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SBCC President Dr. Andreea Serban was
forced to step down; now we present her
side of the story, p. 13
Village Beat
Dick Thielscher, named Montecito’s
“Citizen of the Year,” to be honored on
Beautification Day, p. 11
On Entertainment
It really does run in the family; 94-year-
old Kirk Douglas prepares to honor son,
Michael Douglas, p. 44p
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15 – 22 September 2011
Vol 17 Issue 37

The Commandos vs. The
Snakes: First Annual Café
Del Sol Beach Volleyball
Tournament set for this
weekend, p. 6
COVER PHOTO: David Williams, Virginia Alvarez, Tammy Murphy and Nick Bruski
MUS is once again the number-one
performing elementary school in
Santa Barbara County; Bob Hazard
explains why (story begins on page 5)
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 2 • The Voice of the Village •
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City Council
Experienced Leadership
For four years, I have successfully forged compromises
at City Hall on controversial issues from marijuana
dispensaries to housing density in the general plan update.
I will continue to lead the way with common sense
priorities, to focus expenditures on what really counts, and
to protect the beauty and small town charm of our great city.
Public Safety
As your Councilmember, public safety is my top priority. Over the last decade, the
number of police officers steadily declined. This year, I successfully led the effort to add
four new police officers to the force. The police need the staff and the tools to do their
job. Putting more police officers on our streets is vital to keeping our community safe.
Fiscal Responsibility
Previous City Councils had dangerously depleted our fiscal reserves just as we were
heading into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. As your fiscally
responsible Councilmember I have changed our course. I voted against pay raises we
couldn’t afford, directed sound fiscal management of our city’s dollars, and negotiated fair
union contracts that protect taxpayers.
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5 Editorial
Detailed look at Montecito Union School: what makes it excel, who makes it hum, and the
parents who help make it work
6 Montecito Miscellany
Montecito writer appeals case with prince of Monaco; Wendy Weeks’ unlucky travel
streak; Café Del Sol hosts volleyball tournament; Universal Life Church gains famous
follower; Dale Kern’s Indian Feast; record 300 tickets sold for Summerland Winery’s wine
club party
8 Letters to the Editor
Sheena Berwick still seeks answers regarding future fate of proposed Hermosillo off-
ramp; Dana Newquist on Dr. Andreea Serban’s forced resignation; M. Kerrigan suggests
healthy food choices needed in Montecito; Pharmacy Oak hanging in there; Patrik
offers “thanks”
10 Community Calendar
Music for kids at Curious Cup; Creek Week; Erin Balint shows off art; MBAR meets;
Montecito Union School Board meeting; City Council candidates at Jaffurs Wine Cellar;
lecture and luncheon at MCC
Tide Chart
Handy guide to assist readers in determining when to take that walk or run on the beach
11 Village Beat
Kardashian wedding discussed at MA meeting; Dick Tielscher chosen Citizen of the Year;
temporary road closures proposed; San Ysidro Path update
13 Conversations
SBCC’s Dr. Serban gives her side of the story of her resignation
14 Seen Around Town
Zoofari Ball XXVI’s Moroccan theme sparkles; two-day Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open
Studios Tour; Santa Barbara Kennel Club puts on impressive dog (but no pony) show
26 Book Talk
Lowenkopf explains why George Pelecanos’ “The Cut” deserves spot on first page of
The New York Times’ book review section instead of in the ‘back-of-the-bus mystery
29 Ernie’s World
A harrowing tale of Witham’s visit to the dermatologist, complete with news of a rash of
wizard-shaped skin growths
Local People
Jean Volmar is one of those valuable resources that Santa Barbara and Montecito depend
30 Sheriff’s Blotter
Car broken into at Cold Spring trailhead; fatal collision on Highway 101
31 Seniority
No matter your age, Santa Barbara has plenty of programs to keep one mentally and
physically active
34 The Way it Was
Two Santa Barbara family histories during WWII are highlighted, one being Hattie
Beresford’s own
35 Your Westmont
U.S. News & World Report gives the college its highest ranking; and the powerful Keck
Telescope aims toward the heavens Sept. 16
36 State Street Spin
Dentist Kathleen McClintock wins Mastership Award; MacMechanic will take your old
floppies; Rare showing of Picasso and Pals; Damn Right I Grew Up In Santa Barbara
37 Montecito Diary
Breast Cancer Resource Center to hold fundraising gala at Montecito Estate
40 Calendar of Events
Tears for Fears plays Chumash Casino; Henry VIII at the Metro; ¡Viva el Arte de
Santa Bárbara! opens at Karpeles Manuscript Museum; Ann Randolph’s one-woman
show at Center Stage, Phineus and Ferb come to life at the Granada, IMAX filmmakers
share secrets
41 On Entertainment
Adrian Spence discusses upcoming Camerata Pacifica season; Circle Bar B Dinner Teater
wraps up season; pop and rock groups play Santa Barbara’s smaller venues; Kirk Douglas
awards son Michael this year at SBIFF
42 Guide to Montecito Eateries
Te most complete, up-to-date, comprehensive listing of all individually owned Montecito
restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, gelaterias, and hangouts; some in Santa Barbara,
Summerland, and Carpinteria too
43 Movie Showtimes
Latest films, times, theaters, and addresses: they’re all here, as they are every week
45 Real Estate View
A roundup of the properties sold this summer in Montecito
93108 Open House Directory
Homes and condos currently for sale and open for inspection in and near Montecito
46 Classified Advertising
Our very own “Craigslist” of classified ads, in which sellers offer everything from summer
rentals to estate sales
47 Local Business Directory
Smart business owners place business cards here so readers know where to look when they
need what those businesses offer
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 5 Revenge is sweet and not fattening – Alfred Hitchcock
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Montecito Union School:
A Community Treasure
o the delight of their parents, some 452 fortunate students, aged five
through 12, have marched off to attend kindergarten through sixth grade
at Montecito Union School, arguably one of the finest elementary schools
in the United States.
Montecito is blessed with two equally respected public elementary schools:
Montecito Union and Cold Spring Elementary (K-6 with 165 students). Local
school choice is further enriched by top-notch private schools like Laguna
Blanca Lower School (K-5), Crane Country Day School (K-8), and Our Lady
of Mount Carmel School (K-8). Today’s focus is on Montecito Union School
The Team at the Top
We sat down recently with Tammy Murphy, School Superintendent; Nick
Bruski, Chief Academic Officer; David Williams, Dean of Students; and
Virginia Alvarez, Director of Business at MUS. The first thing you notice
about Ms Murphy is her energy and enthusiasm. She is a lifetime educator
who has spent 26 years helping children and 20 years as an administrator. She
is open and accessible, a good listener, an accomplished communicator and a
team builder with a demonstrated track record of success.
While both Murphy and Bruski are beginning their second year at MUS,
Alvarez is a 10-year MUS veteran who says that the level of satisfaction
among the faculty, the students and the parents is the highest she has ever
experienced. The former position of school principal has been restructured
into two separate roles – a Chief Academic Officer (Nick Bruski) and a Dean
of Students (Dave Williams). Bruski will focus on curriculum and faculty
development; Williams, a former computer technology teacher who has spent
20 years as an assistant principal, will focus on student discipline and day-to-
day school operations. Says Alvarez, “This is the right structure for the right
time in our district.”
Student Performance
Of the 117 elementary schools in Santa Barbara County, last year MUS
was ranked #1 in the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API), scoring an
impressive 960 out of a possible 1,000 points, edging out Mountain View at
958 points as #2 and Cold Spring at 951 points as #3. So, what are Montecito
Union’s secrets to success and how can they be applied to other schools?
“MUS is different,” Bruski says. “We believe in education of the whole
child, including reading, math, language, history, social studies, science – and
arts, music and physical education. To teach nutrition, we grow our own food
in an organic garden. Our real challenge is not memorization, but to teach
children critical thinking skills. At the same time it’s important for kids to
retain a sense of creativity and flexibility when it comes to new ways of think-
ing and complex problem solving.”
California’s Standardized Testing and Reporting Program, known as STAR
testing, measures student performance in grades 2 through 11 in English and
language arts, math, science and history. The statewide average for math pro-
ficiency is 48%; at MUS 89% of students score at the Proficient or Advanced
levels. In science, the state average proficiency is 54%; at MUS, it is 96%.
The children who attend MUS tend to be the offspring of relatively affluent
college-educated parents who place a premium on educational achievement.
They pay high property taxes to locate within the Montecito Union school
district. Parents donate time and energy to attend Board meetings, actively
engage in parent-teacher conferences and volunteer for classroom duty.
Nearly all children speak a common language: English. Only 22 of the 452
students are enrolled in English language learning; about half are Hispanic with
the rest from scattered countries around the world. None of the children are
undernourished. Most live in two-parent households. Students are expected to
do their reading and homework assignments. Specialists are available for those
who need extra help or fall behind. Classes are small enough for teachers to
know every child personally, averaging only 17 students per teacher. There are
27 classrooms, all equipped with flat-screen TVs, document cameras, visual pre-
Editorial by Bob Hazard
Mr. Hazard is an Associate Editor of this paper and a former president of
Birnam Wood Golf Club
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 6 • The Voice of the Village •
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Legal Woe with Monaco
Monte ito
by Richard Mineards
Richard covered the Royal Family for Britain’s Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before moving to New York
to write for Rupert Murdoch’s newly launched Star magazine in 1978; Richard later wrote for New York
magazine’s “Intelligencer”. He continues to make regular appearances on CBS, ABC, and CNN, and
moved to Montecito four years ago.
espite a U.S. District Court
ruling last month that
Montecito writer Robert
Eringer is unable to pursue his
mammoth two-year lawsuit against
the 800-year-old nation state of
Monaco under America’s Foreign
Sovereign Immunity Act, his Santa
Barbara legal eagle, Brigham Ricks, is
appealing the decision.
“After assessing Judge Gary Feess’
findings carefully, we’ve decided to
file a notice of appeal,” says Robert,
56, who is suing for $540,000 in back
salary and severance as 52-year-old
Prince Albert’s spymaster for five
“Very little case law exists on sov-
ereign immunity,” he explains. “Our
case may break new ground and set
a precedent for future situations in
which U.S. citizens are not paid after
providing a commercial service, under
contract, to a sovereign state.
“We feel that the nature of my agree-
ment with Prince Albert and Monaco
as an independent contractor pro-
viding a commercial service, should
not fall under the Foreign Sovereign
Immunity Act. We believe appellate
judges may ultimately see it our way.”
Coinciding with the latest legal
maneuver, the new issue of Forbes
magazine delves into the David ver-
sus Goliath battle with a feature by
New York writer Kai Falkenberg,
who describes it as a saga, “airing lots
of royal dirty laundry.”
So far, she notes, His Serene
Highness’s legal team has focused
13 lawsuits on Robert, whom the
Palace in Monte Carlo describes as “a
shakedown artist,” with even Albert
breaking his silence on the matter last
month in an interview with Monaco
Hebdo magazine, painting his antago-
nist as “a bitter person who spews
his venom and resentments on the
Under pressure, Robert has delet-
ed several posts from his well-read
blog – mostly alleging corruption –
that particularly irritated the Palace.
Robert was even threatened with
imprisonment for using his Monaco
Intelligence Service badge on the site, The suit and blog, says
Falkenberg, paints the son of the late
Prince Rainier and Princess Grace as
“a hapless ruler with an insatiable
libido, surrounded by manipulative
sycophants.” Meanwhile the Palace
declines to respond to the “vulgar and
libelous allegations.”
Monaco’s strict bank-secrecy laws
and lack of income tax have long
lured wealthy expats to the 482-acre
postage-stamp-sized country, wedged
between France and Italy, offering pri-
Robert Eringer’s legal battle with Monaco’s Prince
Albert to continue via appeal
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The best little paper in America
(Covering the best little community anywhere!)
hanks for your thoughtful
editorial (“Down With The
Hermosillo Plan” MJ # 17/36),
and especially your wise call for a
unified Montecito position opposing
the beach exit from the 101 north
at Hermosillo. I do sympathize
with Montecito Association (MA)
president Richard Nordlund feeling
disheartened when he works long
volunteer hours for the community and
finds his efforts are misunderstood.
And, in the gracious spirit of unity
you have called for in the editorial, I
do forgive him for saying in his reply
to my letter that I had “completely
distorted the facts.” While that sounds
like accusing me of lying, which is
something I abhor, I believe distorting
facts is counter-productive when there
is a record to support the truth. So, if I
may be permitted to defend my good
character, and at the same time report
some promising developments, I offer
the following:
Fighting to retain the character of
the lower village calls for dealing with
difficult realities. Caltrans has a state-
wide policy of no left-lane 101 exits.
They have made this unequivocally
clear. We would all be happy if the left
lane off-ramp were to remain, and we
should argue for that all the way to the
governor, but Caltrans has rejected it.
Given that, what then is MA’s position
to protect Coast Village Road from the
chaos of the 101 exit? On the record,
none. The fallback option cited in
September last year and this August’s
board meetings was the Hermosillo
exit. To be fair to President Nordlund,
in a phone call after my letter was
published in the Journal, he told me
he was shocked when Bob Short said
that the Transportation Committee
had decided the Hermosillo exit was
the best option for all of Montecito.
We were shocked, too, because Mr.
Short had promised us that he would
not support the Hermosillo exit.
But, in spite of this, there is hope
that the lower village might not be
thrown under the buses, trucks, RVs
and lines of cars peeling off the free-
way. The breakthrough options come
as a result of singular efforts made
by residents representing the Coast
Village Road neighborhoods. These
efforts began in February when J’Amy
Brown and Martha Siegel with
the assistance of Supervisor Salud
Carbajal asked Caltrans to give rep-
resentatives of the residents of the
lower village a presentation of the
latest off-ramp options. At the end
of the meeting, the standing-room-
only crowd that packed the Montecito
Community Hall unanimously opposed
the Hermosillo exit. Mr. Nordlund
did not arrange this meeting. In July,
Martha, Sybil Rosen and J’Amy
invited Dick Nordlund to come to a
meeting being held at Sybil’s home.
So, Mr. Nordlund did not arrange
this meeting either. At a follow-up
meeting with Caltrans, Santa Barbara
County officials and MA, which Sybil
was allowed to attend, Caltrans said
they were including in the EIR two
other options called Modified F and M
which included an alternative to the
Hermosillo exit.
The MA Transportation Committee
isn’t supporting this alternative
because of the lengthy construction
time and cost of bridges at Cabrillo
and Hot Springs. Yes, no doubt the
Hermosillo exit would be easier to
push through in the short term. But it
will be a drastically bad lifelong deci-
sion for the lower village.
We need to get it right. There won’t
be another chance to go back and fix
the disaster.
Sheena Berwick
(Editor’s note: It seems to us the best
solution is one that has been proposed:
extending what is now the Hermosillo exit
all the way to Cabrillo-Hot Springs, where
it will feed into the existing roundabout.
That is the only way – short of leaving
the left-hand Cabrillo exit alone – that the
lower village will the spared. – J.B.)
An Open Letter
The following letter was sent to
Members of the Board of the Santa
Barbara City College and Foundation,
and forwarded on to the Montecito
“Dear members of these distin-
guished Boards:

Previously, I sent all members of the
Board a Letter that gave some infor-
mation as to my profile and that of the
Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation
(Barker Foundation).
I find it fulfilling to serve on several
boards in our great community; Barker
Foundation, Montecito Fire Protection
District (MFPD), Santa Barbara
Alzheimer’s Association, Sansum
Diabetes Research Institute, and the
Murphy Automobile Museum. A con-
sequence of holding a Board position
A Unified Montecito
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is having to ask difficult questions.
But, that is my job!
Using experiences from those
Boards and others that I have served
previously, has helped me compre-
hend the myriad complexities that a
Board Member needs to understand
in order to function in an orderly and
logical manner. The same is true in
managing a business.
I am not here to criticize, refute,
debate, analyze, make offers, or take
them away.
My mission is to carry out the mis-
sion of Donald and Coeta Barker, pro-
tect their integrity and preserve their
Admittedly, I have little knowledge
of the inner workings of Santa Barbara
City College.
Even though I have served on
the Barker Foundation Board for
nine years, going back to Peter
MacDougall’s administration at
SBCC, my job is to carry out the
wishes that were once those of Coeta
Barker when she was alive. Coeta rele-
gated those obligations to her Trustees
upon her passing.
The Direction of the Barker
Foundation is now in the hands of
myself and four other Trustees.

Being a Board member of the MFPD
for the past nine years, I find the
learning curve immensely steep,
even today. Like SBCC, there are so
many issues that involve land use,
employees, State, Federal, and Local
law, Licensing, contracts, agreements,
emergencies, and a plethora of other
topics. To assist the MFPD Board in all
that we contend with and adjudicate,
we employ Price, Postel & Parma as
legal consul due to their depth in legal
matters armed with 140 attorneys.
Because of the many factors, it is
beyond my comprehension how new
Trustees could have the base needed
to make such an action as the one that
was made in “closed session” to termi-
nate the tenure of Dr. Andreea Serban.
Also, Dr. Serban has a contract that
needs to be satisfied by both parties.
By the time that contract is final-
ized and another President is chosen
to serve, as much as $1,000,000 will
be spent. Knowing additional budget
cuts are looming, it is difficult for me
to justify the college spending resourc-
es if not necessary. Perhaps a better
solution would have been to allow Dr.
Serban complete her contract through
June of 2014, saving needed dollars
and avoiding turmoil.

Other consequences:
SBCC has been a very well respect-
ed college. It got that way due to
its great leadership, including Dr.
Serban’s presidency. When searching
for a replacement for Dr. Serban, why
would any applicant feel comfort-
able applying, knowing the action the
Board had taken on Dr. Serban?

A major function of any President
is to be an ambassador for the orga-
nization. People talk. My affiliation
with SBCC with respect to the Barker
Foundation has given me ties to other
Foundations and individuals that give
to SBCC. It is my understanding that
there are several Foundations and
major individuals that have removed
their support of the College due to
the current Board’s action against Dr.
Serban. If true, the consequence may
reach tens of millions of dollars over

How the termination of Dr. Serban
was executed was the most egregious
I have disagreements with my Fire
Chief almost daily. Exchanges are
meant to be constructive and usually
are. Those disagreements never have
stirred my need to fire the Chief. He is
doing a good job!
Dr. Serban’s career has been
destroyed by your Board. There surely
were disagreements with how she
managed the college, but could you
have looked at other remedies?
No matter what side you come from
on this issue, I see a college in tur-
moil. Our future is in the hands of
our youth. We that are in positions
of authority and policy, need to very
careful of our actions so that youth
can succeed.
Respectfully submitted,”
Dana Newquist
in the Twilight Zone
On September 8, I listened to an
un-rerun-forgettable tele-prompted
speech beamed directly from the twi-
light zone. The Dear Leader said sev-
eral times that Congress needs to “...
pass this bill right away...” so busi-
nesses can grow and thrive, so rich
people like Warren Buffet can pay as
much tax as his secretary, so $1 trillion
can be cut from federal spending by
Christmas, so people in South Korea
can buy Fords and GM autos (what if
the only vehicle they were allowed to
purchase is the Chevy Volt?) .
He kept referring to “...this bill...”
but it seems that Google hadn’t posted
any sites which actually contained the
bill. How can Congress be asked to
pass something that doesn’t yet exist?
Are we following a Pied Piper of
Hamlin into a dimension, not only of
sight and sound, but also of mind...?
Is that the “signpost” up ahead? Are
we hoping and changing according
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 10 • The Voice of the Village •
Art Classes
Beginning and advanced, all ages and by
appt, just call
Where: Portico Gallery,
1235 Coast Village Road
Info: 695-8850
Adventuresome Aging
Where: 89 Eucalyptus Lane
Info: 969-0859; ask for Susan
Live Entertainment at Cava
Where: Cava, 1212 Coast Village Road
When: 7 pm to 10 pm
Info: 969-8500
Story Time at the Library
When: 10:30 to 11 am
Where: Montecito Library,
1469 East Valley Road
Info: 969-5063
Connections Early Memory Loss
Where: Friendship Center,
89 Eucalyptus Lane
Info: Susan Forkush, 969-0859 x15
Boy Scout Troop 33 Meeting
Open to all boys ages 11-17; visitors welcome
When: 7:15 pm
Where: Scout House, Upper Manning
Park, 449 San Ysidro Road
Pick-up Basketball Games
He shoots; he scores! The Montecito Family
YMCA is offering pick-up basketball on
Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join coach Donny
for warm-up, drills and then scrimmages.
Adults welcome too.
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Montecito Family YMCA, 591
Santa Rosa Lane
Info: 969-3288
Vintage & Exotic Car Day
Motorists and car lovers from as far away
as Los Angeles and as close as East Valley
Road park in front of Richie’s Barber Shop
at the bottom of Middle Road on Coast
Village Road going west to show off and
discuss their prized possessions, automotive
trends and other subjects. Ferraris,
Lamborghinis and Corvettes prevail, but
there are plenty other autos to admire.
When: 8 am to 10 am (or so)
Where: 1187 Coast Village Road
Info: •MJ
Health & Wellness Talk
San Ysidro Pharmacy’s Steve Hoyt,
R.Ph, speaks on bio-identical hormone
replacement therapy (BHRT), stress effects
on hormone balance, and achieving
optimal dosing.
When: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Montecito Library,
1469 East Valley Road
Cost: Free
(no reservations required)
Info: 805-969-2284
Reptile Family at Montecito Library
Lizards and turtles and snakes... the
Reptile Family has been inspiring the
discovery and appreciation of the earth’s
most misunderstood creatures through
innovative, educational, entertaining and
hands-on experiences since 1992. Join
in for the chance to meet a new reptile
When: 4 pm to 4:40 pm
Where: Montecito Library,
1469 East Valley Road
Discussion Group
A group gathers to discuss The New
When: 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Montecito Library,
1469 East Valley Road
MTF Annual Barbeque
Montecito Trails Foundation holds its
Annual Barbeque at Hal & Mary
Coffin’s in Montecito.
Bikers, hikers, and equestrians are
welcome. Hikes and rides in the morning,
BBQ lunch with drinks, entertainment,
dancing and silent and live auctions in
When: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Montecito Valley Ranch
Cost: $50 in advance,
$55 at the door (members);
non-members $70;
children 12-and-under, free
Info: 805-969-3514
Music Program
Baby Rock! is a new music program
that encourages young children to sing,
dance and play along to a combination of
original songs, contemporary music and
classic rock. Using music to provide an
interactive learning experience, kids and
parents rock out with children’s instruments
alongside professional musicians and
performers, learn about a new letter each
week, watch puppet shows, enjoy musical
storybook time and more. Free demo
classes today.
When: 10 am newborn - 18 months, 11
am for children 18 months to 4 years
Where: Curious Cup Bookstore in
Carpinteria, 929 Linden Avenue
Info: Samantha Eve or
Creek Week
Montecito Association is taking part in
Santa Barbara County’s annual clean up
of local beaches. Creek Week kicks off
on Saturday September 17 and continues
through Sunday, September 25. Cleanup
activities on Butterfly Beach will take place
on September 17 from 9 am to noon. Meet
at the beach stairs next to Coral Casino.
Bring your own bag or bucket, and
reusable gloves. Biking or walking to the
event is encouraged.
On Thursday September 22, at 8 am,
Montecito Association and local biologist
John Storrer will take a nature walk
along San Ysidro Creek via Ennisbrook
Trail. Meet at the trailhead on San Leandro
Lane just west of Crane School. Call
Montecito Association at 969-2026 for
more information.
Art Exhibit
Erin Reinecke Balint presents “Current
iPhoneography” at Porch on Santa Claus
Lane. The exhibit runs until October 23.
Reception: 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: 3823 Santa Claus Lane
Info: 684-0300
MBAR Meeting
Montecito Board of Architectural Review
seeks to ensure that new projects are
harmonious with the unique physical
characteristics and character of Montecito
When: 3 pm
Where: Country Engineering Building,
Planning Commission Hearing Room,
123 E. Anapamu
MUS School Board Meeting
When: 6 pm
Where: Montecito Union School,
385 San Ysidro Road
Info: 969-3249
Meet the Candidates
Santa Barbara City Council candidates
Randy Rowse, Dale Francisco and
Michael Self will be honored at a wine
reception at Jaffurs Wine Cellar
When: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: 819 E. Montecito Street
Cost: $200 per person
RSVP: Chris Collier, 618-2950
(If you have a Montecito event, or an event that concerns Montecito, please e-mail
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Community Calendar
by Kelly Mahan
Lecture & Luncheon
Montecito-Hope Ranch Republican Women’s Club host
“Refuse to be a Victim” lecture with speakers Terry
McElwee from Montecito Fire Protection District and Lori
Boehm with the American Red Cross. Tips will be given for
personal safety inside and outside the home.
When: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road
Cost: $25 prepaid, $30 at the door
Contact: Debbie Saucedo at 969-4808
Montecito Tide Chart
Day Low Hgt High Hgt Low Hgt High Hgt Low Hgt
Thurs, Sept 15 5:10 AM 1.6 11:27 AM 5.2 06:02 PM 1
Fri, Sept 16 12:09 AM 3.9 5:30 AM 2 11:53 AM 5.1 06:46 PM 1.1
Sat, Sept 17 12:55 AM 3.4 5:48 AM 2.4 12:24 PM 5 07:43 PM 1.4
Sun, Sept 18 2:06 AM 3 6:02 AM 2.8 01:04 PM 4.8 09:04 PM 1.5
Mon, Sept 19 02:05 PM 4.6 010:43 PM 1.4
Tues, Sept 20 03:40 PM 4.6 011:57 PM 1
Wed, Sept 21 7:29 AM 3.5 11:08 AM 3.3 05:11 PM 4.8
Thurs, Sept 22 12:46 AM 0.6 7:42 AM 3.9 12:22 PM 2.9 06:18 PM 5.1
Fri, Sept 23 1:24 AM 0.3 8:01 AM 4.3 01:13 PM 2.3 07:13 PM 5.5

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State Street Ballet’s “Santa Barbara Treasures” event
honors Anne and Michael Towbes. The event
features cocktails, dinner, a performance by State
Street Ballet dancers, music and dancing
When: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Drive
Cost: $250 per person Info: 682-5452
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Village Beat
by Kelly Mahan

t this month’s Montecito
Association Board meeting,
Undersheriff Jim Peterson
took heat from board members and
audience members regarding the
wedding of Kim Kardashian, which
took place last month in Montecito.
Peterson, along with Lieutenant
Dave Brookshire, explained that the
Sheriff’s Department was working
with the event planner’s private secu-
rity team as well as CHP and Santa
Barbara Police Department. Deputies
were placed both inside and out-
side the event, including Sheriff Bill
Brown, who attended the wedding in
a tuxedo. “This was a good thing for
us, because we had a contact inside
the event handling any type of inci-
dent that could occur,” Peterson said.
Montecito Association board mem-
ber Bob Short accused the Sheriff’s
Department of hiding the details of
the event from the county and com-
munity. “It seems to me it was egre-
gious the way you treated the rest of
the county,” Short said. “We didn’t
hide any information,” Peterson
responded. A neighbor who lives next
to the estate said she was upset with
paparazzi in front of her home and
the way sheriff’s deputies treated her
when she was trying to access her
own home. She also said the fact that
Sheriff Brown attended the wedding
in a tuxedo was “bizarre and inap-
Former MA president Diane
Pannkuk, who was in the audience
at the board meeting, equated the
Kardashian wedding to the large event
Oprah Winfrey held four years ago in
support of then presidential candidate
Barack Obama. “I was assured at that
time this type of miscommunication
would not happen again,” she said,
adding that neighbors were not noti-
fied about the event. “I’m concerned
that Montecito will be the go-to place
for big splashy weddings. We need to
protect this community,” she said. “I
want to see a plan in place so I know
my peace and security is protected.”
“At this event as in any other event,
you are going to have people who feel
that their peace is being disturbed,”
Peterson said. “Frankly, we don’t
change procedures depending on the
size of the event.” Over 20 calls came
into dispatch regarding loud music
at the 400-person wedding; it was
turned off at midnight.
After a heated discussion, Peterson
said the good thing that comes out of
this is the inherent need to commu-
nicate with all agencies in the future.
He will be part of a group meeting
with the Board of Supervisors at a
later date to discuss the event and its
Dick Thielscher Citizen of the Year
Beautification Chair Mindy Denson
announced the 2011 Citizen of the
Year: Dick Thielscher. Dick has a
lengthy list of community involve-
ments, including serving on the MA
board for several years and serving on
the General Plan Advisory Committee
for six years. He also served on the
Montecito Planning Commission for
four years, and currently sits on the
MA Land Use Committee and the
Homeowners Defense Fund. Dick,
who graduated from Stanford in 1957
and moved to Montecito in 1964, has
raised three kids with his wife, Judy.
“I’ve made a couple of great deci-
sions in my life, including marrying
my wife, and moving to Montecito,”
he tells us. “It truly is a very special
Beautification is scheduled for
Saturday, November 5, and as in years
past will feature breakfast catered by
Montecito Country Club, music by
Glendessary Jam, hot dogs and five-
alarm chili served up by Montecito
Fire Protection District firefighters,
and homeowner awards. The festivi-
ties commence in the Upper Village
Green at 9 am.
Community Corner
Dana Newquist discussed with the
board his quest for funds for a new
tree at San Ysidro Road and North
Jameson Road. Newquist has been
working with First District Supervisor
Montecito Association honorary director Dick
Thielscher has been chosen as Citizen of the Year
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the dead pine tree, which is decorated
each year for the holidays, removed.
Newquist asked for continuation of
maintenance on the corner by the
Beautification Committee and also for
donations to help purchase a replace-
ment tree.
“Kids squeal every year when we
are decorating that tree, it is a tradi-
tion,” Denson said. The plan is to
plant the tree in memory of former
Montecito Fire Chief Don Hathaway,
who passed away in July. There is
also talk about erecting a rock wall or
some type of sign welcoming people
to Montecito.
Community Reports
Fire Chief Kevin Wallace reported
several lightning strikes in the back
country which have started at least
five fires in the past few days. He also
reported that design work is continu-
ing on Fire Station 3, which will be
built on East Mountain Drive; plans
will be presented to the MA Land Use
Committee on October 4.
Chief Wallace is retiring May 31 of
next year; he said the Fire Board is
actively looking for his successor.
Lieutenant Brookshire had the crime
reports for Montecito: in addition
to “smash-and-grabs” continuing at
local trail heads, there was trespassing
at Montecito Water District. Executive
Director Victoria Greene reported that
there has been vandalism on the signs
in the Hedgerow District; Brookshire
said he would look into having more
patrols in the area.
Montecito Union School superin-
tendent Tammy Murphy reported
that MUS ranked number one in the
county in standardized testing. Cold
Spring School ranked number three.
Road Closures
In an effort to lessen liability, the
county is proposing that two creek
crossings in Montecito be closed tem-
porarily during wet weather. The
Road Commissioner is requesting that
the creek crossings at East Mountain
Drive and Bella Vista Drive be gated;
the gates would be closed and locked
during rain to reduce falls by hik-
ers, pedestrians, and bikers. “We are
against this,” says Chief Wallace, who
has concerns over delays of fire equip-
ment during emergencies.
The temporary closures would con-
tinue until new bridge crossings are
built, which is not expected for anoth-
er five years. The proposal comes in
the face of recent lawsuits by people
who have slipped and been injured
on mossy rocks on the creek crossings;
the Board of Supervisors will hear the
proposal in October.
The Association board voted to send
a letter to the BOS asking for denial
of the temporary road closures. They
suggested better signage and educa-
tion as alternative ways to reduce
History Archive
As reported here last week, MA
president Dick Nordlund reported to
the board the need for a new history
archive. He is in talks with Supervisor
Carbajal to possibly acquire a ranger
house in Manning Park to be used
for both a history archive and also a
Sheriff’s substation. Diane Pannkuk,
who lives in the area, opposed the
idea, saying that loss of an on-site
ranger would increase crime and van-
dalism at Montecito Union School,
Manning Park, and at residences on
School House Road. She suggested
Westmont College would be a better
place to house historic memorabilia,
and ascertained that the MA Board
should instead help fight to keep a
ranger on site, something the county
is hoping to do away with amid bud-
get concerns.
“We are looking at all types of dif-
ferent sites,” president Nordlund said.
Hot Springs Latest
Hot Springs Canyon campaign
coordinator Leslie Turnbull report-
ed there is still $1.75 million left to
raise to bolster the efforts of the Land
Trust of Santa Barbara, which is rais-
ing $8,650,000 to acquire the 462-acre
Hot Springs Canyon property. The
deadline to meet the fundraising goal
is December 15. Turnbull said she
has been working with local founda-
tions and individuals, but that the
recent stock market fluctuations have
hurt efforts. “Everybody is supportive
but unable to be committed in their
efforts,” she said. However, she and
Land Trust executive director Michael
Feeney remain hopeful the communi-
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4 am the morning of July 29. Her
contract was not set to expire until
June 2014, but she has since signed
a final agreement with the SBCC
Board of Directors that places Dr. Jack
Friedlander as the college’s acting
superintendent-president through
June 30, 2012.
Four new members – former mayor
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his year’s Zoofari Ball XXVI
was touted as not only wild but
spicy with a Moroccan theme:
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fun things about this party is how the
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all the spices, I had a brocade caftan
made. It was still in the back of the
closet from those many years ago.
The honorary Chairs Sue and Bill
Wagner promised, “You will be trans-
ported to the mysterious and roman-
tic kingdom of Morocco! This magic
carpet ride evokes exotic Casablanca,
steamy Marrakech and the burning
Sahara.” As you walked up the hill
to the event there were wonderful
scenes designed by Lisa Carter. She
and Nancy McToldridge were event
coordinators. Lisa’s artistic genius was
also visible in the bazaar where the
silent auction took place (how about a
sunset cruise for 75 friends aboard the
catamaran, the Condor Express?), and
of course the dining area. Truly candy
for the eyes. The committee worked
long and hard to create the detailed
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There was even a “Genie in a
Bottle,” only this time your wish had
to be for wine. For $25 you got a cork
with a number on it. You turned it in
and took home a bottle of wine from
a variety of local vintners. A buffet
Moroccan dinner was served followed
by dancing under the stars to Jana &
The One.
The Zoofari Ball is one of the pre-
mier fundraisers of the year. The Zoo
is a private, nonprofit organization
with an annual operating budget of
$8.6 million and receives neither tax-
based nor regular governmental sup-
port. The entire Ball’s proceeds go to
support the animals. See you at the
wildest place in town!
Open Studios Tour
Recently, the buzz around town
seemed to be all about Santa Barbara
Studio Artists (SBSA) 10
Open Studios Tour. To get a feel for
the event, I attended the artists’ recep-
tion at the Santa Barbara Frame Shop
& Gallery across from the Arlington.
The shop had on display a SBSA
exhibit of 38 leading artists who would
be opening their studios for the public
to peruse. This was a two-day event
wherein for the price of a ticket you
received a map with all the locations
marked reaching from Montecito to
Isla Vista. So much art, so little time!
It might take a week to see them all.
There was also a program showing
a sample of each artist’s work with
e-mail addresses to make choosing
which to visit a bit easier.
In 2002, when SBSA founding mem-
ber Dorothy Churchill Johnson and
others came up with the idea of artists
banding together for an Open Studios
Tour, it was a unique one. She noted,
“We sought to revive the tradition of
patrons visiting artists in their studios
and we wanted to promote Santa
Barbara as an arts destination.”
Since then, Open Studio Tours have
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States. The local tour has doubled
in size. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Artists can showcase their work and
art collectors get an opportunity to
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dio prices.
One factor that distinguishes SBSA
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artists are top professionals in their
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and corporate collections from New
York to Paris.
Today the SBSA tour attracts nation-
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designers and gallery owners who
come to Santa Barbara for the week-
end to purchase one-of-a-kind art
At the reception, one name I couldn’t
resist was Betsy Gallery. Talk about
growing into your name. Ms Gallery
had a sculpture piece on display of
modern mosaic, which combines
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vacy and security – with a police offi-
cer for every 67 residents.
British writer Somerset Maugham
famously branded the principality “a
sunny place for shady people.”
Robert, meanwhile, sees the pro-
tracted litigation, which has been
covered internationally by such
august publications as the London
Times, Paris Match and The New York
Times, as a crusade to uncover the rot
at the center of the international tax
“I’m going to expose the truth,” he
thunders. “Albert has mistreated a
whole number of people, and I stand
up for all of them,” adding piece after
piece to his nasty mosaic of Monaco.
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Wendy Weeks’ Woes
Inveterate traveler Wendy Weeks,
who has been sating her wanderlust
for the past six years, has been doing
much of it for free of late.
British-born Wendy, a former
dancer, who lives with her disabled
husband, Rollin, in our Eden by
the Beach, was traveling back from
London to Los Angeles on American
Airlines last year, but got stuck for a
week because of volcanic ash from
a massive eruption in Iceland that
grounded much of the European air-
line systemt.
“I noticed that passengers from
British Airways were being given
vouchers for the hotel and food and,
after writing to American, I eventu-
ally wheedled a $800 voucher out
of them for another flight, which I
used to fly to England again this year
to catch a ten-day Baltic cruise from
But, again, all was not to go smooth-
ly with the trip on the appropriate-
ly named MSC Opera, a 59,000-ton,
1,712 passenger liner, turning into
the voyage to nowhere when all the
generators failed, leaving it floating
aimlessly for two days after stops in
Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki and
St. Petersburg.
“We had to make the best of it,”
says Wendy. “It was really unbeliev-
able. We were meant to be heading
to Copenhagen in Denmark, but we
weren’t going anywhere fast, or slow-
ly, for that matter!”
Eventually an ocean tug came
and towed the stricken vessel into a
small port, a two-hour bus trip from
Stockholm, from where the passen-
gers were flown back to Britain.
“I used the rest of the trip to visit
friends in Bournemouth and Bristol,
which is where I’m from originally, so
it wasn’t too horrendous.”
To make amends for the curtailed
trip, the Italian cruise company gave
Wendy a voucher for another ten-day
jaunt, which she is using in due course
for a Mediterranean cruise to France,
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2nd Annual Vino d' Elegance Wine Festival
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15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 19
Italy and Spain on the MSC Orchestra.
Hopefully, music to her ears...
Let The Games Begin
Café Del Sol, the popular eatery
and watering hole by the Clark Bird
Refuge, is holding its first epony-
mously named beach volleyball tour-
East Beach is the venue on Saturday
at noon when two teams, the Sand
Commandos, coached by Gary
Cummins, and the Sand Snakes, under
the athletic tutelage of Jim Clive, will
vie for the brass Cafe Del Sol Sears
Perpetual Volleyball Championship
Trophy, named in honor of Jack Sears,
the bustling nosheteria’s 75-year-old
“We’ve been talking about this for
several months,” says Trish Davis,
who helped organize the event with
her husband, Bill, and the two coach-
There will be five players on each
team, varying in age from their 20s
to their 70s, including restaurant
employees Kyler Barbee and James
Brandeland, retired attorney Marv
Bauer, Wendy Lewis, Steve Crawford
and Maria Borden.
“Many of them have been playing
for thirty years or more. A few were
also East Beach Nooners, so called
because they used to play at midday,”
adds Trish.
“Our main concern is that, after so
many years in the shade of the bar,
they’ll all be suffering sunstroke!”
You May Kiss The Bride (And Like It)
Santa Barbara songstress Katy
Perry’s British comic husband,
Russell Brand, who once revealed he
was addicted to sex, has become a lot
closer to God.
The 36-year-old comedian has just
become a minister with the Universal
Life Church and is now licensed to
marry, bury and preach.
Brand, who recently starred in the
flop remake of the Dudley Moore clas-
sic “Arthur,” has already tested his
skills by marrying a couple at one of
his stand-up gigs.
“Russell has had a total turnaround
since he met Katy, as her parents are
super religious,” says a friend. “He’s
been reading a lot of theological texts,
especially by the Maharishi, and he
wanted to take it further.
“With the Universal Life Church
anyone can get ordained online and
Russell did it as a half-jokey, half-
serious thing. When he talked about
it at his gig, one couple stood up and
said they wanted him to marry them.
“Unfortunately, the words he used
during their service can’t be repeated
as they were somewhat unorthodox.
But it was one hundred percent legal.”
Brand joins an ever growing list of
ordained celebrities, including rock-
ers David Byrne and Little Richard,
What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong – Robin Williams
Wendy and Rollin
Weeks traveling
on a dime, or
even less
Volleyball veterans Gary Cummins and Jim Clive with Bill and Trish Davis
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 20 • The Voice of the Village •
to a script that only Rod Serling could
have imagined?
Dale Lowdermilk
(Editor’s note: Keep guessing, Dale,
you’re bound to come up with the answer,
eventually; when you do, of course, we
expect you’ll enlighten us – TLB)
A Search
for Healthy Food
What Montecito really needs with
these vacant buildings around the Vons
shopping center is a health-food res-
taurant, i.e., a Sojourner, Natural Café
or Zookers type restaurant. When my
wife and I want to get a healthy din-
ner here in Montecito, there really is
nowhere to go that offers the kinds of
menu choices of the restaurants I spoke
of above. If I had the capital I would go
for it, but I don’t. However, I certainly
hope someone will one of these days,
because I can’t see how this would
not be successful. I think where the
old Tsunami and Kai restaurant were
would be an excellent spot.
Here’s to your health.
M. Kerrigan
(Editor’s note: Not a bad idea, Mr.
Kerrigan, especially since Montecito
Natural Foods is right next door – TLB)
Good News
for Pharmacy Oak
The good news: the oak tree behind
the Pharmacy is getting more leaves
by the day. Yay! Thanks for printing
my letter (“Loves The New Leaves”
MJ # 17/35). I got lots of encourage-
ment, as we all love that tree. Lots of
people were so nice and cheerful and
encouraging to me for writing.
On another subject, though, I think
we need to change a few things to
keep Montecito the way we love it.
Helicopters, leaf blowers, lawn
mowers and edgers rule. All those
people who wrote all those rules that
keep Montecito rural did not predict
helicopters. (How could they?) They
didn’t predict gas-powered leaf blow-
ers, or gas-powered lawnmowers and
edgers either. Noise and gasoline pol-
lution. They could not predict. How
lovely is this: the Japanese used palm
fronds to rake leaves, the most beau-
tiful sound in the world. The Mexican
palm fronds were the rakes. I will
never forget the sound.
One gas-powered leaf blower in
one hour pollutes more than one car
driving 300 miles, and that doesn’t
count the noise… that is just the air
pollution. Don’t believe me? Google
it. Not many people really know that.
But that is true. Leaf blowers and
lawnmowers are somehow exempt
from the pollution restrictions.
I think at the very least, helicopters
need to have a higher height limit. I
see them going along the coastline,
and I swear they will take out a
flock of pelicans. I live next door to
Oprah, and they are so hideously
loud, and so perilously low, I am
sure they do take out many nests of
our migratory hooded orioles in the
palm trees. There are a great many
nests of hooded orioles in Oprah’s
palm trees. She and her staff work
with me and try to protect them in
every way.
The paparazzi helicopters scare the
daylights out of my chickens. This is
noise and wind pollution that should
not be permitted. If they are not
allowed to land, why are they allowed
to hover 60 feet off the ground? You
have no idea how loud and destruc-
tive they are. Branches and bird nests
are thrust to the ground; it is revolt-
ing, and is a huge disturbance to our
treasured wildlife all over Montecito;
in addition the 40-acre preserve next
to us. What do you think a heli-
copter does to monarch butterflies?
They have not one shred of a chance
of survival with that velocity above
them when they are clinging to the
eucalyptus leaves. Real estate agents
may be guilty as well. We desperately
need height restrictions for helicop-
LETTERS (Continued from page 9)
ters here.
The most recent Reality
Show (called a wedding) had the
biggest flood of helicopters and
probably the worst impact on our
local wildlife. This is prime nesting
season for our local migratory birds
as well as the birds who stay here.
Those helicopters blew baby birds
out of their nests, and with their
nest. I saw them on the ground, with
the mothers desperately trying to
feed their babies who were not fully
I was completely revolted and
disgusted that our representatives
did not protect our village from this
onslaught. It was disgusting. Who
in the heck should be in charge of
restricting this kind of thing? Are we
powerless? We have no way to pro-
tect ourselves and our nature against
this kind of thing?
I am astonished.
At the wedding itself, not one of
our many florists, not one of our local
party rentals, not one of our local tent
people, musicians, none were used;
nothing was local. Everything came
from L.A. I believe had somebody
local been involved, the destruction
could have been mitigated.
I am outraged. And the noise pol-
lution created by the Kardashian
wedding is an embarrassment to
our community. Our quiet and rural
community was totally ravaged by
the celebrity onslaught allowed and
encouraged by our local politicians.
Shame. And Shame on the Sheriff.
Proud of yourself? You should be
ashamed of yourself.
For what reason was a residence
allowed to be rented for a week – a
week – to be the “set” for a reality
show? If there isn’t a law, let’s make
one. Soon.
We need to get some restrictions
in place; in my opinion, or we will
lose our lovely atmosphere, our rural
ambience, and most of all, our nature
and our peace and quiet. Quiet is the
new luxury. We sure lost it during the
K wedding.
I hope we get some laws in place,
and prevent neighbors from renting
out to reality shows for the day, or
even worse, for the week.
The whole thing made me sick.
Penelope Bianchi
(Editor’s note: I believe helicopters are
restricted to 100 feet; we feel your pain,
but as for new restrictions and regula-
tions, all we can say is be careful what
you wish for – TLB)
Thanks Again
Just wanted to say thank you for
supporting the arts (“Bach 2 Rock
Live” Coming & Going MJ # 17/36).
It’s people and businesses like you
that make Montecito a great place to
Patrik Maiani
Montecito Music & Arts
Prayers May Help
To Mrs. Penelope Bianchi and
the thousands of tree lovers in
I join you in your concern for the
oak tree that has been mishandled
at the Pharmacy, Mr. Gunner, the
owner, assured me he followed all
the recommendations made by the
county. Nevertheless, whoever was
hired to protect the tree did not
do a good job. So, what you have
is a handsome ancient tree on the
verge of death, struggling to make a
recovery. My suggestions were made
(to prune the tree hard and give it
a massive deep feeding) in order
to increase its chances to recover.
This species of oak has a very hard
time recovering without a function-
ing leaf system. Remember: it’s an
evergreen oak, but because miscal-
culations were made – too much of
the root system was destroyed – the
tree defoliated, a typical error.
Now, there is still a root system
that is viable, but if the tree were
reduced in size, the chances of recov-
ery would be greater.
That was the premise of my diag-
nosis and cure for this disaster,
which, I might add, my company
– TLC Trees – has done hundreds
of times, with great success. But,
this is not my tree to work on. I was
only hoping that those in charge
would take some action to increase
its chance of revival. Mrs. Bianchi
believes praying will be enough, and
I hope she is right. And if she is, I
will be happy to sub-contract her for
a few projects I’m working on.
Pruning trees is easy; making sick
and injured trees recover is very
challenging and complicated. And I
only wish it was as easy as praying.
As of now, I’m using this new-fan-
gled invention of experience and sci-
ence in my work. Go to my site: tlc, to see the results of what
forty years experience can achieve.
Gene Tyburn
for the Write-up
Just wanted you to know how
moved and pleased I am in the write-
up you did a couple of weeks ago.
Thank you so very much for keeping
the presence of small businesses like
mine in the news so the community
remembers we are here for them!
Thank you and all at the Journal for
your great work.
Kim Phillips
Maison K •MJ
5885 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, CA
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 21 There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it – Maya Angelou
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Montecito Country Club
Join us for fun in the sun.
Don’t golf? Don’t worry! Bring
your kids for the annual putting
contest and enjoy a delicious
BBQ dinner and silent auction.
Proceed from this event will help
the YMCA meet the growing
needs of the community.
To sponsor, play or volunteer
please contact Mike Yamasaki
at 969.3288
a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA
tournament sponsors:
Insurance & Risk Management
CONVERSATIONS (Continued from page 13)
It was at the new board members’
urging that Dr. Serban was removed
as president, or at least asked rather
forcefully to resign.
We’ve had occasion to converse
with Dr. Serban during her three-
year tenure as SBCC President and,
while her announced departure did
not come as a great surprise – the
new board members had openly and
repeatedly expressed their dissatisfac-
tion with Dr. Serban –, it did seem
rather precipitous.
Montecito Journal believes Dr. Serban
is a competent, judicious, responsible
and effective executive who found
herself on the wrong side of a number
of delicate issues favored by an influ-
ential group of individuals. We also
believe the negative press she received
during her tenure was unwarranted
and that she should have a forum to
air her side of what transpired after
the election of the new board mem-
bers and the circumstances that led to
her early departure. Here then, is an
edited transcript of a conversation we
held with President Serban:
Q. Before we get to the heart of the mat-
ter, there are some achievements you are
proud of that occurred under your watch.
Would you care to elaborate?
A. I am enthusiastic about and
pleased with the many and sig-
nificant achievements reached
with the College’s excellent faculty
and staff during my three years as
In February 2009, we obtained
Hispanic-serving institution status. As
a result we could apply for Title III and
V federal grants. In September 2010,
for the first time in the history of the
college, we obtained a Title V federal
grant of $3 million, which has allowed
SBCC to launch the Express to Success
program, to make it possible for stu-
dents to move a lot faster through
remedial education. Seventy percent of
students who come to the college are
not college ready. They cannot read or
write English at the college level, or do
math at the college level.
In April of 2011, we were rated in the
top ten percent of community colleges
nationwide by the Aspen Institute.
We were invited to submit an applica-
tion to compete for a million-dollar
prize. I led the team that worked on
the application to advance the college
to the next phase of this competition.
The application was completed and
submitted on June 17, 2011. Based on
this application, an Expert Selection
Committee selected ten finalists and
will publicize each finalist institu-
tion’s achievements broadly this fall.
SBCC was selected as one of the 10
finalists based upon how much stu-
dents learn, how many complete their
programs on time, and how well stu-
dents do in the job market after gradu-
ating. Aspen will conduct a site visit to
SBCC at the end of September. Based
upon additional evidence gathered
during that site visit, a Prize Jury will
announce in December at a highly
visible event in Washington, D.C., a
winner of the top Prize ($700,000) and
two or three runners up (which will
each receive $100,000-$150,000).
SBCC, as verified in the most recent
comprehensive accreditation visit and
through the numerous awards and
recognition obtained in the last three
years, is in excellent fiscal condition,
contains a broad array of noteworthy
and innovative educational programs,
and highly participatory governance
When you became president and you
looked at continuing education, knowing
that going forward budgetary restraints
were about to possibly curtail the growth
of some of these programs, what did you
There were two aspects. One, that
there are state regulations in place that
clearly outline what conditions need
to be met for a college to claim state
funding for continuing education
courses. We had a number of courses
that did not meet these criteria. Dr.
Ofelia Arellano, Vice President of
Continuing Education since February
2009, conducted a review, and found
that a large number of the existing
Continuing Education courses did not
meet all the criteria for claiming state
Such as?
For example: In order to claim state
funding for a continuing education
course, the course must have an out-
line of record which contains specific
components prescribed by the state,
this course outline of record needs to
be reviewed and approved locally by
the college curriculum advisory com-
mittee, then by the college Board of
Trustees and then by the state. There
has to be actual instruction happen-
ing and the course must meet for
a minimum number of instructional
hours. The course needs to fit into cer-
tain categories approved by the state.
There were courses that we had in
continuing education that didn’t meet
these criteria.
Dr. Arellano communicated with
staff from the State Chancellor’s Office,
which guides all community colleges
in California, and worked with them
to develop a plan for bringing the
SBCC continuing education courses in
compliance with the state regulations.
SBCC was given a grace period to
complete the work to bring in compli-
ance those courses which did not meet
the criteria for state funding. Secondly,
there was the issue of state budget cuts.
In 2009/2010, we received an addi-
tional budget cut specifically targeted
on reducing the number of enrollments
at SBCC for which the state would pro-
vide funding.
There is a mythology out there in
the public that the more enrollments
we have, the more money we get
from the state. That’s not true. Every
community college gets a cap of how
many enrollments they are funded for.
If you enroll more people than that,
it’s on your dime. So, when our fund-
ing for enrollment in 2009/10 was cut
by $2.6 million, we canceled about
90 sections in continuing education
in order to reduce our enrollment. It
is as a result of the analysis which
was undertaken to determine which
continuing education classes to cancel
in fall 2009 that Dr. Arellano and her
staff discovered that certain continu-
ing education courses that were in
place did not meet the criteria for
receiving state funding.
Can you give us an example of a course
that didn’t meet the state’s criteria?
For example, “BBQ’s and
More,” “Soup, Salad & Dessert,”
“Cake Decorating (Beginning and
Advanced),” “Celebrate Spring,”
“Chinese Cooking,” “Fresh Dishes
from Vietnam,” “Indian Vegetarian,”
“Salute to Sushi,” and a variety of
other cooking, jewelry, and ceramics
courses didn’t meet the requirements
for state funding. In order to continue
offering these courses there were sev-
eral options: either the college would
subsidize the cost of these courses
from reserves, or start charging a fee
to cover the cost, which actually is
the case in other community colleges
“What I do believe is that being fiscally responsible in a
time of diminishing resources steps on too many toes and
touches too many personal pocketbooks. It’s easy to be fiscally
responsible when resources are plentiful because we are not
forced to reduce anything, per se.”
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 22 • The Voice of the Village •
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15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 23
actress Tori Spelling, comedienne
Kathy Griffin and former Monkee,
Mike Nesmith...
Taste of India
Labor Day had a decidedly Indian
flavor when Dale Kern, former West
Coast bureau chief of Women’s Wear
Daily, threw a Delhi-oriented bash at
her Montecito home.
Turbans, saris, dhotis and dupattas
reigned supreme as guests, including
Sander and Ginny Vanocur, fashion
designer Luis Estevez, Betty Barrow,
Beverley Jackson, Tab Hunter and
Allan Glaser, tucked into the abun-
dant menu of curries, chapatis, biry-
ani, korma and kulcha.
A hot date, indeed...
Gathering of the Foodies
Social gridlock ruled when the 30th
annual Taste of the Town at Riviera
Park Gardens attracted around 1,000
gourmands and oenophiles and raised
a record-breaking $120,000 for the
Arthritis Foundation.
“After three decades all records
are being broken!” said an exuberant
Richard Yates, who co-chaired the
bustling bash with Tina Takaya, his
partner in the popular State Street eat-
ery, opal, and Jennifer Jaqua.
“It’s the community’s original tast-
ing event,” Richard added, “and keeps
evolving in a very positive way.”
For the second consecutive year,
150 VIP guests, paying $500 each,
participated in the Connoisseur Circle
five-course Florentine gourmet lunch,
prepared by Italian chef Fabio Vivani,
who starred in Bravo’s TV series “Top
Chef” and also worked as personal
chef for actor William Shatner.
Santa Barbara culinary wizard
Michael Hutchings, who owned the
popular Waterside until selling it in
1993 to eventually do catering and
private consulting, is the only chef
who has been involved with the event
every year for the past three decades
and was presented with a plaque to
mark the occasion.
KEYT-TV anchor C.J. Ward was
master of ceremonies at the event,
which attracted 80 purveyors of food
and wine displaying their wares.
Pat’s Polo Match
Hotel tycoon Pat Nesbitt threw
open the gates of his sprawling
Summerland estate, Bella Vista, to
host the Summerland Winery’s sev-
enth annual wine club party in aid of
the Summerland School and, for the
first time, the Dream Foundation.
Nearly $200,000 has been raised
since the event was first launched by
the winery’s Turkish owner, Nebil
“Bilo” Zarif, and this year a record
300 tickets were sold.
A polo match between a
Summerland team, captained by Pat,
and a Santa Barbara quartet, led by
Ben Soleimani, kicked off the popular
event, ending in a draw.
Silent auction prizes included hotel
stays at New York’s Plaza Athénèe,
Laguna Niguel’s Ritz-Carlton, and
Shutters and the Casa Del Mar in
Santa Monica, while the live auc-
tion, conducted by actor Alan Thicke
and KEYT-TV commentator John
Palminteri, offered stays at the
Biltmore, a skiing trip to Beaver Creek,
Colorado, and lunch for six with res-
taurateur Lisa Vanderpump, star of
the Bravo TV series “Real Housewives
of Beverly Hills.”
I’ll drink to that...
Block Party Summer
Santa Barbara’s Arts Fund hoped
to raise $15,000 from a preview
bash for the 22nd annual Individual
Artists Awards, which honored James
Petrucci, James Hapke and Geoffrey
Neill Ablitt, known for his construc-
tion of the quirkily designed 53-ft-high
Ablitt House, emceed the event, which
attracted 150 guests, including Robert
and Christine Emmons, Christopher
Lancashire and Mary Beth Larkin,
and Chaucer’s owner, Mahri Kerley.
“It’s the second time we’ve had a
block party rather than just a gallery
reception,” says Nina Dunbar, the
fund’s executive director. “We wanted
to attract more people and it seems to
have worked.”
One of the auction items, a week-
long stay at an English country cot-
tage, went for $3,000, boosting the
coffers considerably...
Raising Funds and Friends
To celebrate its second anniversary,
the Girlfriends Club, an auxiliary of
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, par-
tied the night away at Cabana Home,
the interior design kasbah owned by
Steve and Caroline Thompson.
The “friend raiser” was for 150
You’re either in my corner or you’re with the trolls – Charlie Sheen
Opening Night Reception
September 22, 5 pm to 9 pm: $25 admission (opening night only)
Earl Warren Showgrounds, Warren Hall
September 23 to October 2, 2011
Friday (9/23) 10 am – 8 pm
Saturdays (9/24 & 10/1) 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays (9/25 & 10/2) 10 am – 6 pm
Monday- Friday (9/26-9/30) 12– 8 pm
Free admission
The largest used book sale in the Tri-Counties
Call 805.963.2445, ext 4
or visit
Planned Parenthood’s
MISCELLANY (Continued from page 19)
guests including Mindy Denton,
Paige Beard, Lois Rosen and Anne
“The group was created to blend
networking and friendship oppor-
tunities and also raise monies for
much needed funds,” says Charles
Caldwell, director of advancement at
the non-profit. “We hope it will grow
accordingly, with a target of 250 mem-
bers in due course”...
Mar Monte Makeover
The newly minted Hyatt Santa
Barbara would appear to be in good
The former Mar Monte, which is
undergoing a $9 million renovation
under its new Chicago-based owners,
is being managed by Londoner, Barry
Prescott, who formerly worked at the
280-room Hermitage Hotel in Monte
The oceanside hostelry, built in 1931,
now has a new pool area, as well as a
new lobby, and 119 rooms, out of 171,
have been totally refurbished.
“The makeover should be complet-
ed by March,” says Barry, who feels
Montecito is vastly more preferable
than Monaco.
Smart man...
93108 Makes the Ritz List
Our rarefied enclave, not surpris-
ingly, is one of America’s most expen-
sive ZIP codes.
Leading the ritzy list, according to
Forbes, is the Los Angeles suburb of
Duarte, where the average property is
priced around $4.2 million.
Other California hot spots, such as
Beverly Hills, Atherton, Rolling Hills
and Belvedere, are among the top ten,
as well as Manhattan and Alpine, New
Jersey, a short drive across the Hudson
on the George Washington Bridge.
Montecito’s 93108 ZIP code is listed
at number ten, with an average house
price of $3.1 million...
A Royal Exhibition
Record numbers of visitors have
flocked to Buckingham Palace
this summer to see the Duchess of
Cambridge’s wedding dress on dis-
play for the first time.
More than 354,000 people have
lined up to walk through the pal-
ace doors since the exhibition, featur-
ing the Sarah Burton for Alexander
McQueen dress, opened in July.
It is expected final ticket sales will
total a hefty $14 million.
With entry a remarkable 20% up
from last year, proceeds will be put
toward Prince William and Kate’s
wedding charity fund...
Sightings: Actor Jack Scalia emcee-
ing the Navy League gala at the Coral
Casino... Steve Martin checking out
Stacky’s Seaside in Summerland...
Former CBS Evening News correspon-
dent Jeff Greenfield breakfasting at
Jeannine’s on Coast Village Road
Pip! Pip! for now
Readers with tips, sightings and
other amusing items for Richard’s
column should e-mail him at richard- or send invita-
tions or other correspondence to the
Journal •MJ
Tanya Thicke,
Bilo Zarif
and Alan
Thicke at the
bash (photo
by Baron
TV anchor C.J.
Ward, emcee
of Taste of the
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 24 • The Voice of the Village •
When your Relationship Ends
Full Spectrum will be hosting these
two informational sessions as well
as the corresponding 10 week
educational seminar Rebuilding
When Your Relationship Ends.
Facilitators Len Van Nostrand,
MFT, Donna Genera, MFT and
Full Spectrum Staff Therapists
will present a program overview,
introduce the text and workbook
by Bruce Fisher, answer questions
about the course and register
interested participants.
The 10 week seminar will be held
Wednesday nights beginning
October 5, 2011.
All are welcome.
You’re Invited!
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00pm
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classical handmade Italian glass and
gold smalti with ceramics and found
objects (art from scrap).
Next year I’m going to make time to
do some studio touring. If you would
like information, call 280-9178 or go to
The Dog Days
of Summer
Each year on the last weekend in
August, some fifteen hundred dogs of
more than 150 breeds and their own-
ers, trainers and handlers descend on
Earl Warren Showground for a bark-
ing and wagging good time. The Santa
Barbara Kennel Club (SBKC) has done
it again. The arena was blanketed in
grass instead of dirt, and motor homes
were everywhere. In addition, shop
stalls were set up where one could buy
anything a pampered pooch could
I had to leave my dog, Mandy, at
home since it was too hot for her in
the car and she’s never learned how
to run around in a circle while a han-
dler makes sure her grooming is per-
fect and her tail is up. And she has a
crooked tooth.
Joking aside, it is an impressive
event. This year SBKC had a new
category: the Foreign Bred Showcase.
The dogs may actually have traveled
from a foreign country or just been
bred there. This year’s winner was a
Kerry Blue Terrier from Wales who
answers to the name Chelsey.
It may not be Westminster, but Santa
Barbara must be credited not only
with one of the most magnificent set-
tings available for the dog fanciers,
but also one of the oldest and most
prestigious of shows. The first was in
1919 and today the SBKC Dog Show
draws contestants from around the
world. •MJ
member of
SBSA and art-
ist Hedy Price
Paley with
artist Francis
Scorzelli and
SBSA presi-
dent and art-
ist Dorothy
Johnson and
one of the
SBKC Dog Show judges Dr. Richard Meen and Dr. Reeve Newson with handler Bill McFadden and SBKC
president Abbe Shaw along with the best of foreign bred Chelsey
SBKC vice president Barbie Johnston and patron
and member Missy Capone
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latest book, “The Fiction
Lover’s Companion,” is
due in September.
by Shelly Lowenkopf
The Unkindest Cut
n the late summer months of 1971,
a front-page review on the Sunday
New York Times book section sent
a buzz of excitement through the
American literary culture, and caused
readers and writers of mystery fiction
to indulge the same rowdy celebrations
seen when hometown teams win the
World Series or Super Bowl.
The review, submitted by Eudora
Welty, the much respected short story
writer and novelist, effectively called
a Santa Barbara writer forth to bestow
a laurel wreath upon him, elevating
his work to the status of literature. The
book was “The Underground Man.”
The author was Kenneth Millar, writ-
ing as Ross MacDonald.
At the time, Millar’s publisher,
Alfred Knopf, was able to boast of
the extraordinary number of Nobel
laureates it had published. Millar had
earned a PhD in literature. He taught
in a university. Mysteries were emerg-
ing as more than plot-driven puzzles
or mindless beach reading.
These elements seemed for a time to
square with the notion of the mystery
novel being literature. But the aca-
demic and critical tides began reform-
ing, notwithstanding Millar now being
ranked with Hammett and Chandler,
further notwithstanding the arrival on
scene of Robert Parker, another PhD
in literature, who’d done his thesis on
Chandler and was moved to take up
writing about the fictional career of
that Boston private detective, Spenser,
instead of teaching literature at uni-
versity level.
How easy it was and still is for the
tide to come in again, burying the two
archetypal story types, mystery and
alternate universe, under the sea of
condescension and smirk. Maverick
critics and adjunct university faculty
who posited genre fiction as literature
are seen as the same kinds of traitors
to literature as FDR was regarded a
traitor to his class for such transgres-
sions as Social Security and those
satanic acronyms, WPA and, gulp,
NRA. The waxing tide of revisionism
has arrived in time for the arrival of
George Pelecanos’ new crime novel,
“The Cut” from Little Brown.
“The Cut” is Pelecanos’ 17
all of which have in one way or anoth-
er had at least one premature death,
which is to say, murder. They have all
been about some overt violation of the
law, as it is generally understood to
exist in the 50 states and the District
of Columbia. Temptation to stray into
criminality, guilt, lead characters who
make big mistakes, and the strength
of family ties are other thematic pres-
ences in “The Cut,” which makes it
by any definition a crime novel, thus
shelved in the mystery-suspense sec-
tions of bookstores and libraries. This
also means it is likely to be reviewed,
not as Eudora Welty reviewed Ken
Millar, on page one of The New York
Times’ book review section, as gen-
eral fiction, which a book presumably
has to be in order to be considered
literature, but in the back-of-the-bus
mystery section.
What’s wrong with this picture?
For the past several years, in addi-
tion to producing his previous novel,
“The Night Gardener,” Pelecanos has
been involved in writing and produc-
ing “The Wire,” arguably one of the
most memorable and durable televi-
sion dramatic ventures ever. In the
topsy-turvy landscape of legacy pub-
lishing, where some authors speak
more from experiences of returns than
actual sales, Pelecanos has not only
produced another novel, he has intro-
duced Spero Lucas, a new series char-
acter, who starts the series by making
two monumental mistakes.
Within the tight engagement of story
in “The Cut,” Lucas, a 29-year-old
combat veteran from the Iraq deba-
cle, has ventured into investigations
for a high-powered defense attorney,
and developed the more troublesome
sideline of “reacquiring” lost prop-
erty, which, after a 40% commission, is
returned to its owner. Any number of
lines are crossed when Lucas takes on
an assignment from a drug dealer (“I
swear, Spero. Nothing beyond weed.
No crank, no meth, certainly no heroin
or, you know, coke.”) who has sud-
denly had a number of shipments
Of course there are murders. Of
course Lucas is fired from the job.
Of course he stays on the job as a
matter of principal. Then surprises
begin appearing – and you do have to
watch for them – when Lucas, while
delivering a handsome sum of money
to the seemingly helpless wife of a
man in prison, fails to notice impor-
tant clues. Surprises arise when cops
begin appearing where and how they
should not. Surprises emerge when
connecting links can be seen between
the behavior of highly principled
cops and former military of equal
conscience and principal. Surprises
appear when Lucas goes to his adop-
tive mother’s home for dinner, and
when he takes flowers to his adoptive
father’s grave. Is there a finite end to
the surprises? If so, not until surprise
comes to Lucas from a second-year
law student, with whom he is having
a casual sexual relationship.
Some of the few reviews I’ve seen
equate “The Cut” to high marks for
authentic dialogue, for a memorable
summer read, and for believable char-
acters. No words about the effects of
serving in the military during war-
time on returning veterans, much less
much commentary about the social
striations in and about Washington,
D.C., the festering effects of racism at
all levels of professional life, including
professional crime, nor any notice of
what it is to be a young person try-
ing to find a satisfying approach to
career at a time of flux and political
To say that George Pelecanos has a
superb ear for contemporary speech
and social issues only begins to raise
subjects that lead to discomfort. To
detail some of the many instances
where his wry senses of humor and
irony are demonstrated border upon
the unforgivable reviewer’s trespass
into spoiler information.
To say that “The Cut” dramatizes
analogs of the kinds of moral con-
frontations and decisions that in some
large measure define contemporary
life would raise it above the brand-
ing and marketing jargon of sum-
mer beach read, suspense thriller,
and “crime writing at its gutsy best,”
would become elephant-in-the-living-
room talk. But that is precisely the
point. The real elephant in the liv-
ing room is our national nervous-
ness at equating insightful portrayals
of believable characters in plausible
moral dilemma as literature. •MJ
crime novel,
“The Cut,”
introduces a
new series
Spero Lucas
To say that George Pelecanos has a superb ear for
contemporary speech and social issues only begins to raise
issues that lead to discomfort
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 27
ty will pull together to buy the historic
property, which will be given over to
the U.S. Forest Service.
The next Montecito Association
Board Meeting is scheduled for
Tuesday, October 11 at 4 pm.
San Ysidro Pathway
Earlier this month work began on
the federally funded pathway along
the west side of San Ysidro Road from
North Jameson Lane to Montecito
Union School. Over the weekend
D-Kal Engineering contractors extri-
cated the largest tree to be removed
as part of the project, a camphor tree
between La Vereda Road and San
Leandro Park Road. “It was a large
tree but had significant decay,” said
a D-Kal spokesperson on the job site.
On Monday, crews were busy dig-
ging up the remnants of the tree
and using an on-site wood chipper.
Flagmen directed traffic along the
road, and the bike lanes on both sides
of the street were closed.
The spokesperson told us this is
the only “major” tree to be removed;
once the work gets past La Vereda
Road there is already a neighbor-
maintained pathway with no other
obstacles, he said.
The meandering path includes con-
struction of a decomposed granite
pathway, drainage improvements,
curb cuts, and landscaping, and is
funded by a Safe Routes to School
grant. The cost of the 3,150-ft path is
expected to be $321,910.
Construction hours are 7 am to 5
pm, Monday through Friday.
Westmont Warriors
On Sunday, October 2nd from 2 pm
to 4 pm, Jo and Willard Thompson
will host a tea to introduce the new
Westmont Warriors Women’s basket-
ball team and the Adopt-A-Warrior
program. The Thompsons, who
have been staunch supporters of the
Westmont Women’s basketball team,
helped launch the Adopt-A-Warrior
program last year.
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D-Kal crews dig up remnants of a camphor tree
which was removed over the weekend on San
Ysidro Road
Willard and Jo
Thompson and
their “adoptee,”
Westmont senior
center Lisa Peterson
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 28 • The Voice of the Village •
across the state that offer such courses.
Another option, which needed more
time, was to fundraise to cover the
costs. So, in the spring of 2010, I
brought to the board of trustees an
analysis recommending that a number
of these courses start being charged a
fee, just for the direct costs only.
What did these courses cost?
Before, they were free of charge to stu-
dents. The only fee that was charged
is what is called the materials fee.
For example, in the ceramics course,
students would pay for the clay they
used, but the tuition was free. We did
a thorough analysis of what our direct
costs were and so, for example, the
new charge for a jewelry class would
have been $150 per student for a
10-week course, three hours per week.
We actually looked at other commu-
nity colleges and our college had the
lowest fee or no fee compared to other
colleges. For example, an SBCC course
such as the 30-hour “Picture Framing
for Beginners” course, we were charg-
ing only a $25 materials fee. The
same course – only six hours, not
thirty hours – at Saddleback College
in Mission Viejo, is almost $100. We
looked at many colleges up and down
the state. We are actually quite unique
with the variety of courses we offer in
continuing education – like ceramics,
jewelry, painting – that are completely
free to students, except for the mate-
rials fee. These courses are not free,
of course, they are subsidized by the
college. Over the years, the college
has heavily subsidized the continuing
education division.
Before I became Superintendent-
President, I had heard that continuing
education programs were presumably
a money-maker for the college, but
nothing could be further from the
truth. Actually, based on an analy-
sis conducted by the Controller, in
2007/08 the continuing education
division was in deficit of $1.6 million.
What would an instructor be paid for
a thirty-hour Continuing Education
Instructors in Continuing Education
are all adjunct, except for four indi-
viduals, but there is a longevity fac-
tor. On average, an instructor for a
lecture hour in the continuing educa-
tion division, is paid about $55 per
hour, a lab hour is $45-50. However,
I learned that there were some indi-
viduals who were paid at the instruc-
tional pay rate of about $50 per hour,
basically, to open the classroom door,
to make sure the proper supplies
were in the particular room. This is
clerical work which paid at a faculty
rate of about $50-plus an hour for
a level of work that, really, was not
instructional work. It didn’t make
sense to pay someone fifty dollars,
sixty dollars an hour just to make
sure the room is open and that the
supplies are there. So we changed
that starting in 2009/10 to pay an
hourly rate of about $14 per hour for
this type of work. This is the hourly
rate for short-term hourly workers
who are not faculty. Well, there were
many people upset because of that. It
touched their pocketbooks. That cre-
ated a segment of individuals who
were extremely unhappy.
There was some controversy about the
parent-child workshops too, correct?
I think, unfortunately, much has
been said that was not accurate about
the reasons for the actions we have
taken. There are four Parent-Child
Workshops: Oaks, Lou Grant, Starr
King, and San Marcos. The Parent-
Child Workshops are 501 (c) (3) non-
profit corporations which are not
run or owned by SBCC. They are
independent from the college and
have their own Boards which con-
sist of parents whose children are
in the daycare centers. The relation-
ship between SBCC and the parent-
child workshops goes back decades.
It is sort of an organic relationship
that evolved over time and was all
done informally. I actually tried to
find documentation as to what agree-
ments were made between the col-
lege and the workshops; there were
none. We developed the first writ-
ten memorandum of understanding
between the college and each of the
four Parent-Child Workshops in July
2010 after more than a year and a half
of work and dialogue.
The issue came to light because
there are four faculty-directors of the
workshops, paid by SBCC at full-time
rate, the same as the full-time tenured
credit faculty, working full-time with
these parent-child workshops. One of
them retired in 2009 and this was one
of the reasons to look into the respon-
sibility of the college relative to the
parent-child workshops.
The relationship is that a parenting
continuing education course is taught
at each of these workshops by a fac-
ulty member who is one of our faculty,
called the director. The students of
this course are the adults, the parents
who have children in the parent-child
workshops. Theoretically, individu-
als who do not have children in the
daycare centers could enroll in this
parenting course, but that hardly ever
And being a “director” of the parent-
child workshop would be their sole func-
Well, no. That’s the thing. Not only
did they teach the parenting non-cred-
it course, but basically, they were run-
ning the operation. They were doing
the administrative work for running
these workshops, which are daycare
centers. There is a lot of adminis-
trative work: filing paperwork with
Social Services to maintain the day-
care center license, making sure adults
working with the children have TB
tests, making sure the supplies are
there; everything that’s involved in
running a daycare center. So their
work was part teaching this non-
credit continuing education parenting
course, and part of their work was to
do the administrative work for the
Parent-Child Workshop.
Based upon opinions from outside
legal counsel – Mary Dowell – and our
own internal counsel – Sue Ehrlich,
Vice President of Human Resources
and Legal Affairs – they both told
me this is a problem, because while
it’s okay to pay someone to teach a
course, for which we claim state fund-
ing, it’s not okay to use college funds
to pay for work that basically benefits
a 501 (c) (3) corporation. I was told
this is a gift of public funds, and it
hurts the 501 (c) (3), because they may
lose this status since they are being
gifted by another entity. And it hurts
the college: it uses the college’s money
for something the college is not paid
for by the state. And, it is not legal.
To recap, the College is not respon-
sible and cannot use public money
to subsidize the costs – personnel or
other costs – related to running the
parent cooperative preschools (par-
ent-child workshops). This includes
any administrative duties required to
run these daycare centers. The State
does not reimburse the College for
administrative work done to run the
daycare centers, which are licensed
under each individual parent-child
So based on that, in good faith, we
met with the boards of each work-
shop, made up of parents whose chil-
dren are there. We met and discussed
what would be a fair and legal way
to continue this partnership. After an
arduous process that lasted about a
year and a half, we developed a mem-
orandum of understanding that says,
basically, the college will continue to
pay this individual for the instruction-
al component. However, if the parent-
child workshop wants to keep these
people full time to do what they used
to do, and continue to do, then each
would need to reimburse the college
for that component of salaries and
benefits that relates to the administra-
tive workload of each director.
Well, there was major upheaval.
From the four directors, our own fac-
ulty teaching there, to parents, past
and present, including some of SBCC’s
current and past faculty and staff and
current and former elected officials in
town, who have had their children in
the four Parent Child Workshops.
What are the actual dollar costs
First of all, an individual doing this
kind of work is making as much as
$115,000 in salary and benefits, and
they only work nine months a year.
Most people who run a daycare cen-
ter in Santa Barbara full time, twelve
months a year, make $40,000 to $50,000
at most. Second, the parents paid, at
the time, less than $200 per child per
month for daycare – five days a week,
from 9 am to 12 noon. [Equivalent]
daycare in Santa Barbara per month,
per child, is at least $800.
There are two reasons why the fee
was so low. One, is because the college
was actually paying the director for
running this daycare center, so they
were able to do a lot of the administra-
tive work but be paid by the college.
Second, it is true that the parents vol-
unteer; part of the concept is that each
parent volunteers one morning per
week to help with the operation and
assist with the care for the children:
being there to play with the children,
supervising, making sure they are
safe. So, while it is true that the par-
ents’ volunteering contributed to this
low fee, more important was that the
college was paying for a significant
part of the work needed to run this
Basically, current parents, former
parents, and prospective future par-
ents who may have benefited from
the parent-child workshops became
extremely upset…
You were really rocking the boat here…
Yes, I guess so.
How much more would it have cost
parents if you were able to implement
your plan?
The idea, if fully implemented, was
that the college would pay sixty-seven
percent of the salary of one instruc-
tor – the instructional component –;
the other third would have to have
been covered by the parents. We even
offered a transition period: for the first
year (2010-11), we said, “Okay, we
CONVERSATIONS (Continued from page 21)
“People with personal interests really have become very
vocal and maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that they
will fight for their personal interests and pocketbook”
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 29 There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you – Maya Angelou
Ernie’s World
by Ernie Witham
For more contagious laughs, pick up a couple of Ernie’s book:
“A Year in the life of a ‘Working’ Writer” available at bookstores
and online at
here’s a funny line in the
movie, “City Slickers,” when
Daniel Stern, during a tirade of
complaints to Billy Crystal and Bruno
Kirby about life on the open trail
herding cattle, ends with something
like: “…and I’ve got this rash!”
This thought came to me as I was
sitting in the waiting area in the der-
matology department at the clinic.
There were a number of other people
sitting there looking uncomfortable
and I’m sure, like me, wanting to
throw down their magazines, whip
off some clothing and scratch like an
old coon dog. But of course that’s a
no-no. With the power of suggestion
one scratch could lead to a free-for-all
and in no time we could end up with
a small mountain of flaked-off skin
parts. Then maintenance would have
to be called and it would be so loud
with that industrial vacuum cleaner
going that we might not hear our
names called and be here for hours.
Speaking of suggestion, I’ve heard
that during the Hippie years when
LSD was popular, there were cer-
tain things you did not do to some-
one who was tripping. For instance,
you didn’t say: “Wow, what’s that
awful smell?” Or: “Did you see the
size of that rat that just scurried
under your chair?” Or: “Wow, man,
what’s wrong with your face?” Other
things you didn’t do included yawn-
ing excessively, constantly clearing
your throat and, of course, scratching
relentlessly. Because once you started
any of these things, the power of sug-
gestion took over and no one could
stop. To this day some old Hippies
still have flashbacks… excuse me
(yaaawwwnnnn, a-a-a-hem, yaaaw-
wwnnnn, a-a-a-hem, yaaawwwnnnn,
Today’s clinic experience actual-
ly started in the crowded elevator.
Because I can’t stand the deafening
silence of anonymity, I asked the guy
next to me: “So what are you in for?”
“Colonoscopy,” he whispered.
“First time?”
Others in the elevator nodded
“It’s not bad if you don’t twitch.”
“Yes,” a women said, “best not to
move suddenly when that probe is…
The guy twitched a bit and a look
of panic crept across his face.
“Um bummer, man,” another guy
said under his breath.
He twitched again. And again. And
I quickly changed the subject to
ease his mind. “The good thing is
between not eating for twenty-four
hours and that stuff they make you
drink the night before you usually
lose a few pounds.”
“I thought you drank the stuff in
the morning?” the guy squeaked out.
“Oh my.”
“That’s cutting it close.”
This caused an animated discussion
about the myriad problems associ-
ated with not being completely ready
for the procedure. When the elevator
stopped, the guy rushed out and ran
twitchingly toward the restroom.
“Good luck,” we yelled after him.
“Hope he gets a doctor with a sense
of humor.”
“No kidding.”
A lab technician got on the eleva-
tor. I asked her: “So, see anything
unusual today?”
“Well,” she said, as the others
leaned in closer. “We removed a wart
from a kid’s hand that looked a little
like Harry Potter.”
“Do you still have it?”
“I wish, but no, the kid wanted to
keep it for show and tell.”
“Did you at least get a picture of
She pulled out her cell phone.
“Wow,” we all said.
“The strange thing is that it just
popped up overnight and it’s the
fourth one we’ve seen this month.
There seems to be a bit of a wart
epidemic going around.” Instantly,
we all began checking our digits. I
thought for sure I felt a small bump
on my left thumb.
The elevator stopped again and she
got off. “Anyone for dermatology?”
A guy held the door.
“Ah, me,” I said.
“Remember,” they said, “scratch-
ing only makes it worse. No matter
how bad it itches, you should avoid
So that’s what I was doing. Sitting
in the dermatology waiting room
not scratching. Thinking positive
thoughts like how great it would be
to jump into an ocean filled with oint-
ment then lay on a blanket covered in
anti-itch cooling gel.
“Mr. Witham? This way please.”
I started to follow her toward one of
the small exam rooms then I stopped,
lifted my right arm, and scratched
like crazy. It was pure mayhem as the
door closed behind me. •MJ
The Power of Suggestion
Local People
by Joanne A. Calitri
Joanne is a published documentary photographer and jour-
nalist since 2000; for your Our Town news story email her at
From Montecito to Mbita, Kenya
here are many people in Santa
Barbara and Montecito that
never seek personal acclaim,
but who are vital to the smooth
working of the myriad non-profit
organizations that call our area home.
Jean Volmar is one of those people.
She “just does things” without any
fanfare, and is dependably available
when a need arises.
Jean has been in the Santa Barbara
area since 1958, having moved here
from Chicago with her mother. She
worked in various non-profit orga-
nizations, spending 12 years as a
grant writer in the Teen Pregnancy
Prevention Program, The Boys &
Girls Clubs and Family Services
from Carpinteria to Goleta.
Her current work is for The
Outhwaite Foundation, established
as a gift to the residents of Santa
Barbara County by the late June
Outhwaite, owner of the Miramar
Hotel before it was sold to Studio 54
entrepreneur Ian Schrager. The June
G. Outhwaite Charitable Trust oper-
ates as a private foundation sup-
porting charitable organizations in
Santa Barbara County. Jean even
helps area organizations write their
grant requests to the Foundation.
The history of the Miramar is on
the Foundation website. It starts
with the Doulton farm in 1875, the
progression of guest houses, the
Miramar Railroad Station, and the
pier for yachts.
Many know Jean’s husband, Clark,
who owns Clark Motors, a Luxury
Import Automobile Specialist, whose
business also supports 11 local non-
profits. Jean met Clark through her
love of “fast, upscale cars, and the
couple has been together since 1984.
She helps Clark judge car shows; in
her spare time, she is an avid scuba
Jean maintains her shape and ener-
gy by taking World Dance classes
with Janet Reineck, whom she met
through the Search Dog Foundation,
where Janet is the Development
“I’ve been taking fitness classes
for over ten years,” Jean says, “and
I tell everyone that World Dance
is the most fun I’ve had in all the
classes I’ve taken. Janet [Reineck]
has so much energy; the music and
dance steps are great, plus, it’s
the best workout I have all week.”
Janet donates part of her class pro-
ceeds to Women International, and
a new Kenya project with the Santa
Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice
Care. Although not involved with
the Kenya project currently, Jean
hopes to have time in the future.
The Kenya project is helping an
orphanage in the village of Mbita,
Kenya. The funds they raise sup-
port the village, send women to
nursing school, grow food and help
the village to help itself. World
Dance members also support a vil-
lage community in the highlands
of Guatemala. Their October 29
“Thriller” dance event, which we
covered last year in the Montecito
Journal, will be dedicated to raising
funds for this project.
To learn more, you are invited
to visit The Outhwaite Foundation
website: www.outhwaitefoundation.
org. For more information on World
Dance, please visit: •MJ
Community treasure Jean Volmar makes things
happen whenever the need arises… which is
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 30 • The Voice of the Village •
compiled by Flora Kontilis from information supplied by Santa Barbara County
Sheriff’s Department, Carpinteria Division
Cold Spring Trailhead Hit Again
Thursday, 1 September, 4 pm – Deputy Lampe was contacted by a female hiker
at the Cold Spring trailhead on East Mountain Drive. The hiker reported a theft
from her vehicle. She stated that she parked her vehicle at the Cold Spring trail-
head at 3 pm that day; the victim proceeded up the trail and returned to her
vehicle at 4 pm. At this time she discovered that her driver’s side window had
been smashed and that two bags were missing from her car. The stolen items
included a gym bag containing miscellaneous clothes and jewelry: the victim
estimated the contents in the gym bag valued at $500 for the bag and clothes
combined, and $175 for a gold bracelet and watch in the bag. The victim’s purse
was also missing from the vehicle; her purse contained several credit and debit
The victim also reported to the deputy that she remembered seeing a suspi-
cious vehicle driving back and forth several times when she parked her car. A
report was taken.
Fatal Collision on Southbound 101
Monday, 12 September, 2:30 am – A man was driving his vehicle southbound on
the US 101, just north of Casitas Pass Road. The driver came to a slight curve in
the roadway when his vehicle drifted to hit the center divider; his vehicle then
spun out of control across the southbound lanes before coming to a stop in the
middle lane. Immediately after his vehicle stopped, another vehicle driven by a
Camarillo woman rounded the same turn. The woman did not see the stopped
vehicle with enough time to avoid hitting it. She struck the left side of the man’s
stopped vehicle. The man driving the first vehicle suffered fatal injuries from
the collision; the woman driving the second vehicle is reported to have only
minor injuries. Authorities suspect that alcohol was a factor in the man’s initial
collision. A report was taken. •MJ
Academy of the West, the program
pairs a women’s basketball player
with a community member or fam-
ily interested in supporting and get-
ting to know the student athletes.
Supporters “adopt” a girl and form
a mentorship through email, meals,
activities and other outings. “It’s a
way for the girls to connect to the
community and for Montecito resi-
dents to connect to Westmont,” says
head coach Kirsten Moore said.
The Adopt-A-Warrior program asks
that adopters pay $1000 to sponsor
a player for the entire school year,
but any donation will help. There
are opportunities for shared “adop-
tions,” and there is flexibility, Mrs.
Thompson says.
Adopt-A-Warrior participants are
granted annual membership into
the Warrior’s Court, the alumni and
support network for the Women’s
Basketball Team, and are given a sea-
son pass to home games with reserved
seating. They are also granted mem-
bership to the Westmont College
President’s Associates. Money donat-
ed goes directly into the team’s schol-
arship fund.
“We are going to have an amaz-
ing team and season this year,” Mrs.
Thompson tells us. “We have great
new captains, two new recruits and
a 6’2” girl from Turkey!” she says.
“Everyone is excited about how the
team is shaping up.”
To get involved or for more infor-
mation contact Kirsten Moore, 985-
6968 or email kirstenmoore@west- To attend the Tea at the
Thompson’s home, call Jo at 565-7676.
All Saints by-the-Sea
Welcomes a New Year
by Flora Kontilis
On Thursday September 8, the fac-
ulty of All Saints by-the-Sea Parish
School welcomed parents and stu-
dents for an open house. The meet-
and-greet styled event aimed to famil-
iarize new and returning students for
the upcoming year’s teachers and
classrooms. Fellow teacher Padric
Davis says, “The day is really to
help with the transition for our new
students. The children are young, so
it’s tough breaking away from mom
and dad when they first come. This
gives them the opportunity to see
that coming to school is fun, safe, and
inviting.” All Saints by-the-Sea Parish
School has up to 85 students from
ages 2 to 5.
The upcoming school year began
Monday, September 12. Students
complete the four-year pre-k system
upon advancing each classroom; each
year that the students move up a
level, their curriculum builds on the
already taught lessons. Davis says
this process encourages repetition
and familiarity for the students.
“Some of our teachers have been
here for as many as twenty years,”
Davis told us. “Some teachers have
taught their students’ parents or
siblings. So we like to keep things
close.” Classroom settings mirror the
friendly vibe: there is a 6-to-1 student-
to-teacher ratio, which Davis says
encourages interactive learning in
small groups.
Parents are encouraged to stay
actively involved in making up the
Enrichment Committee; each month
these parents organize a theme to fol-
low. “It starts in December, and then
each month the committee highlights
a special cultural theme. For instance,
in March we bring in Irish dancers
for St. Patrick’s Day. The Enrichment
Committee is just another way we try
to instill new things in the students’
learning,” Davis says.
And throughout the school’s
50-year operation, faith has held high
importance in the curriculum. Faculty
and students attend Episcopal mass
once a week.
For more information visit 83
Eucalyptus Lane, call 969- 4771, or
email •MJ
VILLAGE BEAT (Continued from page 27)
Teacher Padric Davis
welcomes one of
her students for
the new year; with
her is two-year-old
Madison Transki
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new school year? You can revive that
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by heading back to school – no matter
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If you are retired, the ideal time to
take classes may have arrived.
During the college years, most of
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was little time left over to explore
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A large percentage of the classes are
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In addition, The Omega Elderhood
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the Santa Barbara area. You can pick
up a schedule and register for classes
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Jewish Federation of Greater Santa
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The City of Santa Barbara Parks
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For a small fee, adults over fifty
can join the Active Adults Club. This
entitles them to take Stretch and
Tone Classes three days a week and
line dance once a week. In addition,
members have access to the Carrillo
Street Gym for table tennis and
weight conditioning. There are two
locations: the Carrillo Recreation
Center, 100 East Carrillo Street, and
the Louis Lowry Davis Recreation
Center, 1232 De la Vina Street (564-
The Montecito YMCA, located
at 591 Santa Rosa Lane, offers a
number of fitness classes geared
specifically for active older adults
(969-3288). •MJ
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 32 • The Voice of the Village •
pay eighty percent of the director’s
compensation and the parent-child
workshop reimburses the college for
twenty percent.”
How many parents are involved?
There are about eighty to a hundred
twenty parents for each of the four
parent-child workshops; it’s about
four hundred children.
What would that have come down to?
It would have meant, on average,
about fifty dollars more per month –
from about $200 per month per child
to up to no more than $250 per child
per month. It still would have been
a great deal for the parents, but we
could justify it. From my perspective,
I thought I was doing the right thing
because I was following the legal
advice I was being given. I thought it
was what was best for the college and
how we use the resources of the col-
lege and taxpayers’ money.
I was actually personally surprised
of the tremendous negative reaction
and the interpretation that somehow
I am attempting to destroy the parent-
child workshops. First of all, I couldn’t
close them. They are not college pro-
grams. Parent-child workshops are
independent entities. We could have
pulled out of the partnerships, since
there were no formal agreements with
them. That was not the intention at all.
I value these programs, but we need
to involve the college in a legal and
appropriate way.
There were other problems in
these partnerships that required a
clear delineation of responsibilities
between the college and the Parent
Child Workshops.
Such as?
Around March 1998, a parent vol-
unteer submitted medical bills to the
board of Starr King for injuries alleg-
edly suffered when the lid to a rab-
bit cage failed to remain open dur-
ing cleaning and came down upon
her head, neck and shoulders. The
parent-child workshop board accept-
ed these bills up to a point and paid
them from its treasury. When the Starr
King Board refused to accept more
claims from this parent volunteer, the
volunteer filed a claim against the
College. The total cost to the College
was approximately $20,000 when
this matter was settled in 2000. A
clear written agreement between the
College and Starr King would have
assisted the College in avoiding this
claim entirely or provided for indem-
nification of the College by the parent-
child workshop’s insurance.
Do you have another example?
San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop
did some alterations to their play-
ground that were not considered by
the Santa Barbara School District to be
ADA (Americans with Disability Act)
compliant at the higher standard that
the SBSD negotiated as resolution of
a litigation. SBSD expected SBCC to
pay to bring that playground into this
higher level of compliance. Again, that
is not the obligation of the College.
Parents whose children participate
in the parent-child workshops pay fees
that are established and collected by
their boards, not by the College. The
fees are used to pay for some of the
operational costs such as facility main-
tenance and materials for the children.
On occasion, some of the parents fall
behind paying the fees. Also every so
often there are disciplinary problems
with parents or children. Because the
relationship between the College and
the workshop had not been clear-
ly and formally defined, when such
problems occurred there had been
discussions about who should deal
with the disciplinary issues: SBCC or
the parent boards.
Because the College collects full-
time equivalent students (FTES) and
state funding for the parent educa-
tion class, the parent education class
taught at the workshops need to be
open to anyone who can benefit from
it. We are an open access community
college. Three of the four workshops
have a long waiting list. While there
is a process for children to be placed
on the waiting list for the preschool,
the issue of true open access to the
parenting education class still needs
to be fully addressed.
There was an election; four new board
members replaced four incumbents. You
apparently found yourself at odds with the
new board, and you’ve come to an agree-
ment to leave…
We’ve signed a final agreement.
Many believe this situation will not
work in your favor, going forward. You’ve
said previously that you’re too young to
retire and too old to start over. So, where
do you find yourself? Is there something
you can say about your situation and
where you’d like to go?
First of all, I am disappointed that
the working relationship with the new
board majority hasn’t translated into
what I hoped it would have become,
which was an effective CEO/board
relationship that worked for the benefit
of the college. When I took this job in
June 2008, I did so with the full com-
mitment and conviction that I would
be here for the next twenty years as
the president of the college. I was fully
committed, so it is a great disappoint-
ment that we have come to this point.
That being said, I love the College,
the people and the community. Santa
Barbara has been home to my hus-
band and me since 1999. This is the
place where I have had many reward-
ing personal and professional achieve-
ments, made great friends, became
a U.S. citizen, bought our first house
in the U.S. and felt a true sense of
belonging and accomplishment. I am
proud and passionate about SBCC,
our mission and the significant and
beneficial impact we make on the lives
of many every day.
This situation will most certainly
have an impact on my future career
that is unpredictable, because this is
a very unusual situation and I’m not
aware of any other community col-
lege where something like this has
happened in this particular fashion.
So, it has created a precedent that is
quite unique.
I hope that my record of accom-
plishment and my professional record
will make the case for me as I look at
other opportunities. I’m forty-three
years old and have a lot to give in my
professional career.
Much of what happened at SBCC
is the result of an extremely difficult
economic crisis in which a commu-
nity college must somehow juggle the
need for sustaining current programs
with the reality of shrinking monetary
and other resources. I plan to use my
experience at SBCC, and the extreme
reaction from some groups to my
efforts to do the best thing for the
College, as a true learning experience.
The fiscal crisis is not going to go
away any time soon, so these chal-
lenges I have dealt with at SBCC are
endemic throughout the community
college system in California. I believe
this adverse experience, like the dif-
ficulties I used to face as a child or
young adult in my native land follow-
ing my American dream, will make
me a very strong candidate for future
employment at the same and even
higher or different policy-making lev-
els in the field of community college
I also believe this was a unique
situation and plan to move on and
persevere, and to find a new position
knowing that I can be proud of my
accomplishments, and the stronger
fiscal and other positions in which I
left SBCC as a result of my work.
How did it go so wrong between you
and the new board so quickly?
Well, that is a loaded question.
CONVERSATIONS (Continued from page 28)
“What is the priority of the college? Is it to educate
students to get a degree, to be able to transfer to a four-year
institution, to get the skills to get their first job and have
a future? Or, is it to help individuals, many retired, who
find themselves in a position where they depend upon these
continuing education classes to make a living?”
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It assumes, first, that things went
“wrong” between me and the new
board, and second, that it happened
I have lost a lot of sleep at night
trying to understand the interests of
the new board members so I could
build a dialogue, as I thought I always
had, over differences in viewpoints on
the important challenges facing the
Moving into the second assumption
behind your question, that something
went wrong “quickly,” I have no idea.
There isn’t enough information to
judge whether this difference in goals
and philosophy took place overnight,
or over the course of several months.
What I do believe is that being fiscally
responsible in a time of diminishing
resources steps on too many toes and
touches too many personal pocket-
books. It’s easy to be fiscally respon-
sible when resources are plentiful
because we are not forced to reduce
anything, per se. And we have done
this for too many years: when budgets
were good, when the economy was
good, no programs were cut. We were
always adding more and more. Well,
it’s simply not possible. Being fiscally
responsible in the current environ-
ment is about cutting, reallocating,
reducing and somebody’s personal
interest will be touched.
When such decisions, caused in part
by our State’s budget crisis, result in
changes in long-term practices expe-
rienced and expected by a constituent
group, there will unavoidably be indi-
viduals and groups who are dissatis-
fied. People with personal interests
really have become very vocal and
maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that
they will fight for their personal inter-
ests and pocketbook.
Going back to some of the courses
in continuing education like cooking,
and some jewelry and ceramics that
have become fee-based and we were
proposing to turn more of them to
fee-based. There were students taking
these classes who came and spoke at
board meetings under the heading
of “Hearing of citizens.” Recognizing
that that they had been taking this
class for twenty-five years, several
classes, because that’s how they are
able to make a living in Santa Barbara.
They use college resources: the kilns
are very expensive to run, to produce
pottery or ceramic things they can sell
and make a living. While we can all
appreciate that the cost of living in
Santa Barbara is high, at a time when
funded enrollments by the state are
decreased, what comes first? What
is the priority of the college? Is it to
educate students to get a degree, to be
able to transfer to a four-year institu-
tion, to get the skills to get their first
job and have a future? Or, is it to help
individuals, many retired, who find
themselves in a position where they
depend upon these continuing educa-
tion classes to make a living? When
resources are plentiful, we can afford
to do both, but that is not the case any-
more. The core mission of the college
is to educate the students to either get
a two-year degree, transfer, or prepare
for a job.
You’re okay with Continuing Education
programs, correct? As long as they are
paid for?
Yeah. We wanted to charge a reason-
able fee – no more than $100 to $150
per person for a ten-week course.
These are reasonable fees. Some cours-
es would have fees as low as $20 or
$30 per person for a ten-week course,
depending on the course. Look at the
UCSB Extension. Look at other com-
munity colleges up and down the
state, and see how much they charge
for fewer hours of a similar course.
We are extremely unique in having so
many older-adult-oriented courses in
arts, ceramics, painting, all of this has
been free of charge to students, sub-
sidized by taxpayer resources. Again,
in good times we can afford it. Now,
it’s a time of shrinking resources and
the primary mission of the college
needs to come first. A year ago we
have started for the first time in the
history of the college a scholarship
program for Continuing Education
students who have a financial aid
and need help to pay for the tuition
for fee-based classes. Fewer than 50
people applied for these scholarships
each term.
Not to mention that we receive
priorities from the state: career tech-
nical education, transfer education,
remedial education, credit education.
And, we are a state institution. We
need to strike a balance between the
needs of the local community and the
demands of the state. I personally felt
very strongly that we should fulfill the
core mission, which is to provide the
credit education for those individu-
als who are still to build a future for
themselves when they are twenty or
twenty-five, or, they find themselves
in the unfortunate situation of being
laid off later in their careers and they
need to retrain to find a new job.
We need people to get jobs again
and we as a college have an important
function to play in that.
Thank you, Madam President. •MJ
Curriculum Vitae
ndreea Serban is an only child and was born in Romania dur-
ing the Soviet era (1968); her father was an economist. He
passed away in May 2003; Andreea’s mother, who worked in the
medical field, died six months earlier.
Dr. Serban became Superintendent-President of SBCC on June
2, 2008. She was selected through a national search. Thirty-
seven individuals applied for the position. Dr. Serban came to
SBCC from South Orange County Community College District in
Mission Viejo, CA, where she was Vice Chancellor of Technology
and Learning Services. She knew SBCC well, having joined the
college in 1999 as its first Director of Institutional Assessment,
Research and Planning, followed by Associate Vice President for
Information Technology, Research and Planning, a position she
held until 2006.
Dr. Serban also held administrative and faculty positions at
University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, Rockefeller Institute of
Government in Albany, NY, State University of New York System
Administration in Albany, NY, Institute for Educational Sciences
and University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania.
She received a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Higher Education
Administration from University at Albany, State University of New
York and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University
of Bucharest.
“Lifelong learning through continuing education is important
but there’s a difference between lifelong learning and using
college resources for personal interests”
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 34 • The Voice of the Village •
hen Pauline Thompson and
her husband moved to Santa
Barbara from Colorado in
the late 1970s, she was so enthralled
with their new hometown that she
wrote a book, Santa Barbara: How to
Discover America’s Eden. Pauline’s
growing-up years were far from
paradisiacal; she grew up in London
during World War II.
In 1939, with WWII and fears of
imminent widespread bombing and
gas attacks, the British government
put into effect “Operation Pied Piper,”
a plan to move children from the cit-
ies to the comparative safety of the
countryside. In three days, more than
three million children and a handful
of adult chaperones, mostly teachers,
had been evacuated. Pauline was one
of those children.
She writes, “On September 1,
1939, my mother had to take me to
Paddington Station, one of the big
London terminals, to join my class-
mates from St. James School. We stood
on the platform, each clutching a
cardboard box containing the recently
issued gas mask and a little suitcase.
Tied to a buttonhole on each child’s
coat was a luggage label to identify
each one.
“Finally the train arrived and a flood
of tears from both adults and children
ensued as parents parted from their
children… It was a day-long jour-
ney we took to arrive at St. Austell,
Cornwall, a remote area where the
government figured Hitler’s bombers
would never venture.
“Each child was billeted with a local
homeowner who had not volunteered
but had simply been ... advised how
many evacuees they could expect.
Parents had to deposit a fee for their
children’s keep at their local post offic-
es weekly and the host family could
collect the money in St. Austell. It was
a very difficult situation on both sides.
“While some were lucky and were
made so welcome they stayed until
1945, others found the opposite. My
mother came for me in three months
and brought me back to London.”
Pauline was not alone in her return.
When the expected bombing raids did
not materialize, children began drift-
ing back to the city. By January 1940,
75% had returned.
As children returned to the city, a
few schools reopened. Pauline writes,
“I rode on the Underground to an
My grandfather’s vegetable wagon and the horse that the Nazis tried to confiscate (Dutch photos cour-
tesy of Hattie Beresford)
Pauline Thompson in Hertford where she later
sought shelter from the bombing in London
(photo courtesy of Pauline Thompson)
The Way It Was
by Hattie Beresford
Growing Up In War Time
Ms Beresford is a retired
English and American his-
tory teacher of 30 years in
the Santa Barbara School
District. She is author of
two Noticias, “El Mirasol:
From Swan to Albatross”
and “Santa Barbara
Grocers,” for the Santa
Barbara Historical Society.
WAY IT WAS Page 38
sentation systems and white boards,
plus a state-of-the-art computer lab. In
the 4th through 6th grades, students
have access to individual computers
on a one-on-one basis.
MUS students live in safe neighbor-
hoods free of violent crime. Cell phone
usage is prohibited during school
hours. MUS is a tobacco-free, drug-
free workplace for teachers and staff.
Disruptive behavior in the classroom
is rare. Problems of anger manage-
ment, rampant absenteeism, boredom
and lack of individual attention are
virtually non-existent. Only 18 MUS
students qualify for the free federal
lunch program; most bring a lunch or
purchase one from the Mobile Café.
Nick Bruski, who is completing his
Doctorate from UCLA, was formerly
the principal in Oxnard at Rio Rosales
Elementary School where half of the
570 children in the K-5 school were on
the free lunch program.
Report cards for all students
are issued three times each year.
Homework is required beginning
with 30 minutes per day in the first
grade; 30 to 45 minutes in second and
third grades; and 1.5 to 2 hours for
fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
Teacher Accountability
It is the teacher in the classroom
who will have the greatest impact on
a child’s social and academic achieve-
ment. The average teacher has taught
at MUS for 18 years, compared to an
average tenure of 10 years in other
California elementary schools.
According to Murphy, “Good teach-
ers want to come to this culture. What’s
not to like? We have a unique work-
place. There is ample opportunity for
professional growth. We can and do
attract the best teachers in the state.”
Performance measurement and teach-
er evaluations are critical to success,
because it is impossible to efficiently
manage what you can’t measure. For
the first time last spring, a compre-
hensive survey of 48 questions was
sent to parents to provide feedback on
instruction and overall school perfor-
mance. Ninety-six percent of parents
were either extremely satisfied or sat-
isfied. While pleased with the parent’s
strong support, teachers and staff are
focused on continual improvement in
the school’s culture of exceptionalism.
Bruski spends time in the classroom
with every teacher 8 to 10 times a
year. Formal evaluations are conduct-
ed with tenured teachers once every
two years, and more often for non-
tenured teachers. For all new teachers
in California, tenure starts after two
One-third of MUS teachers will
be eligible for retirement in the next
few years. Fortunately, MUS does not
have to rely solely on attracting new
teachers who have limited experience.
Says Bruski, “We get applications
from experienced teachers from all
over California whenever an opening
Teachers are all members of the
California Teachers’ Association
(CTA) union. They are under contract
to MUS to provide 184 days of ser-
vice per year at a guaranteed salary.
Mandatory union dues set by CTA of
$67 a month per union member are
deducted from each teacher’s earn-
ings by the school system. The present
teachers’ union contract was renegoti-
ated and approved by the Board on
May 12.
Last year, Bruski, Murphy and 26
teachers attended a five-day educa-
tional summit at Harvard University
with 300 professionals from around
the world exploring “best practices” in
visible thinking. Since then, the MUS
Educational Foundation has funded
another 10 MUS teachers to attend
classes at Harvard’s Graduate School
of Education. Attendance at summer
classes at Columbia University for
nine teachers has also boosted teach-
ing skills in reading and literacy.
Culture of
The vision for the Montecito
Union School District is to make
the Montecito Union School a place
where students love to learn, teach-
ers love to teach, and parents are
engaged as partners in the intellec-
tual and personal development of
their children.
California has almost 10,000 pub-
lic schools in 1,000 school districts,
educating some 6.2 million students.
“The difference,” says Bruski, “is that
MUS has the passion and dedication of
students, parents, teachers and admin-
istrators to be the best we can be. As a
California Distinguished School, MUS
has the best of all worlds: involved,
engaged parents; the best students in
the state; an exceptional faculty; and
adequate resources, readily available.
When you are at the top, the challenge
is still ‘continuous improvement’.”
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15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 35 I do most of my work sitting down; that’s where I shine – Robert Benchley
Scott Craig is manager of media relations at
Westmont College
Your Westmont
Westmont Soars in U.S. News Rankings
by Scott Craig
estmont leapt nine spots in
this year’s ranking of the
best liberal arts colleges
according to U.S. News & World
Report’s “America’s Best Colleges, 2012
Edition.” Of the nation’s 252 liberal
arts colleges, Westmont finished
tied for 90th, its highest ranking as a
national liberal arts college. It’s also
the third straight year Westmont has
ranked in the top 100.
Only seven other liberal arts colleg-
es in California appear in the top 100:
Pomona (4th), Claremont McKenna
(9th), Harvey Mudd (18th), Scripps
(29th), Occidental (37th), Pitzer (42nd)
and Thomas Aquinas (71st) Colleges.
Westmont is just one of two lib-
eral arts colleges among the Council
for Christian Colleges & Universities
(CCCU) in the top 100, and the only
one in California to be listed in the
first tier. Westmont moved into the
third tier in 2000, into the second in
2003 and into the top tier in 2005. In
1985, Westmont tied for seventh in
Regional Liberal Arts Colleges, the
first time the college was ranked.
Westmont moved up in the 2012
rankings in the areas of undergradu-
ate academic reputation, smaller class
sizes, improved SAT scores and the
percentage of freshmen who gradu-
ated in the top 10% of their high
school class.
“We’re pleased to be recognized
as one of the top liberal arts colleges
in the nation,” says Silvio Vazquez,
Westmont dean of admission. “But
more important than the ranking, I
hope we can assist students through
the application process to identify the
college that’s right for them.”
Last month, Forbes magazine recog-
nized Westmont in its 2012 America’s
Top Colleges list, which includes 650
institutions. Westmont ranks 76th,
up from 81st last year. Nine other
California colleges and universi-
ties appear in the top 100: Stanford
(5th), Claremont McKenna (12th),
California Institute of Technology
(13th), Pomona (23rd), Scripps (41st),
Harvey Mudd (44th), UCLA (55th),
Santa Clara University (57th) and UC
Berkeley (70th).
Viewing to Feature E.T.
Star Cluster
Stargazers will enjoy seeing globu-
lar clusters, planetary nebulae and
open clusters on Friday, September
16th, during Westmont’s free monthly
viewing of the stars. The college’s
powerful Keck Telescope, a 24-inch
reflector, is housed in the observatory
between the soccer and baseball fields.
The viewing, held in conjunction with
the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit,
begins about 7:30 pm, and lasts sev-
eral hours, weather permitting. In case
of inclement weather, please call the
Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805)
565-6272 and check the Westmont
website to see if the viewing has been
The moon will rise at 9:15 pm and
will be 85% illuminated, drowning out
some celestial objects with its glow. But
Tom Whittemore, Westmont physics
instructor, says we’ll have a chance to
see a number of objects before then,
including the Owl Cluster, NGC 457.
“Surprisingly bright at 9,900 light-
years and in the Perseus arm of our
galaxy, it looks like an owl with its
wings outstretched,” he says. “The
owl has two bright eyes, with one
that shines with a warm, golden glow.
Some people see E.T. in this cluster of
80 to 100 stars, so it’s also known as
the E.T. Cluster.”
Two globular clusters will be near
the top of the sky, including the Great
Globular Cluster, M13, and the often-
overlooked globular cluster, M92. “It’s
illustrative to show these two globular
clusters, one after the other, to the
public because of the closer concen-
tration of stars in M92 as compared to
M13,” Whittemore says. “They each
lie about 26,000 light-years away.”
Members of the public may also be
able to spy planetary nebulae, such
as the Ring Nebula, M57, and the
Blinking Planetary, NGC 6826. “The
Blinking Nebula is so named because
when viewed through a small tele-
scope it appears to blink or disappear
as the observer scans the eyepiece,”
Whittemore says. “This is because
the nebula is faint compared to the
inner relatively bright, white dwarf
star. When viewed directly, the star
is easily visible through the cones of
the eyes, while the faint, outer nebula
is seen with peripheral vision using
the more sensitive rods of the eye. I
showed this one to a small group of
folks at the August viewing, and they
really liked it.” •MJ
U.S. News & World Report selects Westmont as 90
best in nation
Westmont opens the doors to its observatory for a free public viewing S ept. 16
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 36 • The Voice of the Village •
big congrats to local dentist
Dr. Kathleen McClintock,
who recently received the 2011
Mastership Award by the Academy
of General Dentistry. This is no small
achievement as less than one percent
of the 100,000 dentists in America
have earned this distinction, and now
we can lay claim to one of our very
own here in Santa Barbara.
A native gal, Kathy is a graduate
of Bishop Garcia Diego High School
and UCSB. (Many boomers in Santa
Barbara grew up knowing one of the
McClintock girls: Diana, Darlene,
Norma, Cindy, or brother Mark.)
When she opened her office in 1983,
Kathy McClintock was the very first
female dentist in the fair city of Santa
Dr. McClintock was honored with
this award after completing more than
1,100 hours of continuing education.
Kathy has trained with renowned cli-
nicians in virtually every related field:
orthodontics, endodontics, periodon-
tics, advanced cosmetic techniques,
prosthodontics, and anesthesia. Dr.
McClintock even holds a license for
oral sedation.
In her other spare time (remember,
she runs a full-time practice 9 am to
6 pm), Kathy served as past President
of Santa Barbara-Ventura County
Dental Society, and she also founded

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What to Do with
Floppy Disks
Ever wonder what to do about
grandpa’s important – but very old
– computer files? You want the infor-
mation, but the files are too ancient
to be read by any machine since the
new millennium. But you can’t bear
to throw them out; they are the only
records you have.
Mike Bishop over at MacMechanic
was telling me he has been doing a
lot of interesting recovery work for
estates. It seems people are clearing out
their parents’ homes and finding mom
or grandpa has important information,
memoirs, or even books they have
written and saved on old zip drives or
even floppy disks (remember those?).
MacMechanic not only has all the
super-duper latest computers, but
more importantly for these situations,
it has all the original Macs. Yes, those
Macs. Mike’s staff has lovingly nick-
named an early Macintosh 512 model
“Frankenstein,” and they have every
other old Mac-osaurus as well. At any
rate, it is fantastic to find we have this
resource, because now any important
files and writings saved on any such
old Macintosh format: disks, drives,
etc., can be opened and saved onto
a current and more relevant format
(CD, for example).
Rare Showing of
Picasso and Pals
Mo McFadden informed me about
an intriguing art exhibit this week that
lasts all of three days. It opens Friday
the 16th at the Karpeles Museum and
is running just through this weekend.
It’s entitled “Picasso & The Secret
Muse,” which sounds sufficiently art-
sy-fartsy, but the title simply does not
do it justice.
The hosts of the exhibit, Mr. Leslie
James & Ms Diane Stevenett, have
a display of never-before-seen works
by Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse-
Lautrec, Barque, Matisse, and Renoir.
Fantastic. Friday’s opening reception
is from 6:30 to 10 pm and will have
an informal forum at 8:30 – just a
conversational Q and A with Leslie,
Diane, and Cherie Peake (widow of
Channing) on the themes surrounding
the paintings and artists.
But wait; there’s more. If you were
charmed by the movie “Midnight in
Paris” (where the American travels
back in time to relive Paris in its ear-
lier golden eras), you will have an
extra appreciation for the next bit.
Included in this exhibit are unknown
portraits of writer Max Jacob, artist
Marie Laurencin, aeronaut Sanchos-
Dumont, poet Apollinaire, Fauvist
Dufy, Picasso and other historic fig-
ures as seen through the eyes of their
secret muse, American born Fernand
“Gaston” Longchamp.
When Longchamp was just a little
tyke of five, he played under the
tables in the Parisian cafés of the
late 1890s, while he listened to the
conversations of artists and anar-
chists, inhaled the perfume of Sarah
Bernhardt, and admired the braids of
Suzanne Valadon.
Look what happens when you
expose kiddies to art! At seven years
old, Longchamp was already clean-
ing Renoir’s brushes and by the time
he was a teen, he was hanging out
with Picasso’s bande of bad boys at
the Bateau Lavoir, and before he
turned 20, he was painting scenes
for Stravinsky’s Firebird with Marc
Chagall. Since Longchamp is tradi-
tionally recognized as a foremost
American set designer (i.e. the Met),
it will be a delight to see his impres-
sionistic and expressionistic portraits
capturing the personalities of this
interesting era.
Besides the original works and por-
traits exhibited, you’ll also find his-
toric and intimate illustrated letters,
articles and photographs. This is a
one-time exhibition lasting only three
days, located at the Karpeles Museum
at 21 West Anapamu, Friday night
6:30–10pm, and Saturday and Sunday
from 12 noon to 4pm.
Santa Barbara is
Buzzing about:
A page on Facebook called ”Damn
Right I Grew Up In Santa Barbara.” If
you were in high school here dur-
ing the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s, you
will discover all the friends, relatives
of friends and memories of your
wonder years growing up in Santa
Barbara. This is a hoot. Every topic
is up for grabs: the old bands, the
oil spill, skateboarding down Romero
Canyon, MESA rats, the PE program
at La Colina where you were ranked
& judged by the color of your gym
shorts (boys only), favorite old bars
starting with Rockies (186 comments
follow) which storm drains were good
for exploring, and a tribute to the
golden era of art at SBHS with favor-
ite art teachers Tony Askew, Kasia
Stefankek and Loren Nibbie. Have I
piqued any memories? If you are on
Facebook, check it out. •MJ
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punky, smiling, Kate Ocean is the
perfect example of why a place
like the Breast Cancer Resource
Center of Santa Barbara is so vital.
Ocean, a single 58-year-old woman
who has no living family, would seem
to be facing metastatic breast cancer
on her own. But after her first diag-
nosis of breast cancer in 2007, Ocean’s
doctor urged her to visit the center.
Ever since then, Ocean has been a
regular at the center, attending week-
ly support groups and helping other
women who are newly diagnosed.
“I’m always so delighted to be here.
It’s my lifeline – it’s my home,” said
Ocean, who was diagnosed with a
cancer re-occurrence in 2009, and is
currently undergoing chemotherapy
treatments. Ocean feels so strongly
about the staff at the center that she
credits them with keeping her alive
through her difficult battle with breast
“The best medical care will fall short
without emotional care. I do feel I’m
alive because of the Breast Cancer
Resource Center,” she said, as tears
welled up in her eyes and she got a
hug from a staff member. “They have
been my family. This isn’t a job. This is
a labor of love.”
Ocean is one of over 500 people,
both cancer patients and their fami-
lies, who visit the center each year.
Located in a charming Victorian cot-
tage at 525 West Junipero Street, the
center is just down the street from
Cottage Hospital. It was founded in
1997 with the mission of transform-
ing people’s lives through support
and education about breast cancer. In
addition to creating support groups,
the center offers alternative therapies
such as Reiki treatments and guided
meditation free of charge to breast
cancer patients.
“I think the center has really blos-
somed in the last fourteen years,” said
Silvana Kelly, the center’s executive
director who also had breast cancer
ten years ago. Other key staff mem-
bers include Rae Ann Bird, the pro-
gram director, Judy Blanco, a peer
counselor and Chris Emanuel, a pro-
gram coordinator for a new free mam-
mogram program.
I Screen, You Screen
Providing support and education
is expensive, so the center, which is
a non-profit organization, must raise
money for its efforts. Later this month
it will hold its biggest fundraiser of the
year, a gala called “Think Pink.” The
benefit will be held at a private estate
in Montecito on Saturday, September
24, from 5 to 8:30 pm, and will feature
overflowing pink champagne and an
all-pink dessert table. Co-chairs of the
“Think Pink” event are Rachael Stein
and Dinah Calderon. Merryl Brown
Events is planning the gala.
The gala’s honorary co-chairs
are Leslie Ridley-Tree and Hollye
Jacobs, who herself was diagnosed
with breast cancer almost a year ago
and has been chronicling her journey
through surgery, chemotherapy, radia-
tion and recovery on a blog called
Brookside Buzz, www.brooksidebuzz.
com. “The Breast Cancer Resource
Center is an extraordinarily special
place,” Jacobs said.
For those looking for an outfit to
wear to the “Think Pink” gala, Susan
Pitcher’s stores dressed and ready on
Coast Village Road are stocked with
pink clothing and jewelry; earlier this
month, Pitcher held a cocktail party
during which she donated a portion
of the proceeds to the center.
In addition to providing support
services to patients, the center has
started a new program to encour-
age women to receive mammograms.
Called “I screen, you screen, we all
screen,” the program provides free
mammogram screening to Santa
Barbara county residents.
For more information about the
Breast Cancer Resource Center, call
(805) 569-9693 or visit www.bcrcsb.
org. Tickets and sponsorship oppor-
tunities are still available for the
September 24 “Think Pink” gala
and can be obtained by calling the
center. •MJ
The Breast
Center is
located in a
Victorian cot-
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Junipero St.,
near Cottage
Kate Ocean is
a breast cancer
patient who
also volunteers
her time at the
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elementary school until I was eleven
and then took a long bus ride to
the higher school, Burling School for
Girls. Libraries were open and I was
an avid reader, spending happy hours
with such popular books as Bambi and
My Friend Flicka.
“In our free time, we played games
such as hopscotch and bouncing a
tennis ball against a wall, but first
thing in the morning we hunted for
shrapnel souvenirs lying in the streets
from the previous night’s battles.
Kensington Gardens, later the home
of Princess Diana, was two blocks
away and offered a playground com-
plete with seesaw, swings, maypole,
jigsaw, etc. I often went there with my
little fox terrier and sailed a toy yacht
across the Round Pond.”
In the late afternoons, sirens warned
people to take shelter and many slept
on platforms of the Underground sta-
tions. Those with means purchased a
Morrison shelter, which was a rein-
forced steel table under which to
sleep, and others were lucky enough
to afford an Anderson shelter, which
looked like a little Quonset hut.
Pauline’s family initially took refuge
in a tiny earthen cellar underneath
her father’s restaurant. Later they
acquired a Morrison.
From the flat roof of their building
they could see the sky, red with the
reflection of the many fires consum-
ing the embattled city. She writes that
they watched “the V-1 ‘buzz bombs’
silhouetted against the sky, hoping
they would pass out of sight and
not land where we were when the
engines stopped. Sadly one of them
fell on a tall apartment building only a
block away, which demolished it and
killed my 9-year-old Aussie playmate,
In the fall of 1944, the Germans
began sending V2 rockets to London
and the Coburg Court Hotel, in front
of which she and her mother had
waited for the traffic light to change
a few moments before, was turned to
rubble. Her mother had had enough.
“Next day,” writes Pauline, “she and
I were off to her sister’s at Hertford,
Hertfordshire, a town until then
untouched by bombing. A few days
after our arrival, a V2 fell on the local
Holding On In Holland
Three hours after midnight on May
10, 1940, a Nazi blitzkrieg hit the
Low Countries. When Dutch resis-
tance to the invasion proved strong,
Hitler ordered a massive bombing of
Rotterdam that killed 800 civilians,
injured several thousand, and wiped
out the core of the city. My Tante Nel
and her parents watched the fiery
skies and heard the thundering blasts
from their home on a canal in Rijswijk,
several miles distant.
That same evening, all Dutch
troops were ordered to stop fight-
ing and German troops moved in
to occupy the country, which they
ruled with an iron fist. Hitler’s policy
of Schrecklichkeit (frightfulness) was
intended to break the people’s will to
resist, but Dutch stubbornness assert-
ed itself and a strong resistance move-
ment developed.
My teenaged parents were dating
when the Occupation started. They
remember Nazi soldiers conducting
house-to-house searches for contra-
band items such as radios. My uncle
was picked up off the streets one day,
thrown into a truck, and transported
to Germany where he worked string-
ing telephone and electric lines. When
he complained about the lack of food,
they beat him.
The Nazis commandeered whatever
they needed from the civilian popu-
lation. My grandfather was a green
grocer who relied on his horses to
pull the wagon through the streets
of Den Haag. When the district Nazi
commander wanted a horse to pull
his carriage, he sent a few of his men
to collect my grandfather’s. It would
have been a disaster for the family,
except my mother was home at the
time and quick-thinking.
“Nay,” she said, “you don’t want
this ugly old horse. Around the corner
is a woman who has a beautiful black
horse that will pull the vehicle with
The soldiers, thinking to please their
superior, commandeered the neigh-
bor’s thoroughbred riding horse.
When they hitched the temperamen-
tal filly to the conveyance, however,
she pitched a fit and kicked the cart to
pieces. Our family income was saved
but the neighbor never spoke to them
My father was allowed to continue
his education to become an aeronauti-
cal engineer at the technical school in
Haarlam and had a student pass that
kept him out of the work camps in
Germany. Upon graduation in 1944,
the pass expired and he had to stay off
the streets and hide from the Germans,
whom he believed wanted to send
him to Germany to work in an aircraft
factory. As it turned out, the admin-
istrator of the school had burned all
records of the students’ existence. His
actions saved his students, but he was
sent to a concentration camp.
Often my father would hide in the
hayloft of my grandfather’s stable,
reading books and occupying himself
by taking correspondence courses in
Spanish, business administration and
market analysis. A small round win-
dow in the loft provided him with
Once, when he was at his own fam-
ily’s home, soldiers came looking for
contraband and young workers. His
mother quickly hid him in the narrow
space between the floor of their flat
and the ceiling of the one below. He
heard the soldiers walking above his
nose. After they had left, my grand-
mother couldn’t get the floor panel
open. Sure he was suffocating, she
started screaming for an axe. Luckily,
cooler heads prevailed and they pried
him out.
The last six months of the war were
a time of privation as food and fuel
became scarce. Fuel was so limited
that my father, who was staying with
my mother’s family, had the bright
idea of bringing the cook stove into
the living room so they could boil
the water for turnips and tulip bulbs
(which formed the mainstay of their
diet), and at the same time heat the
house. The steam, unfortunately,
peeled the wallpaper from the walls.
Many people died of starvation or
exposure during this time. My grand-
mother would portion out the food to
the family and then take her plate to
the downstairs’ neighbor who had no
food whatsoever. When she returned,
her shamed family would each donate
a portion from their plates to her.
In his memoir my father wrote,
“On March 3, 1945, I woke up early
Sunday morning and saw about 36
American bombers flying very low
over our house and then the ground
started to rumble as bombs were fall-
ing all over the place. One fell not far
from our home and another destroyed
a hospital nearby.” The planes, aim-
ing for the part of town from which
German rockets were being launched,
had been directed incorrectly. My
Tante Nel was severely injured and
almost lost her leg in the bombing.
“In April,” my father continued,
“there was a kind of armistice and the
allied planes came flying low with the
bomb bay doors open, this time drop-
ping food packages in lieu of bombs.
On May 5, 1945, the war was over and
the Canadians and free Dutch forces
entered our town. For weeks there
were big celebrations and street danc-
es at night everywhere.” The night-
mare, they believed, was over; news
from the concentration camps had yet
to reach them. •MJ
WAY IT WAS (Continued from page 34)
When my father still had his student pass, he and
my mother could take little outings like this one
to the “dierenpark,” a sort of zoo
A Delft tile from 1945 commemorates the end of
German occupation in Holland on May 5. The slo-
gan says that Netherland will rise from the dead
and the design symbolizes Holland rising like the
sun as the floodwaters of war recede and reveal
that the country still exists.
After the war, my father joined the Dutch Royal
Air Force and was sent to Indonesia for two years.
His dream of becoming a pilot was dashed when
it was discovered that he was colorblind to red
and green.
My father poses in shorts and hand-knit wool
socks in the jungles of Indonesia in 1945
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 39
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 40 • The Voice of the Village •
‘Shout’ it out – In the space of one
week, the Chumash Casino updates from
Hall & Oates – the Philly duo that played
the Samala Showroom last Thursday – to
tonight’s concert with British duo Tears For
Fears, adding a decade and crossing the
pond in the process. “Songs From the Big
Chair” helped usher in the MTV era in 1985,
and we have no doubt that the sensationally
catchy synth-pop band still shout, want to
rule the world, and sow the seeds of love.
WHEN: 8pm WHERE: 3400 East Hwy. 246,
Santa Ynez COST: $35-$75 INFO: (800)
Oh, Henry – The popular Shakespeare’s
Globe London Cinema Series concludes
with the theater company’s critically
acclaimed production of “Henry VIII,”
the last of four classic Shakespeare titles
presented this summer. Captured in 2010
from the prestigious and internationally
renowned Globe Theatre in London, “Henry
VIII” won rave reviews all around England.
“It represents the theatre at its very best
and makes for a joyous spectacle,” said
the Sunday Telegraph. “Dominic Rowan
plays the title role with charisma and vitality
and Miranda Raison makes a beguiling
Anne Boleyn. Shakespeare has seldom
been performed with more verve.”
As with each of the monthly hi-def
screenings, today’s show includes a
special 20-minute behind-the-scenes feature
providing insights into the working of the
Globe today, a historical perspective, the
reconstruction process, and interviews with
the actors and creative team (the original
open-roof theater, made of wood-and-
thatch was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s
playing company and was destroyed
by fire in 1613 during a performance
of “Henry VIII” when a cannon used for
special effects misfired). WHEN: 6:30pm
WHERE: Metro Theatre, 618 State St.
Phineas + Ferb = Phun – The gang
from Disney Channel’s animated television
comedy series come to life as “Disney’s
Phineas and Ferb: The Best live Tour Ever!”
brings musical madness and hilarious
hijinks to the stage of Granada. On TV,
Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother
Ferb Fletcher are perpetually on summer
vacation, concocting some sort of grand
new project which also intersects with a
subplot featuring Perry the Platypus (“Agent
P”) acting as a secret agent to fight an evil
scientist named Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
So that’s exactly what you’ll see on stage,
too, with escapades so awesome that even
perpetually annoyed big sister Candace
can’t help but join in the fun! Hey, it took
creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff
“Swampy” Marsh more than 15 years
developing the series before Disney signed
on, so can you blame them for trying to
branch out beyond the video screen?
WHEN: 4 & 7pm WHERE: Granada,
1214 State St. COST: $23-$43 INFO:
899-2222 or
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by Steven Libowitz
Viva ‘Viva’! – Salsa, ranchera,
son jarocho, mariachi and more
traditional music from South of the
Border are headed our way as the
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!
begins its 2011-12 season of
weekend family events. The program
– a consortium of the Marjorie Luke
Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural
Arts & Education Center, Isla Vista
School, and UCSB Arts & Lectures
– brings free music and dance
representing important traditions to
neighborhood venues, schools and
community organizations throughout Santa Barbara County. The new season kicks
off with Chino Espinoza y Los Dueños del Son, Los Angeles’ hottest salsa orchestra,
fronted by Costa Rican vocalist Mirley Espinoza, aka “Chino El Sonero,” and
his brother Cesar, a master timbalero. Trombones and flute add heat and spice
to the great percussion and vocals. Chino, the former lead singer of L.A.’s popular
salsa band Son Mayor, has recorded with Bobby Rivas, Bolivia, Mojaditicos and
Pete Escobedo and toured accompanying Celia Cruz, Eddy Santiago, Rey
Sepulveda, Tito Puente Jr. and Tito Gomez, to name just a few. Also an actor,
Chino appeared most recently in the PBS series, “American Families,” and stars in the
very popular Dr. Pepper commercial with Mexican artist Thalia.
Coming later this season: Valente Pastor, the three-generation Los Soneros
del Tesechoacán (who rarely tours the U.S.), half-a-century-old mariachi band Los
Camperos de Nati Cano, and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. WHEN:
7pm Friday, 7:30pm Saturday, 7pm Sunday WHERE: Friday, Isla Vista School, 6875
El Colegio Rd., Goleta; Saturday, Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium, 918 Obispo St.,
Guadalupe; Sunday, Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St.
COST: Free INFO: 893-4979 (I.V.), 343-2939 (Guadalupe), 884-4087 ext. 7 (Luke)
Picasso & The Secret Muse – Take
an artistic journey of original work by
Picasso, Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec,
Matisse and Renoir with hosts Leslie
James and Diane Stevenett that
features unknown portraits of Max
Jacob, Marie Laurencin, Apollinaire,
Dufy, Picasso and many other historic
masters seen through the eyes and
works of their secret muse, American-
born Ferdinand “Gaston” Longchamp.
Gaston’s parents – his mother was
French and his artist father was of
Cayuga-Iroquois Indian descent –
moved the family to Paris after the
U.S. Army’s 1890 massacre of Sioux
Indians at Wounded Knee. Some
of the original works exhibited in
this brief show include historic and
intimate illustrated letters, articles
and photographs including one letter
from the hand of Leonardo da Vinci.
WHEN: Opening Reception 6:30-
10pm Friday, exhibit open 12noon-
4pm Friday through Sunday WHERE:
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 West
Anapamu Street COST: Free (donations accepted) INFO: 895-5121
African beats – Less than two weeks
after Sally Barr and DRI teamed up
to raise awareness and funds to fight
hunger in Africa, Friends of Woni
Kenya International Inc. present a “Well-
a-bration” Concert at The Marjorie
Luke Theatre to raise money for water
distribution for two newly completed
water wells in poverty stricken areas of
Kenya. The evening of blues, jazz, R & B
and more includes performances by Lois
Mahalia, Gina Eckstine, the R & B
Bombers, Omar Arreola with special
guest percussionist Miguelitio Leon,
and others. WHEN: 7:30pm WHERE:
Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara
Junior High, 721 E. Cota St. COST: $25
general, $15 ages 15 & under INFO:
967-3146 or www.friendsofwonikenya.
IMAX @ SMHS? – Well, in a word,
no. The proprietary big-screen format
isn’t coming to San Marcos High School.
But seven-time Emmy award-winning
underwater IMAX filmmakers Howard
and Michele Hall are coming to
campus tonight to share their passion,
vision and hope for our ocean planet.
The filmmakers behind “Into the Deep,”
“Island of the Sharks,” “Deep Sea 3D,”
“Coral Reef Adventure,” “The Living Sea”
and most recently “Under the Sea 3D”
have dedicated their lives to creating
captivating underwater marine programs,
and tonight will take the audience behind
the scenes to learn about the challenges of
producing IMAX 3D films while traveling
the globe with a 1,300-pound underwater
camera. The presentation, a benefit for
Santa Ynez’s Our World of Oceans, will
include large screen projection of the Hall’s
images and video sequences. WHEN:
6:30pm (doors open 6pm) WHERE:
San Marcos High School Theater, 4750
Hollister Avenue COST: $20 general,
$15 youth 16 & under in advance,
$25 & $18 at the door ($50 VIP tickets
include priority seating and a World of
Oceans T-shirt) INFO: 688-2718 or www.
More Picasso – The Santa Barbara
Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art
Museum in Fort Worth co-organized
“Picasso and Braque: The Cubist
Experiment, 1910–1912,” an intimate
exhibition featuring approximately 15
paintings and 25 prints conceived by
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso
during one of the most prolific and
intensely experimental exchanges in
the history of art. The presentation
is the first to dwell on a selection of
the paintings, as well as nearly all of
the prints produced during these two
critical years, to demonstrate the visual
point and counterpoint that fed into the
invention of the revolutionary art form
now known as Analytic Cubism. Two
exhibits at the museum close tomorrow:
“New Faces of the Collection,” which
celebrates the range of themes, styles,
and approaches to the contemporary
photographic portrait while exploring the
introspective nature of portraiture; and
“Distilled Moments: Still Lifes from the
Permanent Collection.” WHEN: Saturday
through January 8, 2012 WHERE: Santa
Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State
Street COST: $9 general, $8 seniors, $6
students & ages 6-17, free under 6 (free
on Sundays) INFO: 963-4364 or www.
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 41
amerata Pacifica launches its
season this weekend with
a pair of concerts at Hahn Hall
on Friday, and once again, over the
course of the season, the chamber music
ensemble will be challenging audiences
with rarely-heard works, including a
couple of commissioned premieres and
pieces from lesser-known composers.
The initial concert wastes no time in
establishing the ground rules, moving
from Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in
C-sharp minor directly to Crumb’s Vox
Balaenae for 3 Masked Players, Electric
Flute, Electric Cello and Amplified
Piano, one of the most polarizing
pieces in the repertoire, before closing
with two highly percussive works, De
Mey’s Musique de Table for Percussion
and Reich’s Sextet for Percussion and
Founder, artistic director and flut-
ist (he’s even playing this weekend)
Adrian Spence discussed the program
and the ensemble’s mission earlier this
Q. Over the last few years, things have
stabilized both with Hahn Hall and having
all the core players in place, although you
still seem to be tweaking the roster. How
has stability helped shape your approach?
A. First of all, Hahn is one of the
best halls I’ve seen anywhere. I love
it and so do the musicians... (As far as
stability) it’s affected it in a big way.
The ensemble is in place. It’s not really
getting tweaked, it’s just getting added
to as I find players who are appropri-
ate to what we do. What that means
is I’m programming to an idea of the
individual characters as opposed to
a few years ago where the emotional
construct of the program came mostly
from the pieces of music. Now it’s
equal proportions, the character of
Camerata players and the program-
ming. When I’m reviewing a piece of
music I can imagine what it will sound
like with our crew playing it, which is
very different. So it’s influenced the
programming a lot.
Speaking of that, how much do the per-
formers influence what you program, in
terms of having a say in what they play?
Everybody has something they
want to play. The door is always open.
Sometimes it takes two or three sea-
sons to integrate their choices in a
program. I have the overarching idea
of the season’s architecture, but there’s
constant dialogue between us... What
also happens is when I meet players
I want to have involved, I program
things for them to play. That’s why
we’re doing more percussion, because
of Ji Hye Jung, and oboe, which comes
from working with Nicholas Daniel.
Which brings me to wonder: how have
you tried to shape Camerata Pacifica in
your own image, if that’s even a fair ques-
Maybe I’m not the person to answer
that. But having said that, I think for
good or for bad, one of the strengths
is that it’s all not decided by commit-
tee. It’s just me. You know where I’m
coming from. If you don’t like what
we do, you’re never going to. But if
you do, you know what you’re going
to get. There’s a consistency there that
isn’t normally available via committee
or part-time work. My commitment
is to the art form, and I try to strike a
balance, taking into consideration the
tolerances of the audiences. The object
is to create a community and bring
people along with us.
How has the audience changed over the
years, as they’ve grown and come on this
We’ve discovered and attracted peo-
ple with open minds. The last person
I’m looking for is the so-called music
lover. That’s a misnomer. That usu-
ally means someone with a mindset of
knowing what they want. The object
here isn’t to have live performances
of CDs. What we’re doing is creating
something where every moment is dif-
ferent. We try stuff. It may or may not
work. We want the intellectually curi-
ous. That defines the Camerata audi-
ence. They want to lean in, ask ques-
tions, and challenge me if they think I
haven’t got it right. It’s one of the most
dynamic audiences I know.
So then what is your approach to pro-
gramming, from within each concert, to a
season, to the ensemble over time?
What I’m trying to accomplish in
general is the idea of the “liveness”
of the performance experience. It’s
become a very two-dimensional path
in the last half century, as audiences
lost the ability to receive and partici-
pate in live performance. Glen Gould
said he gave it up because he didn’t
I know I’m drinking myself to a slow death, but then, I’m in no hurry – Robert Benchley
Air Randolph launching
at CST – In her new one-
woman show “Loveland,” San
Francisco-based writer-actress
Ann Randolph – known for
her outrageous physical comedy,
inspired monologues, hilarious
characters, and poignant
storytelling – takes the audience
along with her on her flight of
fancy. The framework is actually
a cross-country flight in which
she embodies several characters,
including Frannie Potts, an overly
enthusiastic, often self-righteous,
sexually charged misfit
overwhelmed by grief. Then
there’s the uptight businessman
next to her and the trying-to-
be-in-control flight attendant,
the pilot (who is the subject of
some sexual fantasies), and,
eventually, her mother, who she’s
mourning (although Randolph’s
real mom is very much alive). In what’s been called a true tour-de-force, she stumbles
from outrageous confrontation and awkward confusion to glimpses of mystery,
tragedy and beauty. Reviewers have raved, including Mel Brooks, who termed her
“a comic genius – I haven’t seen so much talent in one person,” he added, “since
I married Anne Bancroft,” and one who noted: “At a tight seventy minutes, no time
is wasted; the show is quick, hilarious, absurd, and beautiful. A veteran performer,
she has an astonishing wit and an amazing sense of grounded humanity in all of her
characters.” WHEN: 8pm Friday and next Thursday, September 22 WHERE: Center
Stage Theater, upstairs at Paseo Nuevo Mall (Chapala St. entrance) COST: $25
INFO: 963-0408, or 965-0228
Rock Paper Scissors – The latest
exhibit at Art For Scrap reveals how
13 assemblage artists interpreted the
theme of the centuries-old hand game
also known as roshambo. Colleen
Kelly, Carol Kemp, Dave King,
Dan Levin, Lauretta Lowell, Syd
McCutcheon, Jill McCutcheon,
Judy Nilsen, Bob Ott, Mary Price,
Alf Ramirez, Ron Robertson
and Dug Uyesaka used the game
as a starting point – literal, lateral
or symbolic – then created new art,
with some surprising results. WHEN:
Reception 5-7pm Saturday; exhibit on
display 10am-2pm Tuesdays-Saturdays
(10-6 Thursdays), through October 22
WHERE: 302 East Cota Street COST:
Free INFO: 884-0459 ext. 13 or www.
‘Tales’ spans the years – There’s
only about a 50-year gap in the ages of
tonight’s performers in the second concert
of the current Tales From The Tavern series
at the Maverick Saloon. Opener Ruby
Jane Smith (who goes by her first two
names professionally) won’t reach her
17th birthday until November, but she’s
already played at the Grand Ole Opry
(the youngest fiddler ever), toured and
recorded with Willie Nelson and Asleep
at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, and has
performed at Austin City Limits (she’s at
the festival again just before coming to
Santa Ynez), not to mention released four
recordings, the first when she was just 11.
The fiddler-singer-songwriter-guitarist has a
voice and chops that belie her age, with a
mature, old-soul approach to progressive
bluegrass and country music that compels
Meanwhile, Butch Hancock, also
appearing tonight, at 66 remains one
of the premier progressive Texas singer-
songwriters, a clever composer who is
also a master of metaphor and judiciously-
employed irony to express a world-weary
view that keeps him outside of the country
mainstream. Born in Lubbock, Texas
(birthplace of Buddy Holly and so many
country-rockabilly greats), Hancock is
also a member of The Flatlanders, but
is best enjoyed solo, where his musings
range from traditional waltzes to bitingly
satiric country-rock. WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez
COST: $33 INFO: 688-0383 or www. •MJ
Camerata Pacifica Season Begins
On Entertainment
by Steven Libowitz
Steven Libowitz has
reported on the arts and
entertainment for more
than 30 years; he has
contributed to Montecito
Journal for over ten
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 42 • The Voice of the Village •
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Delis, bakeries, juice bars
Blenders in the Grass
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1014 #C Coast Village Road (565-0137)
Pierre Lafond
516 San Ysidro Road (565-1502)
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2318 Lillie Avenue (969-6135)
Sly’s $$$
686 Linden Avenue (684-6666)
Sly’s features fresh fish, farmers’ market veg-
gies, traditional pastas, prime steaks, Blue Plate
Specials and vintage desserts. You’ll find a full
bar, serving special martinis and an extensive
wine list featuring California and French wines.
Cocktails from 4 pm to close, dinner from 5 to
9 pm Sunday-Thursday and 5 to 10 pm Friday
and Saturday. Lunch is M-F 11:30 to 2:30, and
brunch is served on the weekends from 9 am
to 3 pm.
Stacky’s Seaside $
2315 Lillie Avenue (969-9908)
Summerland Beach Café $
2294 Lillie Avenue (969-1019)
Tinkers $
2275 C Ortega Hill Road (969-1970)
Santa Barbara / Restaurant Row
Andersen’s Danish Bakery &
Gourmet Restaurant $
1106 State State Street (962-5085)
Established in 1976, Andersen’s serves Danish
and European cuisine including breakfast,
lunch & dinner. Authentic Danishes, Apple
Strudels, Marzipans, desserts & much more.
Dine inside surrounded by European interior
or outside on the sidewalk patio. Open 8 am to
9 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday.
Bistro Eleven Eleven $$
1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard (730-1111)
Located adjacent to Hotel Mar Monte, the
bistro serves breakfast and lunch featuring
all-American favorites. Dinner is a mix of tradi-
tional favorites and coastal cuisine. The lounge
advancement to the restaurant features a big
screen TV for daily sporting events and happy
hour. Open Monday-Friday 6:30 am to 9 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am to 10 pm.
Ca’ Dario
37 East Victoria Street (884-9419) $$
A bustling trattoria located one block off State
Street, owner Dario Furlati’s namesake eatery
is known for its fresh pasta, savory meat and
fish entrées, and daily and seasonal specials.
Black and white photos of famous Italians line
the walls; Dario, who hails from Lake Como,
recently added a full bar menu in addition to a
wine list featuring Californian and Italian wines.
You have to try the the brown butter and sage
ravioli, Ca’ Dario’s signature dish. Open every-
day at 11:30 am until 10 pm (Sunday: 5 pm until
10 pm). Reservations strongly suggested.
Café Luck $$$
18 East Cota Street (962-5393)
One of just a handful of restaurants in Santa
Barbara featuring mostly French cuisine, Café
Luck aficionados report that the eatery’s Short
Ribs (when available) are the standout item
worth waiting in line for. Other favorites
include Duck Confit with frisee, mushroom
and potato chips, Bouillabaisse, and even the
Café Luck Burger with Gruyere & Bacon. Open
Sunday through Thursday from 4 pm until
11 pm; Friday and Saturday until midnight.
El Paseo $$
813 Anacapa Street (962-6050)
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Bar-
bara in a Mexican plaza setting, El Paseo is the
place for authentic Mexican specialties, home-
made chips and salsa, and a cold margarita
while mariachis stroll through the historic
restaurant. The décor reflects its rich Spanish
heritage, with bougainvillea-draped balconies,
fountain courtyard dining and a festive bar.
Dinner specials are offered during the week,
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with a brunch on Sundays. Open Tuesday
through Thursday 4 pm to 10 pm, Friday and
Saturday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday
10:30 am to 9 pm.
Enterprise Fish Co. $$
225 State Street (962-3313)
Every Monday and Tuesday the Enterprise
Fish Company offers two-pound Maine Lob-
sters served with clam chowder or salad, and
rice or potatoes for only $29.95. Happy hour
is every weekday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Open
Sunday thru Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm and
Friday thru Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm.
The Harbor Restaurant $$
210 Stearns Wharf (963-3311)
Enjoy ocean views at the historic Harbor
Restaurant on Stearns Wharf. Featuring prime
steaks and seafood, a wine list that has earned
Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excel-
lence for the past six years and a full cocktail
bar. Lunch is served 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Monday-Friday, 11 am to 3 pm Saturday and
Sunday. Dinner is served 5:30 pm to 10 pm,
early dinner available Saturday and Sunday
starting at 3 pm.
Los Agaves $
600 N. Milpas Street (564-2626)
Los Agaves offers eclectic Mexican cuisine, us-
ing only the freshest ingredients, in a casual and
friendly atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner,
with breakfast on the weekends, Los Agaves fea-
tures traditional dishes from central and south-
ern Mexico such as shrimp & fish enchiladas,
shrimp chile rellenos, and famous homemade
mole poblano. Open Monday- Friday 11 am to
9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 9 pm.
Miró $$$$
8301 Hollister Avenue at Bacara Resort & Spa
Miró is a refined refuge with stunning views,
featuring two genuine Miro sculptures, a
top-rated chef offering a sophisticated menu
that accents fresh, organic, and native-grown
ingredients, and a world-class wine cellar.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 pm to
10 pm.
Moby Dick Restaurant $$
220 Stearns Wharf (965-0549)
Sitting right on Stearns Wharf, Moby Dick of-
fers fish, lobster, clam chowder, fish and chips
and a plenty more. A great place to watch the
sun set over the ocean. Open 7 days a week
from 7 am to 9 pm.
Olio e Limone Ristorante $$$
Olio Pizzeria $
17 West Victoria Street (899-2699)
Elaine and Alberto Morello oversee this friendly,
casually elegant, linen-tabletop eatery featur-
ing Italian food of the highest order. Offerings
include eggplant soufflé, pappardelle with
quail, sausage and mushroom ragù, and fresh-
imported Dover sole. Wine Spectator Award of
Excellence-winning wine list. Private dining (up
to 40 guests) and catering are also available.
Next door at Olio Pizzeria, the Morellos have
added a simple pizza-salumi-wine-bar inspired
by neighborhood “pizzerie” and “enoteche” in
Italy. Here the focus is on artisanal pizzas and
antipasti, with classic toppings like fresh moz-
zarella, seafood, black truffles, and sausage.
Salads, innovative appetizers and an assort-
ment of salumi and formaggi round out the
menu at this casual, fast-paced eatery. Private
dining for up to 32 guests. Both the ristorante
and the pizzeria are open for lunch Monday
thru Saturday (11:30 am to 2 pm) and dinner
seven nights a week (from 5 pm).
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro $
516 State Street (962-1455)
The Wine Bistro menu is seasonal California
cuisine specializing in local products. Pair your
meal with wine from the Santa Barbara Winery,
Lafond Winery or one from the list of wines
from around the world. Happy Hour Monday
- Friday 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The 1st Wednesday of
each month is Passport to the World of Wine.
Grilled cheese night every Thursday. Open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner; catering available.
Renaud’s $
3315 State Street (569-2400)
Located in Loreto Plaza, Renaud’s is a bakery
specializing in a wide selection of French pas-
tries. The breakfast and lunch menu is com-
posed of egg dishes, sandwiches and salads and
represents Renaud’s personal favorites. Brewed
coffees and teas are organic. Open Monday-
Saturday 7 am to 5 pm, Sunday 7 am to 3 pm.
Rodney’s Steakhouse $$$
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard (884-8554)
Deep in the heart of well, deep in the heart of
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Inn on East Beach
in Santa Barbara. This handsome eatery sells
and serves only Prime Grade beef, lamb, veal,
halibut, salmon, lobster and other high-end
victuals. Full bar, plenty of California wines,
elegant surroundings, across from the ocean.
Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday at
5:30 pm. Reservations suggested on week-
Maravilla $$$
905 Country Club Road in Ojai (646-1111)
Located at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, this
upscale eatery features prime steaks, chops
and fresh seafood. Local farmers provide fresh
produce right off the vine, while herbs are har-
vested from the Inn’s herb garden. The menu
includes savory favorites like pan seared diver
scallops and braised beef short ribs; dishes are
accented with seasonal vegetables. Open Sun-
day through Thursday for dinner from 5:30 pm
to 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from
5:30 pm to 10 pm. •MJ
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15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 44 • The Voice of the Village •
like the “one-takeness” of it. But that’s
what I do like: I want to lean into this
moment and have the audience be
with us. It’s a shared community expe-
rience, between composer, performer
and the audience, and it’s incomplete
without any piece of that trilogy. That
means you have the responsibility to
contribute with active listening, with
being stretched and trusting in the
programming and the performance.
That’s what I’m trying to illuminate.
The idea from the start was to develop
an audience used to listening to music
that they hadn’t heard before.
In terms of a season, I expect to
significantly challenge the audience
at least once or twice a season. If
we did it every program it would be
exhausting, and not pleasant. I’m sure
some people think I’m less successful
in striking that balance, but what I
want is for you to come on a journey
with us. I don’t mean to sound like a
clichéd actor, but really, we want you
to laugh and cry, engage fully, share in
the moment music, which at times can
be completely whimsical. Sometimes
there’s great artistic value in being cute
or pretty, and at other times it’s a much
more significant program that requires
your mental and intellectual commit-
ment and effort. If you don’t feel a little
discomforted or tired, we haven’t been
performing properly or you haven’t
been listening properly.
Which brings us to this first concert,
where Crumb’s piece “Voice of the Whale”
is coming back after fifteen years. It was
polarizing then, wasn’t it?
It is an unusual program in that there
are lights and amplification and even
some choreography. The Crumb is an
incredibly significant piece of music. It
speaks to much bigger issues of man
and our place on the planet. It’s very
century in terms of our awareness
of who we are and our responsibility
regarding climate change. He was very
aware of man’s place in the ecosystem
and he addressed these issues on a
very holistic and spiritual, elemental
level. It’s been fifteen or sixteen years
since we played it, and since then I’ve
had our audience listen to a lot more
difficult things. So I think they will
have a much better view of it... The
program starts with the Rachmaninoff,
an overture that declares, ‘Here we
are,’ then the Crumb is followed by the
De Mey that reminds us we have the
capacity as humans to smile and laugh.
The Reich sextet is a joy and a triumph,
just ebullient. It gets a rhythmic energy
going that doesn’t let up and finishes
with a stunning climax. I can’t wait.
(Camerata Pacifica performs at 1 &
7:30 pm Friday at Hahn Hall on the
campus of the Music Academy of the
West. Tickets and season subscriptions
are available by calling 884-8410 or vis-
The Play’s The Thing
Circle Bar B Dinner Theater’s final
production of its 40th season – which
consists of re-mounted plays repre-
senting each of the organization’s four
decades – comes to a close with the
2000s offering, A. R. Gurney’s popu-
lar, profound and hilarious “Sylvia.”
This time around, the show features
a reunion of the original cast, includ-
ing Brian Harwell, Jean Hall, Rodney
Baker, and Tiffany Story as Sylvia, the
dog, all of whom played those roles in
2004. Harwell and Hall play Greg and
Kate, who have relocated to Manhattan
after raising a family in the suburbs for
20 years, and are now facing empty
nest syndrome and other relationship
and career crossroads. The “fur flies”
when Sylvia, a streetwise Labradoodle
that Greg picks up in the park, becomes
Kate’s rival for his affection and atten-
tion, putting the marriage in jeopardy
and everything in disarray before a
compromise is reached that satisfies all.
Story, who earned an Indy Award
for her role in CBB’s “The 1940’s Radio
Hour,” has appeared in more than
60 area productions, including Indy
Award-winning turns in “Anton in
Show Business,” “The Laramie Project”
and “You Can’t Take it With You” at
SBCC’s Theater Group. Harwell has
played at CBB consistently for nearly
a decade, winning an Indy for “I Hate
Hamlet.” The show opens Friday, then
plays 8 pm Friday & Saturday nights
and 2 pm Sundays (dinner served
one hour earlier), through October 30.
Details and tickets at 967-1962 or www.
PCPA’s Theaterfest concludes its
ambitious 2010-2011 season with the
groundbreaking musical “Caroline, or
Change,” created by Tony Kushner
(“Angels in America”), who wrote the
book and lyrics, and Jeanine Tesori
(“Shrek the Musical”), who composed
the score. Featuring music rang-
ing from blues to Motown, spiritu-
als and klezmer, the work is about
political change, social change, and
plain ol’ pocket change that usually
leaves audiences changed as well. The
musical, which won a slew of awards
on Broadway, winds up its run in
Santa Maria this weekend, while the
Solvang season continues with the cur-
rent American premiere production of
“My Fairytale” -- featuring songs by
Stephen Schwartz – at the Festival
Theater through September 25.
Pop Tarts
Tom Freund and Ben Harper met at
Pitzer College in Claremont, and even
put out a duo album called “Pleasure
and Pain” together in 1992. But where
Harper went on to create a sizable audi-
ence for himself as a solo act, Freund
joined the Austin-based roots-rock
band The Silos as their bassist before
releasing his own solo CD in 1998. He’s
put out five more critically acclaimed
albums since then, including the most
recent, “Collapsible Plans” (to which
Harper produced and contributed sev-
eral instrumental touches) and played
on records by Graham Parker, Brett
Dennen and even Mandy Moore. TV
and a couple of movies have found
some of Freund’s honest, incisive songs
that often take panoramic left turns,
but mainstream audiences haven’t yet,
which is why you can still see him
at SOhO in a special 6 pm show on
Thursday, Sept. 15.
Old Man Markley, an unexpected
amalgam of punk rockers and blue-
grass musicians based in Los Angeles
– where they’ve opened for every-
one from NOFX and Bad Religion to
Wanda Jackson and the Devil Makes
Three – has been around for three
years, putting out its debut CD, “Guts
‘N Teeth,” at the beginning of the year.
The septet makes its Santa Barbara
debut in a New Noise-sponsored con-
cert at Velvet Jones on Friday.
Saturday brings Austin’s The
Gourds back to Sings Like Hell at
the Lobero hot on the heels of their
Vanguard Records debut, “Old Mad
Joy,” released just this past Tuesday.
The CD, produced by Larry Campbell
at the historic Levon Helm Studios,
features the distinct styles of its three
songwriting leaders (not unlike the
Band), covering a wide array of
approaches from witty and ironic to
wistfully spiritual and genres that also
eerily recall John Hiatt, another for-
mer SLH favorite. Nearly non-stop
coast-to-coast touring has made the
band an even tighter outfit, capable of
gripping roots rock and adventurous
Americana. Opener Lynn Miles is an
accomplished Canadian singer-song-
writer who won the 2003 Juno Award.
SOhO’s second monthly “Get
Amped” fundraiser Sunday, which
raises money to upgrade the equip-
ment at the restaurant-music club, fea-
tures wine and beer tasting, BBQ grub
cooked by owner Bob Hansen, and
music by Teka, Santa Barbara Flash
Mob, Kinsella, Jesse Rhodes, Dylan
Schmidt and the Rhythm Souls, Beer
30, Khasy Modisette, and Calle Real...
Elsewhere, singer-songwriter Tim
Easton and Johnny Corndawg share
the bill in a Club Mercy show at Muddy
Waters on Monday, Brooklyn-based
Kevin Devine plays a New Noise date
at the same venue on Wednesday, and
Portland’s chamber pop ensemble Loch
Lomond headline at the Mercury in
Goleta next Thursday, with LA-based
psychedelic folksters Paladino open-
ing, in what might be the best bet of
the week.
Montecito at the Movies
“It Runs in the Family,” the 2003
feature film that starred three gen-
erations of the acting Douglas fam-
ily several years ago, would be an apt
subtitle for this year’s 6
annual Kirk
Douglas Award for Excellence in Film
from the Santa Barbara International
Film Festival. In an evening sure to
be filled with emotion, Kirk, who suf-
fered a stroke at age 79 fifteen years
ago, will be presenting the honor to his
son, 66-year-old Michael, who battled
late-stage throat cancer just last year.
One has to think the moment will be
much more touching than when the
elder Douglas bestowed the award on
such stars as John Travolta, Ed Harris,
Quentin Tarantino and Harrison Ford
in previous years. Michael, a double
Oscar winner (as producer of “One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and
actor in “Wall Street”), got his act-
ing start in theater out at UCSB. The
black-tie gala dinner that serves as a
fundraiser for SBIFF takes place at the
Biltmore on October 13. Get tickets and
details at
In more SBIFF news with ties to our
village, the already prestigious festival
will launch its first ever acquisition pro-
gram during the first weekend of the
2012 fest, a new direction spearheaded
by Montecito resident Doug Stone,
the new president of the SBIFF board
and a principal of Traction Media, a
Los Angeles-based film production and
sales company. The program, slated for
January 27-29, will allow the acquisi-
tions community easy, industry-friend-
ly access to select films screened at
the festival. Is SBIFF taking a run at
Sundance? Time will tell... Meanwhile,
veteran SBIFF programming director
Candace Schermerhorn, who held the
post for seven of the last 10 years,
has moved on to produce a documen-
tary film already in development. The
new programming manager is Michael
Albright, who has documentary expe-
rience (including Jean-Claude and
Christo’s HBO film “The Gates”) and
is currently pursuing his PhD in Film
and Media Studies at UCSB. •MJ
ENTERTAINMENT (Continued from page 41)
The Kirk Douglas Award
for Excellence in Film
ceremony will be a fam-
ily affair as Kirk presents
the award to his son
Michael at the Biltmore
on October 13
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 45
Montecito Sold
Real Estate View
by Michael Phillips
Michael is the owner-
broker of Phillips Real
Estate, and is a Montecito
Planning Commissioner.
He can be reached at
969-4569 and info@
ummertime and the selling was
easy. Well, perhaps relatively
easy even for those fortunate
sellers who successfully, although
often slowly, enticed our shy buyers
to fall in love. Yet, indeed compared
to last summer (which, looking back,
now seems somehow quiet and
stable), Montecito sellers enjoyed a
considerably better summer than last.
For one thing, the percentage of the
asking prices realized increased from
last summer’s 92% to this summer’s
94%, for which sellers were most likely
very grateful. Overall, sales were up a
healthy 13% over last summer and for
the year we are up a very respectable
In the last two weeks of August,
eleven Montecito sellers closed
escrow. The highest price realized was
for an iconic, 3600-sq-ft, 1922 George
Washington Smith in the Andalusia
style in excellent condition on just less
than an acre of lush landscape in the
Hedgerow on Ramona lane. It features
four bedrooms as well as a separate
guest room and bath, plus an outdoor
room with a spa and built-in barbeque.
The seller attempted $4.350m in early
‘05 and withdrew after 40 days on the
market. It was relisted nearly a year
ago for $4.150m and closed escrow on
the 31
at $3.875m.
In the Birnam Wood golf commu-
nity, a striking, sophisticated contem-
porary designed by the talented and
local architect Jerry Goodman, also
closed escrow on the 31
. Built for
the sellers in 1990, it has three bed-
rooms with a dual master suite, high
ceilings with an open floor plan, and
strong views from every room. It also
has a swimming pool and a three-car
garage, all adjacent to a lake featur-
ing a fountain in the center of it on
the ninth fairway. Although there is
more to pay after close of escrow at
Birnam, it sold very close to its $3.2m
asking price at $3.150m after 105 days
on market.
Four homes sold in our red hot
$1-2m sector. On Middle Road near
Coast Village is a late ‘80s Spanish
style three-bedroom on half of an
acre, with a second floor master
with ocean views sold in one day at
$1.6m, just below its asking price of
Located very near MUS on San
Ysidro Road, a 2800-sq-ft Spanish
style mid ‘70s four-bedroom on one
acre listed 80 days ago at $1.895m sold
for $1.555m.
On Pepper Lane off Cota Lane below
East Valley between Hot Springs and
San Ysidro, a Moody Sisters 3bd/3ba
cottage on a quiet and serene less-
than-an-acre lot built in 1930 was
offered as a short sale 45 days ago and
just closed for $1.35m.
On Sierra Vista Road off Barker
Pass, walking distance to Cold Spring
School, a late ‘70s in excellent con-
dition two-story with three upstairs
bedrooms and an unobstructed, close
mountain view on 1.3 acres was listed
85 days ago at $1.525m. It closed on
the 30
for $1.1m.
After over a year on the market, a
2500-sq-ft two-level ‘60s style four-
bedroom also walking distance to
CSS in good condition on Chelham
Way off Upper Sycamore Canyon
sold for $750k. It was first offered at
On East Valley Road where Romero
Canyon enters from the North just
before Orchard, a circa 1945, 2bd/2ba
with mountain views on 0.14 acres
sold in a Trust sale in average condi-
tion in 153 days for $825k, originally
listed for $895k.
The condo market also had a very
good summer. Sales were up a sur-
prising 85% compared to last summer,
and the average sale price increased
17%. Two properties on Coast Village
Road just closed escrow. A 1,356-sq-ft
designer-dressed 2bd/2ba with ocean
views brought $747k, and a bank-
owned 1,230-sq-ft two-bedroom-plus-
den sold for $535k.
Overall sales are up and new
escrows are way up. Encouraging yes,
yet prices are not advancing, and we
have yet to see a serious rotation to
the upper end of our market. Only
eight of this summer’s 62 sales were
over $5m.
However, international buyers
(those with permanent residences out-
side the U.S.) are having no trouble
stepping up. They increased their pur-
chases of U. S. property by 24% this
year, says the National Association
of Realtors, and they like California
a lot with 12% of purchases here.
They came from 70 countries, yet four
(Canada, Mexico, China, and U.K.)
accounted for a bit over half the trans-
actions. Although, given that the aver-
age price paid was just $315k, it is
safe to assume that not many found a
property here in Montecito. •MJ
Iconic 1922
Smith home
on Ramona
Lane was the
highest price
realized at
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1128 Oriole Road 1-3pm $1,150,000 3bd/5ba Doug Van Pelt 637-3684 Prudential California Realty
1944-C Jameson Lane 1-3pm $565,000 3bd/2ba Madhu Khemani 252-0625 Prudential California Realty
1372 Oak Creek Canyon By Appt. $13,500,000 6bd/10ba Bob Lamborn 689-6800 Sotheby’s
700 Lilac Drive 1-4:30pm $4,300,000 3bd/3ba Joe Stubbins 729-0778 Prudential California Realty
730 Arcady Road 1-4pm $3,850,000 4bd/5ba Lisa Loiacono 452-2799 Sotheby’s
2117 Forge Road By Appt. $3,750,000 3bd/3.5ba Bob Lamborn 689-6800 Sotheby’s
2957 East Valley Road 2-4pm $3,475,000 4bd/4ba Sandy Stahl 689-1602 Sotheby's
2030 Creekside Road 1-4pm $2,995,000 4bd/5.5ba John Comin 689-3078 Prudential California Realty
2516 Sycamore Canyon 2-5pm $2,149,000 4bd Ryan Strehlow 705-8877 Coldwell
455 Nicholas Lane 2-4pm $1,995,000 4bd/2.5ba Barbara Gallagher 689-5785 Prudential California Realty
2240 Sycamore Canyon Rd 1-4pm $1,750,000 4bd Yanet Solis 617-8531 Coldwell
2150 E Valley Road 2-5pm $1,700,000 4bd/3ba Jason Streatfeild 280-9797 Prudential California Realty
733 El Rancho Road 2-4pm $1,685,000 3bd Joan Wagner 895-4555 Coldwell
733 El Rancho Road 2-4pm $1,685,000 3bd Joan Wagner 895-4555 Coldwell
727 Alston Road 2-4pm $1,475,000 3bd/3ba Robert Johnson 705-1606 Prudential California Realty
83 Seaview Drive By Appt. $1,395,000 2bd/2ba Joyce Enright 570-1360 Prudential California Realty
1511B E Valley Road 1-4pm $1,270,000 2bd/2ba Brook Ashley 689-0480 Prudential California Realty
85 Depot Road 1-4pm $1,100,000 3bd S Clyne/L Clyne 450-0852 Coldwell
654 Circle Drive 2-4pm $875,000 4bd/2ba Isaac Garrett 729-1143 Prudential California Realty
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 46 • The Voice of the Village •
( 805) 886- 3372
LIC # 819867
WANTED! Just retired. Would like to buy a
classic car, sports car, hotrod or motorcycle.
Bob Fox 805 845-2113
Wanted To Buy older Hi Grade Older Men’s
Wrist watches Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Omega,
Breitling, Universal Geneve,
IWC, Old Longines, etc. Thomas Schmidt 563
Expand Your Pleasure. You’ve
worked hard, cared for
Your turn now. Stimulate
body, mind & spirit with
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Health/Life Coaching helping you come to
grips with your diabetes and weight issues.
Please call Joseph Rosenberg, MA. For a free
consultation. 805 450-5861.
CRITTER SITTERS of Santa Barbara
Professional pet sitting/house sitting, Over
25yrs exp. Scheduled drop-in visits, dog
walking. Pedicures, tons of special needs
experience & geriatric care. Estate experience,
celebrity confidentiality. Many excellent refs.
or 805 968-1746.
Mobile Dog Grooming For You!. Convenient
for condos, apts, etc. Top refs. Serving
Montecito, SB area for 26 yrs. Currently 30%
first time discount. Call Before & After Dog
Grooming. 570-0745.
grass pasture turn-outs, sand arenas, trails,
eurosizer. Hunt seat/equitation/dressage
training & lessons. Lay-up rehab, retirement
PIANO LESSONS Kary and Sheila Kramer
are long standing members of the Music
Give your home a tune-up! Let me help
you simplify and reorder any space that needs
attention. Together we’ll create practical,
personalized solutions for your office, home
or storage unit. Reasonable rates; references
available. Call David toll free at 855-771-4858
or write
“A passion for organizing.”
HAIR STYLIST: Full time station available at
Amara Spa by the Sea. Rental only.
Contact Cindy at (805) 377-7083.
Property-Care Needs? Do you need a
caretaker or property manager? Expert Land
Steward is avail now. View résumé at:
Non-medical care/personal
assistant. Compassionate, Drs
appt, lite cleaning, meals, etc.
Local woman, English speaking.
Local agencies exp. Call
Sharlene (805) 252-3973
Experienced Personal Assistant/ Companion
Long time resident seeking a live-out position,
4 to 6 hrs, morning/early afternoon. Health
care management, driving, shopping &
bookkeeping. Excellent references. 682-6905
or cell 570-0235.
Andres Residential & Commercial
Cleaning Service. Guaranteed best job
& lowest price in town. Call 235-1555
WINDOW CLEANING- We clean windows,
screens & sills. 25yrs experience. Residential/
Commercial. Please call for a free estimate.
805 450-5861
or email
will handle your estate moving sale for you;
efficient, experienced, knowledgeable. Call for
details—Elizabeth Langtree 733-1030
Antiques & Fine Arts
Appraisals, Estate & Moving Sales, Buy or
Consignment, 30 Years Local experience,
References. Thomas Schmidt 563-1267.
Downsizing, Moving & Estate Sales
Professional, efficient, cost-effective services
for the sale of your personal property
Licensed. Visit our website:
Santa Barbara’s only weekly REAL ESTATE
WEBINAR. See how national/local trends
affect S.B./Montecito property. Review all
local foreclosed homes. Weekly Tuesday noon
for 30 minutes. You need internet access
and a computer to attend this free program.
Sign up at Call
Scott Williams 805 563-4031 for more info.
Prudential California Realty DRE #628741
Kevin Young, Licensed Real Estate Assistant
Berni Bernstein, Licensed Real Estate Agent
Coastal Properties, 1086 Coast Village
Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 Broker
#01208634. 805-637-2048 cell Kevin,
805-705-4867 cell Berni, 805-564-3400
messages/fax, www.sbre.
#1 CHP Realtor
Nancy Langhorne Hussey
Coldwell Banker / Montecito
Professional Image & Design Consultant
seeking house sitting opportunity till the end of
the year or mid-Jan. Responsible & respectful
woman you can rely on to care for your valued
property & pets. Can trade services for longer-
term rental. 805.448.7706
Looking for a new place to call home. Mature,
professional woman W/top refs seeks
1bd/large studio. Offers professional dog
grooming/sitting/driving/property care for rent
exchange. SB biz owner for 26yrs. Friendly,
N/S, health conscious, clean. Perfect for
commuters/travelers. Call 570-0745.
Needed immediately Room in your house w/
kit. privileges. Will pay $350/mo. Call Connie
CARMEL BY THE SEA vacation getaway.
Charming, private studio. Beautiful garden
patio. Walk to beach and town. $110/night.
Kiva House on Beach Club Rd, steps from
Padaro Lane beach. Walls of glass with ocean
views. A relaxed comfortable beach house. 2
Bed, 2 Bath. Furnished. $4000./mo
Call 570-1360 Joyce
*Spanish Revival*
Older Spanish Revival, 3 bd/3 ba, 2 yr lease,
$6250 per month - ask about our good tenant
rent reduction! No smoking, will consider pets.
Villa Vista Bella luxury 3-acre Montecito estate
for lease. Ocean view, pool, spa, 8,000sqft. $13,950/mo. /call
Karen 213-400-8511.
Montecito Guesthouse 600sqft with living
room, kitchen bath. Spiral staircase to large
bedroom loft. $1800/mo. includes all utilities.
805 969 5661.
VILLA FONTANA Large, third floor 1-bdrm
apt with huge patios and mountain view.
Serene pool and gardens, parking garage
with elevator access.
1150 Coast Village Road, 805-969-0510

2525 State 2BR 2Bth $625,000
You search for real estate:
Kevin and Berni, Coastal Prop.
(You can place a classified ad by filling in the coupon at the bottom of this section and mailing it to us: Montecito Journal, 1206 Coast Village Circle, Suite D, Montecito, CA 93108. You can also FAX your ad to us at: (805) 969-6654.
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Teachers’ Assoc. of Calif. Studios conveniently
located at the Music Academy of the West.
Now accepting enthusiastic children and/or
adults. Call us at 684-4626.
Experienced math teacher (current CA math
credential) available for private tutoring –
individual or small groups. All levels up to
calculus. or (805)
220 6746
Learn the language with a native. Exam prep,
conversation, translation, trip planning etc...
Contact Bénédicte Wolfe 455 9786 or
Professional: Server/Bartender for hire
25+years Exp. @private homes
Honest & Discreet, Ref: avail
Peter 310 625-6439 SB area
Legal/Medical Office Person available to
assist you with home/office duties. Flexilble
hours. Professional and confidential. Local SB
503/464-6379 cell
Personal Assistant/Private chauffeur &
professional limo driver. Local service, out
of town and out of state. Owner/operator. Call
805 450-3949
Cook Caregiver Gal Friday
Let me simplify your life! reliable, cheerful,
cook, caregiver, personal assistant with a :can
do attitude”. 15 years exp. with ex. refs.
Charlotte @ 805-896-0701
For elderly person who needs in home care.
I will assist making Dr. appts, transportation,
maintaining household. Prepare meals, grocery
shopping & other duties as needed. Years of
experience in area. R
efs. Dorothy 805 280-1235.
In-Home Senior Services:
Ask Patti Teel to meet with
you or your loved ones to
discuss dependable and
affordable in-home care.
Individualized service is
tailored to meet each client’s
needs. Our caregivers
can provide transportation,
housekeeping, personal assistance and much
more. Senior Helpers: 966-7100
Sell Your Valuables Anonymously.
Experienced eBay and Craig’s List seller in
your area will sell your items for you for a fee.
Your personal trading assistant will do all the
work. Photo-graphing, description, pricing,
listing, answering customer service inquiries,
collecting payment and shipping. For private
consultation call 805-969-6017 or email:
Transformational Tarot. Gain clarity through
tarot not as a fortune-telling parlor trick but as
a tool for personal insight.
Simone 805 452 8240.
$40/hr. $25/30 min.
15 – 22 September 2011 MONTECITO JOURNAL 47
Charm! Charm! Charm! This pied a terre looks
likea French country cottage! 2 bdrm,1 bath, 2
patios, mtn views, great location!
Pat Saraca Distinctive
Real Estate 805-886-7426
Beautiful suites 1,210-1,610 sf.
Executive offices from $1,000/mo.
Great visibility and parking.
Call Michael Martz 898-4363
Hayes Commercial Group
•Slurry Seal• Crack Repair• Patching• Water
Problems• Striping• Resurfacing• Speed
Bumps• Pot Holes • Burms & Curbs •
Trenches. Call Roger at (805) 708-3485
Ken Frye Artisan in Wood
The Finest Quality Hand Made Custom
Furniture, Cabinetry & Architectural Woodwork
Expert Finishes & Restoration Impeccable
Attention to Detail
Montecito References.
Estate British Gardener Horticulturist
Comprehensive knowledge of Californian,
Mediterranean, & traditional English plants.
All gardening duties personally undertaken
including water gardens & koi keeping.
Nicholas 805-963-7896
High-end quality detail garden care &
Call Rose 805 272 5139
Landscape Maintenance:
over 30 yrs experience.
Call Jim (805) 689-0461
Licensed specialist in maintenance,
weedwacking & avoiding fire hazards. No
job too big or small if your house looks like a
jungle. Call if you want a beautiful landscape.
FREE mulch included. All while you save $!
Local over 20yrs exp. Jose Jimenez
805 636-8732.
Antiques & Fine Arts
Appraisals, Estate & Moving Sales, Buy or
Consignment, 30 Years Local experience,
Thomas Schmidt
Asian woman Single’s Club would like to
invite you. All ages, nice gentlemen with good
character and cheerful personality.
Please call 805 469-7204
Live Animal Trapping
“Best Termite & Pest Control”
Free Phone Quotes
(805) 687-6644
Kevin O’Connor, President
Termite Inspection 24hr turn around upon request.
Tree, Plant
& Lawn
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Jewelry Restoration
Buyers of Fine Jewelry, Gold and Silver
Confidential Meeting at Your
Office , Bank or Home
BILL VAUGHAN - Cell/Txt: 805.455.1609

Principal & Broker DRE LIC # 00660866
First Time Ever On The Market, 3 Bed 3.5 bath Rancho Style
Estate With Beautiful Pool, Situated On Approx 1 Acre Of
Montecito’s Coveted Golden Quadrangle
Chappell Construction
Contr. Lic. No 365076
Over 30 years in Business
3905 State St., Suite 7-209
Santa Barbara, CA 93015
(805) 698-0292
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T i n t e r n a t i o n a l
Fabrication • Installation • Restoration
Granite • Marble • Limestone
183 North Garden Street
Ventura, California 93001
805.648.5241 • fax 805.653.1686 •
Lic. 810987
Attorney Mark A. Meshot
For All Your Legal Needs

116 Middle Road
Montecito, California 93108
Telephone (805) 969-2701
Gopher Busters
Complete Pest Control Services
Improving Man’s Environment For Better Living
Russell Rosenberger
Horticulturist / Insect & Rodent Specialist
State Licensed & Insured
2979 Sea View, Ventura, CA 93001
Tel: (805) 684-6463, Cell (805) 448-7864

Tatiana's Pilates
Look & Feel Great
Tel: 805.284.2840
BASI-certified Pilates instructor
Fully equipped Pilates studio downtown Carp
5320 Carpinteria Ave. Suite F. Carpinteria,Ca 93013
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