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Take Me out to the Ball Game

By Cheri Rae

cherilogo-150x150It’s Spring Training in the MLB, and here in Santa Barbara, our PONY, Little League and high school baseball teams are ready to hear those two simple words that mean so much: “Play Ball!”

On the high school baseball field, as play begins, some prayers are answered, others cruelly ignored. It’s the place where hope stays alive, year after year as the individual players change jerseys and move on, but the team continues to play the game and carry on the rituals of the wonderful sport of baseball.

It’s the continuity, the tradition, the character instilled that really matters for the boys who arrive as untested freshman and who grow into disciplined young men by their senior year under the tutelage of a group of coaches who are solid as they come.

Year after year, our baseball players represent the values of teamwork, hard work, and good work—on the field and in the classroom. As the old saying goes, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” This is their time, their year to put it all together for their moment to shine brightly, to play for pride, for tradition, for the love of the game.

Play Ball!
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Above Photo: The 1915 Santa Barbara Dons baseball team. Their team motto: “Good Sportsmanship and Team Ball.”

Build Your District Santa Barbara

mappingFor the next ten (10) days, Santa Barbara residents will have the opportunity to help build redistricting plans for the November 15 ballot:

CLICK HERE to: create and share district plans, view draft plans, submit plans for review, and view submitted plans. You will need to create an account, but you will be able to offer your view of appropriate district boundaries.

CLICK HERE if you’d prefer the paper-and-pen option, which must submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Close Encounters Of…

closeencountersMonday morning the storm clouds over the Mission reminded me of a scene in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” But then looking at the near accident between the cars, “Close Encounters of the Daily Driving Kind.” – Dan (click to enlarge photo)

I’d Rather Be…

Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
I'd Rather Be
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!

-Bill Heller

Saturdays with Seibert

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.
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EcoFacts: Surfing Sustainability

Weekly column by Barbara Hirsch

Sustainable_Surf_logo_stacked_300x300_400x400Surfers 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.

surfNow, with the help of non profits like Sustainable Surf’s Ecoboard Project, some boards, at least, are being made more environmentally sound with recycled foam cores, and bio-resins. Wood boards have also made a come back from the ancient Hawaiian sport, wood being sustainably grown or reclaimed, and with old fashioned finishes such as linseed oil. Among these makers are a local fellow - John Birchim – who builds them lovingly here in SB. A small company in Maine made the NY Times doing the same thing, or you can buy kits from them to make them yourself.
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Santa Barbara View’s 5th Birthday!

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 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.

District Elections Coming to Santa Barbara, Fall 2015

“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.

A map of the districts circa 1940 on the wall of the Cajun Kitchen at De la Vina and Mission.
A map of the districts circa 1940 on the wall of the Cajun Kitchen at De la Vina and Mission.