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Prayers answered for All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church’s initial $11-million renovation, p. 6



Sue Burrows was Citizen of the Year, chaired Montecito’s Planning Commission, and brought pride and integrity everywhere she served, p.21

31st annual Montecito Association Beautification Day focuses on creativity, conservation, and sustainability (story on p.13)

High Note

“Tall Tenor” Ben Bliss chooses Strauss, Britten, and Boulanger for Hahn Hall recital debut, accompanied by pianist Lachlan Glen on Saturday, p.33

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Donald Trump for president, Justin Fareed for Congress, Floyd Wicks and Tobe Plough for Montecito Water Board – that’s the ticket for MJ, writes James Buckley


Montecito Miscellany


Letters to the Editor

All Saints by the Sea; Susan St. John; Sill Family Vineyards; SB Polo Club in Carp; Ghost Light Night; SB Symphony; Mosher Studio Artists; Jookin’ Jam Session; UCSB concert; United Boys and Girls Clubs; Girls Inc. luncheon; Parkinson Association; Neiman Marcus catalog; and farewell to Princess Diana’s stepmother





Once again, there’s no shortage of missives from readers: Reeve Woolpert, Janice Evans, G. Herbert, Susan Cruz, Anonymous, Gwyn Lurie, Bob Kupiec, Morten Wengler, John Mosby, J.W. Burk, Regina Roney, Phil Bernstein, Arthur Merovick, Meika Mosby-McCrindle, Alex Pujo, Dale Lowdermilk, and Linda Stewart-Oaten My Take Bob Hazard quotes and questions SB columnist Nick Welsh, then delves into Montecito’s water usage and MWD Board candidates Floyd Wicks and Tobe Plough

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Poetry club; Sara Woodburn art; speak Spanish; Beautification Day; prayer retreat; Carp artists; Lotusland; Midnight MYNX moms; tea dance; MBAR meeting; musician Nathalia; MA meets; book club; Lego building; Summerland yoga; knit and crochet; SBMM lecture; The New Yorker; Mesa studio tour; beeswax candles; Jamie Medlin exhibit; art classes; brain fitness; Cava entertainment; brain fitness; Story Time; Pilates; Italian conversation; farmers and artisans markets; Cars & Coffee Tide Guide Handy chart to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach

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Beautification Day winners; Ghost Village Road contest champions; pastor Don John leaves for Minnesota;

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Lynda Millner attends the United Way’s Red Feather Ball; Humane Society event at Alisal Ranch; and SB Woman’s Club

21 In Passing

Rest in peace, Sue Jane Matthews Burrows, who was honored as Montecito Association Citizen of the Year in 2015

24 On The Water Front

Dick Shaikewitz delves back into the MWD controversy, “wading” in on questions and answers stemming from recent community meetings

27 Spirituality Matters


Steven Libowitz opens his mind to Fellow and author Peter Russell, who expounds on meditation; Dale Halaway seminar; medium Bernard Ilsley; and Rinaldo Brutoco

33 On Entertainment

Steven Libowitz catches up with opera singer Ben Bliss; Opera SB’s Kostis Protopapas; BTC’s seventh season begins; You Can’t Take It with You at San Marcos High; Q&A with Greg Proops; and “Whose Line is It Anyway” improv

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Sigrid Toye gets to know Mark Croshaw, science instructor for more than 20 years at Santa Barbara Junior High School

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1st Thursday art; Joan Baez at Lobero; SBCC spotlights choreography; Penny Nichols in Goleta; Misa Kelly and TURF; “Dance to the Music of Time”; Kimmie Dee hosts Carp comics; SB Poetry Series; hip hop at Campbell Hall; honoring Joni Mitchell; and Ojai film focus

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by James Buckley

How We’re Voting


his is the last issue we’ll put out before what could be a watershed (if you’ll excuse the expression) election for not only Montecito but also for the United States of America. So, although we’ve outlined how we’re voting and for whom over the past two issues, it’s important that we reiterate those choices, so here they are:

For President: Donald J. Trump

The next president of the United States of America is either going to be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, so you and we must select one or the other. For us, it’s not a tough choice at all, though it took awhile for us to come around. We listened carefully to Mr. Trump’s one-on-one interviews with various newscasters – some friendly, some not so – as the less-than-high-minded campaign slogged its salacious way across our TV screens, and he came across as a reasonably intelligent and sincere man. We’ve grown to not only like him, but to feel confident he will do or at least try to do many of the things he’s “promised” over the past 16 months since he first declared his candidacy. We like that he intends to try to bring the corporate tax rate down to 15 percent from its among-the-highest-in-the-world 35 percent. It means that he understands that high taxation and over-regulation are strangling small business. We believe he’ll have some success in revising the tax code for individuals. We like the list of proposed nominees he has put forth to fill the late Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court seat. We believe Mr. Trump will make a concerted and successful effort to stem the tide of “refugees” pouring across our borders illegally by air and land and will finally put some teeth into policing our borders. A Trump administration is sure to radically alter the ridiculous 2,700page “Affordable” Care Act, and will probably repeal and replace it if he finds himself with enough of a majority in Congress. Renegotiating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other one-sided treaties, such as NATO, are also excellent ideas. We do hope he lives up to these promises and assumes a mantle of responsibility and probity that a U.S. president must have. If he fails – as he may – we’ll at least have options. We fear that if the Clintons are brought back to Washington, D.C., we’ll never have another chance to get off the track of a burdensome and intolerant regulatory state her administration would have us on. We also appreciate and admire Mr. Trump’s choice for vice president: Michael Pence, who would make a terrific president should something health-wise fell a 70-year-old-plus President Trump.


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My Take 


by Bob Hazard

If you have something you think Montecito should know about, or wish to respond to something you read in the Journal, we want to hear from you. Please send all such correspondence to: Montecito Journal, Letters to the Editor, 1206 Coast Village Circle, Suite D, Montecito, CA. 93108. You can also FAX such mail to: (805) 969-6654, or E-mail to

Mr. Hazard is an associate editor of this paper and a former president of Birnam Wood Golf Club. The following opinions and statements are his own and are not necessarily those of the editorial board of Montecito Journal.

Knocking Montecito For Its Water Use


ick Welsh, author of a weekly column in a Santa Barbara weekly, self-described as the Angry Poodle, has made a career of denigrating Montecito. In his latest gibe, labeled “Error of the Dog”, Welsh again points his pen at Montecito, writing wrongly: “For all the outrage over rationing, penalties and water bills, it’s worth noting the average Montecitian still uses four times more water than the average Goletan, and pays about half as much as the average Santa Barbarian for the water received.” Is that charge true, or is Welsh pelting Montecito with more of his angry doggie pooh? Here are some relevant stats:

Water Usage: Montecito vs Goleta

The Goleta Water District expects to sell nearly 11,000 acre-feet (AF) of water in 2016-17 to its 16,600 metered accounts, spread over its district’s 29,000 acres, with total consumption down 20% from its normal pre-drought usage level of some 13,560 AFY. The Montecito Water District (MWD) expects to sell some 3,500 acre-feet of water in 2016-17 to its 4,500 metered accounts, spread over the district’s 9,888 acres, with total consumption down 41% from the base year of 2013. That means Montecito residents are delivering twice the conservation rate of Goleta’s water users. In Goleta, 80% of single-family residences have been constructed on lots that are less than a quarter of an acre, while in Montecito, lot sizes are more often at least an acre or more. Water officials in Goleta estimate that only 42% of total water consumption is attributed to landscape irrigation, whereas in Montecito landscape usage is well above 70%. Goleta also benefits in water consumption per person from the masses of multi-unit housing in Isla Vista, where students are stacked in concrete towers with limited landscaping. Indoor water usage in both communities is nearly the same, at 6 to 10 HCF billing units per month. Even though Montecito has more golf courses, luxury resorts, and large estates than Goleta, water use per acre is remarkably similar in both places. Measured on a water use per acre basis, Montecito will use 0.035 AFY per acre, slightly better than Goleta at 0.037 AFY per acre in the 2016-17 water year. Even when you divide Goleta’s 10,938 AFY of water sold to its 16,600 metered

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Summerland is Not Montecito


or heaven’s sake, what are you thinking? It is truly wacky to see your water board campaign signs in Summerland urging Summerlanders to vote for you to “Keep Montecito Green.” Have you no idea the unease folks here feel since our little Summerland water department and modest consumption were taken over by the Montecito Water District? In spite of the confusion caused by Pat Nesbitt’s blatant corruption of our community’s boundaries and lifestyle with his Montecito Ranch Estates in Summerland on the Carpinteria side of town, and the occasional indiscreet, local entrepreneur naming a business Montecito Something, Summerland is not Montecito. If your aim is for our water to be used to “Keep Montecito Green,” I demand an equal, middleclass-priced portion to “Keep Summerland Clean” and wish for this community the guilt-free right to use it equally as zealously. For instance, I may choose to hose down the dirty street out front, wash my car, deck, patio, and roof, or find other ways to spray water like I was growing grass – historic drought and overpopulation be damned.  On this cramped end of the district (with a few exceptions such as Pat, the sod farmer), we have been struggling to consume water responsibly. As I recall, the average residential use in Summerland is an order of magnitude less than the average Montecito residential use – yet we still endure extraordinary rates, ominous prospects, and mind-boggling, nature-challenging sourcing. Since our districts merged, it seems that over here, Summerland has been dragged along by the acquisitive oversized over there who want and want, and who now might elect two guys who intend to Keep Montecito (and Summerland?) Green – a downright astonishing goal. Reeve Woolpert Summerland

Failure of “Obamacare”

If there was ever a classic example of the failure of liberalism, this is it. They (the bureaucrats, politicians, and faculty-lounge academics) designed it, forced it down the throats of Americans (a majority of whom have never supported it), and

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now they want to “fix” it. Talk about a cruel joke. Janice Evans Santa Barbara

Investigative Reporter Needed

Wouldn’t it be terrific if the former newspaper tradition of weekly investigative reports, on every conceivable subject, were to now return to be especially appreciated by all readers. After acknowledging the headlines, we would turn, with anticipation and curiosity, to these excellent, surprising, and always informative columns. G. Hebert Montecito (Editor’s note: Well, it would be nice, but the money isn’t there anymore to pay those “investigative reporters.” – J.B.)

Clinton Foundation Update

I have read several letters to the editor in your publication criticizing the Clinton Foundation. Writers complain that most of the money raised goes to the Clintons and their lavish lifestyle and only about five to 15 percent goes to actual charity. I usually ignore political ranting, but as an accountant I wanted to address this one. The Clinton Foundation is an operating foundation. There is an important distinction between an operating foundation versus a non-operating foundation. A private non-operating foundation “grants” money to the other charitable organizations. A private operating foundation distributes funds to its own programs that exist for charitable purposes. Charitable “grants” are not a major focus of the Clinton Foundation, which uses the donations to carry out the foundation’s own humanitarian programs. The Clinton Foundation’s 2013 IRS Form 990, which shows total revenue of nearly $149 million, and total charitable “grant disbursements” of nearly $9 million, about six percent of the budget. This is the erroneous figure many people use to criticize the foundation. Many people wrongly conclude that the rest of the donations must go to overhead or the Clintons. Not true. Most IRS returns and research show

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Bilingual Music for Kids & Families The Santa Barbara Public Library System is pleased to host concerts for children and families by musician Nathalia. A native of Colombia, Nathalia writes and performs original bilingual songs that are fun, catchy, and educational for children and grown-ups alike. With a mix of sounds from rock to cumbia, jazz to reggaeton, Nathalia’s songs will have the whole family singing and dancing along. When: 10:30 am Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063

(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail or call (805) 565-1860) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Poetry Club Each month, discuss the life and work of a different poet; poets selected by group consensus and interest. New members welcome. Today: William Wordsworth (1770-1850) When: 3:30 to 5 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 Art Opening Sara Woodburn marks the opening of her solo exhibit at Faulkner West Gallery. When: 5 to 7 pm Where: 40 East Anapamu Street Info: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Spanish Conversation Group at the Montecito Library The Montecito Library announces a new Spanish Conversation Group. The group is for anyone interested in practicing and improving conversational skills in Spanish. Participants should be familiar with the basics. When: 1:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Beautification Day Montecito hosts the 31st annual event, which beautifies Montecito’s trails, beaches, roads, and bridges, followed by lunch and awards presentation. When: 9 am Where: Upper Village Green Info: Centering Prayer Practice Retreat A mini-retreat day for Centering Prayer practice. There will be meditation walks,

journaling, reflection, and prayer practice. 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 Carpinteria Artists Marketplace The event will be in the courtyard of the Carpinteria Arts Center. Join in to celebrate the arts through music and handcrafted art pieces for sale by local artists. The band Americana Cats will add to the event with their interpretive style of cover songs and originals performed with a bit of their special “Louisiana hot sauce.” When: 10 am to 4 pm Where: 855 Linden Avenue Info: Spirit of Lotusland Stroll through Lotusland while enjoying creative cocktails paired specifically to each garden by California’s top mixologists. Guests will enjoy each entrant’s elixir in a spirited journey through Madame Walska’s most popular gardens to see who can create the best Spirit of Lotusland cocktail. When: 3 pm Cost: $75 (members), $95 (non-members) Info: 969-9990 Montecito Moms at SOhO Local all-women rock band Midnight MYNX will be mynxing it up at SOhO with their eclectic mix of new and old covers and originals. Also performing: The Jonny Catz, followed by Live band Karaoke with The Selections. When: 9 pm to midnight Where: 1221 State Street Cost: $8 Info:



Tea Dance The City of Santa Barbara donates use of the ballroom and volunteers provide music and refreshments for this ongoing, free dance event. Ballroom dance music including the Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Fox Trot, Quick Step, and rhythm dances such as the Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo, and Bolero are played, among other dance music. Participants can hone their dancing skills or learn new dance techniques. 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

Montecito Library Book Club Join for a lively discussion of this month’s title. This month: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; new members always welcome. When: 1 to 2 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063


Summerland Evening Yoga A longtime Summerland tradition taught by Bob Andre. Small Hatha 1 yoga class with brief meditation and breathing work. When: 5:30 pm Where: Summerland Church, 2400 Lillie Avenue Cost: donation

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: 2 pm Where: County Engineering Building, Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E. Anapamu TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Montecito Association Meeting The Montecito Association is committed to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the semi-rural residential character of Montecito. When: 4 pm Where: Montecito Hall, 1469 East Valley Road

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Build with Legos Drop in and build a fun Lego creation using your imagination. Lego building fosters creativity and is a fun way to build on early literacy skills. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. When: 3:30 to 4:30 pm Where: 1469 East Valley Road Info: (805) 969-5063

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 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 Santa Barbara Maritime Museum presents a lecture, “The Mesa and the Sea,” by Betsy J. Green. When: 7 pm; members-only reception at 6:15 pm Where: 113 Harbor Way Cost: free (SBMM members), $10 (non-members) Register: Go to or call 456-8747 Discussion Group A group gathers to discuss The New Yorker. When: 7:30 to 9:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Spanish Conversation Group The Montecito Library announces a new Spanish Conversation Group. The group is for anyone interested in practicing and improving conversational skills in Spanish. Participants should be familiar with the basics. When: 1:30 pm Where: Montecito Library, 1469 East Valley Road Info: 969-5063 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Mesa Artists Studio Tour Twelve artists whose output includes abstract, representational, landscape, and figurative work in watercolors, pastels, oils, acrylics, and other media host annual Mesa Artists Studio Tour, opening their homes for a pre-holiday exhibit and sale. Follow red balloons and signs to enjoy the art of Karin Aggeler, Danuta Bennett, Kathee Christie, Carissa Luminess, Niki Lunn, Kimberley Pratt, Meg Ricks, Morgan Green, Nancy and Bill Hull, Jean Demro, and Sara Woodburn. When: Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm Cost: free Map and info: www. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Beeswax Candle Dipping Workshop Enjoy the timeless art of making beeswax candles. Presented by the Beekeepers Guild of Santa Barbara. When: 11 am Where: 1619 San Leandro Lane Cost: $25 (members), $35 (non-members) Register: ONGOING

Art Exhibit The Gallery Montecito’s current exhibit is a contemporary modern masters show starting running through January 15. Featured artists include Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Wayne Thiebaud, Donald Sultan and more. Also on display: a painting by one of Britain’s finest master realist painters, Jamie Medlin. Info: 969-1180 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 WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS Live Entertainment Where: Cava, 1212 Coast Village Road When: 7 to 10 pm Info: 969-8500

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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

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his Saturday morning, November 5, be on the lookout for hundreds of volunteers as they scour Montecito for litter during the 31st annual Montecito Association Beautification Day. This family-friendly event focuses on beautifying Montecito and honoring those who have served our community. This year, the Beautification Committee, led again by Mindy Denson, have chosen three local home and business owners for the Beautification Awards. This year’s honors focus on sustainability and conservation, as well as a commitment to saving local insect populations. The theme of Beautification Day is “Save Our Monarch Butterflies,” and this year’s winners reflect that theme, Denson says. Earla and Paul Cronshaw’s Tabor Lane cottage has been chosen for its drought-tolerant landscape and butterfly and bee-friendly environment. Paul, who has lived in the home since he was born, is the founder of Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) and has kept honeybees since 1971. He teaches beekeeping classes to adults and children, and is the unofficial bee guru of Montecito. SBBA is dedicated to educating and mentoring people about honeybees and beekeeping, and the Cronshaws’ cottage is both a honeybee haven and habitat. Another winner this year is Marlene Vitanza, owner of Peregrine Galleries on Coast Village Road. Vitanza’s window display features monarch butterflies, mason jars with fresh sunflowers, twigs, burlap, and a pumpkin-filled wagon, all a nod to the upcoming Beautification Day. Vitanza has had the shop for nearly 35 years and car3 – 10 November 2016

ries vintage Chanel jewelry, as well as Miriam Haskell, Bakelite, Cartier, and rhinestone jewelry from 194050s, among other items. “The window display is an eye-catching way to remind people about Beautification Day,” Denson said. The third award goes to Katherine Malkin, owner of the vacant lot on the corner of Sycamore Canyon and Hot Springs Road. Malkin, with the help of her nephew Jared, have built a new fence on the property, made with wood from old Montecito Eucalyptus trees. The artistic fence is the first step in building a new residence on the land. “It really is a work of art, and we loved that it’s sustainable,” Denson said. The winners were nominated and chosen by the Beautification Committee, which includes Denson and her co-chair Cliff Gherson, Cindy Feinberg, Trish Davis, Jean von Wittenburg, Caryl Crahan, Christy Venable, Heidi Winston, Patty Zucherman, Jane Burkemper, Nina Terzian, Helen Buckley, Dana Hansen, Andrea Newquist, Michael Edwards, Monica Babich, Connor Rehage, Sylvia Easton, and Marie Larkin. All three winners will be honored at Saturday’s event, following the trash pickup. Another Beautification Day tradition: the honoring of a Citizen of the Year, given to a steward of Montecito. This year, there are two Citizens of the Year: committee members Denson and Terzian. Denson is being recognized for her continued contribution to Montecito, from chairing Beautification Day for 12 years, to

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his year, United Way’s Red Feather Ball held special meaning honoring Paul Didier for his 42 years as president/CEO of our local United Way. The average length of stay in that position is about four years. The Coral Casino terrace was jammed with fans and friends of Paul’s, even though the wind was blowing all the ladies hair-dos for this black tie “Seaside Soirée.” The late Katherine Abercrombie started the Ball in 1997 after learning the Red Feather came to symbolize giving during the Depression era Community Chest campaigns. She and her husband co-chaired the first three balls. She was the one who suggested the ladies wear red and the men red bow ties, and so it is today. The Abercrombie Community Excellence Awards have been given

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ever since usually to a person and to a company. Last year, it went to Janet Garufis and the Santa Barbara Foundation. This year it was all about Paul. After meeting and greeting, it was time to warm up in the dining room, which was lovely. The walls were all draped in beige, and the tables were adorned with huge most beautiful bouquets of roses and mixed flowers – dozens in one vase. We won the lot-

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Executive vice president and COO Steve Ortiz will be taking over the helm March 5. A fitting end to the evening would be this quote by John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” And so you are, Paul.

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tery and had to have help getting it to the car, it was so large and heavy. Andrew Firestone led the live scholarship auction by telling us, “As a father of three, I am so proud of what United Way does.” He was referring to the national award-winning Fun in the Sun and United for Literacy programs that have helped literally thousands of children get special tutoring so they could keep up with their classmates. Some of their parents haven’t gone beyond the fourth grade and the kids end up being the first to go to college. The live auction raised even more dollars, with Maryan Schall

giving $30,000 as a matching grant and another anonymous donor doing the same. Peter R. MacDougall (who won the award in 2009) was the presenter. As he said, “Ten thousand kids are forever changed from the Fun in the Sun and Literacy programs. You have mentored so many people.” He also told us about Paul’s career, which started at age 13 at the Big Donut in Los Angeles. Obviously, he “came a long way.” After a time in real estate, he came to United Way on what he thought was a three-month appointment managing the 1974 workplace

campaign and the “rest is history.” Tamara Skov represented generations of staff when she “roasted” Paul saying, “First I will stay within my allotted time,” referring to Paul’s notoriously speaking too long. She also joked about his getting a brainstorm on Friday afternoon when it was time to quit. To make this evening come together was a committee of 23 folks, and it was all underwritten. Stephanie and Jim Sokolove gave an elaborate cocktail party at their home two weeks before the ball to thank and celebrate the committee.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) happened to be having an event at the Alisal Ranch the very weekend we were going to the Chumash casino and hotel for my husband Don’s birthday. I hadn’t been to the Alisal for years and had forgotten how beautiful and peaceful it is. Alana Tarkington is on the National Council and was chair of the event. They had quite a crowd of supporters from all over California. And why not? The group is located in Washington, D.C., and one of their goals is to put an end to soring. Many Tennessee Walking horses are subjected to this cruel training practice. It’s an intentional infliction of pain to their feet and legs so they will assume the exaggerated gait called the “Big Lick.” I remember our Maxi Decker, who is from Tennessee, trying to fight

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this for years. HSUS undercover investigations have shown these horses lives are filled with pain, suffering, and fear. HSUS is trying to persuade the USDA to crack down and strengthen enforcement of the federal Horse Protection Act. A gift from us could end in legislation to end soring. Another huge issue is the more than 100,000 American horses that are inhumanely transported for days to Canada and Mexico in cramped trailers without food, water, or rest before being brutally slaughtered. HSUS wants to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would permanently ban horse slaughter in the United States and the export of our horses for slaughter. They want to curb over breeding through their Responsible Horse Breeders Council, educate about rehoming options and grow adoption work through the Homes for Horses Coalition. The goal is for every horse to have a forever home.

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After cocktails on the deck and chatting with Sheriff Bill Brown and his wife, Donna, plus Susan and Don Fuhrer from Montecito we adjourned to the dining room. Opening remarks were from chairman of the board Eric Bernthal. Charlotte Bredahl was honored with the Horse Hero Award. She is a dressage expert extraordinaire and has her own trained horses. Animal advocate Olivia Newton John was to be the honored guest but had a last-minute complication and sent her regards on a video.

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endowment and mission denominated reserves, to $11,600,000. The project’s architect, Robert Easton, says the foundation, framing, and structural steel plan to achieve seismic strengthening of the historic structure represents the lion’s share of the cost. All Saints has filed an application for an amendment to its conditional use permit, which is expected to be approved shortly, to be followed by meetings and hearings before the Historical Landmark Advisory Committee, the Montecito Board of Architectural Review, the Montecito Association, and the planning commission. If all goes according to plan, the church, which was last upgraded in 1930, hopes to break ground for the phase two work in early fall 2017 and complete the project by Easter 2019, says Sheri Benninghoven, who is co-chairing the campaign with Ed Birch and Bitsy Bacon, former head of CAMA. Amen to that. Head of the Class Former Montecito film executive Susan St. John has completed a mission!

For the past 15 years, she has been financing the education of a Kenyan youngster, Dorothy, daughter of Meshack Nicko Orwa, who met Susan when he was concierge at the Nairobi Safari Club and lived in a rustic village some distance away, Luo “We immediately bonded,” recalls Susan. “She was only five at the time. It was then I made up my mind that Dorothy – with a mind like her – had to be educated. That also meant educating her sister, Susan Frances. “I spoke to Meshak about my decision and he was overcome with skeptical gratitude. Most foreigners do not deliver on their promises and Meshack, like others there, lived on small grains of hope. “A few months later, they both began their start in school, which meant not only school tuition, but books, lunch money, and transportation.” Time has passed and Dorothy, now 22, has just graduated with a degree in journalism after a three-year course from the Multimedia University of Kenya with a bright future ahead of her. “It was an extraordinary opportu-


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ue Burrows passed away October 14, 2016. Sue Jane Matthews Burrows was born to Olga and Clarence Matthews in rural East Texas. Along with her sisters, Billie and Carolyn, Sue had a happy childhood in a beautiful area of rolling hills and pine forest. The day after graduating from Jacksonville High School, Sue left for Washington, D.C., to spend the summer with her aunt Toledo Chumley. U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson arranged for her to work as a summer intern for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. Upon graduating from Sam Houston State University, Sue moved to San Francisco, where she met Donald Edward Burrows. They were married and in 1970 moved to Montecito, where they raised Sue Burrows, who passed away on October 14, was honored their three children, Heather, as Montecito’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2015 Grant, and Wyeth. The family looked forward to annual trips to the Texas farm to visit their grandparents, to roam the hundreds of acres, and to help tend the cattle. In 2015, Sue was recognized by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and was honored as the Montecito Association Citizen of the Year for her service as chair of the Montecito Planning Commission. Sue also served as president of Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, president of the League of Women Voters, foreperson of the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury, and as an active PTA officer at Santa Barbara High School. Sue was preceded in death by her loving and accomplished husband, Don, her wonderful mother and stepfather, judge and Mrs. Orvan B. Jones, and devoted aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sue Burrows is survived by her children Heather (Julia), Grant (Van), and Wyeth (Laurie). Her grandchildren Christina, Katherine, Emma, Olivia, and Ethan gave her laughter, joy, and precious memories. Sue is also survived by her sisters and their families Billie, Chuck, Matt, and Mark Maunz and Carolyn, Todd, Chad, and Alexy Novick, as well as her very special family Dawn and Mick Anderson. “Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room… “Whatever we were to each other, that we still are….” In keeping with Sue’s lifelong love of nature and of “all God’s creatures,” memorial contributions can be made in Sue’s memory to the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, P.O. Box 6594, Santa Barbara, California 93160. Services were private. •MJ

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We like Salud and if he beats Justin, we’ll wish him luck (though not too much luck; we really don’t want to see Nancy Pelosi anywhere near the Speaker of the House position).

“Who Cares?” for U.S. Senate

One is as bad as the other, take your pick – or better yet, skip this entirely. We say this because the two candidates are both members of the same party (guess which one) and it really doesn’t matter which of them wins. They’ll vote in lockstep with their leadership, and in nearly all cases it will not be in a direction we could support.

Down Ballot Races

Just pick the Republican, if there is one (they are a vanishing species in California). For example: Colin Patrick Walch for State Senator, 19th District.

Bonds and Propositions

We vote “NO” on everything but Prop 62, upon which we will vote “YES” and will acknowledge, finally, that California hasn’t been serious about a death penalty for a very long time. Doing away with the death penalty may even save taxpayers some money, though we doubt it. Until government unions begin the long-delayed restructuring of California’s pension system, no one should ever approve any bond for anything. Getting money in this way allows local governments to continue paying outlandish and unsupportable salaries, “bonuses,” perks, and pensions to government employees. We’re also voting in favor of Prop 64, which will legalize the possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana for other than medicinal purposes for those over 21.

Montecito Water Board

We’re voting for Floyd Wicks, an engineer by trade (with a graduate degree in water resource engineering and a civil engineering background), and his running mate Tobe Plough, who has been a management consultant to oil and gas companies. Tobe is a familiar name and face in Santa Barbara and Montecito, and has served on the boards of Santa Barbara County Taxpayer Association, COLAB, and the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. As we’ve written, our election choices are no reflection upon the efforts and/ or integrity of either Charles Newman or Tom Mosby, both of whom are certainly qualified to fill a seat. We simply feel some new blood is required on the Montecito Water Board of Directors and that Wicks and Plough represent that fresh start. •MJ

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that over 88% of the funds go to charitable works. When searching the Internet, I found that most of the websites had the wrong information, as did your letters in Letters to the Editor. Virtually all these websites had a right-leaning political stance, so I am not certain if the erroneous reporting was done knowingly or was simply due to a lack of education. The charity watchdog group Charity Navigator gave the foundation its highest possible rating: four out of four stars, and a score of 94.74%, after its customary review of the foundation’s financial records and tax statements. Charity Navigator stopped rating the Clinton Foundation entirely in 2014 because it said changes in the foundation’s business structure were incompatible with the way Charity Navigator calculates its ratings. Charity Navigator then asked the foundation to consolidate its tax forms in a way the watchdog could evaluate it and was able to approve a rating. A different charity monitor, Charity Watch, says that 88% of the foundation’s money goes toward its charitable mission and gave the foundation an “A” rating for 2016. I hope this clears up a misunderstanding for some people. Susan Cruz Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: In April 2015, The Clinton Foundation joined Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Charity Navigator’s “watch list.” According to The Federalist, barely 15% of the nearly $500 million raised between 2008 and 2012 went toward grants. Instead, some $110 million went out in salaries and benefits, and $25 million was designated as “travel expenses.” In 2013, the Clinton Foundation took in $140 million and gave out $9 million in “charity.” – J.B.)

Water Power

Has anybody noticed the water truck that parks at Butterfly and Channel Drive, right next to the steps to one of the most pristine stretches of birds and trees, dogs, and humans on Earth? That stolen-looking, diesel-belching sack of scrap metal that poisons everything for hours at a time – at highest idle – until it runs out of liquids? Someone should tell whoever is paying for it, that they should “cough up” for a new electric truck. Anonymous Montecito (Editor’s note: None of us have noticed the truck, but we will keep our eyes open for it; thanks for the heads-up. – J.B.)

Support Measures I and J

This election season has me stressed-out, and I don’t think I’m

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alone. The campaign rhetoric is divisive, mean-spirited, and disrespectful. I’m embarrassed to be part of a generation that is allowing this low level of discourse. Most importantly, I’m worried about the effects this will have on my/our children. As I look around for ideas and issues on which we could feel good about, I find Measures I and J. One of the things our community can feel good about is the quality of public education offered by the Santa Barbara School District. Whether or not we have kids who attend these schools, there is no question that one of the key elements of our vibrant community is the value we place on educating the next generation. Not to mention, great schools are a cornerstone of healthy property values. Every single teacher in this district comes to work every day and tries to do their best for the children in their classroom. But we have to do our part to make sure those classrooms reflect and allow for the level of teaching and learning we demand of our educators and our students. Our school district has over two million square feet of buildings to take care of. Some of them are 80 and 90 years old – 50 and 60 years old being the norm. In some cases, these facilities are in dire need of repairs. They need new roofs, pipes, electrical, lighting, safe windows with tempered glass, modernization of bathrooms, etc. If we don’t raise the money to maintain and upgrade our beautiful old buildings, we could easily be one disaster away from necessary repairs that could cost the district in the tens of millions of dollars. An architect we worked with at Montecito Union School once said in warning us against the use of temporary classrooms, “there is nothing more permanent than temporary.” For the Santa Barbara School District, that turns out to be all too true. There are approximately 154 portable bungalows currently being used as classrooms, in some cases for 40 years. These buildings are not only unattractive, but they are dilapidated and unfit for the high level of education we expect from our schools. If we take educating our children seriously, they must be replaced with permanent 21st-century classrooms. The other important reason we should support Measures I and J is that right now the district has a unique chance to buy the Santa Barbara Armory strategically located between the Santa Barbara High and Junior High property. This beautiful historic building, if acquired by the District, could be used for curricular and extra-curricular activities and would greatly help alleviate the

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It is Time for New Leadership The Montecito Water District Has Had Ten Years to Get Us Reliable Water at an Affordable Price

“The role of Board leadership is not to complain about how hard you work, or how many hours you spend on daily tasks. Instead, sound leadership depends on an ability to navigate through today’s challenges, while successfully planning for a better future based on a careful analysis of hard facts.”

Unlike their opponents, the team of Wicks and Plough bring skilled, executive water management and planning experience to the MWD Board. Both men have proven records of generating collaborative and creative solutions to challenging problems. Both are long-time Montecito residents. They already understand our community’s water needs, and will fight hard to deliver a reliable water future.

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On the Water Front by Richard Shaikewitz Mr. Shaikewitz is president of the Montecito Water District (MWD) Board of Directors. The following views are solely his own, and not necessarily those of the MWD Board.

Clarifications and Answers


t recent community meetings concerning the Montecito Water District (MWD), Mr. Floyd Wicks and Mr. Tobe Plough made several proposals. In addition, a number of District customers asked questions. I will clarify some of the issues and answer questions.

Pump Treated Recycled Waste Water Into Aquifers

The two above candidates proposed that the MWD should take treated recycled waste water from the Montecito Sanitary District (MSD), and pump it into Montecito aquifers where it can reside for a period of time and blend with ground water to be extracted for use as potable drinking water. This recharge of Montecito aquifers was studied by the Water District, the Sanitary District, and Heal the Ocean over a year ago. The report prepared by Dudek Consultants concluded that groundwater recharge with highly treated wastewater was not feasible. The key findings were: 1. “There is a limited opportunity to implement a groundwater recharge program with advanced treated recycled water in the Montecito Groundwater Basin (the Basin).” 2. “The historical data shows that even after extended drought periods, there is limited recharge potential in the Basin. Furthermore, average or above average precipitation rapidly fills the Basin, creating potential risks of liquefaction or increased surface flooding in the context of a recharge program with advanced treated wastewater. An additional obstacle to a recharge program with advanced treated wastewater is the fact that it will be difficult or impossible to achieve state-mandated groundwater retention times in the Basin.” 3. “The hydrogeologic units in which the greatest amount of storage capacity is available (Units 1 and 3) contain a high density of water supply wells, such that it would be difficult to find a location for an artificial recharge infiltration basin(s) or injection well(s) that could comply with State-mandated subsurface travel times of advanced treated recycled water.”

The District Should Consider Using Smart Water Meters

MWD staff and the board have been studying Smart meters for nearly a decade. These meters are expensive, and accordingly need to provide uninterrupted service over a long useful life. This technology continues to evolve where the earlier systems, not customer-friendly, are now gearing up for customer real-time water use management. The early smart metering systems were initially not “smart” and radio based using large towers and transmitters. The data could not be accessed by the customer. Due to MWD’s steep terrain and topography, there were some inherent challenges with data transmission. The technology continued to change with touch reads followed by drive by read systems. Battery technology also was not robust enough to provide a reliable, long service life. Recently, we have studied the new cellular based systems. These have the advantage of real-time monitoring and more importantly, provide for customer access. MWD staff continues to keep track of the evolving technology and once a reliable cellular-based system with a proven track record is on the market, it will be brought to the board and community for consideration.

Why Can’t Customers Accumulate or Transfer Unused Monthly Water Allocations?

State Water banked and available for delivery. MWD followed the report and enacted water limitation ordinances to control water demand, stored water in water banking programs, and began operating Jameson Lake on a rule curve. What the report did not consider was the possible total loss of the Cachuma Project water supply. It assumed that annual Cachuma Project allocations would continue through periods of droughts. This has not been the case with this unprecedented drought. The Cachuma Project typically provided 2,651 acre feet of water each year. With the end of the 2013/14 water year, the Cachuma Project is no longer able to provide water agencies with annual water allocations. If the District continued to receive the Cachuma Project annual allocation, we would have had sufficient water to possibly avoid the water shortage emergency. The Bachman report focused more on the variable annual allocations of the State Water Project, which the District relies on for a portion of its annual water supply and controlling the impacts of high customer water demand. This current drought caught the State of California off-guard and consideration of a no State Water allocation in 2014 made many of the water banks inaccessible and inoperable. MWD did manage to access all of its banked supplies, but the loss of the Cachuma and Jameson Lake supplies was the primary reasons for the demand management allocation ordinance.

Two Years Ago, Could MWD Have Partnered with the City in the Re-Activation of the Desal Facility?

We have corrected this misinformation several times in the past, and again we remind our customers that the City is offering MWD a water supply purchase agreement, not a partnership in their soon-to-be-reactivated desalination facility. City staff, not its city council, made an opening proposal to MWD in the fall of 2015 that essentially outlined broad terms for consideration. MWD responded with a more comprehensive outline of proposed terms and conditions to facilitate the opening of negotiations. There were many terms and operating conditions in the City’s initial proposal that needed further clarification. They included the term of the agreement; what happens, if for any reason, the City cannot deliver; terms for the pipe delivery system; and the quantity of water we would take including any options. The City was not favorable to MWD’s response, and shortly thereafter, as the drought deepened, their desalination re-activation plans changed to reflect the worsening local water supply conditions. The City determined that it would need to expand the plant’s production capacity for its own needs, as well as those requested by MWD. The City’s increase in desalination production is currently being renegotiated with IDE (City’s contractor); meaning costs for changes in plant capacity and operations are still unknown. The District and City remain engaged in ongoing weekly meetings to reach an agreement on conceptual terms.

Mr. Wicks Discussed a Proposal Made Two Years Ago by a Company He Is a Paid Consultant for That Might Provide Desal and Recycled Water

Mr. Hazard and a few of his friends indicated they would pay $100,000 for the company to do a feasibility study for a MWD desal and recycle facility. MWD learned that the company specialized in recycled water systems and would have to partner with another firm for desal. The company indicated they could probably provide desal and recycled water within two years. Prior to that, MWD had meetings with the two regulatory agencies and the governor’s office in pursuit of an emergency permit for the possible construction of an MWD desalination facility. The State was very clear that it would not consider an emergency permit for MWD due to the fact that MWD customers use more water per person than almost all other water agency customers in the State. Further, a desalination permit application would follow standard processing protocol – meaning from start to finish, permitting the plant approval and construction could take as long as 10 years. When Mr. Wicks’s firm gave MWD a written proposal, it requested that we pay them $100,000 to help defray the cost of the study. In addition, there were undefined cost provisions that could not be accurately estimated – such as the seawater intake and discharge facilities, and the leasing costs for placement of the facility on lands owned by the Santa Barbara Cemetery. With these additions and unknowns, coupled with the information provided by the governor’s office and permitting authorities, it was decided not to proceed with this company and their proposed study.

This was discussed at length at several public meetings when the water allocation ordinance was being considered. It sounds reasonable. But there is a serious flaw if such a system was implemented. From studies, the Board knows that the majority of our customers use less water than their monthly allocations. Further, that we can only sell a certain amount of water each month to stay within our budgeted supply, and the State-mandated conservation limits. Customer monthly allocations were set as high as possible, but also took into consideration the large number of customers using water below their monthly allocation. Using or transferring a customer’s excess water is counter intuitive to the allocation program which provides for water demand management that is needed to meet the available water supply. In other words, the water being used by customers today meets the available supply – there is no extra water to use or transfer. Conclusion There is nothing new that Mr. Wicks and Mr. Plough are proposing that has not Why Didn’t MWD Follow Recommendations Made in the Water been, or is not being, worked on by the current MWD Board. To bring in two new Supply Optimization Plan (Bachman Report) people during this period of unprecedented drought who have little knowledge We did follow the recommendations outlined in the 2005 Water Supply of the District will delay, and not improve, the progress. It would be better to keep Optimization Plan. It specifically stated that when annual water production lev- the incumbent, Charles Newman, as well as adding Tom Mosby, the recently els exceeded 7,000 acre feet a year, MWD would need to have large amounts of retired general manager, with 25 years of District experience to the Board. •MJ


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MY TAKE (Continued from page 8)

customers, usage in Goleta averages 0.66 AFY per metered customer, compared to 0.77 AFY per metered customer in Montecito, not a significant difference, belying the Angry Poodle’s claim of four times the use by Montecito. So, the Poodle may want to rethink his position. Montecito residents have one of the best conservation records in the state and can no longer be described as the “water hogs” their detractors once said they were.

Floyd Wicks Vindicated

Nick Welsh did make a great point when he debunked mean-spirited rumors unleashed by two sitting Montecito Water District (MWD) Board directors, that Floyd Wicks, a candidate for a seat on the Montecito Water District Board, would try to privatize the water district. Welsh’s response: “Wicks has forgotten more about water districts than I’ll ever know... I don’t buy the bogeyman talk that he’s in it to privatize the District. That’s fear-mongering.” The other half of Welsh’s column claims that Montecito customers pay about half as much for water as Santa Barbara ratepayers. That is untrue doggie doo. Low-usage customers in Montecito pay twice as much for water as Santa Barbara customers do on a comparative basis, when you add in MWD’s drought water surcharges of $3.45 per HCF and rationing penalties of $3.2 million last year, which equates to an additional $2.16 in rate per HCF in Montecito. Most importantly, desalination capital costs of $55 million and desalination plant annual operating costs of $4.1 million per year have already been built into the Santa Barbara water rates, forcing rates upward and distorting the comparison. Current MWD water rates provide no funding to pay for desalination, nor the funding of $23 million to complete the replacement of corroded, aged, and leaking pipes and mains in Montecito; nor is there any money in MWD rates to deliver recycled water via “purple pipe,” as in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, and Oxnard. When the latest consultant-driven “Cost of Service and Water Rate Study” is finally delivered to MWD, we will likely see some significant upticks in MWD rates. A better exercise is to compare water rates in Goleta with water rates in Montecito, because both districts have no cost for desalination capital costs or operating costs built into their current rates. Goleta’s three tiers of water rates for single-family residential users range in cost from a low of $7.34 to a high of $8.99 per HCF. MWD’s four tiers of water rates range in cost from a low of $11.01 to a high of $14.11 per HCF when factoring in MWD’s collection of an additional $3.2 million in rationing penalty fees, equating to an extra $2.16 per HCF to Montecito water bills. That means that Montecito water rates are 50% higher at the low-end use and 57% higher at the high end than water rates in Goleta. It is hard to argue that MWD water rates are half those of either Santa Barbara or Goleta, especially when the data shows the reverse, that rates are actually 50% higher in Montecito. Further proof of higher water rates in Montecito than Goleta can be found in the MWD board’s awful recent decision to allow Goleta to sell its excess recycled water to Montecito at $90 per HCF including delivery charges, while Goleta charges its own customers $3.36 per HCF for recycled water.

Re-use of Recycled Water

Every gallon of recycled water not dumped into the ocean and instead used to irrigate landscaping preserves potable water. For the last 10 years, the MWD Board has been the only water board on the South Coast to ignore recycled water. This lack of environmental stewardship alone should give cause to question MWD Board leadership, which has not invested one penny in recycled water, a reliable and sustainable local source. Why is Montecito still dumping 600,000 gallons each day of treated water off Butterfly Beach when that 750 AFY of recycled water could be used to keep Montecito’s trees alive? Add in the current board’s dismal record: a failure to manage Montecito’s groundwater basin; a failure to negotiate a desalination deal with the City of Santa Barbara last fall, instead relying on a false El Niño promise of record rainfall; and a failure to heed Dr. Steven Bachman’s warning in March 2007 to bank more water in wet periods because Lake Cachuma will go dry in periods of extended drought. That depressing record should be grounds for a board recall.

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district’s current space crunch. If the schools miss the chance to acquire this property, it would be a tremendous permanent loss. Measure I is for the city’s secondary schools and is a $135-million bond estimated to cost the average homeowner $12 per $100,000 of assessed value. Measure J is for the city’s elementary schools and is a $58-million bond estimated to cost the average homeowner $13 dollars per $100,000 of assessed value. Not a penny of this money will go toward teachers’ salaries or administrative costs. It will all go toward replacement of portables, safety upgrades, and improvements in classroom learning environments and hopefully toward the aforementioned Armory purchase. At a time when we have so many nasty and negative things to explain to our children, let’s at least be able to tell them that we are coming together as a community to invest in their futures by supporting our schools, so that they can grow up to be intelligent and educated enough to fix a political system that is broken and, frankly, stresses us out. Please vote “Yes” on Measures I and J. Gwyn Lurie Montecito

Newman’s the Man

After becoming aware of the intensity and money being expended by the Floyd Wicks-Tobe Plough team running for the Montecito Water Board, I decided to attend their presentation at the Music Academy. Hearing rumors that they wanted to privatize the Water District, I was pleased to hear that was not the case. At the candidates’ forum, I was confused about their thoughts regarding consideration that residents might sell their unused water. This seems not in the spirit of the good stewardship needed to promote conserving and properly managing this vital resource. Additionally, I am very worried

about how Mr. Wicks’s former company, Golden State Water, mismanaged the affairs of Ojai’s water district. Claims regarding inadequate attention to water infrastructure led to 87 percent of Ojai residents voting to oust Golden State and turn operations over to the Municipal Water District. It is hard to support a track record of this sort or any vision that does not fully appreciate that water is a public resource. I strongly support Charles Newman’s candidacy for the MWD based upon the important changes he has already championed toward recycling, collaboration with local agencies, and neighboring communities to broaden our portfolio of water resources and improved transparency of the MWD. Bob Kupiec Montecito

Pray for Rain

I have with great interest read the many letters about the water crisis. Please consider the following: Many say that since approximately 1996, all weather is controlled (Google “Chemtrails”). The aluminum content on the surface of the ground is today 500 times above normal. Many allege that the skies are being seeded with aluminum particles and that stops all rain. On a day with blue skies, you can see the long trails after planes. In the old days, these “trails” would disappear – but today they get wider and stay. To have rain, very simply, you seed the clouds with silver oxide particles. Then it rains within about three miles. Of this there is no doubt; in Texas I often have seen farmers hiring small planes to seed the clouds. All of what I write was also recently documented on the History Channel, in a one-hour program called Weather Control. In beautiful California, food pro-

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VILLAGE BEAT (Continued from page 13) Peregrine Galleries’ festive window display

serving on the MA board for six, to helping organize the Village Fourth festivities, and to “never saying no” when asked to serve on a board. She has sat on countless boards, including the Santa Barbara Zoo and Angels Foster Care. “She enhances the quality of life in Montecito,” according to the Citizen of the Year Resolution that will be adopted by the board of supervisors. Terzian is also being recognized for her many contributions, including preserving Monarch butterflies by planting an award-winning garden on her beachfront property, and inspiring this year’s Beautification Day theme. Terzian has been deeply involved in Montecito and Santa Barbara’s nonprofits since moving here from Chicago two decades ago, helping to

Citizens of the Year: Mindy Denson and Nina Terzian

Katherine Malkin’s artistic repurposed fence on Sycamore Canyon

organize events, raising funds, and lending support. “Nina makes every endeavor she undertakes a success, whether as a business woman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, or conservationist,” according to her Citizen of the Year Resolution. This year, we also remember last year’s honoree, Sue Burrows, who passed away last month. Burrows was recognized for serving on countless non-profit boards, and was a Montecito Planning Commissioner for eight years before retiring last year. (See her touching obituary on page 21.) Beautification Day starts at 9 am, when volunteers will be treated

to a light breakfast catered by the Biltmore before they head out to pick up litter. Participants will don their bright-gold T-shirts in keeping with the butterfly theme. The awards ceremony will take place around 11:30, followed by a lunch of hot dogs and chili, served up by Montecito firefighters and in part donated by Montecito Village Grocery. The Beautification Committee will also make their popular chocolate chip cookies. Informational tables hosted by local organizations will be set up for guests to peruse during the event, includ-







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At Ease with Minimal Effort


eter Russell studied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University before he became increasingly drawn by the mysteries of the human mind, which no level of science could explain to any degree of satisfaction. So he embarked on what has become a more than 40-year journey into a study of meditation both from a personal and professional perspective. Russell, who is a Fellow of the Institute for Noetic Sciences and The Findhorn Foundation and the author of 10 books including The Global Brain Awakens and From Science to God, returns for one of his periodic visits to La Casa de Maria next weekend to offer “Effortless Meditation: Returning to Joyful Ease”. The workshop – which takes place November 11-13, with a fee of $290 ($390 for residential stay); 9695031/ – offers participants help in surrendering all resistance in meditation to open up to the peace and joy within the present moment. Russell talked about the seminar, his own meditation practice, and more over the phone last week. Q. Isn’t meditation supposed to be effortless? Why do we need a class? A. The essence of meditation is allowing the mind to relax. The very act of trying to do anything – even to meditate – stops that from happening. If you don’t put effort into it, gradually the mind will settle down of its own accord. The art of meditation is learning to relax and let go. But we are so trained in our culture that if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. And some meditation teachers even say that you should concentrate more, which is a vicious circle that defeats itself. So, it’s an undoing that whole conditioning we have to about making something happen. The basic instruction is not to get rid of thoughts, but when you realize you are thinking, don’t follow the thought. For many of us, that can become like going down the rabbit hole. Even realizing I am thinking is a thought, and then I think about that and it’s on to the next one. How do you handle that? For me, when I sit down to meditate, I’ve already decided that nothing is crucial, nothing else needs to be handled right now. And I remind myself if it comes up that I can 3 – 10 November 2016

handle it later. But the mind gets tripped up and it takes practice. I also like to be interested in the body, noticing the settling down, and be interested in the meditation itself. That helps. When you get caught in the thought spiral, you gradually step behind it and just notice: I’m sitting here, here’s my body, here’s my breath or the mantra if you’re using one – it’s just the present moment. The learning to bring the attention back, to return to the present moment and quietness. I’ve got that devil’s advocate-type question: If it’s so effortless, why does it take three days of a seminar – or for that matter – a lifetime to achieve? Why it is so complicated? It’s not complicated. It’s just that we can’t believe that it’s so simple. We are the ones who make it complex. Our minds. We have that conditioning. The attitude of trying is what gets in the way. It takes time to unhook from the conditioning of life. So much of what I’m doing as teacher is undoing all of that. It’s about changing from focus to just letting the mind relax. There’s no goal. We’re not trying to reach a specific state of consciousness, or some sort of exotic state. It’s about coming back to a quieter state within ourselves, which makes us more in touch with who we really are. Then it’s about practicing and reinforcing. How does the weekend do that? I start from square one, awareness of presence – the breath, the body – as a very simple way in. That’s something everybody can do. That’s the first session. How to manage thoughts, not pushing them away but not getting caught up. As we get through [the] weekend, I deepen, introducing things and techniques that help letting go. There are discussions about how the mind works from all my years of study, and why we get caught up in thoughts, the purpose. That understanding can help us release ourselves. So it’s a mixture of meditation, exploration, and discussion – and then just some quiet time to practice on your own and bring your observations and questions back. Because in the end, it’s about assimilating this into your daily life so that you can do it without needing a teacher to be with you.

What experience can the meditator get from the weekend? Oh, they’d definitely benefit. People who have meditated for years may not realize that they are putting a slight effort into it, and it’s not working as well as they hope. It can be a fine tuning, a way to get a lot deeper, and get to an even quieter space. So you can take another step toward allowing rather than trying. That has been my most recent path of the last several years. You need skills to learn how to let the effortlessness happen. I bring in those things I’ve discovered. The weekend is about those little details. Can you talk about the spiritual aspect of meditation? It’s about the “I” presence that has always been there and is always you. But we get caught up in the individual I – my name, who I am, what I like and don’t like, et cetera. For me, meditation is recognizing the presence of that unchanging self of self, which is always there whatever the individual self is doing. It’s the pure self. Who is that I? That’s the area of spirituality and religion.

The Real Thing

Ragan O’Reilly and her husband, Alex Thomson, are bringing Dale Halaway back to town. The transformational life coach, who just this October introduced his work to the community with a free evening event at the Thomson estate on East Valley Road here in Montecito, returns this weekend (November 4-6) for the seminar “How To Be the Real You In Your Relationships”, held at the newly renovated Santa Barbara Inn across from East Beach. The work-

shop is geared toward having participants complete from within, so they can come to relationships complete rather than incomplete. Attendees can expect to diminish the ego and leave the class feeling more free from within. Call 453-7281 for information and registration. Facebook page: shipNyou.

Medium Rare

Famed London-based medium Bernard Ilsley conducts an “evening of communication with loved ones from spirit” with audience participation. Using “multidimensional awareness,” Ilsley often sees “vital glimpses of the future” while connecting with spirits. The event, which takes place at the New Vic Theater at 7 pm on Thursday, November 10, cost $58 adults, $23 for students for general admission, or $123 for VIP tickets. Visit ning_with_world_renowned_lon don_medium_barnard_ilsley.

Doing Well by Doing Good

Forrest Leichtberg’s next Conscious Networking Event, slated for November 18 at Unity of Santa Barbara, features World Business Academy founding president and former Chopra Foundation president Rinaldo Brutoco, who will speak on “Applied Metaphysics for Creating Abundance”. Inspirational music will be provided by Emiliano Campobello. Details on the Santa Barbara Consciousness Network’s Facebook event page, events/1797299333846875. •MJ


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Polo in Paradise

Santa Barbara Woman’s Club held their fall fashion show at Rockwood – one of the longest-running shows in the town. The Club was established in 1892 for the cultural advancement of its members. This fall fashion event featured the shop Calypso St. Barth just across

from Vons in Montecito with jewelry from Coast 2 Coast Collection in La Arcada Court. After a delicious Niçoise salad lunch, eight models strutted their stuff on the runway with

the help of two young men wearing shirts from the Polo Club to go with the Polo in Paradise theme. Models were Denice Adams, Dawna Brown, Victoria Brown, Marcia Orland, Haleh Sailors, Kelly Slaught, Maggie Wordell, and yours truly. Fashion show coordinators were

Dana Hansen and Dawna Brown with Mindy Denson on the mic. Musical accompanist was Leroy Grabados on guitar. Helping us get in and out of our clothes were Urssula Fetzer and Marna Coday. Cos Bar in Montecito did the professional makeup. Rockwood clubhouse became available when the Rockwood Inn burned to the ground in 1927. When it was operating, the cost for room and board was $15 a week. The women’s new clubhouse became a reality in May 1928. The architect was Mr. Plunkett, who designed the Fox (Arlington) theater. A few of the celebrities to pass through its portals were Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Vincent Price. They have the guest book to prove it. CeCe Hozman Hugunin is club president. For membership information, call 682-4546. Fashion show co-chairs Dana Hansen and Dawna Brown flank Women’s Club president CeCe Hozman Hugunin

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duction is now threatened and majestic trees are being cut down as they die. Instead of building the very expensive new railway, how about re-establishing normal weather? Good luck with the desal idea; in Saudi Arabia, the underground reservoirs have collapsed and soon that will happen here unless normal weather and rain returns. Morten Wengler Malibu

Almost Perfect

Carolee Krieger put it perfectly (“Unprecedented Drought,” MJ #22/41) when she wrote, “Tom Mosby is among the best of water managers, if not the best. He is honest, knowledgeable, dedicated, and always puts customer ’s interests first. We need his experience to guide us through this water crisis.” Her sentiments echo some of the characteristics of what he has meant to me as an older brother. Tom (TJ) has helped guide me through life with sage advice, and he is a greatly admired uncle to my daughter. I respect his work ethic, loyalty, tenacity, and decision-making ability. His sacrifice, temperament, and ability to stay on topic has helped our family remain focused through many a crisis, including the loss of our parents when we were very young. I am not surprised by my brother’s desire to remain active with the Montecito Water District. I know his heart belongs to the community, and his knowledge and dedication will help guide the board to make the right decisions for Montecito’s water future. I encourage all voters to cast their vote for him. John Mosby Santa Barbara

Send a Message

My pals and I were sitting around, and one friend asked the other, “Who are you voting for president?” The recipient of the question smiled, shook his head, and said, “Well, I cannot vote for Hilary and I will not vote for Trump!”. The asker of the question pressed on, “What is the difference between ‘cannot’ and ‘will not’? The reply, “I am absolutely against Hilary’s policy, so I cannot vote for her, and I find Trump so distasteful as a person that I will not vote for him. That leaves me only one choice, that I vote for a third-party candidate in hopes that it will send a message to whoever becomes president that the victory was no mandate, and that whatever authority you may think you have is diminished by the few votes you actually received.” I agree.


Vote for Gary Johnson; not just for president, but to send a message. J.W . Burk Santa Barbara

Fresh-Thinking Required

In an attempt to hear the latest news about desalination and to get my questions answered, I attended a recent community meeting sponsored by the Montecito Water District (MWD). Over an hour of the meeting was consumed by a recently hired consultant, who gave us essentially the same report as we heard from the MWD board last spring. The only change in the past several months is that MWD has arrived at an agreement to pay more than half a million dollars to the City of Santa Barbara simply as an “admission fee” to begin negotiation of a desal arrangement. How disappointing that MWD has made no progress in putting together an actual purchase agreement … and even more disappointing that the three members of MWD’s desal negotiating team, Messrs. Shaikewitz, Newman, and Mosby, hid behind the consultant’s report at this meeting and did not step forward to address the audience personally. As bad as that was, more frustrating and unsatisfying was the fact that these same gentlemen elected not to respond to any of the numerous follow-up questions posed by members of the public. Public speaker after public speaker spent up to three minutes each asking for answers and clarification without any response from the MWD board or its desal team of “experts.” MWD’s customers had turned out for a public discussion of desalination but left frustrated that no two-way dialogue would be permitted. What’s up? With the water board election just around the corner, it would seem the only real value of this meeting was for MWD and its desal team to do some one-sided electioneering in support of the status quo. I have concluded that the MWD needs some fresh thinking. Wicks and Plough have earned my votes. Regina Roney Montecito

Endorsing Floyd Wicks

The Montecito Water District is a local California water district that faces serious challenges. Enter Floyd Wicks, a 25-year Montecito resident and the former president and chief executive officer of American States Water Company and Southwest Water Company, two of the nation’s

largest investor-owned public water systems. He is a registered engineer with unparalleled experience in managing water systems in over 50 geographic locations across the United States. That’s why he has been endorsed by California’s water experts, listed below. The Montecito Water District needs board members [who] can lead us to solutions, rather than defending what they have and haven’t done. Those water expert endorsers are: John Bohn, former president and CEO of Moody’s and former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission; David Sunding, Ph.D., chairman of natural resource economics, senior advisor to President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors, University of California Berkeley; William “Bill” Dendy, former executive director State Water Resources Control Board, Deborah Coy, Coy Consulting, former Senior Water Analyst, partner, Janney Montgomery Scott Water Finance; Susan Kennedy, former chief of staff, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Commissioner California Public Utilities Commission; James Markman, Richards, Watson and Gershon Water law specialist, city attorney; Scott S. Slater, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP Water law specialist, author California Water Law and Policy; Terry Foreman, MSE, former vice president CH2M Hill, manager TLF Consulting, LLC, Hydro geologist; Anthony Brown, MSE, Aquilogic, Inc., president, chief hydrologist. Time to Do Better Under the cover of a Public Information meeting, the residents of Montecito turned out on a windy night in mid-October to be informed of the status of desalination in Montecito. President of the Montecito Water District (MWD) Board, Dick Shaikewitz, turned the meeting over to an outside consultant to lead the audience through a prepared packet on the status of the desal talks between MWD and the City of Santa Barbara. The presentation purported to show areas of “alignment” (not “agreement”) in negotiations between the City and MWD, as well as those areas that are still “open issues.” Since negotiations have been stalled, it appears that the “areas of alignment” are nothing more than the City’s original non-negotiable items, which the MWD is now prepared to accept. These same items were presented to the community several months ago as reasons why MWD’s desal negotiating team of Shaikewitz, Newman, and Mosby was unable to complete an acceptable agreement with the City. Now

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these are called areas of alignment. Could this change have something to do with the current campaign for two seats on the MWD Board? Could the very reason that this recent meeting took place have anything to do with the fact that two members of MWD’s desal team, Charles Newman and Tom Mosby, are running for positions on the board? How, with outrageous stunts like this meeting, are we, the voters, able to make a proper decision? The issue facing Montecito voters in the upcoming board election is not, as Shaikewitz wrote in the Montecito Journal, which candidates know more about water, the Brown Act, or experience with Montecito Water. Rather, as Shaikewitz does get correctly, the issue is which candidates are more qualified. In his lengthy article, Shaikewitz does not say much to defend the record of the two MWD insider picks he recommends for the board. This is smart, as the facts are not on their side: lack of timely filing of a state-required Urban Water Management Plan; failed negotiations on a desal agreement with the City of Santa Barbara, and lack of cooperation with the Montecito Sanitary District to create a plan to recycle this community’s wastewater. This poor performance record does not justify maintaining the status quo at MWD, which electing Newman and Mosby would certainly do. As Shaikewitz points out in his article, Newman was “appointed” to the Board in July 2015. The same preparation, for which Shaikewitz lavished praise on Newman when he selected him (and recently), could certainly be applied by the two new candidates, Tobe Plough and Floyd Wicks. Except that… The difference is that Plough and Wicks would also bring extensive professional experience to the board, more so than any sitting MWD Board member. Yes, Newman was Shaikewitz’s “New Man” choice a little over a year ago, but the two now exhibit great difficulty in working collaboratively. Shaikewitz is publicly recommending Newman as a valued member of MWD’s “status quo” team, while Newman is openly campaigning for change. Ask yourself, “Which is it?” As for Tom Mosby, he is to be thanked for his long and dedicated career at the Montecito Water District. He left at a tumultuous time and should have stayed gone. His knowledge and experience did nothing to keep us out of the current water crisis. What Mosby brings to the District is a record of long service, not a background in what a

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board should actually do: provide governance, strategy, and long-term planning. In addition, Mosby was responsible for MWD’s failure to file both the 2010 and 2015 Urban Water Management Plans, oversights that have not been corrected to this day. Arguments that this breach has caused no legal or financial hardship to Montecito and Summerland do not “hold water.” It is the lack of planning all these years that has hurt us. Surprisingly, both Shaikewitz and his predecessor as board president, Darlene Bierig, have publicly recommended a vote for Mosby, and yet neither one has attributed to him the qualities needed in an effective board member. None of this makes good sense. What MWD needs now is the knowledge, experience, and judgment that Tobe Plough and Floyd Wicks would bring to the board. With two current openings, we have a great opportunity to start building a proper and well-functioning board. Newman and Mosby have had their chance at leadership and have failed. Let’s move on, because it is important to do better for Summerland and Montecito. Phil Bernstein Montecito

Re-establish Political Decorum

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Mosby: the Only Choice

Tom Mosby, my dad, has faithfully served the Montecito community for over 26 years as first, the engineering manager, and subsequently the general manager of Montecito Water District (MWD). He has been a Montecito community member for over 53 years, and we are a fourth-generation Montecito family; our roots run deep here. My dad, first and foremost, has been dedicated to the residents of Montecito recognizing that public service trumps personal agendas. When he retired, the MWD Board asked him to stay on as a consultant because of his unique skills set; the same reason why the residents of Montecito need him sitting on the Montecito Water District Board of Directors. After attending the Board Candidate Debate forum on October 20, I was left underwhelmed. I went into the forum believing that I would hear innovative solutions paired with rich, well-informed content regarding challenging water issues from all four candidates. Yet, my dad was the only candidate who gave practical answers with factual information. He was able to provide realistic solutions to this ongoing drought we are facing due to his extensive knowledge and professional experience. I left the forum relieved that my dad is running because it provides our community with a unique opportunity to take advantage of his extensive experience; he will provide

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guidance and sound judgment in the future challenges our small community will encounter. In addition to our current drought, the largest in California’s recorded history, Mosby was also heavily involved in getting Montecito successfully through previous droughts back in 1991 and 2007. He is on board with desalination and recycled water, essential for the future of this community. The decisions we face in water supply management requires the perspective of an experienced and seasoned leader. Mosby should be our – Montecito’s – only choice as a candidate. One sure sign? He knows Montecito residents don’t want to be politically solicited. He’s not spamming your email, soliciting donations, or doing meet and greets. He’s not creeping around neighborhoods going door-to-door with pamphlets and asking for votes. His knowledge and experience speaks for itself. I urge my fellow Montecito community members to vote for my dad, Tom Mosby.  Dad: thank you for always having the best interest of our community at heart. You know you have my vote. Love you. Meika Mosby-McCrindle Montecito

Trying Hard

Stretching the truth is the bread and butter of political mailers, but the latest hit piece by Justin Fareed’s campaign takes the price. In a desperate attempt to peel away at his opponent’s overwhelming support within the local environmental community, Mr. Fareed actually claims that Salud Carbajal cannot be trusted to protect Santa Barbara from offshore drilling. In his long tenure as county supervisor, Mr. Carbajal opposed offshore oil drilling; he has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and all other environmental groups. On the other hand, Mr. Fareed has benefitted from the largesse of oil and coal companies



and he has endorsed Donald Trump, who enthusiastically wants to open up all waters to oil development and reduce environmental protections. Nice try, Mr. Fareed! Alex Pujo Santa Barbara (Editor’s note: For the record, Justin Fareed has not “endorsed” Mr. Trump. When asked if he “supported” Trump, Justin responded that Trump is an experienced CEO and the U.S. needs someone with executive experience to serve as chief executive officer of the country. Since then, candidate Fareed has assiduously kept his distance from candidate Trump. – J.B.)

A Special Request

Mr. President-Elect, your first order of business should be to issue a Presidential Order declaring an inexpensive Gonad Restoration Program. This will allow weak-kneed-Republicans in Congress to have their gonads surgically reattached, at taxpayer expense. Cautiously counting stitches, Dale Lowdermilk Santa Barbara

A “Climate Denier”

If residents fail to vote for Salud Carbajal on November 8, the Central Coast could for the first time be represented by a climate denier. Justin Fareed doesn’t acknowledge the very real science behind climate change. Just last week, he said he didn’t believe climate change is primarily caused by humans. Could this be because Fareed is funded by oil and coal interests? We can’t afford to let the Central Coast, already ravaged by fire and drought, be represented by someone who doesn’t believe in climate change. To safeguard the future of our water, our agriculture, and our quality of life, we need to elect Salud Carbajal to Congress. Linda Stewart-Oaten Santa Barbara  •MJ







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On Entertainment by Steven Libowitz

Tenor Finding His Bliss in Music

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.

it’s tough to do Beatles and Beach Boys in a recital. What can you tell me about your accompanist, pianist Lachlan Glen? He’s an Australian who trained as solo pianist, then got interested in collaborative. We met when we were both studying at Juilliard and we did two recitals there. He played my audition for James Levine at the Met. He’s very intelligent and we get on very well creatively, and we’re entrepreneurs together, with our own classical arts production company.


Hahn Hall hosts “tall tenor” Ben Bliss

f Hollywood weren’t such a tough town to catch a break, Ben Bliss might very well be the director of the latest feature film opening tomorrow night at the Metro or Fiesta 5 cinemas. Fresh out of college and during his days in production on the Dr. Phil TV talk show, Bliss placed a couple of shorts in numerous film festivals around the country, and if things had worked out differently, his take on drama and romance might be playing on the silver screen instead of arriving via his singing voice. But apparently, his talents as a tenor took hold more tenaciously than his work behind the camera, so as it is, Bliss will be making his Santa Barbara recital debut Saturday afternoon at Hahn Hall. That’s also where he first showed up on the local classical scene, as a vocal Fellow at the Music Academy of the West just four summers ago. Now, after a stint in the L.A. Opera young artist program and the prestigious Lindeman one at the N.Y. Met, Bliss is regarded as one of today’s most exciting young singers, the “Tall Tenor” (he’s 6’1”) who has earned considerable praise for his elegant phrasing and charming stage presence. Bliss talked about his music and his muse over the phone in advance of Saturday’s eclectic program of art song and arias by names common and otherwise. Q. Your mom sings with the lyric opera, but your dad is a cartoonist. How does that show up in your work besides your stint in TV? A. I get my visual sensibilities from my dad. My brain is very visual. I don’t think in sounds, which might sound strange for s singer. But when I encounter a new aria or song, in a 3 – 10 November 2016

roundabout way I make a little movie of it in my head. That’s how I figure things out, with images. So with the poetry in a song, it’s the overall impression, how it hits me and sits with me. The beauty of the language, the metaphors, can also speak to me, but I’m really drawn to the ones that are visual, that describe a scene or evoke an image that pops, even if the words aren’t prescient. How did you choose what to sing for these recitals? How do the songs speak to you? I don’t have a super-robust foundation of knowledge about song repertoire, so programming a recital is fun because I get to sit down for a week with a list of composers and songs that I’ve heard and fire up Spotify and Wikipedia and Google Translate and just go through them. I picked ones I like, played them back to back to see the flow. It’s like making a mix tape for a girl you have a crush on in high school. It starts with Strauss, who I really enjoy for the way he writes for voice and the thematic content. Then Lilly Boulanger, the French composer who was the first woman to win Prix de Rome at 19. Her writing is very jazzy and the songs are a lot of fun. The second half is five English songs, random ones I came across. The choices were based on poetry. There are two by John Gruen, a cultural critic and amateur composer who just died in July. He had these unpublished songs that I love, for which his daughter sent us the original hand-written scores. There are three Benjamin Britten songs that deal with death. And finally a set of favorite songs of mine, crowd-pleasers, ones I grew up with like Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, because

You’re known as the Tall Tenor. Has that always come in handy? My first dream as little kid was being a quarterback. I always had a really good arm. I was over six feet tall, but weighed only 120, and I wasn’t very fast. My body wasn’t suited for football, which was a bummer. But now it’s great to be tall because opera companies are becoming more visually conscious in their casting, to compete with movies and TV. In a way, it’s a shame, because some great voices are being overlooked. But it does help if the leading man is taller than the leading lady. (Ben Bliss performs at 3 pm Saturday at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall, 1070 Fairway Road. Tickets cost $30, or $9 for students. Call 893-3535 or visit

Carmen in, the Opera’s Fine Elsewhere in classic music, Opera Santa Barbara artistic director Kostis Protopapas makes his company conducting debut with a multi-dimensional production of Carmen, Georges Bizet’s tale of passionate love, jealousy, betrayal, violence, and ultimately justice set in 19th-century Seville. Bizet’s drama about a strong-willed gypsy seductress and the charismatic bullfighter and the hapless soldier who both fall hard for her, scandalized Paris back in 1975, but has long been one of the world’s most frequently staged operas, popular for its irresistible and timeless melodies that have transcended the genre as well as the dance scenes. Mezzo-soprano Leann SandelPantaleo also makes her company debut in the title role, reprising a role she has sung with both Opera Omaha and Tulsa Opera. Tenor Harold Meers, a veteran of the opera companies of

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San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore, and New Orleans who sang the role of the Duke in OSB’s 2007 production of Rigoletto, takes on the obsessed soldier Don Jose, while baritone Keith Phares plays flamboyant bullfighter Escamillo, and soprano Jeanine De Bique portrays Micaela. The production, with stage direction by Octavio Cardenas, also features three of the region’s most celebrated flamenco dancers – Wendy Castellanos-Wolf, Pamela Lourant, and Marcela Aguayo – and features the inaugural appearance of the company’s new Youth Opera chorus for singers ages 8 to 18. Performances are 7:30 pm on Friday and 2:30 pm Sunday at the Granada Theatre. Tickets cost $29-$204. Call 899-2222 or visit Meanwhile, members of OSB’s Mosher Studio Artist Program – who also double in the main production chorus, offer a Pop-Up Opera at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 3. Brahms, Chopin, and Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg are on the program when The Warsaw Philharmonic performs Monday night as part of CAMA’s International Series. The Philharmonic, the national orchestra of Poland with a complement of 110 players, is world-renown for its recordings, including a Grammywinning 2012 release (and six other nominations). Jacek Kaspszyk, one of Poland’s foremost conductors who has held the Philharmonic’s post of music and artistic director for the past three years, wields the baton when the ensemble performs Brahms Tragic Overture, Op.81; Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11; and Weinberg’s Symphony No.4 in A minor, Op.61. South Korea pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who won First Prize at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw just last October, serves as soloist for the concerto. Tickets are $39 to $119 for the 8 pm concert at the Granada on Monday, November 7. Call 899-2222 or visit The Santa Barbara Music Club departs the public library for a free concert at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday afternoon in a co-present with the Music@Trinity series in partnership with the American Guild of Organists. The concert is dedicated to the memory of longtime Santa Barbara Music Club board member Emil Torick, who was a committed amateur violinist and organist. Organist Steven Hodson, from Westmont College, performs Pachelbel’s Toccatas in E minor, G minor, and C major and Dieterich Buxtehude’s Toccata in F major, BuxWV 157 before fellow organist Thomas Joyce, of Trinity, joins



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ENTERTAINMENT (Continued from page 33) Lizzie Borden takes an axe to Center Stage

cellist Joanne de Mars for Marcel Dupré’s Sonata for cello and organ in a minor, Op. 60 and then teams with pianist Christopher Davis in Alexandre Guilmant’s Pastorale, Op. 26 (1870). Joyce will also perform Enrico Bossi’s Étude Symphonique, Op. 78 for solo organ. De Mars also performs her own piece, “For the Sea”, for solo cello. Rounding out the program is a performance of Paul Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24 for woodwind quintet, with Jane Hahn, flute; Louis Grace, oboe; Per Elmfors, clarinet; Paul Mori, bassoon; and Johann Trujillo, horn. Visit for more information about the 3 pm concert on Saturday, November 5.

ridiculous,” Eve said. “The entire cast got equally interested – we read trial records and had debates in rehearsal about who might be involved in the murders. It’s been pretty intense, because the entire story is condensed into these four characters.” The gruesome act and the trial in its aftermath, with the insights both real and invented, are delivered nearly entirely via songs and music, most of it quite adventurous and buoyed by unusual chord progressions and layered harmonies. “It’s not like any other musical I know,” Eve agreed. “These are songs that stand on their own. And it’s great these girls (the cast) can do the songs justice.”

Music Behind the Murders

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The saga of likely axe-wielding double-murderess has been turned into a punk rock-fueled musical that makes its local debut kicking off Out of the Box Theatre Company’s seventh season beginning Thursday. The late 19th-century murders in Massachusetts became the fodder for a children’s rhyming couple (“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks / When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one”), but the infamous story has been given a more complex modern-day twist of empowered women. “The story is a hypothetical,” said director Samantha Eve. “The (writers) used the facts as a jumping-off point to come up with what might have happened, a story behind real problems that led to the murders, which were so compelling kids are jumping rope to it all these years later.” It wouldn’t be inaccurate to suggest the parallel that the case also captured Eve’s attention as well as the cast of four actresses, including Katie Moya, Amy Soriano-Palagi, Samantha Corbett, and Sydney Wesson who portray Lizzie, her sister Emma, the family maid, and Lizzie’s gal pal Alice Russell. “I did so much research, it’s actually 3 – 10 November 2016

Student Theater

Elsewhere in theater, it’s all about the youngsters, as three different educational institutions offer student productions. Montecito-raised actress-educator Riley Berris directs as San Marcos High School presents its fall production of You Can’t Take It With You this weekend. The Pulitzer-prize winning play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman is a heart-warming and humorous tale of love and acceptance about an eccentric family that welcomes any and visitors to their household. Nineteen student actors make up the cast for this complex comedy in three acts with numerous roles and plot twists and turns. Performances are at 7 pm on Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5, and 2 pm Sunday at San Marcos High School Theater. Tickets cost $6 to $12. Call 967- 4581 or visit www.shopsm UCS’s LAUNCH PAD project is workshopping Bernhard, a new play by Lynn Rosen inspired by the current refugee crisis and political trends across the globe, as well as the compelling life of Austrian author

Thomas Bernhard. The dark comedy about one young man’s unpredictable and harrowing journey to find his mother during war time delves into his challenges not only to survive but also retain the qualities that make us human: faith, hope, and an ability to love. The cast of 11 are all a part of UCSB’s BFA acting program and not only act but also utilize their various musical talents, singing, dancing, and playing live instruments to music composed by James Connolly. The LAUNCH PAD program allows the playwright to develop the work during the rehearsal process and during the workshop run itself, as both Rosen – a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York City who also co-writes and co-created the award-winning comedic web series Darwin – and director Anne Torsiglieri have the ability to change the piece at any point. Bernhard plays 8 pm November 4-5 and 8-12, plus 2 pm November 6 and 12-13 at UCSB Performing Arts Theater. General admission is $17, or $13 for students, seniors, and children. Call 893-7221 or visit www. College students are also the stars when SBCC Theatre Arts revisits a choice slate of one-acts by the great and prolific playwright David Ives. A selection of hilarious comedies from Ives, who was last represented in town two years ago when Ensemble Theater closed out its 2014-15 season with his provocative and incisive two-character play Venus in Fur. Now we’ll get quicker versions of his wit in the one-acts including Arabian Nights; Universal Language; Time Flies; Foreplay; Words, Words, Words and A Singular Guy. Burak Atsan, Blake Benlan, Paul Brooks, Paisley ForsterSaunders, J. Dean Garcia, Linnea Gustafsson, Austin Hall, Malena McKaba, Benjamin McSherry, Shay Munroe, Eric Naiff, Kerstin Nguyen, Lovisa Samuelsson, Kendrick Surrell, and Johnny Waaler are the players who will bring the laughter engendered by some of the cleverest lines in mostly, regular situations, presented in the close-up intimacy of the Jurkowitz Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus. Show times are 7:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays, November 9-19. Tickets cost $18 for general admission ($15 seniors; $10 students). Call 965-5935 or visit

5 Questions: Props for Proops

Greg Proops was 19 when he first saw an improv show in college in San Francisco in 1978, and thought “I can do that!” Now, nearly four decades later, the style of comedy where it all gets made up on the spot via sugges-

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tions from the audience and volleying with your scene partners still drives his career that has been anchored by performing with the long-running improvised comedy TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? since the original version for the BBC in England. Proops joins fellow show regular Ryan Stiles and recurring player Jeff B. Davis along with comedian Joel Murray for the latest touring version of Whose Line, which makes another stop at the Granada Theater on Wednesday night, November 9. You’ll see spontaneous versions of some of the favorite games from the TV show, including, most likely, at least three that involve volunteers from the audience assisting the cast – Moving People, Sound Effects, Song Styles, and even Story Story. “We like to mix it up and goof around. So it could be anything,” Proops said over the phone recently. “But no hoedown. We all hate it.” Q. What was it about improv that first appealed to you, and does it still have the same pull? A. It was amazing that it’s made up right there in the moment. The freedom really appealed to me and I wasn’t afraid at all. And I still love it, absolutely. You have to want to do it to the exclusion of everything else because desire is about 90 percent of it. I still want to get out there and murderize every night. Fortunately, those periods where I can’t write or don’t think I’m funny are very short, and I just push through them. The sheer luck of being able to make a living doing this isn’t lost on me at all. Do you have personal favorites among the Whose Line games? Oh, I don’t care. I like them all. Film and Theater Styles is a favorite because I like working in various genres. But it really doesn’t matter to me. We’re all supposed to be able to improvise to everything. Being selective about what you’re good at only makes you be not-so-good at other things. So, we’re always throwing curveballs at each other to make sure we don’t get too safe. Sometimes we spend more time making fun of each other than we do in the actual games. In that moment when a scene first starts and you’re not sure where it’s going, what goes through your mind? I just keep my mind blank so I don’t get ahead of the game. Just be receptive and channel what’s going on. And don’t edit yourself too much. Just say what you’re thinking. What I learned from Ryan over the years is the importance of listening. You don’t have to rush through but can slow down



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ing Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Zoo, Westmont, Montecito Landscape, MERRAG, Montecito Association, Montecito Trails, Union Bank, and our special districts: MFPD, MWD, and Montecito Sanitary District. Local artist Bill Dalziel will provide face painting for the littler volunteers, Montecito Union School will provide a hydration station, and volunteers will be provided with trash bags, gloves, and maps to route their trash pickup location. Dana Newquist will drive his vintage fire truck throughout town to pick up the filled garbage bags and bring them back to the dumpsters provided by MarBorg. “It’s all hands on deck, as always!” Denson said. Beautification Day begins at 9 am on November 5, in the Upper Village Green, 1470 East Valley Road.

Costume Contest Winners

Ellie and Bob Patterson have been hosting the Ghost Village Road Costume Contest for 10 years at Here’s the Scoop, and this year was the first time holding the competition in their new upstairs location at 1187 Coast Village Road. “We have always based this contest on originality and creativity, not the most-expensive costumes or the best costume made by their parents,” Ellie told us, adding that there were 35 entries in the contest this year. With another successful Ghost Village Road event on the books, we share with you the winners. The photos will also be displayed at the gelato shop. “There were many amazing costumes this year, and the choices as

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always are difficult,” Ellie said. First Place: Leslie Drucker, age 12, from Santa Barbara Middle School. Leslie dressed as a fairy riding on a snail. The legs of the fairy were her dance tights stuffed with foam. “Three different judges saw Leslie separately, and all recommended her as their first choice! What we all admired is that Leslie made this costume virtually on her own. Leslie is a very creative young lady, as she has created winning costumes in the last three years,” Ellie said. Second Place (tie): Grace Trautwein, age 11, from Mount Carmel


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n a fall afternoon, computer in hand, I entered the historic Santa Barbara Junior High School building (in operation for more than 84 years). As I headed in the direction of science teacher Mark Croshaw’s classroom, I imagined generations of kids scurrying down the hallways – books and papers in hand – on their way to becoming the future. Entering the classroom, chairs neatly placed on the desks, I was greeted by Croshaw and an 8th-grade reporter from the student newspaper, the Condor Press. As we sat down to chat, Croshaw opines, “This building is wonderful, isn’t it?” He posits that It represents history and tradition, and “provides the ideal canvas for teaching, the prefect background for everything the community of Santa Barbara stands for. “It’s our tradition that binds us all together,” he continues, “and keeps teachers and students, past and present, connected.” Croshaw notes approvingly that despite its age the junior high school building “continues to keep up with the times,” and refer-


ences the renovation of the Marjorie Luke Theatre. The subject of tradition and teaching seemed an excellent entrée into Croshaw’s own journey, which began in his native Canada. Born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, the son of an industrial arts teacher who influenced his life profoundly, Croshaw credits his father’s influence, more than his experience as a teacher, for the way he approaches his job. Mark says his dad gave his time to the community and that he was always available, “whether Lion’s Club, Boy Scouts, or sports. Most importantly,” he adds, “my father supported my interest in hockey. You know,” Croshaw says laughing, “every red-blooded Canadian boy wants to be in the NHL (National Hockey League), and I was no exception.” Croshaw began skating at the age of four, and joined a team when he turned six. “I loved the team concept,” he recounts, “loved being around a group of people being successful.” It’s a concept, he believes, that feeds directly

into teaching: “supporting one another with an idea and working together to make it happen.” Croshaw, though athletic, never made it to the NHL, but he was a good student in high school, so tutored his friends in science, math, and English until graduation. “I suppose,” he says, “it’s why I chose to major in Education at college, it seemed the most obvious and natural course to take.” He majored in both science and math, and physical education and art.

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His main interest – science and the natural world – developed because, he believes, he grew up on a farm. “This was my mom’s heritage and her gift to me,” he surmises, “watching things being born, observing the life cycle, and being close to nature.” After graduation from college, his formal education behind him, Croshaw took a year off to experience the world. “You wouldn’t have recognized me during that period,” Croshaw chuckles. Probably not, as he says he grew a beard – a goatee really – lived out of his backpack and “tramped around Europe” with his guitar. “Think about it,”’ he marvels, “I was in East Berlin before the wall fell down and saw the bullet holes piercing [the buildings].” Meeting people and traveling gave him the first-hand experience of how others lived both in the present and the past. He visited Versailles in France, opening another unfamiliar door as he imagined Marie Antoinette wandering about in her palace and sculpted gardens. Upon his return home to Canada, however, real life stood at the doorstep. Croshaw’s teaching career began at the Melville Comprehensive School in Saskatchewan, where he remained for seven years teaching middleand upper-school students. The staff embraced the “newbie” with open arms, “I still know their names and the inside of their kitchens,” he quips, “and those friendships will never be gone.” After a number of years teaching, Croshaw was tapped for a oneyear faculty exchange with a school in London.

Mark Croshaw has been teaching science at SBJHS for 23 years

The contrast between the compliant students in Canada and the kids in London came as a shock. “Peckham was the absolute worst kind of school – all boys, they mugged, fought, acted out in every possible way... you name it. The experience taught me to handle almost anything.” While in London, Croshaw met Sue Bakker, an American girl. “Within a couple of months, I knew that Sue was definitely the one for me,” he says. Geographic differences existed: Sue was to return to Santa Barbara, and he to Canada and the Melville School. After a year, they agreed on a family wedding in Santa Barbara and made the city their home. Shortly afterward, Croshaw obtained his present position at Santa Barbara Junior High. “That I was hired on the spot by the former principal, John Mendose, was a total coincidence of fate,” he says, speculating that he was just “at the right place at the right time.” In 23 years, Croshaw has experienced several administrations, “I’ve enjoyed each one and learned a lot: Susan Salcedo, Jerry Faucett, John Becchio, and Lito Garcia. And I love this staff,” he says, “they’re like family to me. Think about it: my kids were taught by some of these teachers, and now I am teaching their kids – two of them are in my class now.” In his spare time, Croshaw coaches-referees hockey, his beloved sport, at the newly built Ice in Paradise skating rink in Goleta. Both he and Sue, their children, Hannah, 19, and Martin, 17, are involved in a variety of sports. The family’s relationship with the First Presbyterian Church has been an important component of their lives. “It’s been a wonderful home for us,” Croshaw says, concluding that “everything comes down to relationships; this is what makes the world work. And like my dad, I’m available.” •MJ


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As gargoyles and ghouls greeted guests, invitees were handed tokens entitling them to a horror makeover fitting for the occasion, many of whom took advantage of the opportunity to bring out their monstrous personas. Among the heaving throng were Anne and Mike Towbes, Dan and Meg Burnham, Chuck and Missy Sheldon, Rob and Judy Egenolf, Larry Feinberg and Starr Siegele, Stan and Betty Hatch, Mary Dorra, Teresa McWilliams, Scott Reed, Geoffrey and Joan Rutkowski, Mahri Kerley, Hal and Mary Coffin, Janet Garufis, Geoff Green, Gretchen Lieff, Eve Bernstein, Derek Westen, George Konstantinow, and Ron and Andrea Gallo. Score by Four Everybody was clearly in the right aria when Opera Santa Barbara’s

Mosher Studio Artists performed for members of the Granada’s premier patrons society in the McCune Founders Room. The talented quartet – soprano Elizabeth Kelsay, mezzo-soprano Molly Clementz, tenor Elliott Deasy, and baritone Evans Bravos – accompanied by pianist Christopher Turbessi sang works from Puccini’s La Rondine, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Carousel, Verdi’s La Traviata, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen, which the company is staging this weekend. Turning out for the evening of high note, organized by Mary Dorra, were Christopher Lancashire and Catherine Gee, Jim and Stephanie Sokolove, Gretchen Lieff, Eric and


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Ernie’s World 

ENTERTAINMENT (Continued from page 35) But seriously: the show takes place at the Granada on November 9

by Ernie Witham

For more great adventures, pick up a copy of Ernie’s latest humor travel book: Where Are Pat and Ernie Now? Available locally and at

Yippee Ki-yay


hen I was a kid, I knew from numerous déjà vu experiences that I had been a cowboy in a previous life. “I swear I’ve been here before,” I said as I climbed into a tree fort that consisted of two planks clumsily nailed to a tall pine tree. “We were here yesterday,” another kid said, sitting beside me. “And the day before,” another chimed in as he, too, sat down and the planks bent precariously into a U-shape. “But just maybe,” I said continuing my existential thought, “we were pioneers in the old west building frontier outposts, while hunting grizzly bears.” “This ain’t exactly an outpost.” “Ain’t no Grizzlies, either.” Just then, an angry squirrel ran out onto a branch and bared his teeth. We all cowered (it was a big one, okay?), causing the planks to make a cracking sound. “Maybe we’d better move into town.” “You mean your basement?” “Right.” I had all the stuff a cowboy needed too: a cheap metal pistol that fired caps, a plastic rifle that was held together with masking tape, and a black felt hat with a badge on it. We spent hours hiding behind trees and shooting one another. I must have killed my best friends a dozen times each. It was great. I also got to ride a horse once at a faire. It was tied to a turnstile and walked around in a circle with three other horses, while real cowboys (though they looked more like carnies) held the reins so the sleepy, fourfoot-tall creatures didn’t bolt. “Don’t you feel like you’re back in Dodge City?” I said over my shoulder to the kid behind me.” He was too busy screaming in terror to answer. I even served in a posse once to help out the Widow Smith. “The first one to bring in Blackie alive gets a reward.” “Here kitty, kitty, kitty…” All of these rugged adventures from my past came stampeding back to life like wild broncos on the open plain when we visited the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. “Tie it up here, ma’am, and we can mosey on over to the canteen for some grub.” “Okay,” my wife said parking the car, “but only if you stop spitting and walking like you have a watermelon


between your legs.” The Autry Museum was co-founded by TV cowboys Gene Autry and Monte Hale in 1988. Autry was known as “America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy.” He appeared in 93 films and made more than 600 recordings. Later, he bought the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. I guess the Dallas Cowboys weren’t available. The museum has two floors of exhibits, many of them interactive. “There are so many things to see,” Pat said. They had a fake horse you could pretend to be riding while western scenery ran on a screen behind you. In front of the exhibit, there was a TV set

All locked up and nowhere to go, wild West style and it looked like you were in a movie. “Tain’t right, them young’uns hogging the movie machine. Where’s the school marm anyway?” Pat dragged me away, pointing out a full-size replica of the Lone Ranger, mask and all. They had displays of period clothing, saddles, and old movie posters. Plus, they had television screens showing black-and-white clips from movies. “Look, it’s John Wayne!” I hadn’t realized he was a singing cowboy when he started. They had a clip of him walking into a gunfight, singing to the other gunslinger as he got ready to draw. He only did his own singing once before someone quickly suggested dubbing. There were movies showing the first cowgirls, too, such as Annie Oakley. “Wow, I think I remember singing to a cowgirl during a cattle drive.” “I’m guessing she kept on driving.” There were displays of stage coaches, chuck wagons, whole rooms of guns, a full-size buffalo, and a bar including a bottle of Old Tarr Whiskey, which sounded tasty. They even had a jail you could try out. “Wow!” Pat said. I peered out through the bars. “What?” “You look so natural. I’m beginning to believe in your déjà vus.” I did a quick draw and shot her with my iPhone. She clutched her chest and fell. I began singing “Yippee Ki-yay.”  •MJ

and make the audience come to you. Taking a beat and leaving space is one of the best lessons you can learn. How about when things take a left turn and seem to go off the rails? What some might think of as a mistake? Oh, I’m a big believer in mistakes. When you say something wrong or when something happens, you chase that into the corner and see where it goes. It’s not stand-up. So you don’t have to be real specific. You just play with the team and see what happens. Improv is not like a sport, where the concept is to create a muscle memory and just focus on repetition until it’s second nature. So how does one get better at improv? It is a muscle. The more times on stage, the better you get. You get more comfortable and the less you care about failing, which is what makes you funnier. All of us are in good form in this group because we’re all doing it all the time. I do 250 dates a year between improv, stand-up, and podcast. So we’re fighting trim. How does improv show up in the rest of your life? Or is it more the reverse, that you do improv because you can take on whatever shows up in your life? No. I’m more comfortable on stage than I am in my life. I can be a better, bigger version of myself on stage. (Pauses). In real life, insecurity shows up. Life ends up being unfair, but the stage is a perfect place where magic happens. (Whose Line Is It Anyway? performs Wednesday, November 9, at 8 pm at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St. Tickets cost $30 to $65. Info at 893-3535/www. or 8992222/

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name, courtesy Mike McShane, one of the stars of the original British version of “Whose Line is it Anyway”. IMPROVology, as the show is now called, returns for two performances, a different version on Thursday and Saturday, November 3 and 5. As before, scientific facts and stories recounted by prominent animal experts become the fodder for improv comedy skits created on the spot by members of L.A.’s Impro Theatre Company and guests. But Thursday’s show has a slightly different flavor, one that hails more toward the longform version of improv comedy via an adaptation of genre pioneer Keith Johnston’s “Life Game” with material from just a single scientist, Dr. Terry L. Maple, the former president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta, whose life as a psychologist, author, zoo director, and respected primatologist will be interpreted on stage. Jo McGinley, Steven Kearin, Brian Lohmann, Mike McShane, Kelly Holden Basher, and Dan O’Connor get the improv honors. The traditional competitive format returns for Saturday’s show, Channel Island Foxes with Tim Coonan (who is a biologist for the U.S. National Park Service at Channel Islands National Park) vs. Jaguars with Dr. Anthony Giordano (a conservation biologist and wildlife ecologist with more than 20 years of experience), performed by McGinley, Kearin, Lohmann, and McShane. Both nights feature the zoo’s marketing manager Dean Noble, himself a former improv professional, as the emcee. Doors open at 7 pm for the 7:30 show both nights. Tickets are $15 general admission each night ($3 discount for zoo members). Call 962-5339 or visit Saturday also brings Santa Barbara’s homegrown improv show via the monthly performance from the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop. No special themes for this November’s edition, which takes place 8 pm Saturday at Jefferson Hall at the Unitarian Society, 1525 Santa Barbara St. Tickets are $5. •MJ 3 – 10 November 2016

MISCELLANY (Continued from page 41)

Magnificently entertaining voices of Elizabeth Kelsay, soprano; with Mary Dorra, the sponsoring patroness; Meg Burnham, Molly Clementz, mezzo-soprano; Evan Bravos, baritone; Dan Burnham, president SBCPA; Elliott Deasy, tenor; and Christopher Turbessi, pianist (photo by Priscilla)

Greeting patrons at the Granada Theatre for the SBCPA Opera Santa Barbara’s reception and theatre show are Paris Jackson of Blue Star Valet; Susi Schomer of MBT; Hayley Firestone Jessup, VP of Advancement SBCPA; and Brandon Morency of Blue Star Valet (photo by Priscilla)

Nina Phillips, Robert Weinman, Eve Bernstein, Dan and Meg Burnham, Virginia Castagnola-Hunter, Geoffrey and Joan Rutkowski, and opera executive director Steven Sharpe. Kevin’s Heaven Santa Barbara Symphony didn’t have to look too far for a new executive director to replace the affable Aussie David Pratt, who, after a successful two-year stint, returned to the antipodes to take over as executive director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane. Kevin Marvin, who has been running the SB Chamber Orchestra since September 2014, takes over the onerous task on December 1. “I am convinced Kevin is the right individual for the task,” says board president Arthur Swalley. “It is remarkable that a city this size would boast such leadership talent.” Kevin was formerly executive director of the Rocky Mountain Art Association in Denver, Colorado. 3 – 10 November 2016

Gold Rush The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County netted a hefty $220,000 for its outreach program when 220 generous donors crowded the rotunda of Deckers in Goleta for its Go For Gold gala, co-chaired by Carol Del Ciello and John Petote.

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Executive director Michael Baker presented the Jim Crook Service to Youth awards to Nancy Weiss, director of food services for the SB Unified School District, and philanthropist Virgil Elings. Elings, after whom the park is named, also showed his immense generosity in the paddle raise when he matched the $58,000 total collected. Graham Crow wielded the gavel for the auction, which included a one-ofa-kind 45th anniversary edition Ford Mustang, an eight-day cruise for two on the Rhine or Danube rivers, and a stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii. Among those turning out for the cause, which caters for 3,191 members and serves 600 youth each day, were Jeff Henley, Kenny Kahn, Patricia Bragg, Janet Garufis, Betty Stephens, Mike and Bobbie Tweddle, Jim Selbert, Steve and Morgan Hinkley, Bill and Melissa Gough, Tom and Marcia Reed and Angel and Lisa Iscovich. Presents of Mind With Yuletide just round the corner, it’s time for the 90th annual Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog and, as usual, it contains an Aladdin’s cave of exotic and expensive gifts. Known by Dallas, Texas, denizens affectionately as Needless Markup, fantasy presents include a one-day tutorial with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, for $65,000, a gold-plated four-passenger Cobalt Valkyrie-X private plane for $1.5 million, backstage passes to the Grammy Awards for $500,000, and even a part in a Broadway show, a snip at $30,000. And, for the Anglophiles among us, stays at Blenheim Palace, home of the new Duke of Marlborough, and Alnwick Castle, residence of the Duke of Northumberland, and Wilton House, country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for more than 400 years, for $700,000 are on offer. Hurry, hurry.


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ORDINANCE NO. 5772 CITY OF SANTA BARBARA NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS BID NO. 3838 Sealed proposals for Bid No. 3838 for the Corporate Yard Diesel Tank and Repaving Project will be received in the Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, until 3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2016 to be publicly opened and read at that time. Any bidder who wishes its bid proposal to be considered is responsible for making certain that its bid proposal is actually delivered to said Purchasing Office. Bids shall be addressed to the General Services Manager, Purchasing Office, 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, and shall be labeled, “Corporate Yard Diesel Tank and Repaving Project”, Bid No. 3838". The work includes all labor, material, supervision, plant and equipment necessary to provide a 10,000 gallon aboveground fuel tank, remove an existing 10,000 gallon underground fuel tank and replace approximately 11,800 square feet of asphalt pavement with concrete pavement. The Engineer’s estimate is $425,000. Each bidder must have a Class A or B license to complete this work in accordance with the California Business and Professions Code. There will be a mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting scheduled for Thursday November 3, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at 625 Laguna Street. The plans and specifications for this Project are available electronically at Plan and specification sets can be obtained from CyberCopy (located at 504 N Milpas St, cross street Haley) by contacting Alex Gaytan, CyberCopy Shop Manager, at (805) 884-6155. The City’s contact for this project is Brad Klinzing, Project Engineer, 805-564-5456.


Per California Civil Code Section 9550, a payment bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided within 10 calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The proposal shall be accompanied by a proposal guaranty bond in the sum of at least 10% of the total amount of the proposal, or alternatively by a certified or cashier’s check payable to the Owner in the sum of at least 10% of the total amount of the proposal.


October 18, 2016. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the

The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the

provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as

provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as

amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be

amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be

obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara,

obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara,



In order to be placed on the plan holder’s list, the Contractor can register as a document holder for this Project on Ebidboard. Project Addendum notifications will be issued through Although Ebidboard will fax and/or email all notifications once they are provided contact information, bidders are still responsible for obtaining all addenda from the Ebidboard website or the City’s website at: Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts.




/s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

/s/ Sarah Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager ORDINANCE NO. 5773




I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was introduced on October 11, 2016, and was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on October 18, 2016, by the following roll call vote:

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was introduced on October 11, 2016, and was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on October 18, 2016, by the following roll call vote: AYES:

Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider













Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider

A contractor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in this chapter, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5. It is not a violation of this section for an unregistered contractor to submit a bid that is authorized by Section 7029.1 of the Business and Professions Code or by Section 10164 or 20103.5 of the Public Contract Code, provided the contractor is registered to perform public work pursuant to Section 1725.5 at the time the contract is awarded.


hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara

hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara

This project is subject to compliance monitoring enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations.

on October 19, 2016.

on October 19, 2016.

A separate performance bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder. The bond must be provided within 10 calendar days from the notice to award and prior to the performance of any work.


The City of Santa Barbara hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliations or beliefs, sex, age, physical disability, medical condition, marital status or pregnancy as set forth hereunder. GENERAL SERVICES MANAGER CITY OF SANTA BARBARA William Hornung, C.P.M. PUBLISHED: October 26 & November 2, 2016 Montecito Journal

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Tartaglia Fine Art, 1187 Coast Village Road #5, Montecito, CA 93108. Danna Tartaglia, 2648 Grand Ave, Ojai, CA 93023. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on October 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. 2016-0003019. Published November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

/s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on October 19, 2016.

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on October 19, 2016.

/s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published November 2, 2016 Montecito Journal

as: Corks; Corks N’ Crowns, 32 Anacapa Street, Unit A, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Funk Zone Wines, LLC, 5330 Debbie Road, #200, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on September 27, 2016. This statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. I hereby certify

/s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published November 2, 2016 Montecito Journal

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. 2016-0002773. Published October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Montecito Medical Liaisons, 965

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Tornoe Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Gabriel Sarmiento, 965 Tornoe Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on October 11, 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. 2016-0002864. Published October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Price, Postel & Parma LLP, 200 E. Carrillo Street, Suite 400, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Todd

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the City of Santa Barbara Purchasing Office located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, until 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated at which time they will be publicly opened, read and posted for:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the City of Santa Barbara Purchasing Office located at 310 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, California, until 3:00 p.m. on the date indicated at which time they will be publicly opened, read and posted for:

BID NO. 5493

BID NO. 5492

regular meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council held on

DUE DATE & TIME: November 21, 2016 UNTIL 3:00P.M.

DUE DATE & TIME: November 17, 2016 UNTIL 3:00P.M.

September 6, 2016 as Ordinance No. 5763 and whose

L-3 Entrance Façade and Window Replacement Project

Composting Services


extension was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on October 18, 2016. The publication of this ordinance is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 512 of the Santa Barbara City Charter as amended, and the original ordinance in its entirety may be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Santa Barbara, California.

A MANDATORY pre-bid meeting will be held on November 10, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., at 1522 Cecil Cook Place, Santa Barbara, CA, to discuss the specifications and field conditions. The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors. Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids.



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I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing ordinance was originally adopted on September 6, 2016, as Ordinance No. 5763 and whose extension was adopted by the Council of the City of Santa Barbara at a meeting held on October 18, 2016, by the following roll call vote: AYES:

Councilmembers Jason Dominguez, Gregg Hart, Frank Hotchkiss, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Bendy White; Mayor Helene Schneider







IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and affixed the official seal of the City of Santa Barbara on October 19, 2016. /s/ Sarah P. Gorman, CMC City Clerk Services Manager

Bidders are hereby notified that pursuant to provisions of Section 1770, et seq., of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Contractor shall pay its employees the general prevailing rate of wages as determined by the Director of Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). In addition, the Contractor shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of Section 1777.5 of the California Labor Code relating to apprentice public works contracts. Contractors and Subcontractors must be registered with the DIR pursuant to Labor Code 1725.5. This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the DIR. The City of Santa Barbara requires all contractors to possess a current valid State of California B - General Engineering Contractors License. The company bidding on this must possess one of the above mentioned licenses at the time bids are due and be otherwise deemed qualified to perform the work specified herein. Bids submitted using the license name and number of a subcontractor or other person who is not a principle partner or owner of the company making this bid, will be rejected as being non-responsive. Bidders are hereby notified that a Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids exceeding $25,000. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. Bidders are hereby notified that a Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid total will be required from the successful bidder for bids. The bond must be provided with ten (10) calendar days from notice of award and prior to the performance of any work. The bond must be signed by the bidder and a corporate surety, who is authorized to issue bonds in the State of California. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award.

I HEREBY APPROVE the foregoing ordinance on October 19, 2016. /s/ Helene Schneider Mayor Published November 2, 2016 Montecito Journal

A. Amspoker, 247 Morada Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Ian M. Fisher, 200 E. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101; Timothy E. Metzinger, 5770 Leeds Lane, Goleta, CA 93117; Douglas D. Rossi, 49 Canyon Acres, Santa Barbara, CA 93103; C.E. Chip Wullbrant, 1950 Still Meadow Road, Ballard, CA 93463; Kristen M. Blabey, 6955 Cathedral

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Oaks Road, Goleta, CA 93117; Christopher E. Haskell, 105 La Vista Grande, Santa Barbara, CA 93103; Shereef Moharram, 602 Calle Rinconada, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; Terry J. Schwart, 1678 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA, 93108; Sam Zodeh, 260 Butterfly Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108; Melissa J. Fasset, 1157 Edgemound Drive, Santa Barbara,

___________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. Published: November 2, 2016 General Services Manager Montecito Journal

CA 93105; Mark S. Manion, 26 La Flecha Lane, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105; Craig A. Parton, 33 Langlo Terrace, Santa Barbara, CA 93105; David Van Horne, 525 Picacho Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Barbara County on September 20, 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. 20160002710. Published October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2016. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT: The following person(s) is/are doing business as: Santa Barbara Endodontic Dental Group; Santa Barbara Endodontics Dental Office; Santa Barbara Endodontic Dental Practice; Santa Barbara Endodontics Dental Practice; Santa Barbara Endodontics; Santa Barbara Endontics Dental Group, 33 W

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Scope of Work to include composting services for the City’s source-separated food material (3,200 to 4,800 tons annually). The City of Santa Barbara is now conducting bid and proposal solicitations online through the PlanetBids System™. Vendors can register for the commodities that they are interested in bidding on using NIGP commodity codes at The initial bidders’ list for all solicitations will be developed from registered vendors. Bids must be submitted on forms supplied by the City of Santa Barbara and in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions contained therein. Bid packages containing all forms, specifications, terms and conditions may be obtained electronically via PlanetBids. Bidders are hereby notified that any service purchase order issued as a result of this bid may be subject to the provisions and regulations of the City of Santa Barbara Ordinance No. 5384, Santa Barbara Municipal Code, Chapter 9.128 and its impending regulations relating to the payment of Living Wages. The City of Santa Barbara affirmatively assures that minority and disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of age (over 40), ancestry, color, mental or physical disability, sex, gender identity and expression, marital status, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), national origin, race, religious belief, or sexual orientation in consideration of award.

_________________________ William Hornung, C.P.M. General Services Manager

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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. 2016-0002781. Published October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2016. ORDER FOR PUBLICATION OF SUMMONS: CASE No. 16CV00448. Notice to Defendant: Steven Schoepp: You have been sued by Plaintiff: Edward Bauer. You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a response at the court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your legal response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements, you may want to contact an attorney right away. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services. You can locate these non-profit groups online at, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. Name and address of the court: Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1107. Filed February 4, 2016, by Sarah Sisto, Deputy Clerk. Published October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2016.



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“Charlie and his angels” Claudia Nevarez, Wanda Kelley, Angela Gonzales, Laura Bode, executive director, SBRPA sponsor; Alicia St. John, contributor; Debbie Saucedo, widow of Alex Saucedo; and event sponsor Charlie Alva; and Jamie Graybill surrounding Alicia’s 1958 MGA Competitional Racer (photo by Priscilla) UCSB Arts & Lectures staff with Lil Buck (photo by Grace Kathryn Photography)

Maxine Prisyon and Johnny Gandelsman (photo by Grace Kathryn Photography)

In a Jam Just 24 hours earlier, it was a performance of a different kind at the Granada when the venerable theater, in affiliation with UCSB Arts & Lectures, staged A Jookin’ Jam Session, featuring the extremely fluid choreography of Memphis, Tennessee, hip-hop dancers Lil Buck and Ron Myles, and former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel, who I used to see on occasion at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. The entertaining show, which also featured a host of talented musicians, including pianist Cristina Pato on Galician bagpipes and Grammy nominee Sandeep Das, a tabla player, who has performed with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Of particular note was a sequence featuring a video projection of the graffiti art of late New Yorker Keith Haring and The Swan featuring the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. Certainly an evening with a difference. Georgia on Their Mind Earlier in the week, UCSB Arts & Lectures held its first concert at The Old Mission, featuring the 16-yearold Ensemble Basiani of Georgia, which was the perfect venue given the acoustics and the soaring height of the ceiling.


The singers, Russia’s answer to our own Quire of Voyces, dressed in Cossack uniforms to the 75-minute concert, which featured folk songs and religious hymns, accompanied by the balalaika and volybnka, Russian bagpipes complementing the polyphonic harmonies perfectly. Under directors Zurab Tskrialashvili and George Donadza, the tony troupe, who I last saw at the First United Methodist Church in October 2012, in their debut, excelled. Just an hour later, the ensemble reprised their concert for another sellout audience, all clearly Russian to hear them. Girl Power The Amazons were out in force when Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara welcomed 400 guests for the 15th annual celebration lunch, with the theme Women in Leadership: Making a Difference!, at the Bacara, which raised more than $100,000 for the nonprofit. CEO Barbara Ben-Horin, who introduced speaker senator HannahBeth Jackson, says: “Santa Barbara has an impressive number of female leaders holding elected and appointed positions, serving as non-profit executives, and owning businesses of 50-plus employees. “These women are in positions to serve as role models for our girls, helping them to become independent, educated, and self-sufficient young women.” The Strong, Smart, and Bold awards were presented to the Raintree Foundation, founded by the late Harold and Diana Frank, which was accepted by their son, Jim, and to local philanthropist Stina Hans. The auctioneer, the ubiquitous Geoff Green, sold off a unique trip for a parent and daughter to travel to Sacramento for a two-day, all-inclusive VIP experience with leaders at the state capitol, which went for $6,000. Gwen Stauffer, Jean Schuyler,

Ginni Dreier, Paige Beard, Kristi Newton, mayor Helene Schneider, Margo Barbakow, Mindy Denson, Perri Harcourt, Layla Khashoggi, Sunny Margerum, Pamela PerkinsDwyer, Bill and Lois Rosen, Stephanie Sokolove, Anne Towbes, Mary Ellen Tiffany, Caroline Thompson, and David Selberg were among the guests. Fore! of a Kind It was tee time when the Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara benefitted to the tune of $100,000 from a charity golf tournament and dinner at

the Glen Annie club organized by the SB Rental Property Association, which honored the late Alex Saucedo, who suffered from the debilitating disease for 32 years. One hundred and twenty players participated in the round, with another 40 joining them for the dinner emceed by wine writer and former KEYTTV weatherman, Gabe Saglie, with the ABC affiliate’s ubiquitous John Palminteri auctioning off a Idaho wilderness lodge, a private tent for 20 at the Santa Barbara Polo Club with


Yardi sponsor team members holding the famous “Yardi” clubs are Jillian Hall, Michael O’Boyle, Jenn Wider, Dustin Dalee, Helena Race, Garrett Godfrey, Briselda Orozco, and Martin Heusser (photo by Priscilla)

Participating Santa Barbara High School golf team members with coach James Ballantine, and Elijah Sada, Preston Gomersall, Luka Swane Lund, Issac Stone, and Malta Olhiser (photo by Priscilla)

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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

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ust as I learned from life at home that I never wanted to have children, so I learned from my schooling that I never wanted to be a teacher. Yet, though I stayed childless, I actually became a teacher. Why? Because, with a degree in history, it was practically the only way I could make a decent living. During my 20s and early 30s, I had eight different teaching jobs (if you count student-teaching and camp-counseling). But the only really good one was number eight, which unfortunately was too good to last. It started in 1955 when, still living in England, I learned from a friend who’d recently emigrated to the U.S. and was back on a visit, that there was a great shortage of teachers in California. He thought that, with my London B.A., I should have no difficulty getting a well-paid job. Not until I arrived in California, months later, however, did I learn that it wasn’t that simple. Yes, the jobs were plentiful, and school districts were competing to attract applicants. But a degree wasn’t enough. Also required was something called a “credential.” To get one, I had to take a number of college courses in “education,” (which I‘d never realized before was even a subject) and perform weeks of “student teaching” a kind of apprenticeship, in a real school (in my case, Upland High School, Upland, California, under the supervision of a “master teacher” named Miss Pleasant). Officially, the subject was “social studies.” I never found out exactly what that meant, but what I learned from Miss Pleasant was the importance of a “lesson plan.” Some pupils complained because I couldn’t yet type, and my test papers were written in longhand; some mocked my English accent and what seemed to them my excessive politeness. The one thing I remember teaching these kids that may have stayed with them was that all their surnames had meanings, which could often be traced back historically. Next came my summer as a counselor, just outside Los Angeles at a camp for underprivileged boys. I tried to discourage their foul language by explaining what the nasty words they used really meant. But reports of this experiment in sex education got me into trouble in my next job, teaching English at Hollywood High School, where I lasted only one semester. Then came a period as a substitute teacher, which actually included the 3 – 10 November 2016

worst and best moments of my entire teaching career. In the worst, I had so little control of the (junior high school) class that they were actually tearing up pieces of the floor, and throwing them at me. The best came when, for the first and only time, I substituted at a “junior college.” At that level, there was no discipline problem – but the subject was one I knew nothing about: logic. I would have been perfectly justified in simply assigning “private study” for the hour. But instead, I taught the class! I asked where they were in the book, read aloud a paragraph, thus teaching it to myself, then set about explaining it. I think we got through most of the chapter that way. I was there only that one time – but have always felt it was truly my finest hour.

Some pupils complained because I couldn’t yet type

Some time passed before my next job, two years as a “teaching assistant,” while myself a graduate student, at Berkeley in the early 1960s. This was an onerous grind. It included marking examination “Blue Books,” which I did in a sloppy manner, often hardly reading anything, but assigning a grade based on the amount written and giving students the grades I thought they probably expected to get. Next came a summer session job, teaching sociology, at Delta College in Stockton, California, a place where summer was so miserably hot that, when I finally had a choice between three “permanent” jobs, I chose the one with the most temperate climate, which happened to be at a “community college” in the small town of Bend, Oregon. There, my teaching took a back seat to a “Free Speech” controversy, which I deliberately stirred up and which led to my barely lasting the school year. Finally, in 1965-67, came that ideal position – as assistant professor of history on board a “floating university,” sailing twice on 3-1/2-month semester voyages around the world. That was the pinnacle of my teaching career, but also the end. After all, from the pinnacle, where is there to go?  •MJ

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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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 1st Thursday – Santa Barbara artists are all over State Street and environs map in galleries, retail shops, and elsewhere as the monthly art-walk style event turns its attention to our own town. Highlights include “Duct Tape Dreams” at Channing Peake Gallery, in which Joe Girandola visualizes the world’s greatest architectural wonders in duct tape. At Distinctive Art Gallery, “All Santa Barbara All The Time” boasts a collection of paintings made en plein air by artist Chris Potter, while Bella Rosa Galleries’s “Cosmic Encounters” features the whimsical back-illuminated paintings of Pali-X-Mano, best-known for his Solstice Parade inflatables. On the performing arts front, the Museum of Contemporary Art serves libations from The Bobcat Room amid a freestyle jam from DJ Jack Handy, DJ Beatnik, and El DJ Magneto, while Capoeira Sul da Bahia does its stunning Brazilian dance/ martial arts to live drumming at the corner of State & Anapamu streets, and Santa Barbara native David Segall (formerly Courtenay) plays his mix of soul, folk, reggae, and rock on themes of nature, surfing, sailing, and yoga at Marshalls Patio on the corner of Canon Perdido. WHEN: 5 to 8 pm WHERE: Lower State Street and environs COST: free INFO: about/1st-thursday

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Collective Collaborative – Tracy Kofford, head of the SBCC Dance Department and a member of the Santa Barbara Dance Theater in residence at his alma mater of UCSB, has put together this showcase of new work from 14 area choreographers encompassing nine different companies including SBCC Dance

Company, UCSB Dance Company, SBFB, SB Dance Arts, LA Dance Moves, Shieldwall Dance Company, and many more. The show represents Kofford’s step forward in connecting the two colleges’ program, as well as collaborating with others as his own SBCC company moves toward touring. For many of the dancers, it will be their debut performance at Santa Barbara’s splendid historical theater. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $25 in advance, $29 at the door INFO: 963-0761 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Dance, Museum Style – “Dance to the Music of Time” is the theme for tonight’s Atelier, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s periodic evening of intimate, intriguing, and often irreverent interactions with art and artists in the museum’s galleries. Inspired by art from the museum’s current exhibitions British Art from Whistler to World War II and Cecil Beaton’s “London’s Honourable Scars”: Photographs of the Blitz, Atelier revisits London’s Bright Young Things, an era filled with cocktails, costumes, pranks, and treasure hunts that stopped traffic, when everything was “divine, darling” and simply too much. The activities include “After Midnight in Mayfair Scavenger Hunt” in which guests will go off in search of artist-designed clues through the galleries culminating in prizes and Polaroid portrait documenting victory. Tunes from the British Music Hall allow visitors to sing along to silly or sentimental piano favorites in Preston Morton Gallery performed by Sam Hobel, or dance to the retro rhythms of Ulysses Jasz on the museum’s front steps. In “Let Frivolity Reign”: The Country House Party Interactive Installation Atelier attendees can leave their mark on a lavish and theatrical country house party by creating a visual diary page, pairing the words of the Mitford

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Rhymin’ & Dust – Joan Baez returns to Santa Barbara for the first time since a concert at the Lobero in February 2009, when she was on the road in support of a Grammy-nominated album produced by Steve Earle. The legendary singer and activist has had 7½ more years to add fuel to her fires of protest – social, economical, and personal – that she has pursued and delivered with passion, purpose, and pure vocal beauty since the 1960s. Even at 75, there are new singer-songwriters to bring to wider attention, as she did for Bob Dylan back in 1963, and new causes to illuminate, as Baez’s current tour, which stops at the much-larger Arlington Theatre tonight, comes accompanied by the Innocence Project, the nonprofit that aims to free the unjustly convicted from prison. Even as the causes of concern accumulate, her gently trilling soprano voice remains as compelling as it ever was. WHEN: 8 pm WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St. COST: $50-$75 INFO: 893-3535/ or 9634408/


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Penny for Your Thoughts – It’s easy to view Penny Nichols as one of a myriad of local singer-songwriters, as she’s based on the Central Coast. But truly, she’s a vast resource connected to the early days of the Folk Revival, a performer whose resumé includes appearing at the Big Sur Folk Festival during the famous “Summer of Love”, the same year she recorded her first album, Penny’s Arcade, for Buddha Records, the erstwhile label that marketed bubblegum pop (the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company), folk-rock (Melanie) and even Captain Beefheart. (Buddha showed up again in her career, in the 1990s CD Songs of the Jataka Tales based on thousand-year-old tales). Nichols’s voice can also be heard on Jimmy Buffett’s “Son of a Son of a Sailor” from 1977. More recently, Nichols – who still sporadically records – is known for producing the annual Central Coast songwriters conference SummerSongs. A local appearance in a coffeehouse environment is a rare treat. Opening is hVA, Stephanie Croff and Kyle Reilly’s duo weaving complex musical threads and tight vocal harmonies over songs celebrating the joys and hardships of love and living in ever-changing times. Series producer Roy Donkin accompanies on bass. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta COST: $12 with advance reservation and $15 at the door INFO: 964-0436 or sisters and Evelyn Waugh with stunning images by Beaton. Fancy dressing up is encouraged – maybe your Halloween costume fits the “aristocratic bohemian” oeuvre, or one the many extravagant theme parties of the ear (White, Mozart, Sailor, Impersonation) – and don’t forget your brittle wit. As always, the evening also includes carefully crafted passed hors d’oeuvres, wines, and signature cocktails. WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 pm WHERE: 1130 State Street (entrance in the rear) COST: $30 general, $25 museum members INFO: 963-4364 or Laugh it up – Local comedian and producer Kimmie Dee hosts a one-nightonly show starring some of the hottest standup comics and award-wining magicians from Los Angeles and New York. Performers include Andrew Goldenhersh, Darren Carter, David Deeble, Heather Pasternak, Jessica Keenan, John Dunn, Vargus Mason, and a big-name special guest, who between them have been appearing at The Magic Castle, the Comedy Store, Las Vegas showrooms, and on The Tonight Show, Conan, and Showtime comedy specials. This show inaugurates an anticipated annual tradition in Carpinteria historic theater. WHEN: 7 pm WHERE: Plaza Playhouse Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria COST: $25 general admission INFO: 684-6380 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Poetry in the Plaza – The Santa Barbara Poetry Series – which presents a

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reading by visiting, local and student poets each quarter of the year – opens its new season with David Oliveira, George H.S. Singer, and Marisa Gutierrez. Oliveira, author of several collections and a founding editor of the national journal of poetry Solo who was also the millennium poet laureate of Santa Barbara, now lives in Phnom Penh, where he is a professor of English. Singer, who is a professor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB, often uses his experience as a Buddhist monk as a young man and his efforts to carry on with mindfulness in our distracting world as a theme for his poems. Gutierrez is a third-year student at SBCC. Fellow former Santa Barbara poet laureate Chryss Yost serves as co-coordinator of the series. WHEN: 7 to 8:30 pm WHERE: The Cielito Room at Viva Modern Mexican Cuisine, 114 State Street in La Arcada Plaza COST: $10 general, $5 students & seniors INFO: 965-4770 or www.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 A Celebration of Joni Mitchell – That’s the theme of tonight’s concert and also the name of the band fronted by Kimberly Ford, the Santa Barbara-based jazz singer-guitarist and educator who has been a Joni Mitchell fan since her own coming-of-age years in the Central Valley, where she learned to sing using Mitchell’s soul-baring 1971 album Blue as a primer. Since creating the Mitchell tribute two years ago and debuting it at SOhO to pay tribute to Mitchell’s melding of progressive folk with elements of rock, jazz, and world

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 TURF Enough – Twenty-year veteran Santa Barbara choreographer/dancer and producer Misa Kelly partners with five other creators of dance and the arts from Santa Barbara, plus two from Los Angeles and another from New York for her latest offering in the streamlined cooperative model that brings potentially otherwise unavailable dance to our town. TURF: Up Close & Intimate – which builds on the base of Kelly’s experience that began initially as artistic director of SonneBlauma Danscz Theater, then as a collaborator and co-creator with ArtBark International and co-producer with the HIVE initiative – features work from Mindy Nelson, E. Bonnie Lewis, Ken Gilbert, Misa’s husband Stephen Kelly, Valarie Mulberry, Trina Mannino, Barbara Mahler, and Nancy Evans Doede. The intimate studio setting encompasses styles and themes ranging from a modern dance solos to short-form theatrical/movement work on the theme from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, plus playful songs and Kelly’s own “???”, derived from the meditation “What’s the Solution?” in response to observing a planet out of balance. WHEN: 6 pm WHERE: Gail Towbes Center for Dance, 2285 Las Positas Rd. COST: $10 INFO: music, Ford has toured “A Celebration Of Joni Mitchell” through California and the Midwest and as far away as Canada and Ireland. Now a finely honed project that features an L.A. Express-style instrumentation of George Friedenthal on piano, Tom Buckner on saxophone, Charles Levin on drums, Tom Echart on bass, and Lee Rollag on guitar, as well as Ford playing several guitars in Mitchell’s original tunings – offering songs from more than three decades of Mitchell’s career – “A Celebration Of Joni Mitchell” returns home for a fundraising concert at the Lobero Theatre on Mitchell’s 73rd birthday. The performance benefits Vocal Point (previously the Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation) and its hands-on jazz education and instruction in local schools. WHEN: 7:30 pm WHERE: 33 East Canon Perdido St. COST: $35 ($65 VIP tickets include premier seating and a post-concert private reception) INFO: 963-0761 or Focus on Film – Two film festivals with decidedly different focuses get going this weekend. The Santa Barbara

OUTrageous Film Festival celebrates its Silver Anniversary with three days of screenings kicking off with a free showing of Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America on Thursday, November 3, at UCSB Multicultural Center, followed by three more movies on Friday evening and six films on Saturday, encompassing features, documentaries, and shorts, all at the Metro 4 Theatre downtown. Tickets are $10 per film or $50 at the door for a full festival pass, which also includes Saturday night’s wrap party. Info at www. Meanwhile, Ojai’s annual celluloid celebration takes place Thursday through next Sunday, November 3-13. More than 80 films spanning shorts, features, documentaries ,and animation categories – culled from more than 400 submissions – will screen at various venues around town over the Ojai Film Festival’s 11-day run, which also offers workshops, panels, and parties, and a free screening of the classic Damn Yankees starring Montecito’s own Tab Hunter, who will participate in a Q&A session. Tickets, details, and a full schedule online at  •MJ







Hip-hop Hour – Los Angeles-based hiphop sensation Versa-Style Dance Company pops, locks, whacks, and boogaloos its way through a Latin-infused dance party that includes salsa, merengue, cumbia and AfroCuban music – part of the company’s mission to break color lines and share their passion for the unifying culture of hip hop. Formed just over a decade ago as a reaction to the widespread media misrepresentation of these dance forms, Versa-Style specifically aims to instill audiences with the roots, history, and social and political issues surrounding the art of its generation. The high-energy ensemble engages young audiences with their exuberant choreography and inclusive messaging that promotes freedom of expression, individuality, hard work, selfdiscipline, dedication, and fun. The afternoon performance is part of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ Family Fun series, which features activities including balloons, face painting, and crafts for the kids an hour before the event. WHEN: 3 pm WHERE: UCSB’s Campbell Hall COST: $16 general, $12 children 12 & under INFO: 893-3535 or

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Sightings: Actor Billy Baldwin being interviewed on CNN from his Montecito home...Rob Lowe spotted in a private box at a L.A. DodgersChicago Cubs game...Billionaire hotelier Bill Tollman, in from London, hosting a lunch at Tre Lune with Bill and Barbara Tomicki

Event committee member Kimberely Eckles and sponsor Johannes Sauer, Suissly CEO (photo by Priscilla)

catering by Montecito’s Honor Bar and wines donated by Bilo Zarif of the Summerland Winery, and an afterhours private tour of the SB Courthouse. Publisher and writer Alicia St. John, wearing a dress by the late Montecito fashion designer Luis Estevez, stood out among the sea of golfing attire with her restored,1958 bright-red MG sporting the license plate FEM FTL, part of a silent-auction prize of a picnic excursion on Butterfly Beach catered by Tre Lune. Definitely a hole-in-one event! Raine Fall On a personal note, I mark the passing of Raine, the former stepmother of the late Princess Diana, at 87. The thrice-married countess – the second being to Johnny, the 8th Earl Spencer, Diana’s father – was dubbed Acid Raine by Diana who, like her brother, Charles, felt she was selling off their birthright when she renovated Althorp, the family’s 15,000-acre

Northamptonshire estate. Despite the barbs, Raine nursed the earl through a serious stroke the year before he famously escorted his daughter down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral to tie the knot with Prince Charles in 1981. I last saw Raine, who with her bouffant hair and crinoline dresses would not have looked out of place at the court of King Louis XIV at Versailles, at a grand picnic lunch in the Number One car park at Royal Ascot, which I attended with an old friend, Santa Barbara Polo Club sponsor Cat Pollon. For many years, I also knew her son, Bill Lewisham, 67, who is now the 10th Earl of Dartmouth, who was a friend of my New York Magazine colleague, Anthony Haden-Guest, brother-in-law of actress Jamie Lee Curtis. I also interviewed Raine’s eccentric mother, prolific romance novelist Dame Barbara Cartland, at her 400 acre estate, Camfield Place, for-

Pip! Pip!

Richard Mineards and friend Cat Pollon at Royal Ascot

mer home of children’s writer Beatrix Potter, outside London in 1996, when I was an anchor on the CBS syndicated show Day & Date. A small, small world.

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



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Don Johnson Leaves Montecito Covenant

After 11 years as Senior Pastor at Montecito Covenant Church on Cold Springs Road, pastor Don Johnson preached his final sermon last Sunday

before moving on to a Covenant Church in Rochester, Minnesota, where he’s been contracted as a transitional pastor. “I’m like an emergency room doctor for churches, and I’ve been called to their congregation. They need me,” Johnson told us during a visit to the church last week. Montecito Covenant was founded in 1885 and is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant denomination. The current church in Montecito was built in 1959, and in 2005 a new office and sanctuary building was built as part of the Church’s Master Plan. Pastor Johnson tells us the church is founded on five core principles, including a personal freedom in relationship with Christ. “We don’t have a long list of do’s and don’ts,” he explained. “It’s a great church for families with mixed religions, and we are multi-generational,” he added, saying the sermons are not “too edgy” for grandparents or “too formal” for young people. There are about 220 people in the current congregation, including a strong Westmont College presence including students, faculty, and staff. The church is situated on four acres of land, in a Ray Ketzel-designed building that is filled with families every afternoon for various programs. The goal of the church is to be easily accessible for the community, and the church hosted displaced evacuees during the Tea Fire. Church members helped organize food and clothing drives for those impacted by the fire, including some of their own congregation. Johnson, who lives with his wife, Martha, an artist, on church grounds, says one of his biggest accomplishments during his tenure is M4: the collaboration of the four churches in Montecito. Montecito Covenant, All Saints By-the-Sea, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and El Montecito Presbyterian have joined forces to bring together their congregations for both local and international service projects. “I think it’s been really great. It’s better to work in collaboration than opposition,” he said. Each year, the churches get about 250 people together for a non-profit outreach project. Whether it’s putting

Montecito Covenant Church senior pastor Don Johnson has left the congregation after 11 years

together comfort kits for palliative care patients to be sent to Africa, or putting together school backpacks for local at-risk youth, M4 seeks to unite churchgoers in Montecito. “I’m really proud to have been a part of it,” Johnson said. Johnson has also been a large presence in our local jail for the past eight years, providing weekly guidance to inmates at Santa Barbara County Jail. “Jail is a tremendous place to face yourself,” he explained, adding that his work in the jail system has been a gift. “I want the inmates to know that our church is a place of second chances, and that we want them to seek us out upon their release,” he added. Johnson said his calling is to work in collaboration with jails and churches, helping churches across the nation partner with local jails to provide spiritual guidance to inmates both during and after they serve time. “That is my ultimate goal,” he said. For now, Johnson and his wife will move to their new home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and he will begin his one-year contract in Rochester, Minnesota, helping that church get back on its feet. His wife plans on getting deeply involved in the Black Mountain community, which has a strong art and creative presence. The couple also plans on spending more time with their three children and five grandkids. “In addition to missing the people of the congregation, I’ll miss the views of the mountains from my office, and walking along Butterfly Beach,” Johnson said. For more information about Montecito Covenant, visit www. •MJ MONTECITO JOURNAL


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