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Getting Ready for Fiesta at the Flag Factory

Next Wednesday is the official opening of Old Spanish Days and the Santa Barbara View caught up with a local company who helps make Fiesta festive… the Flag Factory.

fiesta1“We became the “official Fiesta Flag makers” in 1975, said Jonathan Alburger. “The former owner, Carl Adelhardt, who passed away in 2005, offered to HAND-PRINT the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Dancers on cotton fabric.  Old Spanish Days committee members were thrilled to have a local artist and flag-maker champion production of beautifully crafted Fiesta decor.  Carl personally worked on the artwork to create a more screen-friendly version of the now-famous dancers that was more graphic, less painterly.  The print ruby was traced and cut by hand. I remember how we at The Flag Factory would do small, hand-drawn runs of the dancers, then hand-paint in the floral rosettes and other accents.  Some years later we started to print the image on outdoor flag bunting nylon, which continues to this day.  The tradition continues: Fiesta Buntings and Spreads are all produced in our Carpinteria factory by hand to this day.”

Fiesta flags and decor are available to the public, as well as to all Fiesta-related corporate functions and events, CLICK HERE to check out all of their Fiesta gear. Jonathan told that the best sellers at Fiesta time “are the flags with the DANCERS, of course!” The Flag Factory also offers fans and flags with the Fiesta colors, along with more modern vinyl banners, plaques, signs, flagpoles, and hardware. So take a drive down to Carpinteria, 5095 Sixth Streetcall (805) 684-8111, or order online to get ready for Old Spanish Days. Viva la Fiesta!

31 Years Ago Today: Santa Barbara the Soap Opera Debuted on NBC

sbopera31 years ago today, the soap opera Santa Barbara originally aired. The day-time drama, which revolved around the fascinating and tumultuous life of the wealthy Capwell family of Santa Barbara, California, debuted on NBC on July 30, 1984, and last aired on January 15, 1993. Santa Barbara aired in over 40 countries, won 24 Daytime Emmy Awards, and was even watched by the Reagans in the White House.

Haggen Terminates Developmentally Disabled Employees

b5b560b2a3012ca61a56502deffb05f0Last week’s hot topic was the corporate takeover of Santa Barbara grocery storesA recent report by the Santa Barbara Independent really underscores the loss of small-town kindnesses and compassionate outreach that used to exist.

According to the disturbing report, “every Haggen store in the Santa Barbara area has terminated long-term developmentally disabled employees: one in Carpinteria, two in Five Points, four in the Mesa, one at Turnpike, and six at the Fairview location.”

The outcome of the Appeal at 1818 Castillo

By Scott Wenz, Cars Are Basic

Cars Are Basic watched with amusement at the appeal of former Councilman Brian Barnwell of the 1818 3-story 19-bedroom building he helped create with his voting position on the City Council. The former Councilman stated the size, bulk, and scale, with the lack of parking is a serious problem for the neighborhood. City Staff almost had a stroke when it became aware their approval of outrageous AUD and impact on neighborhood would be voted down.

The intent of the builder is supposed to be for families. Multiple neighbors and a number of those who are involved in renting stated there laws on the books stating the renter cannot hold to a family rental. The design, according to these statements is for multiple people in each of the units over and above the supposed design.

High Density developments is coming back to bite the Left and the Blum Council and that the Mesa architects so openly embrace. Like the statement “Life really is a Beach.” Insert your own spelling.

The streets in the upper Castillo neighborhood cannot handle more parking. The statement by the developer there is a parking garage for each unit so why would the renter go out to the neighborhood to find street parking. This completely ignores the issue roundly brought out by neighbors that there are going to be multiple residents far in excess of the “supposed” plan of the developer.

The next elections will be interesting; density will be a major issue and the lack of parking and street capacity.


MURILLO ­ Wants people to ride bikes.


WHITE – He champions AUD average unit density & Voted for AUD. Too much bulk for his liking; wants to get away from mansionization instead of condo. Concern with compatibility with neighborhood (remember this when density comes to Westside and the Mesa) Doesn’t believe garages will be used for cars. Focal point is size a scale.

ROWSE – Voted for AUD, now trying to get a way out.

HART ­ Too big, site specific and not a good issue….. Fire Code requires 18-foot drive…. All of a sudden the issue of full bath each floor and it will induce many tenants.

SCHNEIDER ­ Doesn’t have an issue with the lousy parking. Did everything she could to justify a vote against what she really wants: high density and little parking. Not willing to destroy the AUD and parking removal on this project, but voted no. Beautiful project.


FRANCISCO – the point of the AUD was reduce the parking requirements because Millennials want to use buses, it did not work. The issue of “alternative transportation and parking” has failed. Because of the AUD there has not been a reduced parking issue, and it has not resulted  in alternative transportation use. Where will they park?

HOTCHKISS ­ Parking is a major problem; needs to be reconfigured.

News Racks Going Malaga Green

newsrOver the past several years, the City of Santa Barbara has received numerous complaints regarding the poor condition of existing news racks. According to City Staff, “there is a need for more effective news rack management and a need to update the antiquated Chapter 5.66 of the Municipal Code.”

Leading up to tomorrow’s City Council meeting, City staff met with the Architectural Board of Review, and with the Historic Landmarks Commission regarding citywide news racks and they all agreed that Santa Barbara’s news racks should be a new and unified color… Malaga green, including the support post!


Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. Offers Full Page Apology/ Update Ad

Today, the Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. ran a full page ad in the Santa Barbara News-Press. The ad reads:

Two months have passes since the accidental crude oil release from line 901 in Santa Barbara County. Together with organizations in Unified Command and local volunteers and groups, these united efforts have made a significant difference.

The waters are open to fishing and El Capitan State Beach and Refugio State Beach are now open. Our Work in not complete. 

We deeply regret this accidental release and the impact it had on the community, the environment and wildlife. Plains is committed to doing the right thing and remaining an engaged member of the Central Coast Community. If you were adversely impacted, please call. 866-753-3619 to file a claim.



Community Clean-Up Day This Saturday

Santa Barbara’s next Community Clean-Up Day is Saturday, July 25th. Every year, the event grows larger, drawing more than 500 volunteers from throughout the community, and producing long-lasting effects volunteers had first hoped for. Here’s what has been accomplished over the past 10 years:

  • 3,600 volunteers since 2003
  • Total of 10,900 hours of volunteer time donated
  • Volunteer time valued at $270,211
  • Approx. 70 tons of trash/recycling gathered
  • Over 300 trees planted

If you wish to participate, simply arrive at one of the two volunteer locations on Saturday, July 25th at 9:00 am.

  • East Side: Ortega Park, 600 block of Salsipuedes St.
  • West Side: Cavalry Baptist Church, 736 W. Islay St. (pancake breakfast from 7:30 – 9:00)

Afterwards, all the volunteers eat lunch (provided) in Ortega Park and celebrate as a community. The event is put on by the City’s Looking Good Santa Barbara program, whose mission is to reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost) and contribute to a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement.


Santa Barbara’s Chunnel

photo 1Even in the midst of California’s mega drought, there is always one place to find water in Santa Barbara, California… the Castillo Street underpass.