Early Endorsement Parade Continues

Long before the election field for Santa Barbara City Council is set, media outlets and local organizations continue to make premature endorsements. The latest slate selection comes from Mary Ellen Wylie, President of the Democratic 24Women of Santa Barbara County (pictured left)… “I am pleased to announce that the Board of Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County has endorsed Iya Falcone, Cathy Murillo and Deborah Schwartz for election to the Santa Barbara City Council in the fall. We are confident that each of these outstanding candidates will bring strong leadership skills, understanding of neighborhood and community concerns, and their unique perspectives and priorities to the policy and decision making process. Your support will be essential in the upcoming battle to take back the majority on the City Council.” The filing period for the Nov. 8 election starts July 18.

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Knapp’s Arch Sunset Time Lapse

Santa Barbara Photo to Start the Week by renowned local photographer Bill Heller.

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit Knapp’s Castle for an assignment. The mountain was completely socked in… “June Gloom.” But the sunset was anything but gloomy. By the time the golden hour rolled around, the fog had turned into beautiful clouds and just enough haze in the air to make the light beautiful and golden.

I was interested to see the construction taking place. Not only is there a new amphitheater type of area, but the beautiful archway has been reinforced. You can see the old state of the arch in the image on my home page that was originally taken for the Santa Barbara View a couple of years ago. Although it might have been nice if they had matched the style of the old stones a little more, I can understand not wanting the liability of the previous state of the ruins.

Be sure to check it out full screen then click “HD” to enjoy the details.

-Bill Heller

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A Scene from Solstice in Santa Barbara

Outside of one week during Fiesta… how about a moratorium on cascarones?

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Spanish Street Names of Santa Barbara

GUTIERREZ (goo-tee-eh’-rehs) named for the distinguished civic leader, Octaviano Gutierrez, who served faithfully for many years on the Ayuntamiento or City Council. He came to California about 1816 as a lieutenant of artillery in the Mexican army. His penmanship in the official records is a work of art. His daughter, Mercedes, sold to the city of Santa Barbara (1901) the old adobe she occupied.

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The Santa Barbara Garden Post

Weekly Column by Cerena Childress – Sustainability, Eating Fresh and Organic

bucketFoliar plant care is so easy! Use a Dramm Can, the Perfect Foliar Machine!

Worm Castings, Compost, Manure Tea, Fish Emulsion/Kelp for FEEDING – All in ONE!

You can easily make this tea! A handful of castings, a handful to a cup of compost, handful of manure, stir and let them soak overnight in a bucket or watering can. Pour the liquid into a watering can, with an upturning rose, add a Tablespoon Fish Emulsion/Kelp, mix, and drench your plants in the morning! Yum!

Epsom Salts, Magnesium Sulfate, Your Solanaceaes, Peppers especially, and Roses!

Magnesium is critical for seed germination and the production of chlorophyll, fruit, and nuts. Magnesium helps strengthen cell walls and improves plants’ uptake of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Magnesium deficiency in the soil may be one reason your tomato leaves yellow between the leaf veins late in the season and fruit production slows down.

Sulfur, a key element in plant growth, is critical to production of vitamins, amino acids (therefore protein), and enzymes. Sulfur is probably the oldest known pesticide in current use. It can be used for disease control (e.g., powdery mildews, rusts, leaf blights, and fruit rots), and pests like mites, psyllids and thrips. Sulfur is nontoxic to mammals, but may irritate skin or especially eyes. Sulfur has the potential to damage plants in hot (90°F and above), dry weather. It is also incompatible with other pesticides. Do not use sulfur within 20 to 30 days on plants where spray oils have been applied; it reacts with the oils to make a more phytotoxic combination.

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Weekly column by Barbara Hirsch

woodpulpSome of our clothing is made with fabric that is both synthetic and natural. The fundamental substance is wood pulp, which is then synthesized through a chemical process.  This process, of extruding filaments into thread from a highly viscous, or viscose solution of dissolved cellulose (also used to make cellophane before the advent of plastics), was first developed in the 19th century. The American Viscose Company began producing this material in 1910.   The soft and shiny stuff was sometimes called artificial silk because of its similarities to the natural stuff, for which silk worms did the work, extruding their own viscous saliva.

Rayon became the common name and in recent years other varieties and trade names have emerged, such as Lyocell and Tencel, Modal,  and Danufil.  Bamboo based fabrics require the same processes in its manufacture.  Environmentally speaking, these are unfriendly, even by the Federal Trade Commission’s standards, using “harsh chemicals that release hazardous air pollution.” Sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide are two of these, with associated harmful effects on rayon workers and the factory environment. Lyocell and Tencel are preferred, as their process is less toxic and closed loop, meaning that the chemicals are recovered and reused rather than disposed of.

The methods and sustainability of growing and harvesting the wood for these fabrics is another factor. FSC cerified (Forest Stewardship Council)  eucalyptus is used for Tencel, and as we’ve all heard, fast growing bamboo – most grown in China – can also be extremely sustainable, but perhaps it is better utilized in buildings and flutes, rather than in our t-shirts and sheets.

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Santa Barbara Person(s) of the Week

personsThis week, the  Santa Barbara Writers Conference came back. And according to all accounts, it was a successful return. Before declaring for bankruptcy in 2008, the conference had been a part of the Santa Barbara community since 1973.  In June of 2010,  The Santa Barbara Writers Conference was purchased by Monte Schulz, the Santa Barbara son of the late “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.  For bringing back this community jewel and for a great event,  Schulz and his fiancee, Nicole Starczak, the Conference Director, are Santa Barbara View’s Persons of the Week.

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Vintage Views of Santa Barbara

From the Thomas Schmidt collection… Old Franklin School, corner of Montecito and N. Nopal, Circa 1910. The building still there!

Photo Credit for Vintage Series: Early Santa Barbara Photos taken by J W Collinge and other Santa Barbara photographers. Solely for use on the Santa Barbara View.

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Pointless Plastic: Rethink the Drink

A video message (below) from the Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council

Americans buy nearly half a BILLION bottles of water every WEEK. More than 17 million barrels of oil are used each year to transport bottled water to our stores — enough to fuel one million vehicles for a year. Despite being recyclable, most bottled water is consumed ‘on the go’ and fewer than 30% of the bottles are recycled. The rest end up in landfills or as trash in storm drains, watersheds and the ocean.
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Another Local Business Shuttered

From Russ’ Camera to Video Schmideo and Blue Bee, “mom and pop” stores have been disappearing from Santa Barbara’s downtown landscape. Now comes word that Santa Barbara City Councilman Grant House is closing his sewing machine shop – Grant House Sewing Machines – after 30+ years in business. In a related note, H&M – a Swedish retail-clothing chain – opened in Paseo Nuevo today.

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Santa Barbara City Council Straw Poll

Even though City Councilman Randy Rowse told the Santa Barbara Independent, “I have zero plans to run in November… I do not have plans to be a politician,” Mr. Rowse will hold a press conference today to launch his campaign.

With Rowse officially in, most expect a clean showdown between three conservative incumbents and three liberal challengers. However, SBView.com sources have additional candidates ready to declare once the filing period opens in July. But before the City Council race becomes convoluted, how about a straw poll?

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Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch

An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off from Vandenberg Airforce Base yesterday… below is the always anticipated launch video.

Not everyone was pleased with the test flight from Santa Barbara, California. “The launch demonstrates that, in spite of proclamations by the Obama administration of the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world, the United States is sending a clear and expensive message that it continues to be reliant on nuclear weapons,” said David Krieger, President of the Santa Barbara-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
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Clark Estate to Become Art Museum

The cliff-side home of Huguette Clark is to become an art museum, according to Clark’s will. The heiress, who died last month at the age of 104, said her famous Santa Barbara home, known as Bellosguardo or “beautiful view,”  should be open to the public… housing her valuable collection of paintings, books, and musical  instruments. “It is in this beautiful seaside setting, with its formal gardens and grand galleries displaying magnificent artwork not seen for many decades, that Mrs. Clark’s passion and inner being will come to life,” said Clark’s lawyer Wednesday.

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Santa Barbara Home Burglaries Rising

theftscreenHome invasions in the city of Santa Barbara are on the rise, according to local police officers. “We’re outnumbered,” said one officer who estimated that reports of home invasions have jumped from 10 a month to 10 a week. A review spot crime shows that all Santa Barbara neighborhoods have been affected by theft, burglaries, and vandalism. The thieves are using a wide variety of tactics (see video below), so stay vigilant… local citizens have to do a lot more to make this stop.
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Neighborhood Crime: What You Can Do

By Cheri Rae

cheriA neighborhood isn’t just a bunch of houses—it’s a group of people who share common interests and have managed to learn to live and work together for the good of all. In my neighborhood, we’re uniquely bound by an affinity for the comfort of the Craftsman style—and more universally in the desire for a clean, attractive, and most of all safe place to live.

We stay in communication in front yards and at kitchen tables, through our e-mail group and with our monthly meetings. This month, our chairperson Leslee Sipress invited a representative from the Police Department to offer expertise on what more we can do to keep person and property safe and secure in our neighborhood. The minutes from that meeting, addressing the officer’s information, were compiled by good neighbor Joe Rution and used with permission. The information below is helpful for every neighborhood throughout the city—since we’re all in this together.

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