Make a pledge by 4 p.m. tonight… and help the Surfrider Foundation preserve the only 20 miles of coast that remains undeveloped in Southern California.
Better late than never… the holiday tree arrived in Santa Barbara yesterday, just in time for the 60th Annual Holiday Parade, courtesy of Southern California Edison.
Another blow to your father’s media… after 79 years, Newsweek magazine will publish its last print edition at the end of December and become digital only.
Speaking of your father’s media… in April 2005, the once-lucrative Classifieds section in the Santa Barbara News-Press was a robust 20 pages. Last Sunday, the Classifieds section was down to four pages and filled with internal ads.
A Santa Barbara tradition of electing strong Jewish women into power… in an article in the Jewish Journal, Mayor Helene Schneider, 42, presents the list which includes past county supervisors Naomi Schwartz and Susan Rose, current county supervisor Janet Wolf and Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson.
The Mayor’s three favorite restaurants… Wine Cask, Edomasa and Brophy Bros.
Very little fallout from the Chick-fil-A public relations drubbing… intense scrutiny, both locally and nationally, was heaped on the chain after President Dan Cathy said his company supported the biblical definition of the family unit; however, consumer use of the chain was up 2.2% over the last three months and awareness was up a hefty 6.5%.
Did you know… Santa Barbara’s In-N-Out Burger, which seems to have lines all day and night long, reportedly generates $50 million in sales annually?
Santa Barbara’s first bank… on a hazy afternoon in 1871, a bearded veteran of General Winfield Scott’s army in the Mexican War arrived in Santa Barbara aboard the steamer Orizaba. His baggage consisted of a second-hand iron safe he had purchased in San Francisco, and a carpetbag containing an extra shirt and a supply of buck-wing collars which, in 1871, was the badge of financiers. His name was Mortimer Cook, and he had come to open Santa Barbara’s first bank. Renting an office at State and Ortega Streets, Cook inserted a small ad in the Morning Press—The Private Bank of Mortimer Cook, capital $40,000, was now open for business.