Santa Barbara View | Santa Barbara News, Views, & Hyperlocal Information Santa Barbara News, Views, & Hyperlocal Information Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Art Critics: New Logo for Visit Santa Barbara Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:00:30 +0000 Editor Last Thursday, the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission unveiled a modernized brand. The fresh corporate identity includes a new name, Visit Santa Barbara, and a fresh logo, pictured left.

According to the press release, the logo is “inspired by the destination itself — including mission architecture, wrought iron, local signage, and gardens, flowers, and palms — the new mark evokes the meaning of Santa Barbara to all who experience it. A mainstay of the logo is the signature mark of Saint Barbara, a masthead that has long remained a mystery, until now.” Your thoughts?

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Evening at Mount Carmel Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:30:44 +0000 Bill Heller

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.

One of my favorite local landmarks, Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Montecito. There are many well known sights to see in Santa Barbara, but this is one of the little local gems that is more tucked away off the beaten path.

-Bill Heller

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John Peck Stearns Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:00:15 +0000 Editor This date in Santa Barbara history… John Peck Stearns was born on August 18, 1828.

John Peck Stearns

In 1867 Stearns came to Santa Barbara with his wife Martha and purchased a property at the foot of State Street, where he opened a lumber yard on the beach.  But Santa Barbara lacked a wharf, which meant lumber schooners had to float cargoes ashore, causing damage to the lumber stocks.

Frustrated with Samuel Brinkerhoff’s little Chapala Street pier, Stearns decided to build his own wharf . Stearns borrowed $41,000 from the town’s leading capitalist, Colonel W.W. Hollister, repayable at $500 a month. Stearns imported a pile driver and crew from Port Hueneme and erected a 2,000-foot wharf which opened for business on September 16, 1872.

Stearns’ contributions to Santa Barbara went well beyond building the wharf, which became an economic boom to Santa Barbara.  He led the campaign to bring a railroad terminus to Santa Barbara, he was a major stockholder in the Santa Barbara College project, and he bought the Morning Press in the fall of 1880.  At the time of his death, from a stroke at the age of 74 on March 4, 1902, Stearns enjoyed the status of being one of Santa Barbara’s leading citizens.

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Saturdays with Seibert: Views of Santa Barbara Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:30:30 +0000 Editor On Thursday there was a dense fog advisory, although it looked like regular fog to me.  I stopped by the bird refuge and shot some photos of the trees reflected in the water.  Also noticed a couple of guys in a kayak doing some sort of testing. – Dan Seibert
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EcoFacts: Resources—Water, Part 1‏ Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:00:58 +0000 Barbara Hirsch

Water is as deep and far reaching a subject as the oceans. It’s also a daily consideration for me, living in a place where sea water is plentiful, fresh is not, and I enjoy both of them! Our average rainfall for a year here in S.B. is about 18 inches. This last season we got half of that. And we all know that climate change will be bringing more droughts and floods, everywhere, in the coming years.

Well under 1% of all the water in the world is fresh water that is available for our use, not saline, not frozen. Global use of that is approximately:

  • 70% for food and fiber production
  • 20% for industry
  • 10% for drinking, sanitation, residential use

In California, with little heavy industry, and lots of farming, those numbers are very different:

  • 53% for food and fiber (agriculture)
  • 28 % thermoelectric power
  • 15% residential use, approx.
  • 4% other

In California, the average daily per capita water consumption - residential use – is about 25% higher than the national average, in 2005 it was 124 gallons per day. Californians may be known for their constant water bottle at hand, but it’s the landscaping, long showers and clothes washers that make up most of that number, that is unless you have swimming pools or leaks.

PS: For the next several weeks I’ll be traveling and trying to keep up from the road, hopefully ecofacts will be interesting and short!

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Santa Barbara Business Beat Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:30:03 +0000 Ray Estrada Mixer Attendees Recovering from Thursday Networking Overload

Thursday was one of those triple-witching hours, which brought out some serious summer business networking opportunities.

Of course, the highlight was the Funk Zone megamixer, which was the brainchild of Lee & Associates commercial real estate broker and SB Young Professionals marketing committee member Natalie Wagner. The idea was to bring together the Young Pros, Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce and Green Drinks at one location. It sure worked.

Green Drinks leader David Forston said by Monday almost 400 RSVPs had been received even though only 250 people had been expected to attend the fourth annual megamixer. Obviously, the draw was the brand-new Anacapa Project, 131 Anacapa St., which features the Lark Restaurant, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. tasting room, Riverbench Winery tasting room and Lucky Penny coffee, pizza and baked goods shop.

A line of people started to form shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday on Anacapa Street around the corner on Yanonali Street stretching almost to State Street. Most were members of the three groups sponsoring the megamixer, but no doubt many passers-by also queued up to see what was going on.
If nothing else, the megamixer shows the vibrancy of the Funk Zone since the demise of the Bay Café and other properties in the area. More new Funk Zone projects are on the horizon.

A couple hours earlier, the Santa Barbara Convention and Visitors Bureau and Film Commission (say that mouthful fast) simplified its name to “Visit Santa Barbara.” The partially tax-funded tourism agency made that announcement at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum where mostly hospitality industry members quaffed cool drinks and munched antojitos under the hot sun.

The tourism agency also unveiled a catchy tune to help promote the Visit Santa Barbara theme.

Visit Santa Barbara staff said the name change goes along with an industry trend to simplify branding. But what about Goleta and Carpinteria? Well, insiders say a move may be afoot to independently boost the Goleta hospitality industry with something called Stay tuned here for more details.

Meanwhile, out at Goleta’s Bacara Resort & Spa on Thursday, two very different luncheons were served: one with a message and the other with a simple profit motive, which is totally legal.

UCSB grad, former school teacher and current motivational speaker Jason Womack talked about (and gave away) his latest book, “Your Best Just Got Better” to about 75 business people in the Bacara’s third-floor Santa Ynez Room. Cox Business Services and BigSpeak, the Santa Barbara-based speakers bureau put on the event and bought lunch.

This took place while downstairs at the Bacara the local business journal charged $55 a head for people to watch a series of awards handed out with hopes that the winners’ friends would buy ads to congratulate them.

Also left behind in the dust of Thursday activity was the annual joint mixer put on by the local Hispanic chamber and Santa Barbara NAWBO chapter for women business owners. That mixer was held across town from the Funk Zone megamixer during the same time of the evening. Even though the leadership of the Hispanic chamber has expressed displeasure with having the joint event with NAWBO-SB, perhaps they should take a harder look at the calendar of networking events before shooting themselves in the foot.

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Living With Gangs – View From The Street – Part I Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00:06 +0000 Sharon Byrne

By Sharon Byrne

The gang injunction came into public focus beginning in late 2010. I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people about it since then. Some are concerned for youth and their civil rights, some for safety, halting gang proliferation, diversion, prevention, intervention, schools, families, the justice system and so on.

But one voice seems to be consistently missing from public discourse: that of the neighbors in areas profoundly afflicted by gangs. Only Chief Sanchez tries to advocate for these neighbors. Given the political winds in this town, he’s having a hard time, though it’s clear he recognizes that voice is presently going unheard.

And he knows why.

In the denser neighborhoods, where most gang activity occurs, people live at close quarters, so visibility between neighbors is high. Thus the threat of retaliation against those who speak up is quite real.

Ied’s and Simpson’s murders show us that violence is not restricted to gang members. If a regular citizen crosses the gang’s path, violates ‘the rules’, or fails to show proper respect, they rapidly discover some whole other social order is in place in these neighborhoods. Violence silences neighbors living close to it, for fear they will be attacked, which is precisely what gangs want.

What follows is a look into life on some streets in our fair city. I don’t reveal names for safety reasons. But their stories are real and need to be heard.

Caveat emptor: contrary to popular belief, there are no clear scapegoats or easy answers here.

Gang member who returned to pick up his wallet after stabbing on Cottage Grove Ave. Police were still processing the scene.
They (rival gang) are a bunch of pussies. They brought knives. (This was apparently supposed to be a fistfight of 20 or so gang members.)

Raquel, Eastside.
We started the watch, and the cops camped here for a couple weeks. It seemed like it was working. I called in about a fight on the corner, and the cops came real fast. That was good. A couple days later, I saw a car cruising the Eastside park with some gang types in it. They were mad-dogging people in the park, so I pulled over and called 911.

The next day, my tires were slashed. In my driveway.

My daughter told me to stand down on the watch. It’s not worth it, Mom, she said.

You could get killed.

Joel, witness to a gang-related homicide on the Westside.
My boss (lives in the area) said I have to tell the police what I saw. Two weeks later, they jumped me, in a restaurant nearby. People called the cops, and they came fast. But now I am scared to come pick up my paycheck at my boss’ house. I don’t want any more trouble.

Tom, after a stabbing on his street on the Westside.
Let me get this right. They start a fight on the street, and the gang members who get stabbed are ‘victims’?

What about us? We have to repeatedly put up with this shit. How would you like to wake up at night hearing shouts, cop cars clustered on your street, flashing lights, on a loudspeaker yelling ‘Stop! Put your hands up! Get face down on the ground! Now!’

Like they’d put up with this for a minute in Montecito. The city would be all over that. But if you live downtown, it’s all good?

Rosa, Westside.
I knew my son was going bad. We fixed up the shed out back for him. I didn’t think it was good for him to be in the house with the little ones. They didn’t need to see that stuff he was doing.

He had a mental problem. He took the medical marijuana for it. He had a prescription, but I didn’t want him smoking it in the house. So we moved him outside.

I ate one of his brownies. I didn’t know there was marijuana in it. Had to go to the hospital because I couldn’t even move. I thought it was a stroke. The hospital told me it was the brownie. I never thought a brownie could paralyze you, but it sure messed me up!

I’ve never talked to anyone about this.

He was into some bad shit. If I said something to him, like why do you gotta’ do that, he’d get real angry, yell at me, and throw stuff. But sometimes he’d be sweet and say ‘don’t worry Mama, I’m ok.’ It was just better not to mess with him in case he went all crazy. He scared me.

But he’s my son. What was I supposed to do?

After he was gone (to prison), I woke up to breaking glass in the middle of the night. His babies were sleeping where they broke the window in our house. Man, that was really scary!

The police came and took a report. They know he used to live here.

I see them (gang members) watching us. Every time they move my son (in prison), they come by and stare at our house.

I don’t want him in there, but it’s probably safer than being back here.

Sarah, Westside
I woke up to what sounded like firecrackers going off at midnight. Really loud and close. Turns out he (gang member 2 houses over) shot some guy on the corner. The cops got him, thank God. He was terrorizing all of us. Those shots were fired 20 feet away from where I was sleeping.

Fernando, West Downtown.
He (gang member living next door) parked his car in my driveway. I went over and his mom was all hostile, and like ‘what do you want me to do?!’ I said get him to move the damned car.

I took out the trash later. He jumped me, beat me up in my driveway. Said you got a problem with me, man up. You deal with me.

I just want to park in my driveway. I got beat for that.

His kid (toddler) got out and wandered up the street. A neighbor found him. She returned him, worried he could have gotten run over. They slapped her across the face! ‘Don’t get up in our business, bitch.’ That’s what they told her.

Just keep your head down and your mouth shut. You didn’t see nothing. You don’t know nothing.

It’s not worth it with these knuckleheads.

Tony (reformed gang member from LA).
Why do they freak here over a gang injunction? Shoot, I was named (in LA’s injunction). I just came off it. Took me 3 years of living straight. I knew I could go down for serious time if I stayed in. I wanted to be there for my kid. Had to move up here to get out.

They (SBPD) gotta’ know I am here.

At least they don’t carry guns here (prior to Olive St shooting). They’re just wannabes. Knives and baseball bats…but you don’t stop that, it gives ‘em permission. They get bolder.

Then they start shooting.

Why don’t they get that here?

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Weapons Buy Back in Santa Barbara, California? Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:27:08 +0000 Editor Ken Cohen, one of the 6,000+ Friends on Facebook has a question for Viewers:

Hello friends at SB View,

Regarding gang violence, what do you think about the City of Santa Barbara or County offering to buy any weapons for violence such as hand guns, big knives, etc. from Santa Barbara residents with free counseling to see what the gang member needs to live a good non-violent life, vocational schools, apprenticeships, GED, community college, job…? – Ken

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Santa Barbara History: The Arlington Hotel Burns Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:00:16 +0000 Editor

On this date in Santa Barbara history… the palatial old Arlington Hotel was destroyed.

“From 1875 until 1909, the Arlington Hotel was the hub of Santa Barbara’s elite tourist society. The three-story, 90-room hotel was located on State Street between Victoria and Sola streets,” according to local historian Walker A. Tompkins.

The First Arlington Hotel: Photo Credit: J W Collinge. Solely for use on the Santa Barbara View.

At sundown, on August 15th, 1909 flames were seen sprouting from the Arlington’s triple-decked square tower. While guests frantically escaped the building, local Fire Chief, John Dugan, and his crew began striping the hotel of the vintage draperies, tapestries, chandeliers, silverware, and other valuables. The lift operator, Robert Klein, kept the elevator running up and down until he collapsed of a heart attack. The fire burned all night… and by daybreak, only a skeleton of towering chimneys remained!

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