Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Sandpiper Golf Course is one of the best places I can imagine to spend a few hours, especially this time of year when the sunsets are really getting spectacular. There is something about their beautiful little slice of our coastline the clouds seem to do particularly magical things just as the sun hangs low in the sky to highlight their amazing texture and beauty.
“Today we celebrate the birthday of Pearl Chase, which ought to be a day of recognition in this city that owes her so much. So much of the natural and architectural beauty we see around our community is directly attributable to her influence and vision.
In her day she wielded great power, but never held political office. Throughout her long life she was honored by organizations and individuals near and far. In her later years, the community gathered for commemorate her milestone birthdays.” – Cheri Rae
On October 15, 2013 the Santa Barbara City Council adopted the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance. The ordinance prohibits stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers at the point of sale and requires a 10-cent charge for each paper bag provided to customers. For larger supermarkets and stores with a pharmacy the bag ban began on May 14, 2014. For smaller food, convenience and drug stores the bag ban begins today, November 14. Last year, approximately 47,300,000 single-use plastic bags were distributed in Santa Barbara.
The controversial graffiti mural on the back of the Church of Skatan, 26 E Gutierrez St., received a permanent permit yesterday from the Architectural Board of Review (ABR). Living on a one-year permit, the mural, taken from a children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, was slated to come down before the unanimous ruling. The ABR justified keeping the mural, painted by David Flores, by concluding that it has actual artistic merit.
I witnessed a random act of goodness this morning.
As I wandered through the harbor area, camera in one hand and Peet’s coffee in the other, a guy rode by me then stopped and locked his bike to a tree. Earlier I noticed a number of pieces of trash, like someone had dropped a bag full and the sea gull went through it. This good man proceeded to pick up all the trash and deposit it in the trash cans, then he hit the beach.