Is There A Glass That Is Neither Half Full Nor Half Empty?

HEALTH TIPS, By Dr. Kathleen Boisen

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It is an expression we have all heard, someone is either “a glass half full… or glass half empty” kind of person. It is a question of perception, philosophy and sheer determination to decide how you want to perceive the world. This is an interesting concept since as humans we are all born with a negative tilt. This negative tilt is part of our briain’s functioning to help us survive. We had to remember the bad situations, there were no sign posts or warning labels; so remember how things can go wrong and you’ll be safe with better survival rates. That’s our evolution.

I would like to introduce a different perception. There is one more glass, and it is full of mystery because it is a self determined container of how you want your reality to be.

If you are feeling too negative, and its always half empty for you… pour it out. Literally let go of that concept and fill the entire glass with a positive direction. If your glass is already half full, danger-danger, the other half could become full of negativity. Therefore, the solution as I have recently understood, is to be a glass always full of directed positivity kind of person. Sounds unachievable perhaps, and you might think this article is really call Hell Tips rather than Health tips, but I have an instruction book for you to read that will back me up.

booksOur local author, Rhonda Byrne has written several books, The Magic is one that shifted much of my perception on how to be a positive human being. Like most people I have wrestled with the negativity in my day, the world, and my own thoughts. I have told myself many times, “be positive” but often it didn’t connect. It was like saying “be a light bulb” because a positive state must be somehow identified.

Then while reading The Magic, I discovered a simple directive. Gratitude. Yes, it can be an actual verb, a doing, an experiencing of gratitude with millions of possibilities. Gratitude is giving thanks, and without it we cut ourselves off from the magic and from receiving. Ungratefulness is what fills the void if absent. And the state of being ungrateful is actually a form of taking. When we take things for granted we are unintentionally taking from ourselves, and blocking our potential good. Therefore the true opposite of negativity is Gratitude.  Continue Reading →

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Santa Barbara, a Large-Scale Irish Colony?

A St. Patrick’s Day post from the Santa Barbara View Vault

Had it not been for the imminence of the American takeover, it is possible that Santa Barbara might have become part of a plan to establish a large-scale Irish colony, subsidized by the London capitalists with an ultimate view to British annexation of California, Walker A. Tompkins wrote in Yankee Barbarenos.

In 1845, Eugene McNamera had petitioned the president of Mexico for a $71 million grant of land in Alta California on which to establish three, tax-free Irish colonies – one in Santa Barbara. His plan would have transplanted shamrocks amid California poppies and promised to bring 10,000 Irish emigrants to the colonies.

The grant was signed by Pio Pico, the last Mexican Governor of California, but once the Yankees planted their flag in the California soil for good, the grant was declared invalid.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Santa Barbara.

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Bixby Creek Coastline Big Sur

Photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Bixby Creek Coastline
Today I thought you might enjoy something a little different. There’s no doubt we’re blessed in the Santa Barbara area with some of the most beautiful views in California. But, continuing up the coast there are some absolutely amazing things to see. This is Bixby Creek bridge in Big Sur, on a good day about a four and a half hour drive up Pacific Coast Highway. Bixby and his, Rocky Creek Bridge about a mile further north were finished in the early 1930′s and they are quite a sight. Every day in Big Sur is a unique work of art. This day was virtually cloudless, but there was still enough fog over the water and mist from the waves to give the late afternoon sun some nice golden color. If you’ve never taken the drive, it’s well worth it. But do be aware of weather and road conditions, as some parts of the highway south of Big Sur can be challenging for people at the wrong times.

-Bill Heller

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Saturdays with Seibert

Local Views of Santa Barbara by Dan Seibert

This past weekI started practicing with Santa Barbara Outriggger three times a week. Every time this week it was sunny and warm. If this is climate change I’m all for it. The last ten years at this time of the year it’s been cold or windy. These photos are from Thursday as the sun was going down. – Dan


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EcoFacts: Bones and Reefs

Weekly column by Barbara Hirsch, Bones and Reefs series

Part I
As it is with the health of our bones, our aqueous systems, it can also be with shell forming marine life (calcifiers), coral reefs and our oceans.

The pH of these systems and also that of plants and soils is critical to life. Here are a few bits on the subject, to be continued.

In Latin, German or French (origin disputed), pH is the power or potential of Hydrogen. It is a measurement of the acid or base (alkali) on a scale of 0-14, with 7 being neutral. It is a logarithmic scale, not linear, so big differences can be had in small numeric changes.

The pH of pure water is around 7, of blood is between 7 and 8, of ocean waters around 8.

In the human body, there are many correlations between acid environments and disease. During digestion foods become acidic or alkaline in our bodies. Generally meats, dairy and some grains become acidic, and most plants – fruits and vegetables – become alkaline.

The oceans are absorbing much of the CO2 we are spewing that is changing our climate, and it is acidifying their ecosystems. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of the oceans has increased 25-30%.

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Money Out, Voters In

For a list of events in Santa Barbara this weekend, from the Saint Patrick’s Day Fun Run to the art show in Jimmy’s in Chinatown, be sure check out the Events Calendar.

One event that might be of interest to Santa Barbara Viewers is a kick-off celebration by a grass-roots organization called, Money Out, Voter’s In. The event, which includes a free concert and lecture, will focus on ways to get the obscene amounts of cash out of national and local politics. It takes place this Sunday at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Library from 2-4 p.m. and admissions is free.

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Santa Barbara by Bicycle

Weekly column by Steve Cook

On Sunday, I rode from the Franklin Neighborhood Center on the east side of town down to the Andre Clark Bird Refuge, and then back home via the Mesa. One of the things I wanted to experience was the new, “secret tunnel” Highway 101 undercrossing. This was created with the implementation of the north and southbound freeway development, and connects Alisos Street via Cacique Street to Milpas Street. Having never ridden or driven through this tunnel, I was anticipating what it might be like: dark, noisy, wet, narrow, fast, harrowing? I was not sure what to expect.

Starting out at the Franklin Neighborhood Center on Voluntario Street, I headed west on Yanonali Street until Alisos Street, then continued south on Alisos. The one street crossing that I paused at for a bit was Carpinteria Street, watching for those shoppers hurrying home from Trader Joes as I crossed from the stop sign continuing on until Cacique Street. At Cacique, I turned right, entering the bike lane and continued until I was under the second bridge, at which point I looked over my left shoulder to insure there was no traffic, signaled left and waited at the stop light to turn left on Milpas. To my surprise, the “secret tunnel” was fantastic! I found it to be wide, dry, highly visible, and non-eventful. The one thing I always do is avoid the seam on gutters when in these bike paths. I want to avoid a wheel getting in the gutter seam. And, technically, the gutter is not considered part of a bike path.

Cacique Undercrossing

Once on Milpas, I took the right lane and headed over the railroad tracks, at the best perpendicular angle to the tracks I could make to keep the wheels out of the tracks. You might be wondering why I took the right lane all the way down when there’s a bike lane next to the curb. Well, I have to tell you that a bike lane is less than ideal when pinched next to the gutter and the curb, with many driveways on the side providing me little maneuvering room, let alone visibility to cars and trucks entering and exiting the driveways. In these cases, I will take a lane and put my bike (vehicle) where it’s normal to expect any vehicle to be located by drivers hurrying in and out of these driveways. There’s a good section in the CA Drivers Handbook about safety tips for bicyclists and motorists that I use as a guide for these situations, as well as this section of the CVC.

Once I was over the tracks, having successfully bypassed those french fries I could smell cooking at the Habit, I signaled and turned left at Calle Puerto Vallerta, the street where Tri-County Produce is on the left-hand corner. Continuing down past Dwight Murphy Park on Ninos Drive and the futbol games being played. Before the stoplight, I signaled left and turned onto the multi-purpose path (it’s not a bike path when it’s used by pedestrians, runners, and parents with strollers) and stopped to enjoy the bird refuge. It’s always amazing how beautiful this area is, with the water in the foreground, and the golf course, houses, and mountains in the background.

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Continuing down to the end of the Bird Refuge, I entered the street at Los Patos Way and headed north on Cabrillo Blvd. At times I rode in the edge median when the plants, road cleanliness/condition, and width allowed, and at times I entered the lane and rode safely in the lane. Cars were able to easily pass me in the leftmost lane as necessary. You might ask, as a driver did of me a couple of weeks ago, why am I not using the bike path? Well, as I noted before, there is no bike path there, it’s a multi-use path with lots of walking obstructions in the way for bikes. Sometimes those obstructions have tails! In fact, I’ll often ring my bell to people walking two and three abreast of me and see no sign of recognition from them that they know I’ll soon be passing by – not a safe situation, and they have the right of way. As a vehicle driver (bike rider), I make it a point to ride where vehicles belong, following the rules outlined by the vehicle code (noted above).

As an example, my favorite bike lane, pedestrian sidewalk, and bike path is out on the rebuilt section of El Colegio Road in Isla Vista near UCSB. If you ever have the chance to see what an ideal design for cars, bikes, and pedestrians looks like, ride there. I find it’s well designed and really enjoyable to ride on even with multiple modes of traffic at peak times of the day.
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Slices of Santa Barbara

Column Idea by Mark Tulin

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lsI love gluten-free cupcakes. They’re hard to find. The best spot for cupcakes in Santa Barbara is Crushcakes. They say they are made with love. Their t-shirt says, Make Cupcakes Not War. I believe it. Anyway, I pull over to the corner in an illegal parking zone, leaving my blinkers on, rush into Crushcakes hoping that they have some gluten-free cupcakes left. They are in a glass tray on the top of the counter labeled gluten-free, right next to vegan. I buy two. They put it in a nice brown box with the word love plastered on front. I then take my cupcakes to The French Press for a cup of tea. I order citrus pleasure, add honey and cinnamon, sit down and open the box. I dig into the cream first, and then devour the cake part. I am in cupcake heaven. I dream of crazy colored rainbows and unicorns as I savor the cupcakes, wishing that the pleasure would never end. Like a cat, I lick my fingers of the icing and say to myself, “it’s great to be alive.” I drink my cup of tea. I’m satisfied and content.

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The Heated Debate Over Goleta Beach Continues

GoletaBeach-AreaDThe Proposed Final EIR (Environmental Impact Report) for Goleta Beach 2.0 and possible alternatives is going to the board of supervisors for action during The March 18, 2014 Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting. Hundreds of comments were made during previous meetings, the vast majority of which indicated that the will of the people is soundly on the side of preserving Goleta Beach Park intact, as it is.

What’s the controversy, you ask? Who would want to change the park? Who would want to reduce access, remove parking and eliminate facilities? Well it seems the coastal commission and some of the County BOS do. Goleta beach 2.0 and some of the alternatives call for “managed retreat”. Which includes removing the protective rock revetments at the western end of the park and allowing nature to have its way and erode the beach. In fact, 2.0 would accelerate the process by removing the two westernmost parking lots and replacing them with sand (that I assume would be trucked in). That would cause the loss, initially, of about 107 parking spaces (more would be lost later) from the only easily accessible beach in Goleta. The plans to replace those spaces are restriping, making the existing spaces narrower and removing facilities such as the horseshoe pits and the ranger station. Does this sound like a good idea? Just look at the places in town that now have minimum width spaces and minimum aisle widths, imagine the problems with door dings and fender benders and increased potential for parking space rage as more people chase fewer spots. Do you think there might be justification for a kiosk and parking fees eventually, just to improve safety and control?

Alternative 2 of the Final EIR is the least disruptive of the options available and, for the most part, leaves things as they are and encourages improvements like adding Canary Island palms which have had proven success up the coast. This option also calls for a wait-and-see attitude allowing for reconsideration should conditions change.

One of the reasons we are being told we need to “destroy the park in order to save the park” is the threat of imminent sea level rise. Go to the NOAA site and see their prediction for sea level rise in our area – it is just 1.25mm/year. (A millimeter is about the width of a single grain of table salt or the thickness of the wire used in a small paper clip) – Multiplied out through year 2050 that’s 45mm or less than 2”.

Additionally the draft EIR shows actual measurements of local sea level rise of 0.0075”/year (about the width of two hairs) yet they have adopted models showing an 8” rise from 2000 levels by 2030. If the models were accurate we should have seen about 4” of rise by now. Not happening!

Another reason given for managed retreat is the threat of fines from the coastal commission if the rocks, which were placed with emergency permits, are not removed. Most of arguments in favor of managed retreat start with the following assumption and the same exact words, copied from someone’s talking points memo. “Like all seawalls, the Goleta Beach rock seawall will cause erosion and threaten to eliminate the largest beach in Goleta.” Again, this is the insanity of “we have to destroy the beach to save the beach.” The rock revetments at Goleta Beach are not like most other seawalls, instead of narrowing the beach they help widen it. You have only to look at what happened after the rocks were last put in under emergency permit. They stopped the destruction of the beach, saved the parking lots and, as calmer weather prevailed, eventually were covered up with sand and became part of the natural slope with the beach extending far in front. In fact, If not for that buried rock revetment we would have likely seen extensive damage to the western parking lots during the last storm. The rocks did their job and the deep cut in the sand left by the storm stopped at or before the rocks and will fill back in over the next season or so, accelerated with some sand replacement.

But what can I do to help save Goleta Beach Park?
1. Pass this on to all you local friends
2. Post this on your facebook page and encourage them to repost
3. Get more details at
4. Please write or call your Supervisor and tell them, “hands off” this important local resource
5. Show up at the BOS meeting on March 18th and show your support for The 2nd alternative to Goleta Beach 2.0.
6. Support Friends of Goleta Beach Park on Facebook, like our page and look for updates.

Glenn Avolio /Ed de la Torre
Friends of Goleta Beach Park.

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Another View of Goleta Beach

Goleta Beach Needs Your Voice by Environmental Defense Center

gb2Goleta Beach is a very special place for this community, visited by over a million people each year, and we need your help to protect it on March 18 at 1:30PM, County Admin Building, 4th floor 105 E Anapamu, Santa Barbara. Two rock seawalls were constructed on the beach 10 years ago. Both walls are unpermitted and illegal and threaten to erode and eliminate Goleta Beach. We need your help asking the Santa Barbara Supervisors to remove the seawall on the west end of the park — not the one in front of the restaurant –and add a cobble berm to protect the park without damaging the beach. Please attend the hearing at 105 E. Anapamu, call or email our Supervisors and ask them to protect the beach and park for future generations.

Janet Wolf: 805-568-219,
Doreen Farr: 805-568-2192,
Salud Carbajal: 805-568-2186,
Supervisor Adam: 805-346-8407,
Supervisor Lavignino: 805-346-8400,

The project removes these illegal rock seawalls and protects the beach. It is also a compromise. It leaves all the other rock seawalls – which are permitted – at the east end and in front of the pier, restaurant and other facilities and adds 250-feet of cobble berm protection in front of the Goleta Sanitary District vault near the restaurant. The Environmental Defense Center and Surfrider are also open to considering a hybrid alternative to the above project which would still remove the unpermitted revetments, retain the existing number of parking spaces, but also install a cobble berm to better protect the park, the restaurant and the beach.

Removing the illegal seawall and moving the sewer line out of the erosion hazard zone will allow the beach to expand naturally, providing a larger sandy beach for recreation – including beach walks, sun-bathing and sand castle building, more habitat for shorebirds, and a nicer beach park for all to enjoy.

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Smoke Shop Tarp Returns

After being featured on Santa Barbara View a year ago, the graffiti-laden, black-plastic tarp, which covered High Tide Smoke Shop at 336 Anacapa St., was removed. Once the tagged-tarp was removed, the wooden building sat naked until the rains came last week and a fresh tarp was placed over the dilapidated downtown structure.


High Tide Smoke Shop, March 2014

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Disneyfication of Waterfront Granted a Stay

The second of 16 cruise ships scheduled to arrive in Santa Barbara through May 4 has been cancelled thanks due to dredging delays in the Santa Barbara harbor. Today’s scheduled visit of the Princess Sapphire is off. “I have serious concerns for the safety of the ship’s passengers and transporting tenders,” said Scott Riedman, Waterfront Director. “(Monday’s), dredge operations were halted shortly after they began, due to a broken electrical component. A replacement part has been ordered, but dredge operations won’t resume until Thursday, March 13th at the earliest.”

Here is the remainder of the spring season, 2014*

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Current status of Goleta Beach Park


On March 18, 2014, the Board of Supervisors will receive a report on the Goleta Beach 2.0 EIR project and project alternatives presented in the Proposed Final EIR and select a preferred project for Goleta Beach 2.0. Staff will be directed to submit the selected project as part of a Coastal Development Permit application, including the Proposed Final EIR, to the California Coastal Commission for approval. This plan, including three alternatives, is required by the California Enviromental Quality Act (CEQA), triggers the decimation of Goleta Beach Park as we know and love it. The Friends of Goleta Beach Park continue efforts to protect and save our precious park.
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The Homeless Action Summit

Column by Sharon Byrne


Glenn Bacheller kicking off Homeless summit

The C3H Homeless Summit was a mixed bag. The parts that were good were very good. And the off bits were unfortunately pretty off-putting, especially to the camp that needs to be wooed to the table: the business community.

The good:
They brought in an all-star cast: Becky Kanis, of the 100k Homes national campaign, Phil Mangano the former Homeless Czar under Bush and Obama (briefly), and reps from Pasadena and Fresno achieving dramatic results in housing chronically homeless individuals. Finally we seem willing to learn from those who are achieving success, a tactic called ‘Legitimate Larceny’ by Kanis. If it works, use it here.

There was the gentlest nudge from both Kanis and Mangano that Santa Barbara could be doing better at housing people. The county has fewer homeless than national averages, but the city, rapidly glossed over, has far more.

Kanis started by cleaning up Times Square in New York. She went to all the providers in homeless services to enlist them, and ended up moving forward with an unlikely team of the Business Improvement District and the police. She got results.

Refreshingly, this was one of the key messages hammered home. Don’t measure success by meals served or nights of shelter provided. Measure it by the number of homeless housed. Tackle the chronically homeless instead of the low-hanging fruit of those easier to house. Use scattered-site housing rather than shelters. Get results.

Mangano should have been a fantastic speaker, but threw out hyperbolic language on the national disgrace of homelessness, co-opting the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. in declaring that abolishing homelessness was akin to abolishing slavery and racial discrimination. He talked about using the language of business and changing the verbs re homelessness. Don’t manage the problem (thus perpetuating it). End it. He had clearly read every business-lingo-laden, self-help book out there, and tried to weave their memes into his speech. It didn’t come off as a coherent narrative, and affronted some business people to the extent that they left, especially when he took aim at ‘myths’ of homelessness: build it and they will come, homeless choose this lifestyle, and they’re not ‘from here’. He advocated using a customer-oriented approach with homeless. They don’t want programs, protocols, or pills. They want a home. So give them one. Have the community set the standard on housing the homeless, not the service providers. Now, how you sell that to service providers and everyday people busting their humps to pay rent…he didn’t say.

“Protest Bob” Hanson, the perennial homeless advocate, shouted out, “Homelessness is real! Ending it is unreal!” That produced an awkward silence. Sensing he’d struck a nerve, Bob tried that a few more times. He might be onto something. There are some that do quite well off the continued perpetuation of homelessness. Kanis called these ‘status quo mongers’, and gave permission to show them the exit route with ‘collaboration is over-rated.’ Move forward with those who can solve the problem.

The real agenda for the night was to get everyone on board with the Housing First model. Data purportedly supports this model, with housing retention rates at 90% a year later.

But the Big Frickin’ Wall that has to be scaled here went largely unaddressed: where does this housing come from? Which made me wonder: should a national problem be punted to local jurisdictions to solve? California is hosting 20% of the nation’s homeless, way ahead of New York at a distant 11%. So what is California’s responsibility to migrating homeless? And WHERE do we put housing for a housing-first model in Santa Barbara? Clearly, the county is the big player here, but land just isn’t cheap and plentiful in these parts. So while we’re finally learning from other communities about what works, that Big Frickin’ Wall of housing still looms large.

The good news is the approaches to solving the problem to homelessness are getting more realistic, data-driven, and directed to achieving results. The days of just providing humanitarian aid while leaving homeless people largely in place seem to be coming to a close. The bad news is that the solution is, not surprisingly, housing, in a community already carrying more than its fair share of homeless, saddled with a low rental vacancy rate and a high cost-of-living.

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Santa Barbara and a Tsunami

“Tuesday is the third anniversary of the Japanese tsunami,” recalls Dan Seibert. “The first wave was supposed to hit the Santa Barbara harbor around 8:30 in the morning so I joined many others at West Beach, pictures below. A number of boats had exited the harbor but nothing happened.”


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