Archive | November, 2010

Parking Spaces Disappear

While the Santa Barbara City Council discusses raising parking citation fees, parking spots continue to disappear throughout the downtown region. Store-front parking along this stretch of Anapamu was recently replaced with a bike lane.

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Raising Parking Citation Fees

Today, the Santa Barbara City Council will likely raise parking  citation fees, blaming the increase on the recently adopted State budget. According to the agenda…

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45 People Want To Be On City Council!

Today is the deadline to apply for a seat on the Santa Barbara City Council, a seat vacated by Assembly-elect Das Williams. Interested candidates have until 5:30 pm. The six remaining members of the City Council will interview candidates on December 7th, and will likely make an appointment on December 14th.

According to KEYT, here are the 45 people who have reportedly filed

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Stearns Wharf

No apostrophe needed… even merchants on Stearns Wharf fail to spell  it correctly.

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Cutting Corners

Adding a whole new element to the local landscape… where the sidewalk meets the curb. Not sure exactly what to call it, but this new installation—at the corner of Alphonse and Alisos on the city’s eastside—has some residents talking, and writing.

According to Mark Howard in the city’s Risk Management office, “A neighbor has become vocal with displeasure about the ramps and erected a sign.” And at least four drivers have contacted the office about damage to their vehicles striking this curb, and “filed claim wanting repayment.” The city is currently investigating any liability, but as Howard cautions, “conditions require us to drive slower in a residential neighborhood.”
Tire shredderTire Shredder sign alisos and alphonse

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Stearns Wharf – No Fishing

Santa Babara photo of the week by Bill Heller

Normally I would say it’s a wonderful time of year for amazing skies. But this was a particularly beautiful year all the way. Whether it’s global warming, la niña or some other weather phenomenon, it has been an odd yet gorgeous year for weather.

Although this is a bit older shot, we did have a wonderful and very similar band of clouds move through yesterday. In the early afternoon there was an almost straight line as a front moved across the city. On one side we had the morning’s overcast skies. On the other, clear blue. It makes me sit and wonder what I’m missing when I can’t be outside with my camera.

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-Bill Heller

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Goleta Beach County Park

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

This popular sandy beach, located just down-coast from the UCSB campus, has a lot to offer for a day at the shore: a grassy picnic area, a pier, good waves and good vibes. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. The beach is located at the mouth of the Goleta Slough, which can be crossed at times of low tide to reach more beach down-coast. Slough-side platforms offer bird-watching opportunities.

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Facilities: Restaurant/snack bar, fishing pier, picnic areas, restrooms.
Cost: Free.
GPS Coordinates: N 34 25 019

W 119 49 735

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Spanish Street Names of Santa Barbara

Anapamu (ah-nah-pah-moo’) was the name of the famed Indian chief, who according to Reverend Juan Caballeria, reinforced Yananali in 1790 in an expedition against the plundering Tulare Indians who had come to raise havoc with the peaceful natives of Santa Barbara. Anapamu was an Indian chief ruling from Ventura to San Fernando and a valued ally of the missionaries.

Indians were held in high esteem by the Californians of a century ago (written in 1950). Witness that at least five of the fifty one original street names in Santa Barbara have to do with Indians – Rosario Curletti

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Water Strategies, Mildew Prevention!

by Cerena Childress -  Sustainability, Eating Fresh and Organic

Water Strategies!

Winter is the excellent time to establish native plants and ground covers in your landscape, make raised beds in your veggie garden!  Your beds don’t have to have a frame, in fact, you can ‘make more space’ by planting on the sloped sides, preventing erosion!  The plants that don’t like soggy feet, or would simply drown from too much water, will have excellent drainage.  You can make your ‘bed’ as small as a furrowed area, or two feet wide.  Either way, same result, drainage, less water molds and fungi, keeps oxygen your plants need in the soil.  Put a thick layer of leaves, straw, something that will feed the soil, in the pathways.  That’s sustainable and your shoes won’t get muddy!  Re-layer as needed.

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EcoFacts: Black Friday?

Column by Barbara Hirsch

Strange name isn’t it, for this exuberant money-spending-stuff-buying-gift-buying day? Well, there are the traffic jams, gift buying pressures, but also the possibility of a store or business getting out of the red and into the black because of this day, this spending season. Well, no need for darkness. Consider using the power of the sun to brighten up your gift giving this year!

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Hike with Gratitude

By John McKinney, The Trailmaster

“Nobody expresses their gratitude about anything or thanks me,” you say.

Likely as not, you’re probably right.

Try to remember the last time anyone thanked you for anything. It was probably a “Thanks-and-have-a-nice-day,” at the check-out counter from a supermarket cashier or a “Thanks for your order,” from a fast-food franchise. Such gratitude!

Now try to remember the last time anyone thanked you for anything important. It’s a dispiriting cycle: we rarely get thanks, and we rarely give it.

My suggestion: On one walk—better yet a hike—a week use a few minutes of your time to exercise your gratitude while you stretch your limbs. List everything in your life that you are thankful for, and everything that you enjoy.
Contemplate this list on your hike.

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

According to the Community Environmental Council, the amount of waste that goes into our landfills increases 25% during the holiday season – from Thanksgiving to New Year’s – and research from the Department of Energy found that if all decorative light strings sold in America this year were ENERGY STAR qualified, we would save over 2 billion kWh per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to nearly 300,000 cars!

It’s easier than you think to have a low-impact holiday. Here are a few ways to trim your holiday wasteline.

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Counting Community Blessings

By Cheri Rae

A moment to pause and give thanks in a community of plenty.

For public servants moving on—thanks to Dr. Bob Noel, retiring after serving on the School Board, so long and so well. Thanks to City Council Member Das Williams, our new State Assemblyman, Sacramento-bound.

For public servants staying put—thanks to Mayor Helene Schneider for her civility in how she runs council meetings, treating all from the community who address the dais—as  well as those who sit there—with respect and good humor. Thanks to Council Member Dale Francisco for ably serving as a good steward of Santa Barbara, even when the going gets tough.

For public servants stepping up—thanks to the large and diverse collection of local citizens taking the time and making the effort to present their credentials to jump into the hot seat on City Council, soon to be vacated by Das.

For the rest of us—thanks to the wide variety, the creative, thoughtful, innovative, bold and almost always wonderful citizenry of Santa Barbara, who care—sometimes maybe too much—about this beautiful jewel on the Pacific where we’re lucky enough to spend our time. We might not always get it right, but we don’t often get it wrong; and most of all, many of us try—more than in almost anywhere else—to make the effort to keep it special.

In a world where too many hardly feel a spirit of place, that’s a real blessing.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone in Santa Barbara.

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Remembering Walker Tompkins

tompkinswWalker A. Tompkins died in Santa Barbara, California, on November 24, 1988. A true journalist and historian, the last half of Tompkins’ nearly sixty-year writing career was focused on Santa Barbara… during which time he penned eighteen local history books including: Santa Barbara’s Royal Rancho, California’s Wonderful Corner, Goleta: The Good Land, Santa Barbara Past and Present, It Happened in Old Santa Barbara, Stagecoach Days in Santa Barbara County, and Santa Barbara History Makers.

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Talking Turkey: Walking the Walk

By Cheri Rae

cAs a resident of a downtown neighborhood in Santa Barbara, where everyone is encouraged—perhaps expected—to walk everywhere, I’m doing my best to be a Good Citizen at Thanksgiving time.

It was a little easier to set out on foot to shop for groceries when the funky old Von’s on Victoria was still open. Trekking six blocks there for a bag full of supplies, and six blocks back was a reasonable, even somewhat pleasant schlep—unless we needed a watermelon, a gallon of milk or anything else that added up to several pounds. Still we managed to help keep the family in food, and the store in business.

But now Von’s is gone—to be replaced with some overpriced boutique-y market tucked into a massive new condo project that will engulf that whole parking lot—but I digress.

Nowadays, the closest grocery store is the fancy Ralph’s Fresh Fare on Carrillo, a daunting distance when the shopping list includes a 20-pound turkey, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, a couple boxes of stuffing, and all the ingredients for baking bread, a few pies and a batch of pumpkin cookies. Weight is just one factor; bulk is another. How can I stuff a backpack with a five-pound bag of flour, a sack of potatoes, enough apples for a pie—and still have room for the bird?

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