Archive | February, 2010

Mission Sanctuary in 3D

Santa Barbara Photo of the week… by renowned local photographer Bill Heller.

This is the beautiful sanctuary at the Mission Santa Barbara. There are many photos of the outside of the mission. But the beauty does not end there! The gardens and interior are amazing and well worth the small donation to take the tour.

Using your mouse you can click and drag your view in any direction. And if you really want to get the full effect, use the button at the bottom of the image for a full screen view. You can also zoom in and out using the wheel on your mouse or if you have no mouse wheel, use the shift and control keys after you click on the image.

-Bill Heller

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El Niño Watch

Santa Barbara County Real-time Rainfall Totals HERE

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Santa Barbara Poll… Red Ink

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EcoFacts

Food scraps make up about 13% of our total municipal solid waste, an amount similar to the yard waste we generate here in the U.S. (The two make up about a quarter of the total waste stream – what a lovely use of the word “stream”….) Most of it goes to landfills, where the anerobic (lacking oxygen) environment generates methane, one of the worst contributors to climate change. Also, food and yard waste must be carried by those gas guzzling garbage trucks to the landfills, many trucks, making many trips.

Close to half of all U.S. households have garbage disposals, which grind up food scraps and send them, through municipal sewage systems to wastewater treatment plants. If you have found yourself asking which is better, tossing the peelings, etc. in the garbage or using the garbage disposal in your sink, you may find your answer here. The best solution is neither, and certainly less convenient. It is composting.

Garbage disposals use power (not much) and water (est. at 700 gallons /year), and the resultant sludge must be handled by the wastewater treatment plants. Some handle it well, turning it into fertilizer or burning it for energy. Some do not handle it well. New York City banned the use of garbage disposal units from the 70′s to the 90′s for this reason. You can call your local waste or water treatment facility to get a local answer.

Composting turns those food scraps into more food for living things, lessens the landfill load, lightens the carbon footprint. San Francisco has a city wide program to collect food waste from residences and businesses (with trucks run on alternative fuels)). Boulder and a few other places are beginning city-wide composting. For the rest of us, we can learn to do it for ourselves, clearly not easy for apartment dwellers, or try to encourage our local governments to help us. – Submitted by Barbara Hirsch

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TGIF Drink of the Week

$524 ounces of recession-friendly refreshment. The Drink of the Week

a Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boy for only $5 at the Sportsman, a legendary dive bar.

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Buy Local: Independent Bookstores

Left Coast Books, 5877 Hollister Ave., Goleta; www.leftcoastbooks.us
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Lost Horizon Bookstore, 703 Anacapa Street, 962-4606;
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The Book Den, 11 East Anapamu, 962-3321; www.bookden.com

Chaucer’s Bookstore, 3321 State St., 682-6787; www.chaucersbook.com

Bennett’s Educational Materials, 5130 Hollister Avenue, 964-8998, www.bennettseducational.com

Front Page, 5737 Calle Real, Goleta, 967-0733

Isla Vista Bookstore, 6553 Pardall Road, Isla Vista, 968-3600; www.ivbooks.com

Metro Entertainment, 6 West Anapamu Street, 963-2168; www.metro-entertainment.com

Pacific Travelers Supply, 12 West Anapamu Street, 963-4438; www.pactrav.com

Paperback Alley Used Books, 5840 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, 967-1051

Paperback Exchange, 1838 Cliff Drive, Ste. A, 966-3725

Paradise Found, 17 East Anapamu Street, 564-3573; www.paradise-found.net

Ralph Sipper Books, 10 West Micheltorena Street, 962-2141; www.ralphsipperbooks.com

Randall House, 835 Laguna Street, 963-1909; www.randallhouserarebooks.com

Read N’ Post, 1046 Coast Village Road, Ste. B, 969-1148

Special Needs Project, 324 State Street, Suite H, www.specialneeds.com

Tecolote Book Shop, 1470 East Valley Road, 969-4977

Thrasher Books, 827 Santa Barbara Street, 568-1936

Unity Church Metaphysical Bookstore, 227 East Arrellaga Street, 966-2239

Vedanta Temple Bookstore, 925 Ladera Lane, 969-5697; www.vedanta.org

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Non Profits of Santa Barbara County

Nonprofit Support Center

Mission: To provide leadership, consulting and training to help nonprofits do their good work better.

The non-profit, membership-based organization assists non-profits accomplish their mission and remain fiscally sound. The Nonprofit Support Center was established in 1995 and incorporated in 1998. One goal is to support and strengthen the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations throughout the region in their efforts to serve their communities.

With offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, the organization offers a variety of workshops and roundtable discussions; NSC serves as a valuable resource for those who run and staff nonprofits, maintains a library, computer bank and databases, and offers general and specific support services for individual and agency members. Membership fees vary for agencies, based on annual budget.

Volunteer opportunities: graphic design, marketing, public relations, data entry, clerical assistance, telephone survey, internet research and library collections and management. 5638 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara; 805-681-1040; www.nscsb.org

Nonprofit Spotlight

The Santa Barbara Channels

805-571-1721; www.sbchannels.net.
A public access television series features some of Santa Barbara’s most interesting nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Spotlight producer/host Viviana Lejia-Sysak visits nonprofit organizations with the intention of allowing viewers to tour the facilities, services, and volunteers in action. All segments of the half-hour program are shot entirely on location. Each program features four to five video segments on local nonprofits; they air repeatedly on Channel 21, and are also posted to the channel’s website

High School Community Service Requirement

Since 1997, Santa Barbara area high school students have been required to complete at least 60 hours of community service in order to graduate. The idea behind the community service requirement is that a strong community needs a spirit of volunteerism; it doesn’t just happen, young people have to be educated into it. This program in effect helps encourage the entire student body to become volunteers.

High school students serve local non-profits in a variety of ways, among them serving as camp counselors, soccer coaches, tutors, and setting up for gala events. Organizations benefit greatly from the thousands of volunteer hours provided by the students. The students themselves benefit from the program, which helps build self esteem and can sometimes help them choose a career path or help them with their career goals.

Health Services

Dream Foundation

1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304; (805) 564-2131, www.dreamfoundation.org.
Mission: Making dreams come true for adults with life-threatening illness.
Founded in 1994, as the first and only national wish-granting organization for adults ages 18-65. All dream recipients have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have a life expectancy of less than a year. The goal is to insure that no adult passes without realizing one final wish from the heart; wishes have ranged from seeing a dear friend one last time to taking a long-promised family trip to meeting an idol.  Much of the organization’s efforts is dependent on donated airline mileage. It is rated four-star by Charity Navigator and Best in America by Independent Charities of America.

Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.

2050 Alameda Padre Serra; phone: (805) 563-8820; www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org
Mission: “Compassionate care, freely given.” Hospice provides high quality care for people adjusting to living with a life-threatening illness and facing death, for people anticipating the death of a loved one or for those grieving the death of a loved one. With an emphasis on emotional, social and spiritual needs, Hospice of Santa Barbara provides care for everyone regardless of the patient’s diagnosis, treatment choices or life expectancy.
Founded in 1974; it’s the second-oldest hospice in the U.S. (New Haven, CT. is first). Hospice offers consultation services, information and referrals, community education, counseling services and a variety of regularly scheduled support groups.
Volunteer opportunities range from ongoing office support to specialized patient/client care.

Equine-assisted Therapy

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

4420 Calle Real; (805) 964-1519; www.heartsadaptiveriding.org

Mission: “Where horses help people.”Equine-assisted therapy for developmentally and physically disabled children and adults, the organization was founded in 1985. Today it is accredited as a “premier center” by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, the highest designation possible, for its superior level of adherence to national industry standards. A highly rated staff serves individuals ranging from ages 3 to 93, who have disabilities that include autism, cerebral palsy, cancer, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more.

International Services

Direct Relief International

27 South La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara 93117; 805-964-4767; www.directrelief.org
Mission: To provide appropriate ongoing assistance to health institutions and projects that serve the poor and victims of natural and civil disasters without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, ethnic identity or ability to pay.

Founded in 1945 by Estonian immigrant William Zimdin, who sent relief packages back to individuals in war-torn Europe, the organization has grown into a model of efficiency, as it consistently keeps an astonishingly low overhead of just five percent—meaning that 95 percent of resources find their way to programs and activities.  Lauded by no less than the Dalai Lama for its work, Direct Relief International concentrates on distributing medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals around the world, as well as providing domestic health assistance and disaster relief in the U.S. and abroad.

Children, Youth and Family Services

AHA! Academy of Healing Arts

www.ahasb.com
Mission: To teach teenagers through a playful and community oriented curriculum: a sense of moral responsibility, visionary imagination, and the emotional skills to create the friendships, partnerships, and family relationships which would be the most mutually satisfying. The AHA program for teens is a project of The Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and is dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence, and social conscience in teenagers.

Founded by Rendy Freeman, MFT and Jennifer Freed, MFT as an intensive summer session in 2000, the organization has grown enormously to include classes offered at local schools, along with many group sessions organized to support teens undergoing significant life challenges ranging from the loss of a parent to a personal history of abuse. AHA! Was the recipient of the 2010 Best Youth Agency Award in Santa Barbara.

BEBA: Building and Enhancing Bonding and Attachment

1105 N. Ontare Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105. 805-687-2897 www.Beba.org
Mission: BEBA, A Center for Family Healing, supports families to resolve prenatal, birth and other early trauma, both physical and emotional, while facilitating the development of compassionate relationships, the healthy growth of children, and effective parenting.

BEBA was founded in 1993 as the first non-profit organization to focus on treatment, research and education in the field of birth and early trauma resolution. The organization, under the direction of Dr. Ray Castellino, focuses on its family clinic, clinical research and video archive, professional training and community outreach.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara

632 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-962-2382; www.boysgirls.org

Mission: To promote the health, social, educational and character development of local youth between the ages of 7 and 18.

Founded in 1938 with only ten boys as members, today the Boys & Girls Club serves more than 1,800 local girls, boys and their families. The doors are open to all children in the community, including “at risk” youth. The Club’s renovated facility includes a library, art room, computer lab, basketball/volleyball court, games room, dance studio, weight room, kitchen, lounge and recreation field.

CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County

118 Figueroa St., Santa Barbara 93101, 805-845-8364; www.sbcasa.org

Mission: To assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.

Volunteer advocates undergo a thorough training program to work within the court system to assist children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment with a goal of finding safe, permanent and nurturing homes as soon as possible. They take on the awesome responsibility of acting as the voice of the child in court hearings.  The 40-hour volunteer training is held twice a year in Santa Barbara, and twice a year in Santa Maria

Environment

Community Environmental Council

26 West Anapamu Street, 2nd Floor, Santa Barbara; 805-963-0583; www.communityenvironmentalcouncil.org

Mission: The CEC is a well-established environmental nonprofit focused exclusively on energy efficiency and renewables, alternative transportation, and climate change. We work from grassroots to policy levels to help community members reduce their carbon footprint and to end our region’s dependency on fossil fuels to become “Fossil Free by 33.” CEC, one of the largest nonprofit environmental organizations in the county, was formed in 1970, in response to the devastating offshore oil spill. The CEC operates10 programs and six centers, including Art From Scrap, the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach; two recycling centers, Gildea Resource Center, and the hazardous waste collection center.

Santa Barbara Audubon Society

5679 Hollister Ave., Suite 5b, Goleta; 805-964-1468; www.rain.org/~audubon/

Mission: Educates members of our community about birds and their habitats, advocates responsible legislation and public policies which help preserve our natural resources, and administers science-based projects using birds as indicators of environmental health.
By focusing on birds and other wildlife, Santa Barbara Audubon works to conserve and restore ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and biological diversity.

The Santa Barbara Chapter is a very active one and participates in many habitat restoration projects as well as habitat monitoring for such species as the snowy plover. Docents conduct programs at a number of environmental gems including the Sedgwick Preserve and Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Another excellent local program is “Eyes in the Sky,” a wildlife rehabilitation project that rescues orphaned, oil-injured and displaced wild birds. Bird-lovers are encouraged to volunteer for bird counts (the Christmas Bird Count has gained the group nationwide recognition for the high number of species counted).

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara; 805-682-4726; www.sbbg.org

Mission: Through an emphasis on plants native to California, we advance knowledge and understanding of plant life and provide a rewarding experience to our visitors.

Founded in 1926 on just 13 acres, today the Garden encompasses 65 acres of green space. Miles of hiking trails allow visitors to explore diverse plant communities. This educational and scientific institution fosters stewardship of the natural world though inspired learning, rigorous scholarship and premier displays. More than 10,000 children and 500 teachers benefit yearly from the Garden’s educational programs.

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara 93103; 805-962-6310; www.santabarbarazoo.org
Mission: Dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures though education, research and recreation.
Since its opening in 1963, the zoo is truly as wild as Santa Barbara gets, with its population of more than 160 species of creatures, including its elephants, primates, giraffes and reptiles. The zoo is always upgrading habitats and creating new exhibits, including the condors living in Condor County, the Goeldi’s Monkeys and Titi Monkeys living in the South American area, and the crowd-pleasing Humboldt penguins living in the Penguin House that allows above-ground and underwater viewpoints. A highly professional staff and volunteer educators share their knowledge and love of animals and the natural world with others. Docents provide guided tours, animal presentations and staff hands-on discovery stations.

San Marcos Foothills Coalition

PO Box 3887, Santa Barbara, CA 93130, 805-964-9444; www.sanmarcosfoothills.org

Mission: The group aims to preserve from development some 200 acres of easily accessible and truly magnificent open space in the San Marcos Hills, located just northeast of the intersection of Foothill Road and Highway 154.

The site boasts spectacular 360-degree views of Santa Barbara, Goleta, the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands and the Santa Ynez Mountains. One of the most ecologically valuable sites on the South Coast, the foothills host several freshwater seeps, abundant native grasslands, coastal sage, oak woodlands and savanna, and four oak and willow riparian areas. The foothills are habitat for an abundance of wildlife and a variety of rare species.
Miles of hiking trails weave through the wildland. The hills are easily accessible to local schools and offers a rich environment for learning about foothill ecosystems and wildlife.

The Arts

Santa Barbara Dance Alliance

1330 State Street, Santa Barbara; (805) 966-6950; www.sbdancealliance.org

Mission: To promote and to increase the awareness and quality of dance and other performing arts in Santa Barbara and to bring the dance/arts community and its resources together.

Founded in 1979, the organization sponsors several annual performances, including the Multi-cultural Dance and Music Festival, BASSH (a celebration of Ballroom, Argentine, Tango, Swing, Salsa and Hip-Hop) and On the Verge, a Teen Choreographers’ Showcase for pre-professional teens creating and presenting under mentor guidance. SBDA maintains an online Directory for SB instructors, schools, and companies. Its Youth Scholarship Fund provides underserved youth with dance and art related classes, as well as tickets to dance events. Enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome to assist with productions in a variety of ways.

Social Issues and Services

Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara

www.interfaithinitiativesbc.org

Mission: To build a network of faith-based organizations to share voices and hands to alleviate and solve social problems. Founded in 1999, the network works for a peaceful and connected community in which community members’ housing, education and health needs are met, with fair and equitable access to economic and social well-being, and no one is homeless, hungry, hated or excluded.
The Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County is an interfaith organization dedicated to enhanced understanding, acceptance, and action to improve the quality of life of all people in our community; it currently includes approximately 35 faith-based and other community organizations and agencies.

Family Service Agency

123 West Gutierrez, Santa Barbara 93101; 805-965-1001www.fsacares.org
Mission: To strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages thereby creating a strong community. Established in 1899, it’s Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian organization.  Housed in the historic Victorian that once housed the old Talk of the Town restaurant—they own it outright—FSA’s programs are concentrated in three areas: families and children, senior programs, resources and referrals. The organization runs the County 211 24-hour referral, crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, as well as many community programs; it also sponsors the annual Children’s Festival in May. .

Education

Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center

928 Carpinteria Street, Suite 2; Santa Barbara; 963-7339; www.dyslexiacenter.org
Mission: To educate, advocate, provide resources for the public and raise the awareness of the community about dyslexia, attention disorders and other learning differences.
Founded in 1990 by program director Joan Esposito and her husband, executive director Leslie Esposito. The Center opened its permanent Santa Barbara office in July 1991. With its extensive library and information about little-understood learning disabilities that affect a significant proportion of the population, the Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center provides much-needed assistance for students, parents, educators and administrators. They sponsor an annual Vision and the Task Conference, with speakers and recognition of individuals who are working in the community to increase our knowledge of dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society

316 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, 805-964-5523; www.sbgen.org

Mission: “Researching the World” to promote study and research in genealogy by providing assistance and educational opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing their family history.

Organized in 1972 by a group of genealogists who lived in Santa Barbara, the society continues to aid in the collection and preservation of genealogical records and supports the research library collection of more than 10,000 books, periodicals and CDs. It holds meetings to provide information and continuing education on genealogical subjects.

The Outdoors

Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers

www.sbmtv.org
Mission: A volunteer group of trail users dedicated to the maintenance of our local trails through cooperative educational programs and the organization of trail maintenance events.
The organization works with the Forest Service and other groups address the issue of increased recreational use of local trails. Members seek to create awareness of trail issues, educate all trail users about trail etiquette and maintain the trails they use. Their motto is “To maintain, protect and enjoy.” As part of the Trailhead Education Program, each weekend members patrol trails, pass out bells to cyclists, and talk with trail users about trail-use issues.

Wilderness Youth Project

5386 Hollister, #D, Goleta; 964-8096; www.wyp.org
Mission: To foster confidence, health, and a life-long love of learning for young people and families through active outdoor experiences and mentoring. With a vision of teaching the next generation of to be peaceful, respectful and confident stewards of the world. The organization maintains four core values: inclusiveness, nature mentoring, community, and peacemaking. Wilderness Youth Project schedules classes and camps in the summer and throughout the school year.

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A Secular View

Column by Roger Schlueter

Meet the Flintstones
A couple of years ago Lewis Black joked that large numbers of Americans think “The Flintstones” is a documentary.  Har-har.  But it turns out the joke is on him.

A recent survey conducted in Texas asked respondents to assess the statement “Humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time.” Incredibly, 30% said yes and another 30% didn’t know.  Yikes!  Equally as troublesome was the fact that 51% disagreed with this statement: “Humans developed from earlier species.”  In other words, they rejected evolution.  Yikes again!

Ordinarily, this could simply be tossed off as fodder for late night monologues.  But there is real potential for such backwards thinking to affect us here in California and even locally.  Every 10 years members of the Texas State Board of Education determine which textbooks will be used to teach to their established knowledge standards.  The fact that Texas has such a huge budget for textbook purchases means that textbook publishers tend to adopt, or at least be influenced by, these standards.  Thus, the Texan Flintstone mentality gets propagated nationwide.

Fortunately there are two mitigating factors at work.  First, California generally does not hew to Texas standards so it is difficult to assess how much these attitudes seep into newer textbooks.  Second, one result of the California budget crises there is precious little money available for new textbooks so new versions containing contaminated material are less likely to show up in our schools.

Who would have thought that California’s budget mess would have a silver lining?

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Beaches of Santa Barbara County

From Carpinteria west, the Santa Barbara County shoreline extends to Point Conception, one sandy and mellow beach after another. The coastline’s southern exposure results in clearer water, smoother sand and warmer sun than other California communities. Or so the locals like to boast, anyway.

Awaiting the walker are miles of pleasant sand beach with the ocean and islands on one side and the mountains on the other. The beach is lined by a narrow coastal terrace that seems to protect it from residences, traffic, the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Enhanced by the Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara’s beaches have long been world renowned for their beauty and a as a place to play.

Here’s a closer look at Santa Barbara County beaches by the TrailMaster.

Rincon Beach County Park:
surfers code rinconBoth a wooden stairway and a ramp lead from the steep bluffs to the sandy beach. The park provides access to Rincon Point, one of the best places to surf on the entire California Coast. East of the point, surfers catch the swells refracted around the point and ride them near-parallel to the shore. Some of Southern California’s best waves break here in a foamy maelstrom, a true challenge for skilled kayakers and surfers. Check out the tide pools at the point and the sandy beach.
The Surfers Code: Keeping surfers civil (left).

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve:
Carpinteria Bluffs Nature PreserveThe Carp Bluffs, one of the last stretches of undeveloped coastline between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, were preserved after an epic late twentieth century conservation battle. The bluffs offer some great walking paths that lead across to an observation point overlooking the Harbor Seal Preserve, then over to Carpinteria.

Carpinteria State Beach: “The World’s Safest Beach”
carpbeachThis is one of the state park system’s more popular beachfront campgrounds. A broad beach, gentle waves, fishing and proximity (walking distance) to downtown Carp are among the reasons for this popularity. The state beach adjoins Carpinteria City Beach, which extends down-coast along a line of homes. Carpinteria residents boast they have “The World’s Safest Beach” because, although the surf can be large, it breaks far out, and there’s no undertow.

Summerland Beach Lookout Park:
Summerland 1st oil well View 001This park, perched on the bluffs, offers all of the amenities from playground to picnic area and even a historical plaque commemorating the first offshore oil well drilled in the Western Hemisphere in 1896 in the waters off Summerland Beach. Reach the beach shore via a long ramp and enjoy long walks on beach in either direction; you’ll need to walk at low tide to get around the rocky points that bracket this lovely beach.

Santa Claus Beach

This beach is still known by locals as Santa Claus, though the kitschy enormous Santa who once stood on the rooftop of a nearby business was removed some years ago and Santa Claus Village re-named Padaro Village. It’s a popular shore for surf camps because of the relatively dependable waves found here.

One Thousand Steps Beach
One Thousand StepsA long stairwell, but nowhere near a thousand steps, leads from Santa Barbara’s Mesa neighborhood to the beach located just up-coast from Shoreline Park. The venerable steps, built in 1923 and overhauled in the 1990s, lead to a narrow sand and cobble beach, best enjoyed at low tide when some intriguing tide pools are revealed.

Mesa Lane Stairway Beach
Mesa Lane StairsThe only coastal access point between One Thousand Steps and Arroyo Burro County Park leads down steep bluffs to a beach popular with surfers and other locals in the know. Since this is the only access for a mile in each direction, Mesa Lane is particularly valuable for the beach-goer looking for something a little different. This is best enjoyed at low tide.

Jalama Beach
Surfers, wind surfers and surf fisherman have claimed this remote, windswept beach. Jalama wins the prize for the Southern California beach located the farthest from Highway 1. When it’s not windy, particularly in the morning, the surfing is good. The beach is known to be notoriously tar-covered, but that does not dissuade regulars who frequent the popular campground. Try the famed Jalama Burger at the camp store/snack bar.

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101 Things To Do in Santa Barbara

Visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Situated on 85 acres in the stunning Santa Ynez foothills, this living museum features walking trails, historic landmarks, and exquisite exhibits of California’s native plants. From coastal Redwoods to chaparral, the garden is fully landscaped with a variety of floral exhibits and seasonal highlights. The Mission Damn and Aqueduct, which was built in 1807 by Native Americans under the authority of the Franciscan Padres, has been deemed both a state and county historic landmark.
CLICK HERE to read feature and for more information about the Botanic Garden.

Attend an Equestrian Polo Match
Every Sunday afternoon from April through October world class equestrian polo is played at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria – the the third-oldest club in the United States. Practices and tournament games and played throughout the week, but it’s the Sunday afternoon Finals which are a best bet. Tournament Finals are played at 1pm and 3 pm on Sundays, with a nominal $10 admission fee. CLICK HERE to read feature and for more information about polo in Santa Barbara.

View the Wildflowers on Figueroa Mountain
Spring time in Santa Barbara means wild flowers. And a favorite destination for locals to view the wildflowers is Figueroa Mountain. The drive through Santa Barbara wine country and up through the breath-taking foothills leads visitors to a sea of California poppies and Lupine flowers. Figueroa Mountain is a perfect place to picnic, hike, photograph and explore. CLICK HERE for information and pictures.

The countdown continues next week…

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Bird’s Bits from a Barstool…

The Santa Barbara Hashersa drinking group with a running problem.

Seen in Santa Barbara... a $402 dry cleaning order at Norvell Bass Cleaners.

Getting results… one day after a post about the mogul-like conditions on a stretch of Highway 101, Caltrans officials announce a $7 million upgrade for the area.

The Fleecing of Santa Barbara… Karl Rove charging the College Republicans at UC Santa Barbara $25,000 for his speaking engagement tonight.

Zoos and theme parks are no fun for animals… “stop confining oceangoing mammals to the area that to them is like the size of a bathtub,” wrote PETA after a whale attack at Sea World. Locally, Suzi and Little Mac, the Asian elephants at the SB Zoo, are held in a 13,000- square-foot exhibitless than a third of an acre.

A good time to get that rain barrel…  this Saturday in Santa Maria, the County will be selling rain barrels, normally priced at $120,  for $50 each – tax included.

Protest the elimination of the GATE Program… comments regarding the preposterous proposal to dummy down our local schools will be accepted through Friday. You can send an email to Robin Sawaske, Associate Superintendent.

Women will do anything to find the Palm… including writing to the View. “I’m so sorry, but this was the only ‘contact’ thing I could find.  I am tring to find John Palmenteri.  We went to Buena Park high school together, and now I live in santa maria, and would love to contact him.  Can someone give him my email or number.  thank you so much.”  John, write the editor of you’d like to reconnect with DeDe.

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Put a Fork in the Vital Mission Plan

Now that Ed Schneider has stepped down as president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, it’s time to put and to the Garden’s Vital Mission Plan.

stuckPaving over natural walking trails is one thing, creating a tourist trap in the Santa Barbara  foothills is another. 42 offices spaces, school rooms, tourist chambers, a snack shack, retail nursery, storefront, 20+ bathrooms, elevators and enough cement to cover 7 acres is just too much for the historic site – as evidenced by a bus that got stuck last year on the small roads leading to the Garden.

Rebuild the 9,000-square-foot Gane House to maximize preservation of plant specimens and move all non-essential botanical archives and offices offsite.

Plus, dirt trails are just fine.

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Meet Calvin

calvin webCalvin is a 4-5 yr old tall, dark and handsome family dog, 72 lbs.  Good with kids and other dogs.  He is polite, affectionate, and cooperative, knows basic commands.  Loves riding in the car, and was a total gentleman during his bath.

He is awaiting adoption at DAWG (Dog Adoption and Welfare Group), 5480 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara. CLICK HERE to see more adoptable dogs. DAWG is a no-kill dog rescue/adoption not-for-profit organization.

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After your first comment is confirmed, future comments will automatically be approved. This will help weed out spam while providing real-time moderation.

Comments can be the most informative, important, and entertaining aspects of a website. The Santa Barbara View; will always respect anonymity,  will provide a home for a variety of viewpoints, and will encourage comments from the community.

So Register today and share your voice on the new Santa Barbara View.

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Driving in SB… An Olympic Sport

mogulsDriving north on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara from Arrellaga to La Cumbre is more difficult than many Olympic sports. The hundreds of deep potholes make for a mogul-like surface that is clearly unsafe.

You can submit a maintenance service request, and hopefully Caltrans will divert some resources currently allocated to “operational improvements“.

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