10. Los Angeles 4-100,000
9. Kansas City, MO 6-100,000
8. Honolulu 6.5-100,000
7. San Francisco 7-100,000
6. Austin, TX 7.5-100,000
5. Portland, OR 12-100,000
4. Flint, MI 14-100,000
3. Richmond, VA 14.5-100,000
2. Las Vegas 16-100,000
1. Miami Beach 24-100,000
And where does Santa Barbara rank? With the local area population at just about 100,000 and nine local shops listed in the Yellow Pages, another six listed in the Tattoo Yellow Pages, and who knows how many more; you do the math. America’s Riviera—with its large population college students, beach-y artsy community—inks in somewhere between Richmond, VA and Las Vegas in per capita numbers. Call us Inka Barbara, a top spot when it comes to decorating every body with America’s most popular—and permanent—fashion accessory. – Anna Kappa
A Santa Barbara photo of the week… by local photographer Bill Heller.
Last week I had the pleasure of staying at a nice little place in Carpinteria. This is the courtyard in the middle of the Best Western Carpinteria Inn. It’s a nice place from the outside no doubt, but most of its beauty is on the inside. There are more nodes coming to this tour, but right by the fountain is my favorite spot.
Controls from left to right:
+ Zoom in;
– Zoom out;
change the way the view moves when you drag;
toggle full screen
Among the hundreds of properties for sale in Santa Barbara is the historic campus of Fielding Graduate Institute University – 2112 Santa Barbara Street. The listing price is $4,200,000. A note on their website says they are looking for a larger location and that, “we will miss this beautiful, historic space.”
Update: Letter to the Editor – “Thank you running the article about Fielding selling our buildings on Santa Barbara and De La Vina so that we can house our 100+ local employees under one accommodating roof. We will definitely keep our administrative headquarters in the greater Santa Barbara area.
Fielding has had two name changes since being founded in Santa Barbara 35 years ago, and I appreciate that not everyone has incorporated the most recent. Let me take this opportunity to point out that our full name is Fielding Graduate University.” – Sylvia Williams, Director of Communications & Community Relations
The building was designed by noted architect, Winsor Soule, in 1921 for Caroline and Walter Hodges of the Santa Fe Railway, in the Spanish Classical Revival style.
Both 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 extending up-coast. – Santa Barbara County beaches by the TrailMaster.
GPS Coordinates: N 34 22 553
W 119 28 762
Facilities: Picnic facilities, including picnic areas available by reservation, restrooms, outdoor shower, cool wooden tilted beach chairs, lots of parking.
Directions: From Highway 101, about 12 miles up-coast from Ventura and 12 miles down-coast from Santa Barbara, exit on Bates Road. Head briefly toward the beach; down-coast to the left there is a public parking lot N 34 22 522 W 119 28 514 in Ventura County, with a restroom and a footpath to the beach. To the right, up-coast is Rincon Beach County Park.
Ever since planners closed the 101 southbound freeway on-ramp at Hot Springs Road – under the guise of “operational improvements” – one lane of Coast Village Road has become a parking lot. Commuters are now forced to use Coast Village Road in order to access the next available on-ramp, creating quite a mess.
Profile by Anna Kappa: Simon Taylor, Left Coast Books, 5877 Hollister Ave., Goleta; www.leftcoastbooks.us
Rising triumphantly in the space where a fire drove Yoli’s Mexican Restaurant out of business, Left Coast Books promises to be something special in the community of independent booksellers. And owner Simon Taylor has a lot to say about books, community and independence—not necessarily in that order.
The one-time museum curator (pictured left) with a passion for books found himself out of options when his severance ran out, and he happened upon his new career. “All I had was my collection of 7,000 books,” he noted, “and while I can be sentimental about books, I realized what goes around comes around.” Taylor began selling his personal collection on the Internet—and made a fairly good living at it. “I like being independent, especially not having to work for some asshole who doesn’t know what’s going on.”
The recent recall of over 500 million (!) eggs by Iowa egg producers begs an examination of the egg industry, clearly, but also our choices as consumers. Most of the U.S.’s 300 million people eat eggs. In fact, there is about one laying hen per person in the U.S., each producing a couple of hundred eggs per year, about their laying life. No question (to those who eat them) they taste good, are a good source of protein, they’re cheap, they’re extremely versatile. With so many eggs needed, the business of producing them has become more and more efficient, which is not so good for the chicken, as with other “livestock”.
I will not pursue the gruesome issues here, but a few facts about the industry might be helpful when shopping for eggs. Millions of new laying hens are being born every year. The male chicks (half of those born) are useless in this business, and so are killed and disposed of. Most laying hens live in tight quarters, in cages surrounded by conveyor belts. Their waste is automatically carried away, as are their eggs. In recent years the term “cage free” has become increasingly common in grocery store egg racks. This means that they live indoors their entire brief lives free to walk around with hundreds or thousands of other chickens. The conditions are not sanitary (they may even be more so in the cages). “Free range” means that they must have access to outdoors, so that they can roam and peck, as chickens are wont to do. Now, you may find “pastured” eggs. The implication is that these birds eat what they normally would – insects and worms – in their lives outdoors. It is a proven truth, that eggs are healthier for us, when they come from healthier birds who have better lives.
Regulations are appearing around the U.S. and in many other countries towards a healthier business, but large scale production probably can not ever be humane, as it requires such economy of means. Buying locally farmed and pastured eggs is the best choice, if you are lucky enough to have it. Continue reading…