By Cheri Rae
On December 12, 1890, the members of the California State Floral Society voted for a flower that they thought would best serve the State of California as an official emblem. The California Poppy won the esteemed title of ‘Official California State Flower’ by an overwhelming landslide. It took almost 13 years for the California Legislature to get around to adopting the winning golden poppy as the State flower. The golden poppy, Eschscholzia, was selected as the official State flower of California by an act of the Legislature on March 2, 1903. In 1973, the law was amended to designate April 6th as California Poppy Day.
Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
April 6 is California Poppy day, but this is just the beginning of California Poppy season. By early next month there will be large patches of these beauties everywhere. It’s a great time to be in California!
Local views of Santa Barbara by Dan Seibert
My sister visited me last week and top on her to do list was Cold Spring Tavern, on Sunday to see Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan. She saw them in 1995 and again in 2002, and her boyfriend Mitch Miller (Not sing along with) worked with them 20 years ago. We got up there early and grabbed a picnic table in front for our friends that showed up later.
The weather was perfect and the place was packed by 12:30. Best of all was seeing some of the same people we saw ten or even twenty years ago. Throw in a delicious tri-tip sandwich cooked by the big fellow in the red shirt.
Milpas on the Move, By Sharon Byrne
“Two main faults delineate the onshore portion of the southern foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara,” writes historian Walker Tompkins. “The western or Mesa Fault is an offshoot, or splay, that can be traced as a nearly straight line southeast from Tucker’s Grove County Park, along the north side of the uplifted mesa, and continuing on out to near the harbor breakwater. The Mission Ridge Fault continues east of the city through Sycamore Canyon and runs in a southernly direction to eventually link up with the Arroyo Parida Fault north of Ortega Hill, passing directly to represent the near surface expressions of a much deeper fault system that extends beneath the mountain range, the Santa Barbara Channel, and crops south of the northern Channel Islands.”
Here’s a new look at what was left of Santa Barbara after the June 29, 1925 earthquake.
On the topic of tourist vehicles buzzing around Santa Barbara’s waterfront and downtown region, how about a birthday shout out to the Hot Rod Limo. The custom-built, colorful vehicle which seats 8 people and the driver debuted two years ago this week. The Hot Rod Limo offers 40-minute coastal tours of Santa Barbara for $20. The “hottest ride in town” departs from corner of Cabrillo and Garden every hour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
After decades of confusion by City sign makers, tourists and wharf businesses, Stearn’s Wharf (formerly Stearns Wharf) finally gets its apostrophe. Yesterday, at their weekly meeting, the Santa Barbara City Council issued a formal declaration making Stearns Wharf, Stearn’s Wharf. Although grammatically incorrect, the proclamation should decrease confusion. Completed In 1872, the wharf became the longest deep-water wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John Peck Stearns, the wharf is Santa Barbara’s top tourist destination.
A law, Senate Bill 192, would make California the first state in the country to require that adult bike riders wear helmets. The newly-proposed law would impose a $25 base fine on adults who bike without headgear. Bicycling safety has been a long-simmering debate here in Santa Barbara, so let’s make it the question of the week and see what Viewers have to say: