By Cheri Rae
Last November, Dan Seibert and Santa Barbara View were the first to point out the new signage going up around Santa Barbara. Nearly 200 of these larger-sized signs are being installed under the name of better visibility. The font remains the same but the white border and street suffixes are gone. Each sign cost over $200 to replace… which one do you like?
Video surveillance footage, without sound, from the peaceful PODER protest on Sunday, February 15th at El Bajio restaurant at 129 N Milpas. (hours of footage cut down to 2:21)
More: Chamber Statement. False Claims. Community Support.
Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Would you rather be surfing? Fishing? (or even wandering on the beach with your camera) right now? I know I would! Well, something to look forward to… have a great day no matter where you are!
Local Views of Santa Barbara by Dan Seibert
A few random photos from this week. A cute couple in cheap folding chairs enjoying the million dollar view, a few minutes later I followed a Rabbit. Top speed was about 20mph, but off the chart in terms of cool.
On Friday this tree forced me to pull over at the courthouse. Wow. I can’t remember ever seeing so many blossoms on it.
Weekly column by Barbara Hirsch
Surfers are certainly passionate about the ocean environment, and riding the waves is pretty darn clean fun. But what do they ride? Generally boards made of oil derived chemicals – foam cores, fiberglass and resins – polluting and toxic in their manufacture. And what do they wear? Neoprene wetsuits, also a synthetic petro product, which can be bought from China for a buck a yard. One wonders about the conditions at those factories, like so many others.
The main maker of the boards’ foam cores for decades – Clark Foam – was shut down by the EPA in 2005, being unable to comply with various regulations, including its use of a carcinogenic chemical. Time magazine called it “Surfing’s Sudden Wipeout“, and it began a shift in the production of surfboards, including to more eco-friendly types.
Five years ago today Santa Barbara View appeared on the scene with a fresh logo, new URL, and a custom color scheme. Below is that first post that ran on SBView.com. Since then, there have been nearly 4,000 posts (3,991 to be exact), 21,000+ comments and nearly 17,000 people have joined the fun on social media. All this would not have been possible with the many great contributors over the 5 years and of course all our Santa Barbara Viewers. Thank you!
Did you know that Santa Barbara has an official color scheme?
First what they’re not: Definitely not tropical. And not very Mexican.
Earth tones, yes, but not so subtle. Mediterranean is getting closer.
According to a local historian and writer, Santa Barbara’s distinct colors are white, ivory, adobe, a darker red (on red-tiled roofs) black on wrought iron, and Santa Barbara blue, a blue with a fair amount of green in it. It’s a hard color to describe and match. A lot of local designs use blues, but they’re more a Pacific blue than a true Santa Barbara blue. Santa Barbara blue reflects a town on the coast.
What really makes Santa Barbara colors so special is the way the light shines on the town.
Most of the California Coast extends north-south; not so in Santa Barbara. The city, its shoreline, and the mountains behind it extend east-west. What that means is Santa Barbara is bathed in a soft, often magical south light.
“It is virtually certain the judge will find racially polarized voting, and the remedy imposed will be district elections,” wrote Sharon Byrne in January. She was right, district elections are coming to Santa Barbara for the City Council races this fall where three seats will be in play.
“The immediate need now is to find a way for citizens to participate in the drawing of the district lines,” said Byrne. That opportunity come this Saturday, at the Faulkner Gallery in the Central Library, 9 a.m. City officials will reportedly have web-based mapping tools available for residents to indicate where they think the lines should be drawn and your participation is encouraged. The City Council will then conduct two public hearings at City Hall on March 24th and 30th to finalize the district map which will play a large role in shaping our next City Council.