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A-Muraling We Will Go!

The Darth Vadar mural on the side of the Indigo Hotel was removed, but it looks like another, more colorful mural is in progress. Meanwhile, a new mural has popped up in the Funk Zone.
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Date in Santa Barbara History… De la Guerra Born

delaguerraJosé Antonio Julian de la Guerra y Noriega was born on March 6, 1779, at Novales in Santander, Spain. De la Guerra, commandante of the Royal Presidio, was considered the most influential Spanish-born resident of Santa Barbara at the time of the American take-over of California. He retained ownership of five of the choicest ranch grants in Southern California, and his home, Casa de la Guerra, is today the best known Spanish-era residence in Santa Barbara, California.


Keeping Santa Barbara Santa Barbara

gateLast week, readers of Santa Barbara View stepped up to pay for and initiate a Replacement Request Application for the Gilda Radner plaque which had been vandalized and defaced—making a positive response to a negative act. A lot of good feedback was received and Viewers also weighed in on better ways to run a community campaign, ie: a crowd-funding engine to fundraise online like Indiegogo. A couple years back it was an awareness campaign to restore Herbert Bayer’s Chromatic Gate and this concept fits our mission to Help Keep Santa Barbara Santa. So let’s toss it back to Viewers and ask for any other ideas and projects around town that you’d like to see improved, restored, implemented or funded? (this will be placed in Local Links side bar for permanent feedback.)


Build Your District Santa Barbara

mappingFor the next ten (10) days, Santa Barbara residents will have the opportunity to help build redistricting plans for the November 15 ballot:

CLICK HERE to: create and share district plans, view draft plans, submit plans for review, and view submitted plans. You will need to create an account, but you will be able to offer your view of appropriate district boundaries.

CLICK HERE if you’d prefer the paper-and-pen option, which must submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.


Santa Barbara View’s 5th Birthday!

Five years ago today Santa Barbara View appeared on the scene with a fresh logo, new URL, and a custom color scheme. Below is that first post that ran on SBView.com. Since then, there have been nearly 4,000 posts (3,991 to be exact), 21,000+ comments and nearly 17,000 people have joined the fun on social media. All this would not have been possible with the many great contributors over the 5 years and of course all our Santa Barbara Viewers. Thank you!

Did you know that Santa Barbara has an official color scheme?

First what they’re not: Definitely not tropical. And not very Mexican.
Earth tones, yes, but not so subtle. Mediterranean is getting closer.

According to a local historian and writer, Santa Barbara’s distinct colors are white, ivory, adobe, a darker red (on red-tiled roofs) black on wrought iron, and Santa Barbara blue, a blue with a fair amount of green in it. It’s a hard color to describe and match. A lot of local designs use blues, but they’re more a Pacific blue than a true Santa Barbara blue. Santa Barbara blue reflects a town on the coast.

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What really makes Santa Barbara colors so special is the way the light shines on the town.

Most of the California Coast extends north-south; not so in Santa Barbara. The city, its shoreline, and the mountains behind it extend east-west. What that means is Santa Barbara is bathed in a soft, often magical south light.


District Elections Coming to Santa Barbara, Fall 2015

“It is virtually certain the judge will find racially polarized voting, and the remedy imposed will be district elections,” wrote Sharon Byrne in January. She was right, district elections are coming to Santa Barbara for the City Council races this fall where three seats will be in play.

“The immediate need now is to find a way for citizens to participate in the drawing of the district lines,” said Byrne. That opportunity come this Saturday, at the Faulkner Gallery in the Central Library, 9 a.m. City officials will reportedly have web-based mapping tools available for residents to indicate where they think the lines should be drawn and your participation is encouraged. The City Council will then conduct two public hearings at City Hall on March 24th and 30th to finalize the district map which will play a large role in shaping our next City Council.

A map of the districts circa 1940 on the wall of the Cajun Kitchen at De la Vina and Mission.
A map of the districts circa 1940 on the wall of the Cajun Kitchen at De la Vina and Mission.


Thank You Santa Barbara Viewers!

gildaThe fundraising drive to restore Gilda Radner’s plaque was a success! Multiple donors chipped in and an official Request for Plaque Replacement will now be made. We will ask to have the plaque read: Dedicated to Gilda by unknown donor, and replaced by the readers of Santa Barbara View. Thanks again Santa Barbara!


Similarities Are Uncanny

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Ernie Salomon
I was living in Rheine, Germany, when a group of Nazi thugs stormed into a restaurant, terrorized the owners and their employees, and intimidated their customers, telling them that they should not patronize the restaurant.

The owners were so frightened for their safety and the safety of their staff and patrons that they called the police.

The police made no arrests, the city council did nothing and the district attorney did nothing.

poder_1I was living in Santa Barbara when a group of PODER thugs stormed into a restaurant, terrorized the owners and their employees, and intimidated their customers, telling them that they should not patronize the restaurant.

The owners were so frightened for their safety and the safety of their staff and patrons that they called the police.

The police made no arrests, the city council did nothing and the district attorney did nothing.