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One Thousand Steps Beach

Series on Santa Barbara County beaches by John McKinney the TrailMaster.

A 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.
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A Final View of John Hager

In an effort to provide information about the candidates, the Santa Barbara View asked those running for political office, what are the major issues of concern in your race… and what is your favorite view of Santa Barbara.

I am running for election to Congress for the 23rd district as an independent. In response to your candidate inquiries, here are my answers. Most important issues:

1. Problem: Lack of jobs. Uncertainty is the biggest concern.  Businesses aren’t hiring because they are uncertain about taxes and the real costs of the health care legislation.  We are all worried about the economy, and banks aren’t ready to lend the money that they have because they also face uncertainty.  Many people have lost confidence in Congress. Action: We need to restore confidence at every level by changing Congress, providing investment and hiring incentives to small businesses, and fixing the health care legislation to address cost and access issues.

Favorite view: Many—the grassy area outside the library at City College, Campus Point at UCSB, and finally, the dolphin statue at the foot of State Street, where you can see the blue Pacific, Stearns Wharf, the harbor, Chase Palm Park, the business hub of State Street, our beautiful mountains, and people.

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Fresh From the Farm: Jalama Road Family Farm Stand

By Kerry Allen, Weekend Hippie

Tucked among the windswept rolling hills of San Julian Valley, just past grazing cattle and the clapboard remnants of the Jalama Road schoolhouse sits Jalama Road Family Farm Stand, Santa Barbara’s newest farm stand. It’s not only a place to stock the larder with fresh veggies, baked delicacies and small batch canned goods, but it’s also your chance to meet new friends and support local farmers.

hippieJalama Road Family Farm Stand is a collaborative effort put up by the Pata family (their farming history dates to the 1600s) and the Malloy family (part of the well-known surfing Malloys) to bring together produce and artisanal goods from their ranching and farming neighbors from Jalama Road and nearby Highway 1. When I stopped by the stand was in full swing, peddling an array of seasonal produce—plump heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins perfectly shaped for carving, impressively odd squash, and a selection of just-picked herbs. Erin Pata had just added a range of the stand’s branded wild sage honey and butter beans, and Santa Rosa plum jam from Katie Rose Isaacson who lives just up the road on her family’s ranch. Katie picks, cuts and cans fruits from her family’s orchard using recipes from old ranch cookbooks.

Farm stands are your direct line to meeting the people that grow the food you eat. Plus, the produce and homemade goods available at farm stands cost less (no middle man), support Santa Barbara farmers (buy local), and taste better (fresh from the field means everything is vine ripened).  Santa Barbara farmers host farms stands throughout the county giving you plenty of opportunity to support local farmers and eat healthier. You can find more farm stands at Weekend Hippie.

Visit the Jalama Road Family Farm Stand
Open: Friday – Sunday, noon – 5pm. Check fall hours by visiting their Web site.

Meet Jose

jose hs 72Jose is a 16 pound, 2-3 year-old neutered male mystery mix, has long Italian Greyhound legs with maybe some chihuahua and beagle. Calm and well behaved little gentleman who plays nicely with the other little dogs at DAWG and then wants to settle near you for a nap.  A fast and joyful runner. He appears to have had some training, walks unusually gently on lead. He is awaiting a home at DAWG (Dog Adoption and Welfare Group), 5480 Overpass Rd, Goleta. For more information call,  805-681-0561 or visit,

EcoFacts: Urban Mining

Column by Barbara Hirsch

As one can imagine, there is much (so very, very much!) to be salvaged besides rare earth materials from the stuff of human society. Metals, minerals and rock that have already been mined, wood that has been grown, are all “industrial nutrients” which can be upcycledused again to make products of similar or higher value - if they can be recovered. (Plastic and other synthetic substances are usually far less “nutritional”, generally being downcycled if ever used again.) Tossed machines and electronic devices are one gigantic mass to be mined. Let’s take a little one. In 2008, 1.3 billion cell phones were sold.

Recently the Japanese government launched an advertising campaign that included prizes offered, to get their citizens to recycle their unused cell phones. Over a half million were collected in 100 days, enough to yield close to 50 pounds of gold, 175 pounds of silver, 2 pounds of palladium and over 5 tons (10,000 pounds!) of copper.

Toyota is beginning to recover batteries from hybrid vehicles no longer in use. The nickel will be used to make half again as many new batteries.

The Japanese and Europeans are moving quickly. German corporations Alba, MeWa and Hamos GmbH are three who handle many thousands of tons of e-waste, vehicles, appliances, cabling, etc. or make and sell the equipment to do so.

E-waste and other hazardous waste has been exported from richer to poorer countries where extracting anything of value was toxic and dangerous. An international treaty, the Basil Convention (BAN), was placed into effect in 1992 to limit these activities, although they still occur. As industry finds the economy in dealing with these materials and the ability to do it safely, this business is growing. Perhaps the repair industry could grow too?

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The Semi Big Game

The Santa Barbara High School Dons football team (2-6, 1-1) aims for the City Championship tonight as they travel to Dos Pueblos. Meanwhile, the Chargers (4-3, 1-0) have their sights on a larger prize, a Channel League championship. Dos Pueblos will need to run the table against Santa Barbara, San Marcos and Ventura to claim both the City and Channel League championships. If the Dons win on the road, Santa Barbara will hoist the City Championship. The semi-big game takes place in Goleta tonight at Scott O’Leary Stadium, 7 p.m.

UPDATE: The Dos Pueblos Chargers won 27-7 and play @ San Marcos next week.

Santa Barbara Cemetery Walking Tour Passes Through Our Humanity (Part II)

Story and photos by David Petry

One pivotal moment in our country’s history that coincided with a sea change in the way we understood ourselves, and were buried, was the end of the Civil War. As the war progressed, it was assumed that, as with casualties in past American wars, the dead would be disinterred from the makeshift graves on the battlefields, and shipped in simple pine boxes back to their family plots.

There were over 600,000 dead.

Instead of shipping them back home, national cemeteries were devised, either directly on the sites of the battlefields, or close by. Thousands upon thousands of soldiers’ graves were created in these sites, each with a separate wooden marker costing $1.23 a piece.

The lifetime of a wooden marker, however, is roughly five to ten years. The War Department realized that with over 300,000 known burials, that they were in for a huge maintenance cost in the years ahead. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, “the original and replacement costs would exceed $1 million over a 20-year period.” A more permanent solution was needed.

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Trouble in Paradise

Letter to the Editor, Milpas Community Association

Recently, a neighborhood began forming with a unified voice on Milpas. We are a group of residents and businesses just trying to get our neighborhood back, and make it safe again. During our formation, we have witnessed the beating death of a man on our streets by a gang just released out of prison. His only crime was walking home from his job. A week later a woman was attacked and beaten up in her restaurant on Milpas St.

The Milpas Community Association is rocked by these events, and refuses to let them stand. We’re outraged that this is happening in our neighborhood, and it only reinforces our belief that we simply must take our neighborhood back.

But we are clearly not alone.

Citizens from all over Santa Barbara are uniting to declare that there is indeed “Trouble Here in Paradise.” Anyone who lives, works, or just visits Santa Barbara knows that the quality of life here is spiraling downward.

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Bits from a Barstool….

Pick up this week’s Independent for Cheri Rae’s powerful cover story on dyslexia.

An interested observerPaul Turnbull, former Principal at Santa Barbara High and current Superintendent at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District, has been seen at the local school board forums, leading many to speculate that Turnbull is eyeing Brian Sarvis’ job as Superintendent of the Santa Barbara School Districts.

The fleecing of Santa Barbara…. Vote No on Measure S to avoid a 9.25% sales tax.

Recommended reading… purchase Erin Graffy de Garcia’s new book at Chaucer’s for a compelling look at the history of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and waterfront.

Do websites need emotional support? Yes, according to a subscription renewal email from Edhat, “we really need your CONTINUING SUPPORT… Trust us when we say that the money is important, but the emotional support is important as well.”

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Did you know… the oldest active hotel in Santa Barbara is the Upham, which is still doing business at the same address where it started out in 1871 – four years before the Arlington Hotel was built and more than twenty five years before the Potter Hotel?

No apostrophe needed… can we please learn to spell Stearns Wharf correctly?
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