch of the Android, before becoming executive chairman of the organization’s holding company, Alphabet.

Now and Yen Montecitans clearly have a yen for Japan.

Garden of Nijo Castle (residence of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu) was designed by the first Grand Tea Master, Kobori Enshu, in 1603. It is designated a national treasure.

Michael Towbes eating a little octopus at a restaurant in Kyoto

A group from our rarefied enclave, including Mike and Anne Towbes, Anne’s son, Michael, and his wife, Nati – who were attending a friend’s wedding – and Bob and Val Montgomery, just returned after a two week trip to the Land of the Rising Sun led by Condor Express owner Hiroko Benko. The tour, which started at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace Hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, with visits to one of the world’s largest fish markets, Tsukiji, which handles 2,000 tons of marine products daily, Harajuku, the mecca of Japanese teen culture and fashion, and the city’s entertainment district, Asakusa, home of Kabuki. The peripatetic pack also toured a national park near Hakone, known for its hot springs and Mount Fuji, staying at Gora-Kadan, a former retreat of the imperial family, where all guests had

The Inn (Ryokan) in Hakone, famous for its natural hot springs (onsen), which are heated by volcanic rocks. One must wear their kimonos all day and night. No bathing suits allowed in the public hot springs at the inn.

to change into kimonos, before taking a three-hour trip on the world-famous bullet train to Kyoto, one of my favorite spots with its temples and former imperial palace gardens. “Mike and Anne were kept busy shopping for his employees,” says Hiroko. “He always buys souvenirs for them on his travels. A very kind boss.” The ladies were also busy purchasing ornately designed outfits before the last dinner of the trip at the Sodoh Higashiyama, a former residence of a master Japanese painter. “It was wonderful to see the country through Hiroko’s eyes,” says Anne. “From a traditional tea ceremony from a grand master, who happened to Val Montgomery, Lili Townsent, and Anne Towbes



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By Tom Schleck, Montecito Association Transportation Committee chair and Victoria Greene, executive director

Be Careful and Do Unto Others...


he Montecito Association (MA) and its members have been proudly working together to preserve and protect the special semi-rural character of Montecito for the past 68 years. We in Montecito are fortunate to enjoy an often bucolic existence in the semi-rural environment we live in. Our narrow streets, lush landscaping and the absence of sidewalks in most of the community add to the semi-rural character of the community. Growing traffic volumes, narrow roadways, and limited pedestrian and bicycle facilities can result in unsafe conditions for us all, and especially for pedestrians and bicyclists. We can all take some easy steps to improve our collective safety. These include: eliminating right-of-way encroachments along our street frontage, slowing down and observing the speed limit on area roads, and walking and bicycling with caution. Take a moment to look at your property frontage. Is vegetation trimmed back from the roadway? Is there room for a pedestrian to walk outside of the traveled roadway? Montecito public road rights-of-way are intended for use by the public. This includes motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others. The right-ofway almost always extends beyond the limits of the paved road. Encroachment into this area with landscaping, rocks, mailboxes, and other fixed objects is not allowed without a permit from the County or Caltrans (for state highways). One of the goals of the Montecito Community Plan is to keep these areas free of encroachments that impede use by pedestrians. Needless to say, pedestrian safety would be enhanced if there were more opportunities for informal walking paths along our roadways. Do your part and create a safer environment on your street. Trimming vegetation back from the roadway, especially at corners, can also help improve safety for all. In a recent incident, a child bicycling home from school was struck by a car that came around a corner with overgrown vegetation. Are your bushes and trees overgrown along the right-of-way? Protect yourself and others by conducting regular maintenance to improve line of sight. We all need to slow down! Wherever it is you are rushing to, an extra minute or two is not worth the pain and suffering that can result from an accident. Please slow down and be hyper-aware, especially when traveling near schools and our busy commercial and recreational areas. Congestion around our schools resulting from queued cars can be frustrating, but the long lines of cars waiting for pick-up or drop-off can hide pedestrians – so slow down for safety’s sake! When walking or bicycling on our roads, use caution. Always walk facing traffic with your head up, so you can see the drivers approaching you. Be aware of your surroundings and listen for oncoming traffic. Think of the number of times you have come upon walkers going with the traffic with their headphones on! When bicycling, follow the rules of the road and ride defensively. If an oncoming driver doesn’t look you in the eye, don’t assume he or she has seen you. As a community, we can take action to improve the safety of all. The Association is continuing to work with our local schools, County Public Works, and residents to implement safety improvements. Please contact the Montecito Association at 969-2026 to share your specific road safety concerns, and we will do all we can to see that they are addressed. Please do your part! Let’s take care of one another. Support your MA by joining today at members/join. We encourage your thoughts and comments. Please feel free to contact Aaron Budgor, MA president at, Transportation Committee chair Tom Schleck at, or Cori Hayman, Land Use Committee chair at •MJ

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he heptathlon, in which Jane Frederick competed, consists of seven track-and-field competitions performed over two days. The first day features sprint hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200-meter dash; the second day features the long jump, javelin, and the half-mile run. Ms Frederick participated in two Olympics: Munich in 1972, and Montreal in ‘76, where she placed 7th. She sprinted off with the gold medal for the pentathlon (its fivesport competition skips the javelin throw and a running event) at the World Universiade Games in 1975, and won the silver medal in the 1977 Universiade event. She was also a bronze medalist in the World Championship Games in ‘87. Frederick is considered by many to be the first-ever great woman multieventer in the United States, and she was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2007. She won nine U.S. outdoor multi-championships over the course of her career – for both the pentathlon and the heptathlon – and was ranked #1 in the U.S. every year from 1975-85, with the exception of 1980. She set 22 American records in the pentathlon and heptathlon in her 26 years on the field, and set the first official world record in the women’s heptathlon in 1981 at the Mt. SAC Relays in California. She coached the Olympic team in Barcelona in 1992, moving on to train world-class talent as the track and field coach at the University of Texas, and eventually migrated to UCSB’s strength and conditioning department. “That department didn’t even exist when I started there,” she says. “They didn’t even have a weight room.” They did by the time she left six years later. coffee for the members in the morning.

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toes. As straightforward as Bill is disciplined, ACE certified trainer and MAC employee Tina Lyn declares boldly: “I train women to look good naked.” Well-situated to do so, the native Californian is an avid outdoorswoman, who scuba-dives, cycles, and runs in her spare time. Tina says her goal is to help people grow muscles and get healthy. “There might not be a million pieces of equipment here,” she says, “but it has everything you need. It’s down-to-earth.” “It’s not a turnstile gym,” trainer Jane Frederick, a recreational golfer who’s partial to a pilsner at the end of

an active day, points out. “You don’t need to worry about presenting yourself. We already know you. We know your children. We know your car; we’ll even arrange to have it washed while you work out.” Hitting the beach to join forces with her friend Bill at the MAC, the switch from the world of elite athletics to “third-age” exercise was initially challenging for Jane, but her interests had shifted from competition to wellness. “And not just wellness,” she says, “but in aging, too. It doesn’t have to be the backside of life. Or a downhill slide. It’s an opportunity to live life in

a different way.” Just ask Beth Rogers, a client who has trained with Jane three times a week for the last 12 years. “If you want to diet, you go to someone who is thin and practices good nutrition. If you want to develop your muscles, and your body strength, why not go to a top athlete? [Jane] is buffer than anybody I have ever met. She is a true elite—a world-class athlete. I think women radically underestimate the importance of strength training, but not her. I have the bone density of a thirty-year-old, according to my doctor, and I attribute that directly to

weight training. No matter how hectic life can get, I prioritize working out with Jane.” “Helping people reach their goals.” Bill says. “That’s what my trainers and I are about.” That, and community outreach. Donating, as he does, training sessions and gym memberships to Girls Inc., Bishop High, Dos Pueblos, Marymount, and numerous fundraisers, the father of five daughters has a soft spot for the future generation. A worldview that no doubt lends itself to the feeling of family that wafts through the close-knit club like a fresh ocean breeze. •MJ

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uben Perez and chef Robert Perez are the father and son team behind The Black Sheep and their latest creation launched on April 15: Oveja Blanca (“white sheep” in Spanish) at 26 and 30 East Ortega Street in Santa Barbara. Many will remember Oveja Blanca’s previous incarnation as Seagrass, the high-end restaurant that featured an otherworldly squid-ink-infused pasta that stood out as one of the more creative and delectable dishes ever devoured in Santa Barbara. Seagrass, while a first-rate presence, never really garnered a rabid following. Its location has been, historically, an unlucky one. Perhaps it was because of the layout, which required entering mid-building and then turning back into what seemed like a darkened hideaway. Such a configuration may have worked if it were a bar, but as a restaurant, it seemed less than friendly, despite whatever ambience the staff could conjure. When the Perez team, who did not create Seagrass but purchased the eatery, shut the restaurant down in early April this year, the first thing they did was open the heretofore shuttered double doors at the corner of Ortega and Anacapa. Voilà! (or Aqui esta!). The simple step produced an inviting South-American-friendly, welcometo-our-house transformation. In addition to opening its doors to the outside world, there were three more reasons for the smooth transition from hideaway to hangout: Ruben, Robert, and Marianna Perez, whose penchant for work and paying attention to detail is admirable.

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Co-owner Ruben Perez is in charge of the front of the house activities at The Black Sheep and Oveja Blanca

Chef-co-owner Robert Perez oversees the kitchen at both restaurants

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Robert was born in Los Angeles; upon enlisting in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Europe; he met Marianna, a Dutch citizen, in Maastricht, Holland, during an R&R weekend. The two became inseparable and Robert ended up staying in Holland for 18 years after getting out of the army. He attended culinary school and spent time working with Michelin-star chefs in Holland. Robert and Marianna’s son Ruben was born in Holland. Robert returned to the United States with his wife and their then-sevenyear-old son when he was offered a job at the old El Encanto. Upon visiting the venerable hotel, however, he


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took it and included it in the lease,” says Robert. The space remained empty for two and a half years before becoming Black Sheep. “It was an oversized office” until then, Ruben says with a laugh. The success of The Black Sheep – their farm-to-table “gastro pub” that opened in May 2014 – and its concept of small and savory dishes (spicy, roasted marcona almonds in extra-virgin olive oil and Maldon salt, and roasted carrots in duck fat with garlic and rosemary are two eight-dollar dishes that encapsulate the eatery’s appeal) allowed the Perezes to close Seagrass. “We wanted to get away from ‘fine dining’ because it is too exclusive,” Ruben, who runs the front of the house, says, “and it’s difficult to compete with [the new] El Encanto, the Four Seasons Biltmore, the San Ysidro Ranch... People don’t get dressed up, polish their shoes, and all that anymore and still have the energy to go out to eat.” Ruben, Robert, and Marianna have absolutely transformed Seagrass (though the attractive but expensive and hard-to-remove seagrass wallpaper is still there), and have done it all on a shoestring budget. They built the tables, bought the chairs, stripped and painted the walls themselves. The transition from Seagrass to Oveja Blanca, which opened April 15 of this year, took all of 11 days. “There’s something about putting the sweat and tears into your own project,” Ruben says. He does admit, however, that “Maybe down the road, having some help would be nice.”

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Mexico, Cuba, Spain, anything Latin we can incorporate because there are dishes from that part of the world that I am crazy about.” Mexico, he says, is still heavily featured, “but there’s a lot of other stuff that supports the rest of the menu.” Oveja Blanca’s menu is separated into items classified as “farm” (such as Roasted Cauliflower “Nachos” with crispy kale, pickled Fresno chili, green onion, and queso cojita), “raw or lightly touched” (Tasmanian Salmon Tostada, avocado purée, tempura onion ring, shaved avocado, cerrano chili), “small plates” (Ham and Chocolate Croquettes, rouille, parsley, and shallot salad), and “larger plates” (Braised Rabbit, chile quaillo, black beans, fava beans, shaved radish, and fried purple amaranth). Prices vary from $6 to $26, tops. Wines are from all over: Spain, Argentina, Italy, Chile, and of course, California, many from Santa Barbara County. “Black Sheep is kind of casual, fun,” Ruben says in explaining the difference between the two restaurants, “and [Oveja Blanca] is more elegant and has a little bit lighter fare; it’s ethnic and clean.” Curiously, by opening the double door at the corner of Anacapa and Ortega streets, Oveja Blanca presents itself as “casually elegant” to passersby. “We opened the corner door, and it seems to pull people in from the street,” Ruben says. The door has always been there but it was never used as the entrance. “We called it the Julia Child door, because when she was confined to a wheelchair she used to come in through that door. There had been a table there and it was the best table in the house; now it’s the best entrance in Santa Barbara. I don’t know if there is another entrance anywhere in Santa Barbara quite like it.” Oveja Blanca and Black Sheep (805965-1113) are open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 pm and on Sunday from 5 to 9 pm. Happy Hour specials run from 5 to 6 pm. Both eateries are closed Monday. •MJ



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June Swoon and Sounds of Music in Ojai


usic director Peter Sellars and vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth are making their festival debut’s at the 70th annual Ojai Music Festival, which takes place June 9-12 at Ojai Libbey Bowl and environs. Opera, theater, and festival director Sellars specializes in both revolutionary interpretations of existing masterpieces and collaborative projects with a wide range of creative artists, including establishing a reputation for bringing 20th-century and more contemporary operas to the stage, including works by Hindemith, Ligeti, Messiaen, and Stravinsky, as well as creating new works with John Adams, including Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, Doctor Atomic, A Flowering Tree, and The Gospel According to the Other Mary. The composer Kaija Saariaho, who has previously inspired Sellars, is also coming to Ojai for the first time, when two of her most potent and visionary works will be featured, including her new chamber version of The Passion of Simone, a meditation on the life of the French philosopher Simone Weil, which will receive its American premiere with soprano Julia Bullock (who wowed the crowd at the New York Philharmonic concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl last summer). Performing alongside Bullock and instrumental ensemble ICE in the opening night concert are Roomful of Teeth, the genre-busting vocal ensemble that has earned a Grammy, a Pulitzer, and more in fewer than seven years. Roomful also joins ICE for a selection of Saariaho’s chamber music on early Friday afternoon, and performs Partita for 8 Voices by ensemble member Caroline Shaw later the same day, before premiering Shaw’s newest work on Saturday afternoon. Members of Roomful of Teeth also enjoy slots on the final two program on Sunday, including the US premiere of an opera about Kopernikus and participating in the free Street Party Jam in the evening on Main Street in Santa Paula. We caught up with founder/artistic director Brad Wells to talk about the group’s creation, methods, influence, and goals at Ojai over the phone earlier this week. Q. Can you please share a bit about how Roomful of Teeth came about, and how you came up with the name? A. I started the group to scratch


Steven Libowitz has reported on the arts and entertainment for more than 30 years; he has contributed to the Montecito Journal for more than ten years. Ojai Music Festival is slated for June 9-12 (photo by Bonica Ayala Photography)

an itch I’d had for many years, from about the 1980s on, both regarding getting excited about ways that people use their voice around the world. It seemed that the new music world including classical, which uses it as a single sound, like a patch, a single sound. Men, women. A couple of variables. But it’s all in one mode. I’d been hearing Bulgarian women’s choirs, and Tuvan throat singers, and Inuit singers, and other indigenous approaches – as well as others that weren’t indigenous but had schools of training – and I thought composers would die to get these kinds of colors and emotions and gestures in their scores. So eventually, I decided to see what would happen if I put this a group of highly skilled singers together with some of these styles and commissioning music for the group. The name came out of the desire to get off the buttoned-up classical stage. I didn’t want it to be the “something ensemble” or “something singers.” So I thought, what are some mundane words that are analogs to what we are – which is a chamber vocal ensemble. A chamber is a room, and vocal relates to the mouth, so there’s teeth. I liked the idea that the teeth are the longest-lived part of our bodies. Even after our bodies completely decay, the teeth are there for centuries. And they’re right up against our voices, which disappear as soon as we use it. That kind of contrast, evanescence versus virtual permanence, was a juxtaposition I really liked. You’ve more or less rejected the standard vocal classical repertoire, in favor of something much more foreign to traditional ears. What’s the appeal? So much of it is about color. We started with some things that were really far from classical sound, like belting, overtone singing, and subharmonics. Those things are very radically different – not just sonically but physiologically in terms of the vocal mechanism. The idea was for composers to have access to a wider array of sounds and colors. If I hear something like a culture’s particular call to prayer

that has a distinct vibe, but the voice is still singing a supported sustained sound, it’s interesting but not all that appealing. So that’s how we have approached most of what we do. Right now, one of the things we’re studying this summer is death metal singing. What do singers do when they sound like they’re shredding their vocal chords and getting crazy responses from their fans? There’s lots of emotion and a distinct sound profile that’s so different from anything you would hear in classical. As a composer, having that as an option is very unusual. But I wouldn’t have considered it in play until this group reached out and worked at understanding it and showed what they can do with it. So, it’s another example about broadening expressive possibilities for composers. We’ve been on this jag of very old traditions, like the throat singing, which has been around for 5,000 years. Death metal is just a few decades old, and it serves some role. And I’m fine that death metal will scare a lot of people, especially in the classical world. Roomful of Teeth has been lauded as “a tour de force of vocal mischief-making,” “mixed martial arts for singing,” and “Glee on acid.” Does that kind of description ring true for you? Actually, I cringe at some of them. Like the Glee on acid one. I don’t know how you can categorize us with something so commercial. And when you put your head in our world and get it, it’s not necessarily all that crazy. There are pieces with very quick and amazing shifts, maybe akin to an acid trip. But not most of it. It’s just pretty music. You have often emphasized that the group is a band, not a choir. Can you explain the difference? The role of a choir is to largely go for uniform sound and blends, and we’re often about the opposite, sort of fracturing the voices – trying to find ways to take the voices and techniques and set them apart from each other. And not just the voices, but the individuals. I encourage all the composers to write

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for the specific singers, not the voice part. Think of them as the people, not the tenor or bass, and what they’re good at. Get to know the singer as a character and a player in the band, and write for him. Even when we have subs, they try to be individuals as singers, not just match vocal parts. How are you feeling about making your Ojai debut, and the particular collaborations? Oh, I’m very excited about coming to Ojai for the first time. It’s a legendary place and especially in our world of new music, it’s a kind of Mecca. We’re doing a large number of pieces, using different formations of the group for each one. For one of them, all the women are doing a piece. There’s a mixed-voice quartet that is performing doing Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone (chamber version) with Julia Bullock. It’s a lot of shape-shifting, even for us. We’re doing this amazing piece by Canadian composer Claude Vivier, Kopernikus - A Ritual Opera, in its U.S. premiere, along with ICE. It’s a big piece, rarely performed, and it doesn’t require a tenor at all, which is all right because our tenor Eric Dudley will be conducting instead. What can you tell me about Caroline Shaw’s piece, “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”, commissioned by the Ojai Music Festival? Well, I haven’t heard it much yet, although I’ll be conducting it, but I know it has a new title, “This might also be a form of dreaming”. Normally her work is a cappella, but this one is the first time with her work that we’ll be performing chamber instrumental ensemble with members of ICE. It’s super-cool having her as a member, because it was what I was always dreaming about, to have members of the ensemble contribute repertoire. I didn’t imagine someone so skilled and brilliant as Caroline, but she’s one of the reasons the group loves generating music from the inside. That’s another thing that makes it a band. (The 2016 Ojai Music Festival takes 2 – 9 June 2016

place Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12, at various venues in Ojai. Call 646-2094 or visit for a full festival schedule including program descriptions and artist biographies, and/or to purchase festival passes and individual tickets.)

Gospel Choir Celebrates a Quarter Century The UCSB Gospel Choir stages a special 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert on Friday evening, June 3, at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on campus. Directed by Victor Bell, the students currently in the ensemble will perform both under his baton and with former directors Dr. Diane L. White-Clayton and pastor Jimmy Fisher, as well as alongside a number of choir alumni. Songs from the past quarter century of concert repertoire will highlight the program, which also including original material by White and Fisher. The music will be enhanced by members past and present reminiscing over experiences shared in the UCSB Gospel Choir. Bell serves in churches but also works in TV and film, including as a music consultant for Stan Lathan (TV director, Sanford & Son and Fresh Prince) for The Steve Harvey Show, Cedric The Entertainer, Bernie Mac Show, and many others. His professional choir, Victor Bell & Halel, founded in 1995, has won numerous awards and was recently featured on the new Oxygen network show, Fix My Choir, with Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) wherein they won first place in the choir competition. Since leaving UCSB, White-Clayton has traveled extensively as a vocalist, pianist, composer, conductor, workshop clinician, and speaker. She has held numerous positions at universities, colleges, and churches across the country including artistic director with the Washington Performing Arts Society; artist-in-residence and assistant director of African-American Student Development at Appalachian State University; composer-in-residence at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and choral conductor at the New Christ Memorial Church under legendary gospel singer Andraé Crouch. She also served as artist-in-residence at Westmont College. Fisher serves as the pastor of worship for the Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, leading the huge congregation in song and worship for the past 23 years. As a songwriter, Mr. Fisher is most known for “Glory To Your Name,” featured on Byron Cage’s debut album. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm Friday, June 3. Tickets cost $15 general, $10 for students, free for children under 12. Call 893-2064 or visit www. 2 – 9 June 2016

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Santa Barbara theater stalwart Rod Lathim has penned and directed the first three benefit productions for the Center for Successful Aging (CSA), shows that serve as the nonprofit organization’s only fundraiser each year. But while the musical variety shows Seniors Have Talent I and II, and last year’s Puttin’ On The Ritz, drew sell-out crowds and filled CSA’s coffers, Lathim is that much more excited about this year’s production. That’s because, he said, Senior (Musical) Moments much more closely “mirrors the work and spirit of the CSA’s programs that support area seniors and offers them guidance for living active, healthy, and successful lives in their golden years.” As in previous years, Moments features a stellar cast of local actors and musicians, including Barbara Brown, the Cheers! Quartet, Gerrie Fausett, John Fink, Forest Finn, Marilyn Gilbert, Carolyn Kimball Holmquist, Robert Lesser, Bruce MacKenzie, Bette Maxfield, Julie McLeod, Luke Mullen, Gil Rosas, Wesley Walker, Suzanne Wedow, and Viena Zeitler. But in contrast to the past three productions, the actors won’t just randomly take the stage but instead will portray characters passing through a single location, a city park on a normal day, all in search of a common thread of connection. Montecito resident Marilyn Gilbert will be honored with CSA’s 2016 Spirit of Successful Aging award, presented to an individual who embodies the mission of CSA – to live life with zest and a commitment to community – at any age. Gilbert, who co-founded Santa Barbara Grand Opera (now called Opera Santa Barbara) also served as a civil rights litigator in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and in the federal court in Los Angeles. We talked recently with Lathim: Q. Why change up something that was working? A. Last year, I wrote two scenes that were interspersed between the musical number, basically little one-act plays, that were very well-received. I wanted to do more of that. So now it’s much more of a theater piece than variety. There is music from different points in time from the Great American Songbook to the 1960s. But the scenes are all tied together – it’s not just dancing groups and soloists and bands. All on topics related to aging. It’s been 10 times as much rehearsing as before. But it’s worth it. Why are these shows important to you? I’m technically a senior myself and I deal with issues of aging almost every day, either with me or my family. It’s a very real part of my life. My

own father can’t figure out his iPad or mobile phone. The fact that we don’t look each other in the eye when we’re talking, because we’re doing texts and emails. Older people miss it, but younger ones never even had that. We’re losing a bit, or actually a lot, of our humanity. That’s my soapbox about why I still do live theater. Sitting in a room and having people tell their human stories to each other is a fading piece of cultural icon. What you get from humans in live theater setting, you cannot match it on digital anything. And we’re all going to be seniors, and there are lots of issues that are only going to increase as the population ages. So it’s important to not sweep things under the rug. My last show (Unfinished Business) was about death, this one is aging. I guess I’m going backward. But to me, it’s paramount to face the realities of life. What comes first: the themes or the performers who are available to do them? I knew people I had on tape who had specific strengths and talents. And in some cases, I wrote scenes for them, wrote for their voices. But they’re all themes I wanted to explore. I also interviewed people about those sorts of topics and took that info into the writing: issues on finding love, and shopping on line, going on a first date after 40 years in a marriage. Those are all in the show. What are your goals? What do you want the audience to walk away with? What it comes down to is how much we all share in common regardless of our age. The basic core needs in life that define what it is to be human. Whether you’re young or old, we need to be seen, heard, and acknowledged. That’s a theme revisited throughout this play. We all want to be relevant in a world that makes some of us feel less so. That’s been there all through history. I’m showing how it’s just as important to an 82-year-old as it is to a 13-year-old, although through their own perspectives. All the foibles of aging, forgetfulness, loneliness, and isolation, make it harder to be acknowledged as relevant. But it’s funny, and a lot of fun, and touching.

We see those themes through senior dating, technology things, songs, sweetness, and more. The stories don’t get old because they keep showing up through history. This definitely doesn’t sound like a normal Santa Barbara benefit. No, it’s very unusual in this town. Normally, at a fundraiser, you expect, furs, diamonds, and rubber chicken. It doesn’t really matter what the cause is, they’re pretty much the same. It’s about being seen and raising money. But this show mirrors the work that CSA does and talks about the very issues the people they work with are facing. I’m a total mush-ball. I love romance. I love people coming together and finding ways to be touched and moved and seen in wonderful ways. I know some people hate that, so this isn’t the show for them. But if you’re like me and like feeling warm and fuzzy, this show will definitely do that. Senior (Musical) Moments will be performed 2 pm Saturday at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara Junior High, 721 East Cota St. Tickets cost $22.50 general admission, $12.50 for children ($102.50 VIP patron tickets include reserved front section seating). Call 9630761 or visit •MJ

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in taxpayer monies for the county, schools, and special districts. She is a first-time office-seeker, and has no political ambitions beyond county supervisor. She will be here for the long term. County issues like the jail and 101 span supervisorial terms: wouldn’t we prefer someone to stay vigilant on those issues, rather than darting back to Sacramento for their next move to higher office? The choice really couldn’t be clearer. I’ll take the finance professional over the professional politician, please. With her in that seat, we the taxpayers are the real winners. Dan Eidelson Montecito (Editor’s note: Dan is a former president of the Montecito Association.)

Channel Drive Campers As a resident of Montecito for over 20 years, I have recently noticed many campers whose owners park their vehicles on Channel Drive and spend their time smoking and drinking throughout the day and night. There is a traffic sign restricting delivery trucks beyond Hill Road to Channel Drive; however, none exists for campers and or trailers in tow. With a very short distance between the Biltmore and Butterfly Lane, parking and access to this street should be restricted to pedestrians, bicycles, and normal cars. It is most dangerous when on a hot summer day kids are running around, and all of a sudden a big, long, and wide camper or a truck with a trailer in tow shows up on this narrow street and parks. Restricting access and endangering pedestrians and bicycles makes a dangerous situation for all. There is no bicycle or pedestrian lane on the street. Allowing this to continue will, first of all, compromise the safety of the pedestrians. Secondly, the very limited parking spaces on the road are taken by a few campers, each equivalent to a few cars in length. Third, once cars are parked on either side of the small stretch, the camper parked on the opposite side takes away the pedestrian passage and bicycle lane, as well as the line of sight for the drivers going through. Fourth, I have noticed many times the next day, leftover cups, bottles of booze, and many cigarette butts

dropped in the same exact spot where the camper was during the day. These cigarette butts flow into the ocean. Recently, the place has become a daily parking spot for a few very old campers, almost dangerously dilapidating, often wrapped up with unsightly messages, oil dripping; regulars calling it daily home, until very late at night, leaving right before the no-parking 2-5 am sign kicks in. Often CHP is called in for suspicious activities. Some of our friends have stopped their daily walk and or early evening stroll through the area due to fear of harassment or danger of accidentally getting hit. There are plenty of places for campers to enjoy the ocean. Carpinteria Beach Road is a great example, with all the facilities necessary for them. The short length of Butterfly Beach and Channel Drive should be reserved for cars, with no trailers in tow, pedestrians, and bicycles. Michael Livingstone Montecito

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I appreciated Bob Hazard’s piece regarding the problems in calling 9-1-1 on a cellphone in Montecito (Guest Editorial, MJ #22/20). As a community service, I suggest the Journal print the best local numbers to call for fire, medical and police emergencies so we can program them into our cell phones, and that you include this information in every issue. It might save someone’s life. Thanks! Bob Gale Montecito (Editor’s note: Montecito Fire chief Chip Hickman, via administrative assistant Joyce Reed, responds: “We do not support reporting emergencies being reported via our 7-digit direct line. Call 911, state your emergency, and give them your location and that you are in Montecito. The 911 system has emergency step-by-step medical assistance instructions to the reporting party that should not be bypassed. Additionally, the sheriff’s dispatch center is the primary PSAP with the jurisdictional responsibility and authority to receive all emergency 911 calls, and it would be inappropriate for Montecito fire to support anything otherwise. The caller should just emphasize the town they’re in to expedite the transfer correctly.”)



The Biggest Disappointment of 2016

While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fight, the real battle is right here in our very own 24th Congressional District. It’s unusual for a party to step in before primaries to endorse candidates, but the Democrat establishment early on snubbed the more qualified candidate – Santa Barbara mayor Helene Schneider – in favor of supervisor Salud Carbajal who will not question the party’s rank-and-file members. After dumping over $1 million into Carbajal’s race, he has been a huge disappointment, consistently coming behind the more popular and polished Schneider in polls. This has prompted the DCCC and PACs to release a bunch of attacks on Schneider and Republican Katcho Achadjian. Carbajal is the Hillary Clinton of Santa Barbara: entitled, backed by establishment money, and not very likeable. Just like Hillary, Carbajal is a career politician looking for a promotion, one he’s wanted for a while. His weakness as a candidate was magnified at the last congressional debate when Bill Ostrander grilled Carbajal for claiming he’s for campaign finance reform while accepting tons of PAC money. Carbajal could not hold his own against Ostrander, who had him on the hook (like the Christie and Rubio debacle). I wish Democrats picked a better candidate, Schneider or even Ostrander. Douglas Johnston Santa Barbara

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Usually, I write to you about water issues. But reading your endorsement of Justin Fareed made me decide to vote for Salud Carbajal. Justin is both against raising the minimum wage, and against providing health insurance to those who need it. A double whammy. But his healthcare position alone cost him my vote. It shows a basic ignorance of ObamaCare, which, in fact, is a market-driven reform with competitive products sold by private insurance companies on health insurance exchanges in all 50 states. Some 15,000,0000 people and counting have been covered under ObamaCare’s market-based solution. (Sorry, it is working.) The problem with ObamaCare is that it has been so successful, it has

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The First District includes Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and (roughly) the eastern part of the City of Santa Barbara. There are two candidates for this open seat on the board of supervisors (the incumbent is giving it up to run for Congress). One of the candidates has high name recognition due, in no small part, to the fact that he has run for a number of positions over the years. The other candidate is Jennifer Christensen, an independent, who is running for office for the first time. In this particular race, the candidate with the lesser name recognition is the more highly qualified one. Jennifer Christensen is a person of integrity, intelligence, and accomplishment. She has an MBA, and she currently serves as the county’s investment officer.

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attracted lots of very sick folk. Pent-up market demand. This has resulted in big losses (read market-based) for private insurers like UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, and Aetna, offering products on the exchanges. This has, in turn, resulted in commercial insurers charging sharply higher premiums to millions of working families covered by employer sponsored plans as the insurers struggle to recover their losses and protect themselves against future contingencies. Ouch! for the middle class and our kids. A single-payer solution based on an expansion of the Medicare program – not a market solution at all – would save billions in overhead and waste, and could extend coverage to the 12% of Americans who are still uninsured. And there would be plenty of room for supplemental, wrap-around private insurance like in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland, for people wanting Cadillac coverage. Get creative Justin. Republicans, as William Safire might say, need to be more than “nattering nabobs of negativism.” Dudley Morris Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Thank you for your letter, but as far as we can tell, no one is “against providing health insurance to those who need it,” not even those evil Republicans. As for calling ObamaCare a “market-based solution,” that must be some kind of joke, but we don’t get it. – J.B.)

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That “largest rainy day fund in county history,” that the current First District supervisor boasts about in his TV ads for Congress? Jen Christensen actually authored the policy that resulted in that landmark rainy day fund. This is important because the county will be facing many challenges in the coming years, including improving the delivery of mental health services, maintaining an aging infrastructure of county roads, and making sure that sheriff and fire protection services are adequately funded to keep our communities safe. Jennifer Christensen is also committed to protecting the environment. She is familiar with the planning and landuse issues that face county government and will insist that environmental impact reports will be required and carefully scrutinized when the board of supervisors considers proposals for new developments and projects that impact our coast and open space. I am a lifelong Democrat who usually (all things being equal) votes for the Democrat candidate in any given race. This time, though, I’m not voting for the Democrat candidate with the higher name recognition. In the First District Supervisor’s race, Jennifer Christensen is the better choice and is getting my vote. Craig Smith Santa Barbara

If a politician sends you campaign literature that says, “I balanced the budget,” watch out, because balancing a public budget is no big deal. In fact, California cities, counties, and the state itself are required by law to pass balanced budgets. The biggest problem with the supposedly “balanced” budgets of cities and counties is that they ignore future liabilities such as pension promises that are hundreds of millions of dollars greater than what our pension fund investments can hope to pay for. These “balanced budgets” also don’t count postponed maintenance on roads, sewers, and other necessi-

ties. It’s as if you and I said, “We’re rich!” while the roof on our house is full of holes, and we don’t save the money to fix it. That works only so long as it doesn’t rain, and even in Santa Barbara, it eventually will rain. Most politicians, including Das Williams and Salud Carbajal, seem to have little understanding of finance. You can’t really blame them, since they have never worked in private industry and never had to really balance the books. When they claim that they “balanced the budget,” what they really mean is that they approved a budget crafted by the executive staff of the various departments (sheriff, fire, mental health, airport, et cetera) that make up the government they are responsible to oversee. They just looked the other way when it came to putting money aside to pay for future costs. And politicians can have a negative effect on the budget if they dip into city or county funds reserved for future expenses to pay for something today. For example, most of the years Das served on the Santa Barbara City Council (starting in 2004) were strong years financially for the city. Revenues went up. Yet in nearly every year of his tenure, the city council used money from the “rainy day fund” to cover operating expenses. This included pay and benefit increases to public employees that the city couldn’t afford. It should have been saved for street and sewer maintenance, as well as future pensions for retiring employees. So don’t be surprised if police, fire, and other employee unions back Das’s candidacy. They pretty much have to. That’s the way the game is played. By the time the 2008 recession hit, Santa Barbara’s rainy day fund, which should have been $11 million, was down to $800,000. Without a financial cushion for hard times, the city was forced to cut services and furlough workers. In other words, you the taxpayer lost services you thought you had financed with your tax payment. See how this works? But every year Das was on city council, the city council “balanced” the budget—right into one of the most serious financial crises the city has ever faced. What counts is not that the budgets were balanced – again, that’s a legal requirement. What mattered was how they were balanced. It would be more accurate to say that during Das’s time on city council, budgets were balanced with complete disregard for the city’s future. By the time the problems showed up, he was on his way to his next job, this time at the state level, where his poor financial decision making could affect not just people citywide, but Californians statewide. People often ask me who I favor in the upcoming races for county and

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I don’t think those things live forever with the public. They’re more likely to live with us journalists than the public itself. – Walter Cronkite

Dying for One’s Country Regarding the six assorted fatalistic, patriotic quotes found in a recent issue (MJ #22/20), one might wonder why he/she should ever serve! Instead of losing one’s life for his country, accepting death, having one’s blood “seed trees,” et cetera, George Patton may have said it best: “The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.” Ben Burned Montecito (Editor’s note: Yes, of course, death does come to many who serve; those are the ones we honor on Memorial Day. – J.B.)

Balancing Budgets

state offices. If fiscal responsibility is our first priority for officials who represent us, then Jennifer Christensen at the county level and Katcho Achadjian at the Congressional level are my choices. Ms Christensen is our Santa Barbara County investment officer. In other words, budgets are her specialty. Katcho is an Armenian immigrant who came to this country 45 years ago. He paid for college by working at a gas station. Now he owns three of them. So he knows first-hand what saving is all about. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone on the board of supervisors and in Congress who understands finance and will spend wisely for our community? Frank Hotchkiss Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: Mr. Hotchkiss is a Santa Barbara city councilman.)

Follow the Money

We all know that politicians who take money from unions and other interests are beholden to those interests when they vote. On Tuesday, June 7, voters in the 1st District of the county will choose between Das Williams and Jennifer Christensen. Mr. Williams, who also filed his campaign committee “Das Williams For Senate 2020” on July 31, 2015, has raised the following monies: $42,000 Teachers Unions; $30,000 Fire Unions; $15,000 SEIU; $4,200 Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Assn.; $4,100 SEIU Healthcare Workers West Pac; $7,500 PECG-PAC; $4,003 Peace Officers Research Assn.; $10,000 State Building & Construction Trades Council; $5,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #11 and $5,300 Local 413; $8,000 Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters PAC; $3,500 Calif. Medical Assn. Pac; $4,200 Calif. Laborers For Equality; $3,000 Calif. Nurses Assoc. Pac; $2,500 So. Calif. Pipe Trades District Council #16 Pac; $4,100 United Long Term Care Workers Local 6434 Pac; $3,000 Sheet Metal Workers Local 273 Pac; $8,500 Calif. State Assn. of Electrical Workers; and $3,000 District

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Council of Iron Workers (partial list). Mr. Williams also took $39,000 from gaming tribes. His total contributions from both his Assembly account, his 2020 Senate campaign, and his Supervisor campaign are $578,845 as of 4/23/2016. Jennifer Christensen has accepted a total of $10,000 from one union, the Deputy Sheriff’s Union (her husband is a 34-year retired deputy sheriff)… the balance of her donations have been from private donors. Why is this important? The county budget is $1 billion a year. One example of its spending and potential conflicts of interest involves paying its 4,000 employees, most of which are represented by SEIU (Service Employees International Union). That union contributed $15,000 to Mr. Williams. Generous pay raises, health benefits, and pension contributions have been commonly given by past boards of supervisors. Past boards have kicked the proverbial can down the road to the point that now “The County has an unfunded liability of $873 million and a stack of deferred maintenance and capital building projects”(Santa Barbara NewsPress article on 4/12/16 by Emily Leslie, staff writer). Jennifer Christensen is committed to cutting wasteful spending and “truly” balancing the budget. She is in charge of investing the county’s $1 billion so it is safe and liquid to meet its annual expenditures. She is also chair of the Pension Committee for the county and serves on the City Police and Fire Commission. She has worked with almost every department head in her 15 years with the county. She has her Law Degree and her MBA from USC. It’s been said that it takes two years for a new supervisor to get up to speed. Mr. Williams is running for the State Senate in 2020. Jennifer Christensen has worked for the county for 15 years and is committed long term to this job. She is taking a huge pay cut to serve on the board. She is a professional, not a politician. Dick Thielscher Montecito

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Jaycees past presidents Art Henzell and Paul Cashman on either side of reunion chair Brian Robertson at the zoo

Another Jaycees past president Ed Chelini (center) in front of the zoo train with wife Jan Chelini, and conductor Chris Craven

noon tea – hats and flats suggested. There was tea, prosecco, and finger sandwiches. The only thing missing were gloves. I wonder if anyone owns a pair anymore. As we sat in the garden board president Helene Segal reminded the audience, “This is our 65th anniversary and the 75th for the museum.” The tea was a small fundraiser for their “Imagine More Campaign” to help the SBMA. They gave Sheila the original drawing of the teapot, proclaiming her “the queen of the Women’s Board.” The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz director and CEO Larry Feinberg addressed the group, saying, “There’s no place I’d rather be. I remember the wonderful reception given for Starr and me when we first arrived in Santa Barbara.” Since we were on historic property, he remembered that Katherine McCormick was one of the founders of the museum. She was the second female graduate from MIT and in 1952 the first woman curator. “The museum continues to thrive as more people are interested. I don’t know what we’d do without you.” Besides event chair Carol Olson, some of the members attending were Jeanne Fulkerson, Melanie Brewer, Lynn Brown, Sunni Thomas, Barbara Wallace, Joy Bean, Julie Blair, and Marjorie Robertson.

Jaycees Reunion

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Jaycee reunion committee Roger Knox, Mike Simmons, and Joe Dobbs with zoo staff coordinator Kelly Whitaker

reunion after many years. And why not? This group of guys was responsible for obtaining and laying the railroad ties that are there today when we ride the zoo train. It was called the Child’s Estate. That was because Mrs. Lillian Child had her estate on the property until she died. Eventually, the property went to the City. During the transition period, the mansion fell into disrepair and had to be torched in 1959. Chair of the reunion Brian Robertson told me, “We took two flat-bed trucks and drove to Pasadena. When we finally arrived at the spot, it was 110 degrees. I’ve never worked so hard in my life putting the ties on the trucks.” The committee who helped Brian put the event together comprised Joe Dobbs, Roger Knox, Mike Simmons, and Howard Hudson – and much appreciation to the development events officer Kelly Whitaker and the zoo staff. The evening began with a train ride, of course. The bearded conductor told us about all the animals as we chugged around the zoo including the special male giraffe. He’s prized throughout the United States because he’s so genetically pure. There are 160 species and 600 different creatures living at the zoo today. A long way from the little petting zoo that opened August 4, 1963, with a llama, two sheep, a monkey, and a goat. Soon came a black bear and an orangutan. Today, the zoo encompasses

more than 80 acres. Then it was on to the Discovery Pavilion where we had wine, bites, and camaraderie. There was also an armadillo to entertain us with his antics. After a delicious zoo catered dinner by Rincon, executive director Nancy McToldridge, who has been at the zoo for 34 years, gave us a fascinating history of the place. As she said, “No one could envision what it has become. We now have two trains. Kate is the blue train, and Emmet is the red train. We’ll soon be getting an amur leopard from England and there will be another baby giraffe this summer.” When I was a docent at the zoo, we learned that this zoo is particularly good at breeding anteaters. No one knows why, but that is still the case. Our zoo is second only to Hearst Castle for visitors on the Central Coast. It is also a top wedding sight. Kudos go to CEO Rich

Block for all his leadership. Brian was happy to have nine Jaycee past presidents in attendance. They were Art Henzell, Chris Compogiannis, David Yager, Bill Brace, Ed Chelini, David Yossem, Mike Simmons, John Poucher, and Paul Cashman. Gratitude went to the sponsors Keith Berry, Bill Brace, Bob Bryant, Dexter Goodell, Peter Jordano, Brian Robertson, and Bill Wright. The Jaycees creed is “We Believe: That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; That government should be of laws rather than of men; That Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality; And that service to humanity is the best work of life.” That creed helped build our beloved zoo. •MJ

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: M.W.P. CO.; Marko Enterprises, 1221 State Street #90859, Santa Barbara, CA 93190. Mark R. Swearingen, 1700 E. Thompson Blvd #F670, Ventura, CA 93001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 16, 2016. This statement expires five years

from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Tania Paredes-Sadler. FBN No. 2016-0001449. Published May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are


doing business as: Girl Gang Production, 550 N. La Cumbre, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Ashley Chanel White, 550 N. La Cumbre, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 20, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in

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NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Maple & Stan, 210 Las Alturas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Devin Terrill, 210 Las Alturas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 28, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Adela Bustos. FBN No. 2016-0001267. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Santa Barbara Stables, 1374 Virginia Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Rebecca Atwater, 1374 Virginia Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 9, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Christine Potter. FBN No. 2016-0001374. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT: The following person(s) has (have) abandoned the use of the Fictitious Business Name(s): Salon Du Mont, 1470 East Valley Road #C, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Yazmin Carrera, 4515 Chaparral Drive, Carpinteria, CA, 93013. This statement was originally filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on August 15, 2014. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Noe Solis, filed May 3, 2016. Original FBN No. 2014-0002396. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Buena Painting, 1314 Chino Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Marco A Espinoza, 1314 Chino Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 9, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Tara Jayasinghe. FBN No. 2016-0001364. Published May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing

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business as: 805 Greens, PO Box 267, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Jeremy Delbianco Mulkey, 414 Figueroa St. Unit H, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 9, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Melissa Mercer. FBN No. 2016-0001383. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: M8RX, 409 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Events SB LLC, 418 Chapala St. Suite A-D, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 3, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Christine Potter. FBN No. 2016-0001309. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Norcal Electric, 520 Farnel Road Suite F, Santa Maria, CA 93458. Brian Mauro Construction, INC, 1335 Greeley Road, Bakersfield, CA 93314. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 21, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Tania Paredes-Sadler. FBN No. 2016-0001209. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Corral Solutions; Payment Fusion, 820 State Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Axia Technologies, LLC, 820 State Street, 3rd Floor, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on April 28, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Noe Solis. FBN No. 2016-0001266. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, 6 Harbor Way

#122, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Christine “Shelli” Stone, 5815 W. Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on May 2, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office. Joseph E. Holland, County Clerk (SEAL) by Jan Morales. FBN No. 2016-0001296. Published May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 2016. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV01990. To all interested parties: Petitioner Tina Benevento filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name to Summer McGinnis. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed May 9, 2016 by Jessica Vega. Hearing date: July 20, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME: CASE No. 16CV02025. To all interested parties: Petitioners Fabiana Velarde and Aaron Velarde filed a petition with Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, for a decree changing name from Fabiana Regina Camargo Docarmo Velarde and Aaron Henrique Camargo Docarmo Halseth Velarde to Fabiana Regina Carmo Velarde and Aaron Henrique Carmo Velarde. The Court orders that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Filed May 20, 2016 by Terri Chavez. Hearing date: July 20, 2016 at 9:30 am in Dept. 1, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Published 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22

Brilliant Thoughts by Ashleigh Brilliant Born London, 1933. Mother Canadian. Father a British civil servant. World War II childhood spent mostly in Toronto and Washington, D.C. Berkeley PhD. in American History, 1964. Living in Santa Barbara with wife Dorothy since 1973. No children. Best-known for his illustrated epigrams, called “Pot-Shots”, now a series of 10,000. Email or visit

Your Honey or Your Wife


arriage is a two-edged sword. The fact that it’s now legally possible for certain people to marry each other, who never could before, is a matter of outrage and indignation to some, while others are thrilled to pieces. There is one line in Thornton Wilder’s great play Our Town that has always stuck with me. It is uttered by the all-wise “Stage Manager” commenting on the folk-ways of his community, in which marriage is taken as the norm: “Most everybody in the world climbs into their graves married.” Somehow, this stark image of married couples climbing down into their graves etched itself indelibly upon my mind. Incidentally, you may like to know that the maudlin song that insists “Love and Marriage go together like a horse and carriage” was specially written for a 1957 TV musical version of “Our Town.” (And, though the song survived, Thornton Wilder was so unhappy with the musical that he refused to license any further performances. That’s why you’ve probably never seen it.) In any case, my own feelings about the institution of marriage have always tended to be somewhat negative. As indicated in a previous article, I have been married three times, [and divorced twice] all to, and from, the same person. This saga deserves a little more explanation. Our first marriage was in Tijuana, Mexico on March 18,1968. I was willing to go through with it only to make Dorothy happy, after we had been living together for some months. But for my sake, shortly afterward, she agreed that we both sign and have notarized a document I drew up, stating that we did not consider the Mexican event to have “any legal, social, or moral validity whatsoever.” That was our first “divorce.” Now we had to make our parents happy, particularly mine, who did not want to have a non-Jewish daughter-in-law. So, for their sake, Dorothy took lessons from a Rabbi, and was officially converted (from nothing in particular) to Judaism. And then we had marriage number two, a big Jewish wedding at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, on June 28, 1968. I am not generous by nature, but I will accept credit for going through

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. – Walter Cronkite

these marriage fandangos simply to make other people happy. And, hard as it seems now to believe, these matters rested at that point for another 38 years. Our relationship was not ideal, and twice it nearly foundered, on occasions when (in Dorothy’s mind) I stepped over the line. Once, it involved a confrontation I had with a gardener on a neighboring property over his use of a gas-powered leafblower – which resulted in my being sued by the gardener. But I was providentially saved from financial pain by the “umbrella” homeowner’s insurance policy which Dorothy had wisely purchased. (Another result of this fracas was my taking the lead in a successful 1997 campaign to get those much-hated machines banned in our city.) And in 2001, after I had attempted to clear up a room in our house that her hoarding had rendered unusable, Dorothy actually had initial divorce papers served on me. But somehow we weathered these storms, perhaps, as a childless couple, being drawn closer together, by the gradual loss of other family members. In 2006, however, when already in our 70s, and by which time I had become resigned to the whole idea of being married, Dorothy surprised me by announcing that she wanted a divorce – and this time it must be official. It was, however, she said, to be just for her own satisfaction, and need not become generally known. This set me researching, and I found that divorces on the island of Guam, an American territory, were supposedly valid anywhere in the U.S. Only a seven-day residency was required. We could go there and get divorced, and nobody at home need ever know. A short “vacation” and a little paper-work on Guam in 2006, and we returned no longer married (at least in Dorothy’s mind), and our life together continued more or less as before. Then, nine years later, my Honey decided she again wanted to be my wife. I happily arranged a local courthouse ceremony, but specifically without any publicity. By that time we had reached our 80s, and I had to push Dorothy to the “altar” in her wheelchair. So, barring any further fiascos, Mr. Stage Manager, it appears you can start preparing another set of couples’ climbing gear. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


MISCELLANY (Continued from page 24) Renee Grubb and Ed Edick celebrating 20 years (photo by Scott Gibson)

Brandi and Pat Hughes with Mike and Carrie Randolph (photo by Isaac Hernandez)

were Janet Garufis, Ron and Andrea Gallo, Eleanor Van Cott, Candace Winkler, Joe and Susan Cole, Ryan and Angela Siemens, John Glanville, rocker Martin Gore, Jonathan Wang, and Peter MacDougall.

Joanne Rapp and Joan Jackson (photo by Isaac Hernandez)

be related to Hiroko, to an art-filled afternoon at the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum, not to mention a cocktail party at the apartment of Santa Barbarans Dan and Diane Vapnek.” Clearly and appropriately, they all had a whale of a time. Making History Santa Barbara’s Scholarship Foundation, which just awarded a record $8.74 million to more than 3,000 county students, climaxed the two ceremonies in our Eden by the Beach and Santa Maria, with a dinner bash for 170 guests at the Santa Barbara’s Museum of History. “This year’s record is only possible because of our many contributors, including the Santa Barbara Foundation, which gave $1.5 million,” says Barrett O’Gorman, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “We are always striving year on year to award scholarships to each and every student who applies. It is extremely disappointing to deny any deserving teenager a chance to pursue their dream of a higher education degree or credential.” However, more than 800 youngsters had their applications declined because of lack of funds. Since its founding in 1962, the foundation has provided more than 44,000 scholarships to local students with a value of $99.3 million. Among those supporting the cause


Hands Full A giant keyboard was the main feature for the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony’s first annual “Hands On!” music festival at the Lobero, followed by the talented young musicians final concert of the season under music director Andy Radford. The entertaining show featured Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Elgar’s Cello Concero in E minor with soloist Lorenz Chen, John Williams’s Highlights from Jurassic Park, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Handel’s Viola Concerto in B minor with soloist Moon Man Whitehead, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. A fun afternoon of note. Strings and Things Just hours later, a tony triumvirate including Ani Aznavoorian, principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica, pianist Robert Cassidy, and founder and artistic director Mary Beth Woodruff on violin, performed at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall in a Santa Barbara Strings benefit concert. The eclectic show featured works by Debussy, Faure, Messiaen, and Ravel. The nonprofit provides comprehensive training for string musicians from kindergarten through high school and aims to inspire a lifelong appreciation of classical music from all eras. The young musicians train through three levels of progressive string orchestras and can also participate in chamber music ensembles with their peers. Village People Real estate company Village Properties, founded by Renee Grubb and Ed Edick, celebrated their 20th anniversary with a socially gridlocked

Village Properties enjoys two decades of growth and success (photo by Scott Gibson)

bash in the spacious courtyard outside their State Street headquarters. The tony twosome established the Teachers Fund 14 years ago, a nonprofit to assist local teachers with the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment needed for classrooms. To date, more than $1.5 million has been donated to Santa Barbara County elementary, middle, and high school teachers in both public and private schools. The company, which has more than 150 agents and brokers, has offices in Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Santa Ynez. “It has been an extraordinary two decades of growth and success,” says Renee. Toast to the Host The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, named in honor of the TV chef who spent the final chapter of her illustrious career in Montecito, has given its second annual Julia Child award to Rick Bayless, winner of the Bravo TV channel’s Top Chef Masters trophy. Bayless, who hosts the highly rated PBS series Mexico - One Plate at a Time, which has just wrapped its 11th season, was nominated for a daytime

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Emmy in 2012 as Best Culinary Host. The owner of award-winning eateries in Chicago, he has written nine bestselling cookbooks and established the Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to support small midwestern farms. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly 200 grants totaling nearly $2 million. Bayless will receive the award, which is accompanied by a $50,000 grant, at a gala in October at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which features Julia’s original kitchen, one of its most popular exhibits.. Sightings: Former ER star Noah Wyle noshing at Olio e Limone... Rocker Kenny Loggins checking out the El Encanto...Actress Haylie Duff at the Santa Barbara Public Market Pip! Pip! Readers with tips, sightings and other amusing items for Richard’s column should email him at richardmin or send invitations or other correspondence to the Journal. To reach Priscilla, email her at pris or call 969-3301. •MJ 2 – 9 June 2016

Spirituality Matters by Steven Libowitz “Weekly Spirituality” highlights two or three Santa Barbara area spiritual gatherings. Unusual themes and events with that something extra, especially newer ones looking for a boost in attendance, receive special attention. For consideration for inclusion in this column, email

Mixing It up, for the Public


any of the area’s conscious professionals and entrepreneurs have previously attended the Santa Barbara Consciousness Network’s “Conscious Entrepreneurs” mixers. On Friday, June 3, the organization opens to the public for the first time offering an evening of entertainment, networking, healthful food, and information for the entire community. The event -- the brainchild of Conscious Network creator Forrest Leichtberg, a 22-year-old recent arrival in Santa Barbara -- is actually two in one, beginning with a networking/ information occasion held at Unity of Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga St., from 7 to 10 pm, followed by Ascension Party at Divinitree, the yoga and events studio at 25 E. De La Guerra St., from 10 pm to 1 am. The goal is to allow guests the opportunity to network with like-minded, local conscious leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members, as well as experience services from on-site local healers, intuitive readers, and holistic health practitioners; hear transformational talks, be inspired by and participate in Q&A’s with spiritual leaders and others; nurture personal growth and learn practical tools for manifesting; and be entertained. Guest speakers at the main event include Patricia Diorio and Stu Zimmerman, the co-hosts of the Get Conscious Now TV show, who will discuss how to protect ourselves from negative influences in the modern culture, how to use media consciously for the positive benefit of all, and how to use current human and technological resources to be a force for good in the world. Local healers offering services include intuitive reader Anya Lei, massage therapist Alexander Ray Lujan, medical intuitive Sudama Mark Kennedy, and Reiki healer Christina McMahon; spiritual singer-songwriter Sudama will also provide musical entertainment, along with dancer Tika Moini and Chapin Mathews (acoustic looping). Healthy food from Imlak’esh Organics will be available on site. The after-party at DiviniTree features dancing; music by DJ Deva Vodopija; superfood tonics, smoothies, elixirs, and drinks; healthy foods and additional services available from intuitive readers and holistic healers. Tickets are $20 for the Networking Event, $10 for the Ascension Party 2 – 9 June 2016

($25 combo). For more info and link to tickets, visit events/982578471780088.

Sacred Ground at Shengzhen

Mark Ruskin, Noell Grace, and Ejé Lynn-Jacobs present An Evening of Sacred Poetry and Song on Friday, with all invited to join for a “night of remembering our true nature through the power of inspired poetry and song.” Ruskin reads from his books, On Love’s Path: New Versions of Rumi, Kabir and Hafiz and Gitanjali (Song Offerings) a New English Version, for which the author updates the lyrical poems with contemporary language. Ruskin, an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner who now also teaches Qi Gong classes in Union of Three Hearts Meditation and Awakening the Soul at the Sheng Zhen Center for Self Healing, will also read his original poetry, followed by a mini-version of SpiritSings Sacred Songs of the One Heart invoking our felt experience of the divine employing the call-and-response format led by singer-composer-guitarist Noell Grace and bassist-singer Ejé LynnJacobs. The event takes place 7 to 9 pm at the Sheng Zhen Center, 20 W. Calle Laureles Street. Admission is $10.

Tribe with a Vibe

Also on Friday night, Santa Barbara Dance Tribe’s final event in its special 1st Friday ecstatic dance series hosts world-renowned 5Rhythms® teacher Jo Cobbett offering “Enheartment: Dancing into Wholeness through Embodying Connection to Source” from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. The dance, which Cobbett has been teaching for nearly 20 years, is a moving meditation form that is a practice of inclusion, intention, and arriving in full presence. Dance Tribe’s regular Sunday dance gathering, an all-ages alcohol and drug-free community sacred dance held each week 11 am to 1 pm at Gustafson Dance Studio, 2285 Las Positas Road (home of State Street Ballet), is led this week by DJ Thrifty. Admission to each event is $15. Details at

Presence of Mind

Back at Unity on Sunday, Jim Dreaver, author of End Your Story, Begin Your Life, offers “Being Fully

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Present” a workshop designed to help participants more fully experience life by becoming more present? The event helps us to see that underneath our judgments, expectations, emotional dramas, and self-sabotaging “stories,” we are all beautiful, loving, and powerful people. Awakening to this truth is the greatest gift we will ever give to ourselves. Dreaver’s simple awakening practice includes mediations and sharing. The 2 to 5 pm event has a suggested donation of $30, but is open via “love offering” admission, meaning all are welcome. Call 966-2239 or visit www.unitysb. com.

Richo Bravo

David Richo, Ph.D. – the Santa Barbara-based psychotherapist, author (How to be an Adult), and teacher (his classes at Adult Ed were always sold out) who combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work – is the leader of this month’s Wednesday Retreat Day at La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road in Montecito. Cosmic Spirituality, which takes place 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Wednesday, June 8, examines the concept that our spirituality is cosmic when it opens to the mystical realization that the

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whole universe is on a spiritual path. “We are a unique articulation of the cosmos, and we are given a lifetime to find ourselves in it,” Richo says in the workshop description. “Our challenge then is to trust our connection to one another and to the cosmos. This is how we find a big-minded and big-hearted spiritual life.” Admission is donation-based, with an optional lunch ($14). Reservations at www.lac tuality or call 969-5031. Later this month, Casa’s retreat center also hosts Eco-Spirituality: Living as Spirit-Based Agents of Change, Friday-Sunday, June 10-12. The retreat delves into the need for a spirituality that brings wisdom back to our relationship with nature, our bodies, our work, our educational systems, and indeed to “all our relations.” Matthew Fox, a theologian and spiritual maverick who has spent the last 40 years revolutionizing Christian theology and advocating for a creation-centered spirituality of compassion and justice and “re-sacralizing” of the earth, conducts the weekend workshop. Cost is $300 for commuters, $400 for residential stay. Details and reservations at eco-spirituality-living-as-spirit-basedagents-of-change. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


C ALENDAR OF Note to readers: This entertainment calendar is a subjective sampling of arts and other events taking place in the Santa Barbara area for the next week. It is by no means comprehensive. Be sure to read feature stories in each issue that complement the calendar. In order to be considered for inclusion in this calendar, information must be submitted no later than noon on the Wednesday eight days prior to publication date. Please send all news releases and digital artwork to

EVENTS by Steven Libowitz


Summer Nights on the Roof – FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Santa Barbara has no skyscrapers or KJEE Summer Roundup – This even anything high enough to call a ain’t your Texas granddaddy’s tower. Closest thing might be the clock Cambridge Concert Closer – Singerround-up, folk; round-up here tower at the Santa Barbara County songwriter Rupert Wates may not have been born with his knack for composing acoustic, means something more like music Courthouse, but the place closes by melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville, from ‘round the genre spectrum. 5 pm, and drinking is frowned upon. and cabaret fully formed, but he sure has had Headlining is Iration, the popular So maybe there’s no better place to the opportunity to hone it over the years. The Isla Vista-formed modern reggae band sip cocktails than the rooftop of the London-born Wates signed a publishing contract that put out their first EP, New Roots, Canary Hotel, just a block off State with Eaton Music Limited in the late 1990s that a full decade ago. Now a big touring Street in downtown Santa Barbara. required him to write material in all kinds of band whose last two albums, 2013’s The three-hour window spans daylight, styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. A few years later, he formed his own quartet in Paris, Automatic and 2015’s Hotting Up, sunset, and darkness, so you get a and 10 years ago moved to the States. Now both topped Billboard’s Reggae chart, chance to witness the city as it changes based in New York and Colorado, Wates has the group will enjoy sleeping in their from workday bustle to evening won more than 30 songwriting awards, has own beds here in Santa Barbara after entertainment – all while catching up averaged about 120 live shows every year, laying down the vibes at the Santa with friends (old or new) and enjoying and has released eight solo CDs. Opener Dan O’Sullivan has also gone through Barbara Bowl to hometown fans at music provided by DJ aRod. Summer some career transitions. After spending nearly two decades as a guitar for hire, he went solo in 2006, and now plies his original songs that feature humorous and the 12th annual KJEE show. Also Nights begin tonight. WHEN: 6-10 pm moving lyrics built on his well-developed guitar work in concerts around his home in high up on the bill are Fitz and the WHERE: 31 West Carrillo St. COST: L.A. and far beyond. His music has drawn comparisons to David Wilcox and John Tantrums, who hail from 90 miles $20 ($500 for a VIP table for 10, Mayer for his sharp acoustic songs with a lot of fancy guitar work. WHEN: 7:30 away in Los Angeles and are on the which includes entry for 10 guests, an pm WHERE: Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta cusp of releasing their third full-length exclusive VIP group lounge area and COST: $12 with advance reservation and $15 at the door INFO: 964-0436 or album on June 10. The eponymous a bottle of your choosing from Grey disc follows Pickin’ Up the Pieces – Goose, Ketel One, Maker’s Mark, Jack which got previewed at least a couple Daniels, Patron Silver, and Johnnie Joya Rose teaches the art of brush play. The class is designed to involve of times at Velvet Jones downtown Walker Black). INFO: 884-0300 or lettering in your own personal style, ensemble work with an emphasis before the band hit it big – and More useful for creating cards, placards, on analyzing the text through Than Just a Dream, the group’s majorwrapping paper, and anything else performance, giving the presentation SATURDAY, JUNE 4 label debut that continued the flow you can dream. Brooke and Steve an extra literary feel. The Bard’s early of funky rock replete with danceable Giannetti, authors of the bestselling comedy follows the King of Navarre June Gloom Fest – Marine layer. hooks. The new album, according to book Patina Style, talk about their and his three companions as they Fog. Misty mornings. Whatever you call creative collaboration on their beautiful attempt to forswear the company lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick, it, the late-spring weather phenomenon home in Ojai, while Carpinteria author is about desire – “The desire for of women for three years of study in our beach communities can lead to intimacy, for sex, for acceptance on and chef Pascale Beale will be in the and fasting, drawing on themes of depression, frustration, and anxiety your own terms, and the struggle not store to demonstrate seasonal recipes masculine love and desire, reckoning among the crowd usually used to to compromise.” Wolfmother, The and plating ideas from two of Porch’s and rationalization, and, ultimately, non-stop sunshine, easily earning its Strumbellas, and Santa Barbara’s favorite cookbooks, Salade – Recipes reality versus fantasy. WHEN: 7 to nickname. But Porch of Carpinteria from the Market Table and Les Fruits 8:30 pm today & tomorrow WHERE: own FMLYBND round out the round– Savory and Sweet Recipes from the Anisq’Oyo’ Park, Embarcadero Del up’s lineup. The early start time means invites you to embrace the gray and Market Table. Also, Bon Fortune KinderMar, Isla Vista COST: free INFO: come celebrate at its sixth annual full sets from all before the 10 pm Garden invites kids to enter a magical June Gloom Fest, when the home and curfew. WHEN: 4:30 pm WHERE: wonderland to create nature-inspired garden shop on Santa Claus Lane hosts 1122 North Milpas St. COST: Scholarship Winners II – Santa a bevy of activities designed to combat crafts, including painting on a mural $39.50-$49.50 INFO: 962-7411 or sketched by renowned local artist Barbara Music Club closes out its the blues. Local artist and illustrator Jeremy Harper. Activities are slated current season with the second of two to take place up and down Santa Claus special performances featuring some Lane for the 6th annual fest. WHEN: of the winners of its annual scholarship FRIDAY, JUNE 3 10 am to 4 pm WHERE: 3823 Santa competition. Today’s concert boasts Claus Lane, Carpinteria COST: free (but the youngest of this year’s winner, fee for brush lettering workshop) INFO: 7-year-old pianist Noelle Hadsall, BFirst Friday Crafternoon – A brand684-0300 or who is just a year younger than new series offering crafts, classes, and an guitarist Joey Malvini. Joey’s sister informal yarn circle during lunchtime on the Shakespeare in the Park – The Sofia, 11, who is a violinist, and first Friday of the month begins today with a UCSB program that brings classical Noelle’s sister Holly, who is also session devoted to Adult Coloring Books and drama outdoors to the heart of Isla 11 and also a pianist, are the only Button Making. No experience is necessary, Vista is offering Love’s Labour’s Lost other pre-teens on the roster. Also and supplies will be provided, but guests should bring their own yarn, needles, and to close out the spring quarter, and performing are Natalie Kellogg, hooks for Sit-and-Stitch, a social yarn group for knitting and crocheting that will also the title has more than one meaning. 18, mezzo-soprano; Sofia Ross, 18, meet each month. All are welcome to bring your brown-bag lunch or skip the eating Indeed, the show is the culmination soprano; Daryanna Lancet, 16, and just unwind, nurture your creativity, and make new friends at the library’s tech of the course taught by Gerry violin; Holly Radford, 15, violin; lab. Upcoming events include Absolute Beginners Knitting (bring your own needles Hansen that’s open to all majors Connor Rowe, 18, trombone; and and yarn) on July 1, and Embroidery Basics (supplies provided) on August 5. WHEN: and includes students from a wide Marissa Condie, 17, flute. The noon – 2 pm WHERE: 40 East Anapamu St. COST: free INFO: 564-5659 or www. variety of experience levels, who not expanded program and community   only perform but also produce the interest means a larger venue, hence


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SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Paul Simon – There haven’t been many classic or iconic pop stars performing at the Bowl so far this season, but they don’t come much more legendary or influential than Paul Simon. The singer-songwriter who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist, turns 75 in the fall but shows little signs of slowing down. Simon’s new album, Stranger to Stranger, his 12th studio recording as a solo artist, just came out this week and has already been heralded as another important album in his prolific career. Expect to hear several of the new cuts plus classic Simon solo songs and a smattering of Simon & Garfunkel greatest hits when he returns to the Santa Barbara Bowl, one of the smaller venues on his 2016 world tour. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: 1122 North Milpas St. COST: $69.50-$139.50 INFO: 962-7411 or www.sbbowl. com (photo by Mark Seliger)

the move to First United Methodist Church. WHEN: 3 pm WHERE: 305 East Anapamu St. COST: free INFO: SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Twenty Years of Prime Time– Network TV may have yielded to cable and streaming, but The Prime Time Band of Santa Barbara is still attracting both players and listeners, as more than 250 musicians over the age of 50 have cycled through the seniors-only pop ensemble since it was founded in 1995. Directed by Jeffrey Peterson, the Santa Barbara-based community band plays its free summer concert tonight, focusing, as always, on classic American pop, offering such selections as The Good Old U.S.A., The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Wade in the Water”, a tribute to Count Basie, selections from the Star Wars soundtrack, and various other pops pieces. WHEN: 2 pm WHERE: San Marcos High School Auditorium, 4750 Hollister Ave. COST: free INFO: 962-6983 or

Jazz in the Afternoon – While many of their music student colleagues are winding up the academic calendar with concerts back on campus, the UCSB Jazz Ensemble is heading downtown to perform for the Santa Barbara Jazz Society this afternoon at SOhO. The 20-plus strong ensemble, directed by Dr. Jon Nathan, offer repertoire drawn from their current studies and recent shows, including numbers from March’s Count Basie concert, as well as more contemporary jazz. Also featured are two smaller combos plus vocalist Isabel Perry, who joins the big band to perform “I’m Beginning to See the Light” and “Ain’t Misbehaving”, and sits in with the smaller combo to perform “East of the Sun” and “If You Never Come to Me”. WHEN: 1 to 4 pm WHERE: SOhO, 1221 State Street, upstairs in Victoria Court COST: $25 general, $15 SBJS members, $7 local professional jazz musicians, SBJS members, and full-time student members INFO: 962-7776/www. or 687-7123/www.  •MJ




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Pico and Paranirvana – Artist Lewis deSoto, whose large inflatable sculpture “Paranirvana (Self-Portrait)” has been installed in Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s historic Ludington Court, sits down, in classic talk show format, for an informal and wide-ranging conversation with noted essayist, author, and Santa Barbara writer icon Pico Iyer. “Paranirvana”, a 26-foot-long, fan-powered piece – which appears in conjunction with Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent, an exhibit featuring 160 works – inhales (inflates) when switched on and exhales (deflates) when switched off, symbolizing the spiritual breath Prana in Hindu philosophy. Desoto placed his own face on the figure of the Buddha, in a “humorous and revealing meeting point of technology, religion, and biography”. The artist and Iyer are slated to discuss, among other topics, Buddhism, fathers and sons, and how stillness complements movement in the creative process, whatever the form. WHEN: 2:30 pm WHERE: 1130 State Street COST: $10 general, $6 seniors (free for museum members) INFO: 963-4364 or

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Real Estate  

by Mark Ashton Hunt

Mark and his wife, Sheela Hunt, are real estate agents. His family goes back nearly 100 years in the Santa Barbara area. Mark’s grandparents – Bill and Elsie Hunt – were Santa Barbara real estate brokers for 25 years.

Four New Listings


ay and June are often the time of year when we see the biggest surge of inventory available in the housing market. This year, however, we are only seeing small jumps in the number of new listings. Among those listings are the following four homes I believe deserve close inspection by serious buyers. All are within the average (or better) price per square foot range (for Montecito), and all offer something unique in terms of location, amenities, et cetera.

690 Chelham Way: $1,695,000

This is a good opportunity to purchase a 4-bedroom home in the Cold Spring School District, just two short blocks to school. The house includes two bathrooms, hardwood floors, and opportunities for adding value with upside potential. The setting is attractive, replete with natural drought-tolerant gardens, fruit trees, and vegetable beds. The property is on a larger lot than the neighboring properties and is adjacent to the open space of Westmont College, so there is no home directly behind this one. Additionally, there is a covered brick patio with a built-in barbecue, ideal for entertaining. The upstairs master features a deck with spa and balcony.

Our Montecito Branch just got even better! We are pleased to welcome Kathy Kerstiens as our new Client Relationship Manager at the Montecito Office! Kathy will be partnering with the retail, lending and electronic banking teams at American Riviera Bank to assist clients in selecting banking products and services that meet their needs and financial goals. She has over 29 years of banking experience, particularly relationship and community banking in the Montecito area, so we know she will be a great addition to our Montecito Team!

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145 La Vereda Road: $2,995,000

Tucked behind a hedged corner lot on a cul-de-sac in a Hedgerow location is this San Ysidro ranch-style home. At just less than 3,000 square feet (as advertised) the single-level, remodeled house features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, vaulted beam ceilings, wood floors, 3 fireplaces, skylights, numerous French doors, a bright master bath, and separate home office. This home is close to the beach and Montecito Union School while being off the main streets, in an area comprised mostly of equally priced or more expensive homes.

82 Humphrey Road: $2,995,000

The unique thing about this newly built craftsman-style home near Miramar Beach is its architectural style, and the fact that it is essentially a large loft home with the entire second story being an open master suite. Another attractive feature is the basement room with its fireplace and wet bar, which can be used for nearly any purpose. Additional attractions in the open-loft-style floor plan home include: mahogany windows and doors, black walnut heated floors, dual-pane windows, security system, skylights, and more. Outside is a spacious yard with drought-tolerant plantings and raised planter boxes for gardening. This home is located in the Montecito Union School District, one block to Miramar Beach and convenient to the lower village.

ocean and mountain views, a private pool and spa, and a good location adjacent to larger estates. The home has 4 large bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths, a spacious kitchen with double oven and center island, a media room, family room, and outdoor entertaining spaces. The home has good wall space for displaying a significant art collection, and the open floor plan and great rooms (the home is advertised as having more than 5,200 square feet of living space) makes for entertaining opportunities. Outside there are patios, lawns, and space for guests and family to enjoy yearround. Situated on a 1.32-acre lot, it is in the Montecito Union School District. For more information on any of these properties or if you would like me to arrange a showing with the listing agents, please contact me directly: or call/text (805) 698-2174. For more Best Buys, visit my site www.MontecitoBestBuys. com from which this article is based. •MJ



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721 Lilac Drive: $5,495,000

If you like open floor plans, high ceilings, walls of glass, privacy, ocean views, and an excellent location, this new listing on Lilac Drive has all that. Situated on a private, shared lane in a premier location, this contemporary estate features

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843 Park Hill Lane 1-4pm 1525 Las Tunas Road 1-4pm 420 Toro Canyon Road By Appt. 745 Lilac Drive 2-4pm 1988 East Valley Road By Appt. 923 Buena Vista Drive 1-4pm 549 Hot Springs Road 1-4pm 975 Mariposa Lane 1-4pm 187 East Mountain Drive By Appt. 754 Winding Creek Lane 1-3pm 595 Freehaven Drive 2-5pm 2931 Hidden Valley Lane 1-4pm 193 East Mountain Drive 1-4pm 82 Humphrey Road 2-4pm 729 Woodland Drive 1-4pm 298 East Mountain Drive 1-4pm 1295 Spring 1-3pm 614 Tabor Lane 1-3pm 595 Paso Robles 1-3pm 62 Olive Mill Road 2:4:30pm 1220 Coast Village Rd 110 By Appt. 1032 Fairway 1-4pm 1220 Coast Village Rd 212 2-5pm 2 – 9 June 2016

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ESTATE SALE 2nd Annual Estate Sale to Benefit AHA! (Attitude, Harmony, Achievement.) Saturday, June 4 from 9am to 2pm. The Peppers Estate, 430 Hot Springs, Montecito Featuring furnishings, rugs, antiques, vintage accessories, designer clothing and jewelry. AHA is dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence and social conscience in teenagers.



PHYSICAL TRAINING/COACHING SWIM LESSONS All ages & skill levels. Beginners/ toddlers - advanced/ stroke technique & improvement. House calls only. Allyson Leseman, 7yrs experience Wsi, Lifeguard, Coach, Aed, Cpr, First aid (909) 915-9163 or allysonleseman@gmail. com PHYSICAL THERAPY House calls for balance, strength, coordination, flexibility and stamina to improve the way you move. Josette Fast, PT36 years experience. UCLA trained. House calls 805-722-8035

Caregiving Services by Daniel Experienced male certified nurse’s assistant that provides wide variety of care focused on the needs of the patient. Excellent references available. 805-390-5283 HELPING HANDS “Helping your loved ones in the comfort of their own home” Meal prep – Transportation – Bathing – Light house keeping Overnight – Weekends and Day IN Home Care Services Call MAGGIE (805) 729-5067  SELF-HELP Personal Trainer 35 years experience. I go to the gym of your choice. Hourly rates Special deals on monthly packages Santa Barbara 941 350-8210

Deepak Chopra-trained and certified instructor will teach you meditation to create a life you love. Sandra 636-3089. WEDDING CEREMONIES Ordained Minister Any/All Types of Ceremonies “I Do” Your Way Sandra Williams 805.636.3089 SPECIAL/PERSONAL SERVICES Family Historian available to help you create a written account of your life that will preserve your past and become a cherished legacy book for future generations. There is no time like the present to give the gift of a lifetime! Lisa O’Reilly, Member Association of Personal Historians 684-6514 or www. I will write it for you! You have lived an amazing life, let’s get it on paper. Publishing Services too! http:// Free consultation 805-794-9126 Professional Business or Personal Home/Office Management Bookkeeping, Correspondence Organizer, Filing Travel Arrangements, Errands Incredible References 805-636-3089


Helping you make decisions and take action on what to keep, sell, or donate in overcrowded closets or cluttered homes. Donna Benson donnabstyle@gmail. com

PIANO LESSONS Santa Barbara Studio of Music seeks children wishing to experience the joy of learning music. (805) 453-3481.

POSITION WANTED Caregiver/companion looking for a position, live-in or out. 15 yrs experience. Background checked. Excellent local references. Call Marge 805 450-8266.


Custom Yoga Sessions Just back from 2 years teaching in Bali, Master Yoga Teacher Richard Rahn is in Santa Barbara  and offering Custom Yoga Sessions in the privacy of your home. Individual or small group sessions available.  Text 310-488-9010 for more. 

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CAREGING SERVICES Experienced caregiver I have taken care of both people with dementia, physically handicapped and the very sick. I am 44 years old, very dedicated and caring; Many Montecito refs and reasonable. 805 453 8972. Marketing and Publicity for your business, non-profit, or event. Integrating traditional and social media and specializing in PSAs, podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and press releases. Contact Patti Teel seniorityrules@ One-on-one care position sought by former and retired RN, part time or live-in.  Call for interview at 805 845-0520 RN seeking Private duty position. Elder care, post op care, IV therapy. Healthy cook. Resume & references available. Sharon 570-4917

REVERSE MORTGAGE SERVICES Reverse Mortgage Specialist Conventional & Jumbo 805 5655750 gnagy@ No mortgage payments as long as you live in your home! Gayle Nagy NMLS ID #251258 CA BRE ID# 00598690 Summit Funding Inc. 35 W. Micheltorena St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 NMLS ID# 337868 NMLS ID# 3199, An equal housing lender. REAL ESTATE SERVICES Nancy Hussey Realtor ® 805-452-3052 Coldwell Banker Montecito DRE#0138377 -Real Estate Sales & Leasing


HELPING HANDS “Helping your loved ones in the comfort of their own home” Meal prep – Transportation – Bathing – Light house keeping Overnight – Weekends and Day IN Home Care Services Call MAGGIE (805) 729-5067  SHORT/LONG TERM RENTAL Santa Barbara Short Term fully furnished Apartments/Studios. Walk to Harbor & Downtown. For family, friends and fumigation, etc. Day/Week/Month 805-966-1126 LIVE YOUR VACATION Ocean views from every room!! Beautiful


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Local professional woman looking for cottage/apartment. Long time local looking for a guest cottage, large studio or one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and private bathroom with bathtub... ideally with access to outside space (patio/yard). Looking in Montecito, Downtown, East/ West beach or Mesa neighborhoods. I am a mid-30’s professional woman, non-smoker, non-partier with excellent references looking for a quiet space. please email : ESTATE/MOVING SALE SERVICES THE CLEARING HOUSE, LLC 
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED K-PALS need volunteers to be foster parents for our dogs while they are waiting for their forever homes. For more information or 805-570-0415.

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LUCKY’S steaks / chops / seafood... and brunch •

Morning Starters and Other First Courses •

with each entRée

Sandwiches •

With choice of Hash Browns, Fries, Mixed Green, Caesar Salad, Fruit Salad

Fresh Squeezed OJ or Grapefruit Juice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..................................... $ 6/8. Bowl of Chopped Fresh Fruit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................... 9. with Lime and Mint

Giant Shrimp Cocktail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 22. Chilled Crab Meat Cocktail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 22. Grilled Artichoke with Choice of Sauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 14. Burrata Mozzarella, Basil and Ripe Tomato . . . . . . . . ........................................ 19. Today’s Soup .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 10.

Lucky Burger, 8 oz., All Natural Chuck ....... ...................................................... $ 20. Choice of Cheese, Homemade French Fried Potatoes, Soft Bun or Kaiser Roll

Grilled Chicken Breast Club on a Soft Bun ................................................. 18. with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado

Sliced Filet Mignon Open Faced Sandwich, 6 oz. ........................................ 24. with Mushrooms, Homemade French Fried Potatoes

Hot Corned Beef .......................................................................................... 19. on a Kaiser Roll or Rye

Reuben Sandwich ........................................................................................ 20. with Corned Beef, Sauerkraut and Gruyere on Rye

French Onion Soup, Gratinée with Cheeses . . . . . . . . ......................................... 12. Matzo Ball Soup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 12. Lucky Chili ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 15. with Cheddar and Onions

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Salads and Other Specialties •

Wedge of Iceberg ................................. ...................................................... $10. with Roquefort or Thousand Island Dressing

Caesar Salad ................................................................................................ 10.

Eggs and Other Breakfast Dishes •

with Grilled Chicken Breast ...............................................................................

Eggs Served with choice of Hash Browns, Fries, Sliced Tomatoes, Fruit Salad

Classic Eggs Benedict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......................................


Seafood Louis .............................................................................................. 29. $18.

with Julienne Ham and Hollandaise

Crab, Shrimp, Avocado, Egg, Romaine, Tomato, Cucumber

Charred Rare Tuna Nicoise Salad ........ ........................................................ 27.

California Eggs Benedict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 18. with Spinach, Tomato and Avocado

Lucky’s Salad ....................................... ........................................................ 17. with Romaine, Shrimp, Bacon, Green Beans and Roquefort

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....................................... 22. Smoked Salmon and Sautéed Onion Omelet . . . . . . . . ........................................ 19. with Sour Cream and Chives

Cobb Salad .................................................................................................. 19. Tossed with Roquefort Dressing

Chopped Salad ............................................................................................. 17.

Wild Mushroom and Gruyere Omelet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 19. Home Made Spanish Chorizo Omelet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 18. with Avocado

Small New York Steak 6 oz, and Two Eggs Any Style ................................ 25. Corned Beef Hash (made right here) and Two Poached Eggs ......................... 19. Huevos Rancheros, Two Eggs Any Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 15. Tortillas, Melted Cheese, Avocado and Warm Salsa

Brioche French Toast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......................................... 14. with Fresh Berries and Maple Syrup

Waffle Platter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 14. with Fresh Berries, Whipped Cream, Maple Syrup

Smoked Scottish Salmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 20. Toasted Bialy or Bagel, Cream Cheese and Olives, Tomato & Cucumber

Mixed Vegetable Frittata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........................................ 17.

with Arugula, Radicchio, Shrimp, Prosciutto, Cannellini Beans and Onions

Sliced Steak Salad ....................................................................................... 24. with Arugula, Radicchio and Sautéed Onion

Jimmy the Greek Salad with Feta ........ ........................................................ 14. Dos Pueblos Abalone (4pcs) ................. ....................................................... 28.

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