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Santa Barbara Year in ReView: September, 2014

Santa Barbara View takes a look back at the stories that made news in Santa Barbara, California this year. Here are ten stories from September, 2014.

  1. SB Girl took readers on a 2 mile hike to Inspiration Point.
  2. A legacy from the era of Dr. Francesco Franchesci, remains on East Anapamu Street in the form of Italian Stone Pines.
  3. The Santa Barbara City Council hosted public workshops to get your thoughts on the condition of the City’s basic infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, libraries, community centers, police and fire stations, and park and recreation facilities.
  4. The Safe Passage Initiative, a combined plan to celebrate the historic resources in the lower Mission Canyon area, moved forward.
  5. A story about Santa Barbara’s only known pirate, Hippolyte de Bouchard.
  6. the Santa Barbara City Council began the process of reactivating The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Facility.
  7. Every time I see a bike rider roll right through an intersection without heeding the sign, I’m reminded of the time I did the same thing. It didn’t turn out too well.
  8. State Street was designated as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014, pictured below.
  9. The Italian Stone Pines on Anapamu were suffering from drought and were on our minds.
  10. The Milpas Community Association turned trash cans into art!

Santa Barbara Year in ReView: August, 2014

Santa Barbara View takes a look back at the stories that made news in Santa Barbara, California this year. Here are ten stories from August, 2014.
  1. For the roundabout at Las Positas, the total project cost will be over $1.6 million.
  2. Coexisting with Bicyclists, Motorists and Pedestrians.
  3. An Appreciation: The Library.
  4. The Santa Barbara City Council looked at a $4 million plan to renovate Library Plaza.
  5. UC Santa Barbara dropped to number three in the party school rankings.
  6. Illegal food vendors were shut down over the course of the 2014 Old Spanish Days Fiesta.
  7. Huge waves hit Santa Barbara California thanks to hurricane Marie, pictured below.
  8. As the first day of school approached, parents and kids of all ages anticipated, speculated and calculated the days ahead.
  9. The City of Santa Barbara cracked down on gas powered leaf blowers.

Santa Barbara Year in ReView: July, 2014

Santa Barbara View takes a look back at the stories that made news in Santa Barbara, California this year. Here are ten stories from July, 2014.
  1. The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved.
  2. The 4th of July holiday weekend ushered in the highest prices for a gallon of gas since 2008.
  3. On the 4th of July in 1876, the famous Moreton Bay Fig was planted!
  4. Viewers weighed in on Jim Armstrong’s tenure as Santa Barbara City Administrator.
  5. Five things to do for Santa Barbara’s next City Administrator.
  6. Sign laws designed to protect and enhance the City’s historic character were mocked.
  7. Ornamental water fountains in Santa Barbara were turned off due to drought regulations.
  8. Neighbors of El Encanto objected to employees parking on APS.
  9. Need Help From The City of Santa Barbara? Here’s Where To Get It!
  10. A controversial crosswalk sting took place throughout the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas.

EcoFacts: Lunar Happenings

Weekly column by Barbara Hirsch

Last Sunday brought us the winter solstice – the shortest day ushering in the winter, and the southernmost sunrise and sunset in our northern hemisphere skies. As the new moon corresponded closely with the solstice we also had very high and low tides here is Santa Barbara and great beach walks for the holiday time.

Low TideTides are at their greatest range with new moons and full moons. From new moon to full is 14 3/4 days. With such a great effect on our large bodies of water, how about us living creatures, also sustained by water?

A wise older friend of mine suggested planting while the moon was waxing. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, root vegetables should be planted during the waning of the moon, and above ground fruits and veggies should be planted during the waxing of the moon. These guides are based on the gravitational pull of moisture in the soil.

Activities of sea creatures are at least affected by the light of the moon if not the tides. At fish markets on an island of the Phillippines, reef fish are plentiful during the new moon, and not at all during the full, when they retreat into the reefs.

Some experience that our appetites and cravings are greater when the moon waxes, and that dieting or fasting is easier as it wanes.

My neighbor is an emergency room nurse and agrees with the common understanding among hospital workers that full moons are not good times for the ER. And though studies have refuted this “lunatic” connection, the nurses have their own experiences to gird them.

One correlation that has recently been proven is with our sleep. Participants in a study unaffected by amount of light from the moon or knowledge of its phase slept less AND less deeply during the full moon.

Here’s to greater connections between us and the natural world, and explorations thereof, in 2015!

Saturdays with Seibert: Merry Windy Christmas

Local Views of Santa Barbara by Dan Seibert

I walked down to the harbor in the afternoon on Christmas day. As soon as I got there the wind came up, strongly. Some of my friends braved it and went out on surf skis and outrigger canoes.

But I’m not complaining about the wind, I called my sister in Taos and she said it was 31 and they expected snow. – Dan


Santa Barbara Year in ReView: June, 2014

Santa Barbara View takes a look back at the stories that made news in Santa Barbara, California this year. Here are ten stories from June, 2014:

  1. The Santa Barbara News-Press announced that they are moving to a two-section paper.
  2. The City Council considered an ordinance to prohibit public urination and defecation.
  3. Sharon Byrne offered up here take on Elliot Roger’s rampage.
  4. Aerial billboards made their way up from the spring-break beaches of Mexico to the American Riviera.
  5. A senior prank at Santa Barbara High School made national news.
  6. Chris Mitchum won the California Primary in the 24th Congressional District.
  7. Happy 8th birthday to Santa Barbara’s barely-used Granada Garage!
  8. A look back at Santa Barbara’s great earthquake in 1925.
  9. Loretta Redd said to get real about district-election representation.
  10. SBView presented a series about the five Missions that grace our local community.

Santa Barbara Year in ReView: May, 2014

Santa Barbara View takes a look back at the stories that made news in Santa Barbara, California this year. Here are ten stories from May, 2014:

  1. Way To Go, Santa Barbara City Council! Part II
  2. Residential burglaries were on the rise in Santa Barbara.
  3. The public market opened, but delivery trucks shut Chapala down to one lane.
  4. The 2014 telephone books arrived, wrapped in plastic bags.
  5. The ban on plastic grocery bags was in the air.
  6. The Santa Barbara City Council declared a stage-two drought in Santa Barbara.
  7. Horror in Isla Vista—seven dead after rampage.
  8. Weeds took over the Coast Village road roundabout and Dan did something about it.
  9. In Santa Barbara, temperatures reached into the 90’s in May!

Merry Christmas Santa Barbara

Did you know… Christmas was not celebrated in Santa Barbara until 1782, the year Padre Serra blessed a Christian cross near the intersection of Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Streets to mark the founding of the Royal Presidio? Merry Christmas Santa Barbara!
Merry Christmas
Candlelight Carols at the blessing of the creche at the Santa Barbara Mission. Photo by Bill Heller

Santa Barbara Year in ReView: April, 2014

Santa Barbara View takes a look back at the stories that made news in Santa Barbara, California this year. Here are ten stories from April, 2014:

  1. The 2014 State of the City of Santa Barbara video.
  2. Was Goleta really going to change their name to attract tourists?
  3. The eighth cruise ship of the spring season brought more that tourist dollars, it brought passengers who had been stricken by a norovirus.
  4. The initiative to ban fracking in Santa Barbara began.
  5. Neighbors of the El Encanto became upset with hotel employees parking on city streets.
  6. Controversial journalist Peter Lance returned to the local scene with an investigative report on “the Congresswoman, the Iraq war vet and the cover-up of a DUI scandal”.
  7. Santa Barbara celebrated its 232nd birthday!
  8. The brick “wall”in front of the Habit, pictured below, was walled off.
  9. Councilmembers step up to improve the quality of life for all Santa Barbara residents.
  10. Thanks to Visit Santa Barbara, the American Riviera got a coloring book.