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7’S UPI don’t want to talk about the Film
Festival.I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had
a good time attending it. � e opening fi lm, Disconnected, was an interesting social commentary – even if a bit of a downer – and my wife and I both rather enjoyed it. � e opening night gala was a blast, as well, with Paseo Nuevo all dressed up in a creative installation based on � e Shining (a favorite fl ick of mine) and hosting lots of local food and a wildly open bar. (Check out this week’s Sentinel’s Take for lots of compromising photos taken of unwitting attendees.)
� e secretive “Ben Affl eck party” at Arlington Tavern was fun, and Diego Barbieri and the gang did a great job hosting it. Daniel Day-Lewis’s interview was informative and held our attention for some time.
Etcetera.As I navigated the whole spectacle that
SBIFF has become, with crowds and media and security everywhere (I was nearly subjected to a full cavity search to get into the Affl eck extravaganza), there was one thing I couldn’t shake. One thing I just couldn’t seem to get past.
� ere are thousands of people from all over the place and dozens of media outlets from around the world and searchlights and sponsors and red carpets and oooohs and aaaahs and and and…
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For what? I understand the enormous popularity
of the performing arts, and I enjoy film and really enjoy theater and other live productions, but does the fact that Daniel Day-Lewis – a fine actor, to be sure – got his start in an English boarding school really whip the masses into a delighted frenzy? (Yes, is apparently the answer, although I personally can’t explain it.) Does being in a bar with Ben Affleck really get people so unbelievably pumped that a security force reminiscent of the Secret Service is necessary? (Again, almost inexplicably, yes.)
I’ve got one word, my friends, one single word that comes to mind as I write: Weird voyeuristic tendencies. (That’s three words. Sorry. It started as one, I swear.)
The Film Fest’s fervent, quasi-religious mass appeal is tough for me to understand. I suppose that’s why Roger Durling is running it and I, quite clearly, am not.
But like I said, I don’t want to talk about the Film Festival.
So let’s move on.
The Way Things Work (In SB)
Let’s talk instead about something I really like. What, you ask, is that?
It’s Santa Barbara. I just like the way things seem to work around here.
Take last Thursday evening, for example. I was downtown waiting for Wendi (my wife) to come meet me for the Film Fest (damn it,
I just can’t get away from it), and decided to pop on into Intermezzo for a glass of wine and some conversation with GM Sarah Rudd, Servers Trevor Lowder and Rick Gavin, and Bartender Chris Wright. (I’m in that place way too much.) When I walked through the door, I immediately bumped into a couple friends from around town, Sam Zodeh and Patrick Pflipsen (Flip, to me), who introduced me to a friendly guy named Shawn Comrie.
Cue libations. Cue laughter.Shawn and I got to talking about a new
project he’s been working on in the Funk Zone.
I like the Funk Zone. I like Shawn. And I quickly came to understand that I
like what he’s cooking up.Cue my wife. More libations. More
laughter. Cue the development of this story.Isn’t Santa Barbara great?
Cultivating the Cultural Renaissance
7 Bar & Kitchen is a new addition to Helena Street, just up the way from Reds Bar & Tapas and across the street from Harbor Meat and Seafood in the Funk Zone. Shawn teamed up with friend and colleague Michael Astudillo – a local musician and food industry vet – around six months ago to create something very local, very collaborative and very Santa Barbara-centric.
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Content takeFilm Fest Photo Fiesta
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is in full swing. And while the jury is still out on its impact on local
business – we heard from exactly one of you in that regard last week (thanks, Michael Fessier, appreciate the letter) – the jury is decidedly in on a couple other things.
First, many Santa Barbarians are out and about, seeing and being seen, having a blast and enjoying the many offerings Roger Durling and the gang have brought us this year. That’s good. And the weather looks pretty Santa Barbara-ish for the next five or six days so get out there and join in the fun.
Second, lots of out-of-towners are here, too, checking out our fair City by the Sea. (We’d say “Eden by the Sea,” but that would be ripping off the magnificent Richard Mineards and we aren’t that kind of publication. Usually.) Leo DiCaprio is unfortunately not one of them –
Photos and captions by Julie Bifano
Crystal Lomeli and a friend get down and boogie at the SBIFF Opening Night Gala.
Dancing diva Crystal Lomeli takes a breath off the gala dance floor to pose in her stylish attire.
Hip gala goers Adrienne Perry and Siobhan Elyse strike a pose.
Cover Mazza’s Missive – Unable to glad-hand his way into the film industry, Matt tires of the SBIFF and moves on to something he actually likes: 7 Bar & Kitchen, a new project in the Funk Zone. (Congratulations Shawn and Mikey, make it happen guys.)
P.4 Sentinel’s Take – Fun with Film Fest photos. The Sentinel sets a new world record for pictures of human beings in a 32-page weekly rag. (Check out John Palminteri’s toothy grin alongside a pair of lovely ladies on page 20. Classic.)
P.6 It’s Crime Time with SBPD – The music biz has the Grammys. Theater has the Tonys. Now Santa Barbara criminals have the Crimeys. (They’d like to thank the Academy for being sarcastic jerks.)
P.7 Letters to the Editor – Senior citizens want LARGER TYPEFACE and we want to give it to them; weapons of mass destruction and the Second Amendment from Thomas Bryan; Alan Hurst takes a lighter look at the Film Fest (Michael Fessier, Jr. doesn’t); and the Sentinel has clout. Finally.
P.8 The Dish – Wendy Jenson hits the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch. Shocking spoiler alert: The food is terrific. (So are the views.)
P.9 The Beer Guy – Zach Rosen likes football. But he loves beer and beer food. Make his recipes for the Super Bowl and be the envy of the party.
P.10 Santa Barbara View – Sharon Byrne likes NO, a film about a Chilean election in the late 1980s. Ray Estrada talks Film Fest business and that cool animated intro. And the impending Lock & Key “singles gathering” isn’t what you think it is. (Assuming you think it is what we think it is.)
P.17 Commercial Corner – Austin Herlihy is back again, and brings us the down-low on State Street retail leasing trends. (Nice piece, Austin, informative and pretty darn readable for a commercial realtor. We see a future for you in fashion writing.)
P.19 Girl About Town – New contributor Julie Bifano is the yin to Mark Leisure’s yang, and does a bang-up job at the Film Fest’s opening night gala. Here she talks about the artistic installment – it was great – but she also took all the photos for this week’s Sentinel’s Take. Julie’s our (un-paid, over-worked) employee of the week this week.
P.22 Presidio Sports – John Dvorak sits down with former-Niner (and SB local) Ron Heller and talks Super Bowl. San Marcos Student Athlete of the Year Ian Hall has a 4.73 GPA (!) and has been accepted to Yale (!!). Noah Burke’s beautiful buzzer-beater. SBART Athletes of the Week. Scores and schedules. Get pumped.
P.24 Journal Jim – Jim Buckley is back on loan from his Montecito Journal with a terrific story on SB’s beloved Judith D. “Sammy” Case and the paddle-out to celebrate her life. (This is a nice piece, Jim, thanks. And much love to Sammy.)
P.26 Goleta Girl – Jana Mackin’s DUI in Goleta last year really taught her a lesson. It involves horse poop and ponies.
P.27 The Weekly Capitalist – Like many of us, Jeff Harding was stupefied by the “Trillion Dollar Coin” proposal a couple weeks ago. Enough said.
P.28 Plan B – Should Briana’s hubby endure castration because she wants no further children? Tough call… but March Madness is coming up. (Come on Paulie, you can do it!)
P.29 LOVEmikana – A LOVEmikana triple feature treat, involving booze (The Bourbon Room), crafts (EtsySB) and shoes (Koolaburra). What else is there? Check out the weekend guide, too, for stuff to do this week.
P.30 Residential Real Estate – Between his pregnant wife, recovering dog and impending child, Michael Calcagno is exhausted. Oh, and he actually talks about real estate, too. January was a barn-burner. Real estate’s on fire!
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It'sCrimetime... ...with the SBPD
A variety of crimes are committed every day in Santa Barbara; most of these crimes are petty but they do offer a window into if not the soul of the perpetrator, at least his or her thought process. Our following (and totally unsolicited) thoughts, observations, and comments are put forth for your consideration.
Introducing The Crimeys
The music business has the Grammys. Television has the Emmys. The film industry has the Oscars. (And the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes, and a Montecito Award, an American Riviera Award, a Cinema Vanguard Award, a Virtuoso Award, and so many,
many others.) Broadway has the Tonys. Off-Broadway has the Obies. And now, mischievous miscreants and depraved degenerates in Santa Barbara have an
award of their own, too.You know, the wicked warlords. The nefarious nymphs. The dastardly delinquents. The
reprehensible racketeers. The outcast outlaws. The bad seeds. All of them. They have the Crimeys.In the spirit of other self-congratulatory, self-aggrandizing industries, the Sentinel will
occasionally dole out a few awards for Santa Barbara’s best and brightest… er, ah, worst and tightest. And it turns out that perhaps the best time for the Crimeys is precisely when the Film Festival comes to town and doles out a few awards of its own. For lots of people are doing lots of bad things during the festival.
Lots of bad things indeed.So invite your friends over for some popcorn and snacks. Settle in with a drink and read
aloud to each other. Who knows, you just might know one of this year’s recipients; the Crimeys, unlike many other award shows, are totally inclusive and distinctly not exclusive. Anybody can get one.
BEST COSTUME DESIGNWhat a special category. This year, the inaugural Crimey for Best Costume Design
goes to a highly intoxicated Santa Barbara man who was found lying in a gutter on West Micheltorena wearing a fedora and sunglasses at 1:30am. Amazing vision. A truly brave selection, a bold wardrobe statement that will cement his place in Santa Barbara criminal costume design history for all time. We can see him lying there, hat barely hanging on, glasses cocked to one side, eyes closed, sleeping deeply, soundly, right there in a westside gutter. Breathtaking. Simply breathtaking.
BEST ORIGINAL SCOREThe Best Original Score Crimey goes to a drunken 50-year-old transient woman, bent
over in front of a local liquor store, “bellowing incoherently.” “It was like a choir of angels from on high singing songs of peace, songs of freedom, to the world,” one awestruck passerby gushed, “I’ve never heard such a complex and frankly dumbfounding performance.” We can only imagine the grandeur.
BEST ACTOR IN A ROMANTIC COMEDYThis is a tough category – there’s always a lot of pent-up aggression between lovers young
and old that can really lend itself to the Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy Crimey. Simply
crime time Quote oF the week
“I’m going to slap you too.”A 35 year old SB man to a SBPD Sergeant after socking a woman just off State Street.
banging on an ex-girlfriend’s door in the middle of the night and threatening her and everyone else within earshot with bodily harm was not enough to actually win, but one man’s truly compelling performance, coupled with a total lack of trousers, put this middle-aged offender over the top.
Bravo, friend, don’t just scare the hell out of an entire neighborhood, do it in the calming pitch-blackness of the early morning with your unmentionables out for all to admire. Stunning.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDIC ROLEThis one is best presented by SBPD itself:“I was dispatched to [a local liquor store] for a complaint of an intoxicated male refusing
to leave. Upon arrival, I contacted the intoxicated subject standing in the doorway with his pants around his ankles, unable to care for himself.”
CUE LAUGH TRACK. “None of that was even in the script,” the recipient confided, “I just thought the whole
scene would play better with my pants around my ankles. Total improvisation there. I don’t know what to say… it was like an out-of-body experience. I just felt my pants coming down and knew it was right. I knew it was Crimey quality.”
BEST FOREIGN ACTOR IN A LOCAL FILMA 22-year-old Thousand Oaks man was found face down in a ditch off of State Street.
“It was a powerful performance,” one witness remarked, “it was like he couldn’t get out of the role. He was trapped in it, lost in his character. Absolutely shitfaced.” We’re sure this is the first of many Crimeys for Mr. Thousand Oaks, and we can’t wait to see him again.
BEST PYROTECHNIC DISPLAYAfter entering a local convenience store late one night last week, this 33-year-old mansient
walked straight to the counter and demanded money. When the clerk told him there was no money, it was all in the safe, the perp demanded that the clerk open the safe. When the clerk explained he had no access to the safe, the man threatened to light the place on fire. Then he tried to light a hostess cupcake standup display in flames. When that didn’t catch particularly well, he lit a cardboard battery display on fire. The heroic clerk – who should be awarded the opposite of a Crimey (whatever that is) – threw the flaming display out of the store.
And while he did that, the indigent would-be incinerator – a proud Crimey recipient – stole the store keys and ran away. Brilliant. Absolutely magnificent. Distracting pyrotechnics, sleight of hand, valueless robbery. What more could the academy want?
BEST PRODUCERTo win this coveted Crimey at just 45 years of age is special. To win it in such grandiose
fashion is legendary. After being stopped and searched due to an outstanding warrant, this grown man was
found to have four unused syringes, cotton balls, a digital scale, a torch lighter and a “bindle” filled with a brown sticky substance that later tested positive for heroin. Talk about going the extra mile for your film cast and crew. Unbelievable. That’s Crimey material all the way.
BONNIE & CLYDE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDHere’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, folks, the Crimey’s Bonnie and Clyde
Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s recipients need no introduction – both are from Hollywood, California, and in their twenties. They dated for some time but then split up, quite publicly. She even got a highly publicized restraining order against him.
But then they reconnected in Santa Barbara last week, and imbibed libations at a local favorite watering hole. She got behind the wheel and was quickly pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving – wait, people get DUIs in Santa Barbara? – which ultimately led to her arrest. SBPD subsequently discovered the restraining order and arrested the young man for violating it – wait, you can get arrested for violating a restraining order even if the victim herself invites you nearer than 100 yards? (that is a bit tough, guys) – and they found a baggie of cocaine on him after they searched incident to arrest.
It takes two to win this Crimey, folks, and our Hollywood friends really embody the spirit the academy looks for. Congratulations, Bonnie and Clyde, and to all our winners. We’ll see you again next year at the gala.
Be good out there in the meantime.
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I ’ve spoken with a few seniors about the Sentinel. We love the content and the convenience of its size. We do have one
misgiving, though… the size of the print and the lightness of it. Could the ink be darker? Could the writing be a touch larger? Also, your “Editor’s Notes” are very hard to read in italics, especially for a senior’s eyes unless outside in the light. Please pass it along to the right people. We so love to keep up with what’s going on in and around Santa Barbara.
D. ThomsonSanta Barbara(Editor’s Note: Thanks for the
handwritten letter, D. Thomson, I want nothing more than for seniors – a strong demographic for us, believe it or not – to continue enjoying the paper. Without passing the proverbial buck, however, this sounds like an issue for publisher Tim Buckley. Hey Tim, what can we do here? Come on man, make it happen! – MSM )
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Second Amendment
A response to former Sheriff Jim Thomas’s position, respecting the Right to Bear Arms: What type of weapon(s) do we as citizens have a right to bear and possess? Weapons capable of mass destruction, mass injury and mass killing, such as machine guns, cannons, RPGs, hand grenades and bombs? No – they have been declared as inappropriate and illegal; but it is presently deemed appropriate and legal to bear and possess rapid firing semiautomatic hand guns and rifles, equipped with high velocity bullets and high bullet capacity clips and magazines, and other weapons capable of causing mass destruction, mass injury and mass death? What’s wrong with this concept? Are such handguns and rifles contemplated or needed pursuant to the right to bear arms? What type of weapon is needed to preserve our right to bear arms? How much killing power is needed?
Thomas Bryan Santa Barbara(Editor’s Note: I know this is a complex
and difficult quasi-constitutional issue – I say quasi-constitutional (gasp!) because I sincerely doubt that our founding fathers anticipated the types of “arms” that we presently have the right to bear and thus wonder whether it should all fall within the governance of the Second Amendment anyway – but I view it pretty simplistically. There needs to be meaningful legislation addressing the sale, possession, transfer and use of the most dangerous and least necessary weapons that presently are bought and sold (and used) without significant restriction. And those
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perspicacious, to be fair), then let us know. There's no limit on words or subject matter, so go ahead and let it rip to: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Letters to the Editor, 133 East De La Guerra Street, No. 182, Santa Barbara, California 93101. You can also leap into the 21st century and email us at [email protected].
laws need to be enforced. Violations should have serious deterrent repercussions. Period.
I don’t get it – why do people needs those types of weapons? I know plenty of hunters (I’ve even personally hunted and killed a turkey and pheasants and doves, though I’m no hunter) and none of them are mowing down Elk in Montana with machine guns. (Many I know are using compound bows at this point, anyway.) So, ah… what are they for? To permit gun fanatics to show them off to friends? To shoot at beer cans after some heavy drinking with the boys? As I said, I don’t get it.
The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I understand that the Constitution and Bill of Rights have certain protections built in to ensure less-centralized government (remember the British?) and states’ rights. And I think that is a good thing. But do we really need a heavily armed California militia at this point? How about an Arizona one? Arkansas? West Virginia? Does that make us safer? Is that how we want our laws enforced? I have an idea: let’s permit ownership of the arms available in the late 1700s and go from there. That would be constitutional. And it’s a simple rule, one easily enforced. Thanks for the note. – MSM)
What’s With All The Klieg Lights?
Matt – given your coverage of the Film Festival in your Mazza’s Missive and the Sentinel’s Take last week, I thought you
might be interested in a more light-hearted look at the whole thing. Here’s a few thoughts:
Hollywood is glamorous but it can also be cruel. The really big stars get the red carpet treatment and arrive in stretch limousines. But the has-beens get astro-turf and a cab driver who doesn’t understand English.
Whenever you mention The Oscar, you always have to use the registered trademark symbol. That’s so we don’t get it confused with the bologna.
And why do they call it the International Film Festival if it’s here in Santa Barbara? I think “The Hey Dude Film Festival” would be a better name.
Robert Redford has the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Boy, he sure has aged. Maybe he should have the Sunscreen festival.
Santa Barbara will never beat the Cannes film festival, because there they have movie stars and topless beaches. We have movie stars and... homeless outreaches.
Actually, Santa Barbara is home to quite a few movie stars and celebrities. Oprah lives in Montecito. And I have no idea where Rob Lowe’s house is located...
What’s with all the searchlights in the sky at every big film opening? Are people looking for their seats? Or are the stars arriving by plane? Look, there’s Nicole Kidman in a parachute!
There are rumors Ben Affleck will run for Senate. A lot of actors have made the
transition into politics. But it’s never the other way around. You never see a politician going into acting. They would be typecast. You could only imagine them in one role. Obama as the new sheriff who comes to town, and takes everybody’s gun away. Bill Clinton could only be a star in one kind of movie - and I don’t even want to say what that is.
The movies have lost their magic. Remember the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, how the stars used to plant their feet in cement at a big film opening? Now we get gum stuck to our shoes at the theater.
If you’re lucky you’ll rub elbows with a big-time producer. If you’re really lucky you’ll rub chests with an up-and-coming starlet.
Alan HurstSanta Barbara(Editor’s Note: Believe it or not, Alan, I
actually enjoyed that. Thanks. Some are better than others, as you undoubtedly know, but overall pretty damn funny. Sunscreen festival. Clinton in a porno. Rubbing chests with starlets. Good stuff. Want a job? – MSM)
Film Fest SmackdownSan Luis Obispo has the wonderful
Palm Theatre (‘The World’s First Solar Powered Cinema’!): Five small rooms in a funky little stand-alone building a few blocks up from the main drag. It offers the
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Start the Three-Course Market Menu with one of three appetizers. Roasted Chestnut Soup comes with brioche croutons and Bellwether Farms Crème Fraîche. Hamachi Sashimi is plated with farmer’s market avocado, edamame and ponzu (a citrus soy) sauce. Lastly, Farmer’s Market Lettuces are served with grilled asparagus, local tear drop tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles and stone ground mustard vinaigrette.
There are three entrée choices as well. Organic Roasted Chicken is served with
sautéed fingerling potatoes and thyme jus. Local Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto mixes organic pea shoots, oven toasted tomatoes and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pan-Seared Local Halibut is presented with purple potato puree sweet carrot nage and roasted asparagus. The potatoes are from Peru, home to thousands of potato varieties.
Finish with one of two desserts. Butterscotch Pudding mixes Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey cream, Valrhona chocolate cookie crumbs and fleur de sel de Guérande (fancy sea salt). The Meyer Lemon Tart is made with SYR lemons, garden infused lavender and local orange blossom honey cream. It’s one tart tart!
Downstairs from the Stonehouse is the more casual Plow & Angel restaurant. The Ranch’s name “San Ysidro” is Spanish for “Saint Isadore.” The patron saint of farmers is always pictured with a plow, angel and oxen. Dinner is served daily from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Try the Ranch Macaroni & Cheese with prosciutto di Parma and four cheese sauce; $17.
The San Ysidro Ranch, Stonehouse and Plow & Angel restaurants are located at 900 San Ysidro Lane; 805-565-1700. From the 101, exit San Ysidro Road and head up the hill for about one mile. Turn right on San Ysidro Lane. The Stonehouse is open 11:30am to 2:00pm Thursday thru Saturday; 10:00am to 2:00pm for Sunday Brunch ($54 per person); and daily for dinner from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Eagerly awaiting tips, tips, tips: If you have any restaurant information, please contact me at [email protected].
The Stonehouse restaurant experience begins upon arrival at the San Ysidro Ranch in the foothills of Montecito.
The drive is divine, a canopy of ornamental olive trees selected for their beauty as they do not bear fruit. Underneath is a sea of lavender. The greeter is at your car window before you can “roll” it down. Just follow the road to the right to valet parking.
There are benefits to having lunch, rather than dinner, at the SYR. Daylight is best for viewing the mountain and ocean vistas, and the spectacular grounds (abloom even in the dead of winter). Kudos to the gardeners. There are citrus trees heavy with fruit, impressive oaks, a lily pond and eucalyptus pergola. Diners are invited to visit the chef ’s herb and vegetable garden.
The accolades and awards for the Ranch are many. Forbes Traveler declared the San Ysidro Ranch the “Best Hotel in America” in 2009. In 2010, Travel & Leisure magazine named the SYR the “Best Resort in the Continental U.S. and Canada.” Indeed, the service is certainly the best in town.
A restaurant at the “best hotel in America” (that’s how the phone is answered) has to be great. The food by Executive Chef Matthew Johnson satisfies discriminating diners. Oprah (no last name necessary) is said to be a regular. Chef Johnson procures the freshest and best organic ingredients.
Owner Ty Warner travels the globe in search of decorative treasures for his properties. He has deep pockets and excellent taste. Entering the Stonehouse lounge is like stepping into a Ralph Lauren ad. Oil paintings of someone’s ancestors make the place feel like a private estate. Horse and duck antiques are placed about the room. Rich leather chairs sit beneath a high wood-beamed ceiling. The room
is warmed by a decorative Round Oak stove built in the late 1800s. Flowers are everywhere.
The Stonehouse is the type of place where an 18-year-old scotch is ordered – at lunch. Sixteen wines are served by the glass from a state-of-the-art (but vintage looking) Cruvinet, a temperature and oxygen controlled environment. An art deco absinthe fountain serves four. Both objet d’art are functional and beautiful.
The cover of the menu features a charming illustration by the same artist (a lady who prefers to remain anonymous) who does the clever ads for the property. Inside is the masterful menu by Chef Johnson. SYR’s Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup is served with farmer’s market avocado, organic grilled chicken, cheddar cheese and tortilla crisps; $15. Blackened Salmon on Housemade Focaccia is plated with applewood smoked bacon, baby arugula, vine ripe tomato and herb rémoulade; $29.
While there are several excellent a la carte items, The Dish recommends the Three-Course Market Menu, a great value at $38. For comparison’s sake, Stonehouse
The covered patio at the Stonehouse features a wood burning fireplace and heated stone flooring. The fab moon chargers are for sale in the gift shop; $135. Beanie Babies are also for sale there.
In the 1800s, the San Ysidro Ranch grew citrus and the Stonehouse was the packing house.
Pan-Seared Local Halibut is served with purple potato puree, sweet carrot nage and roasted asparagus.
The Meyer Lemon Tart is made with garden infused lavender and local orange blossom honey cream. It’s presented on a piece of slate sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Stonehouse Executive Chef Matthew Johnson is pictured outside the sand stone building.
Little Gem Lettuces (grown in Carpinteria) are presented with garden beets, watermelon radish, Laura Chenel’s Chèvre handcrafted goat milk cheese, and mineola tangerine vinaigrette; $15.
Three-Course Stonehouse Lunch
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B eer and sports simply go together. Something about expecting the flavors of your preferred brew
reflects the anticipated performance of your favorite player. I’ve watched people bond over liking the same IPA in similar ways that they do when wearing each other’s team colors.
While not personally huge on sports, the Super Bowl is the one game that I always make sure to watch. Admittedly, I spend more time scouring the snack table than paying attention to the game. Simmering brats in a brew or shoving a beer can up a chicken’s backside before throwing it on the barbeque are classic game day plans. Simple and effective recipes, yes, but this is the Super Bowl! It is the one day to play around more with your food and beer.
Here are two recipes to add a little more spirit to your table. Both are in Super Bowl serving sizes, but can easily be reduced by half for any normal day.
Smooth Stout Bison Chili A creamy chili with layers of flavors and textures
¼ cup grapeseed oil2 large red onions, chopped2 lbs ground bison (90% lean) 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained2 (8 oz) cans hominy, rinsed and drained ½ – 1 (7 oz) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce½ cup ketchup 550 ml Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (or similar sweet stout)2 cups beef broth2 large avocados, chopped 8 oz Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue (or other creamy blue cheese)
In a large pot, heat the oil and brown the onions. Add the ground bison and cook until browned as well. Reduce to medium heat and add the black beans,
hominy, chipotle peppers, ketchup, stout and beef broth. The entire can of chipotles will add a noticeable spiciness but only use half if you desire a gentler heat. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the blue cheese and avocado then simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
Leeking Abbey Dip A sweet, citric and spicy dip
4 tbsp butter2 cubes vegetable bouillon 4 large leeks, well rinsed and chopped2 tsp ground coriander 2 cups Pranqster (Leffe, or other Belgian-style Abbey ale)2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
Melt butter in a large skillet and crumble the vegetable bouillon on top, stirring well. Add leeks and coriander, browning over medium heat for 15 – 20 minutes. Slowly add beer and reduce for 5 – 10 minutes. Turn off heat and fold in cream cheese. Refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to allow the flavors to blend.
Oh, and Go Niners.
This spicy Smooth Stout Bison Chili would be a perfect dish for Super Bowl Sunday.
Dip some chips in this Leeking Abbey Dip that combines leeks with Belgian-style Abbey ale.
Game Day Beer Snacks
by Zach Rosen
Zach Rosen is a Certified Cicerone® and beer educator living in Santa Barbara. He uses his background in chemical engineering and the arts to seek out abstract expressions of beer and discover how beer pairs with life.
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by Sharon Byrne
Politics, the potential ousting of a brutal dictator in an election with the
world watching, where the tools of those seeking freedom from dictatorship are the arts, marketing and advertising….
What’s not to love?The movie NO intrigued me from the
start. I knew it was about the Chilean election in 1988, a referendum somewhat forced by the rest of the world on Pinochet to legitimize his regime. He’d taken Chile by brutal force, as the head of the military. Now that rule would be put to the test of democracy, and extended another eight years… or abolished.
On its face, it sounds fair… but here there be dragons. When the election ministers are all under the thumb of the dictator, what ‘fair’ outcome is remotely possible? When that same government censors news stories unfavorable to itself, and ‘disappears’ activists and protestors?
To give at least the appearance of fairness, each side would be given 15 minutes to present their case nightly, for 27 days, on Chilean National TV. Then the vote would be taken.
Enter the campaigns. Keep Pinochet in power: Si! (yes); or vote him out: the NO. Under the glare of international scrutiny, lending perhaps some sense of oversight, openly identifying with either camp is very risky. If you’re on the NO team, and you lose, you’d likely be facing arrest, torture and execution. If you’re on the YES team, aligned with the dictator, which seems like a safe bet, you’re supporting a capricious man who might well turn on you at some point. And if he loses, you lose too – your standing and your support in the society dependent on his regime being in power.
That’s interesting enough to get me into a theater seat, but what NO does particularly well is rope you in with a compelling human drama through which the campaign story is told. The story centers on the genius and vision of a rising star in advertising, Rene Saavedra, played beautifully by Gael Garcia Bernal. Saavedra is first attached to the NO campaign as a consultant. His estranged wife is a political activist who spends more time getting arrested and beat up than she does with him and their adorable little boy. He feels powerless as her activism destabilizes his home life.
At the first meeting of the NO campaign, we see the video they’re planning to run: 15 minutes of death, torture, disappearances, arrests, and police brutality under Pinochet’s 15-year rule.
Saavedra frowns on the heavy video, and suggests a positive, upbeat campaign, similar to those he runs for soft drinks.
Naturally, this idea flies like a lead balloon. The NO campaign is packed with 17 different political parties. Imagine getting that crowd to agree on anything. But when they interview some voters, they discover that there is no strong incentive to vote no. If people have food in their pantries, and decent work, they don’t see a need to change, despite the violence that installed Pinochet. Focusing on that brutal past, while perhaps vindicating and cathartic, was clearly not going to win the election. So the NO campaign pulls in a dream team of various artists that produce the campaign: an upbeat jingle that turns into a national anthem, a film crew that shoot happy scenes of what the world will be like after NO wins and Pinochet is gone, and an artist that crafts the rainbow logo (sold to the multiple political parties jostling in the campaign as symbolic of themselves – they’re all in the rainbow – a piece of salesmanship genius). Ousted newscasters return to help frame the spots.
The film expertly weaves the story of the making of the commercials with the commercials that actually appeared on TV. As the NO campaign gains traction, Pinochet’s team resorts to propaganda, censorship, and other dictatorial tactics.
In this escalating cat-and-mouse game of competing 15-minute nightly spots over 27 days, an ominous tone emerges. This is not just a campaign, or a simple election.
Saavedra’s home is broken into and vandalized while he and his son are sleeping. NO campaign team members are followed by Pinochet’s henchmen. Threats are made against the NO campaign team’s families. Pinochet’s military police storm a peaceful NO campaign rally, with fire hoses and clubs.
The stakes are supremely high, which makes the NO campaign team’s courage and tactics all the more impressive, in my opinion.
NO is Chile’s submission to the 2013
Oscars, and a strong contender. It won the Art Cinema and Directors Fortnight awards at Cannes in 2012. The screening at the Lobero Saturday was packed.
Put this one on your ‘must watch’ list – it’s outstanding!
Business Beatby Ray Estrada
No Mystery Movie: Festival Kick Starts 2013
While it always has been a boon to the South Coast economy, the Santa
Barbara International Film Festival is helping kick off what promises to be a great year for the region’s hospitality and industries, which already saw a jump in 2012.
When all is counted in a couple of months, city and county officials are bound to boast an even better increase in the hotel bed tax than the 11 percent jump reported for December 2012. Retail sales are expected be better than the past four Januarys, too.
Perhaps more movie fans are being drawn to SBIFF because of event chief Roger Durling’s success in drawing the biggest names in show biz at the moment, such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino. Or maybe it’s just that it follows on the heels of the highly regarded Sundance Film Festival. Or perhaps the local fest’s 28 years in business has just provided it with enough credibility to have economic staying power.
A start-studded festival is just a great way to keep the South Coast’s economic recovery rolling in what would normally be a slow time for retail and hospitality. However, even when the 2012 film fest wraps on Feb. 3, cruise ship season starts with a couple dozen visits planned this year to Santa Barbara and its ever-changing State Street.
While quaffing a latte this week, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider beamed at the prospect of sales tax revenue rolling in as tourists shop ‘til they drop. A typical cruise ship visitor can drop a couple hundred bucks before cruising away.
And, now that the state of California has backed away from taking over Santa Barbara’s downtown parking structures because they were built with redevelopment agency funds, merchants can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that shoppers can still getting free parking for 75 minutes.
Meanwhile, State Street continues to churn with comings, goings and stalled projects. But that’s a blog for later as new triple-net leases are being signed every week. More on that soon.
South Coast Business Sponsors Opening Animation
It’s not clear if anyone was able to see all of the screenings at this year’s film fest.
However, about everyone who saw any of the films witnessed the opening animation, which displays a look at 1912 Santa Barbara when it was “the motion picture capital of the world.”
Before Hollywoodland and the sound stages of Culver City, the South Coast’s Flying A Studios produced some of the first feature-length movies. Santa Barbara’s top staffing company, Express Employment Professionals, sponsored the opening animation for the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
The animation can be found here: vimeo.com/57627553
South Coast videographer Lance Wilhoite produced the opening animation and can be seen in one of its sequences as the director wearing a period cap and knickers near the camera.
The scene where the two men come out of some saloon doors is the Savoy Building on lower State Street. You will actually see many of the same architectural details today.
The scene with the girl on top of the biplane is Express Professional’s Miranda Poett, who worked as a front office coordinator, and is now in New York City pursuing her dreams of becoming an actress.
In the scene where the actress steps out of the car in front of the Granada Theatre and the press approach her, look closely in the background where posters on the wall were those actually used back in the day of the Flying A Studios.
Pete Seibert composed the music in just two days. “Expect to hear him in the future, he is an amazing musician,” said Karen
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Sharon Byrne is exec-utive director for the Milpas Community Association, and cur-rently serves on the Advisory Boards for the Salvation Army Hospi-tality House and Santa Barbara County Alcohol and Drug Problems.
NO director Pablo Larraín introduces the film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Ray Estrada is a writer, editor and media consul-tant who has worked for newspapers, radio news, wire services and online publications for the past 40 years. He has taught journalism at the Univer-sity of Southern California and now runs his own consulting business based in Santa Barbara.
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Second Lock & Key Event Features Karma Chow, Dr. Adept Truffles
Santa Barbara’s second Lock & Key singles gathering on Feb. 8 will feature
healthy food prepared by South Coast-based culinary nutritionist and certified wellness coach Melissa Costello and truffles made by author and business coach Dr. Kyre Adept, founder of the Church of Chocolate.
The event will be from 7 to 9pm at Kalyra Winery, 212 State St., and again will be sponsored by Santa Barbara Matchmaking.
Costello created “The Vital Life Cleanse”
and is the author of The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook. Dr. Adept is the principal at the Art of Integration based in Santa Barbara.
The event is for singles in their 30s to 50s. Cost is $22 by registering in advance online with a promotional code SBV13, or $27 at the door with an RSVP, or $32 at the door with no RSVP. Price includes a free glass of Kalyra wine. Santa Barbara Matchmaking founder Lisa Darsonval said more than 50 men and women are expected, but space is limited.
“Once attendees find the lock and key match, they can exchange their hardware for a raffle ticket, get a new set of hardware and start over and over again for more chances to win more than two thousand dollars worth of prizes,” Darsonval said.
Lock & Key events are held at dozens of cities around the country, but last fall’s gathering in Santa Barbara was the first of its kind on the South Coast.
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“It’s all about community cultivation,” both Shawn and Michael told me as we sat in the very nearly ready to open space. It’s dimly lit, with mostly brick walls adorned with colorful local art, a bit of an industrial-chic feel, in what may just prove to be a very interesting location. (Local real estate magnate Brian Kelly has a project across the street that may indeed be quite beneficial to Shawn and Michael’s business.)
“We really want to keep 7 authentic and true to Santa Barbara, not just with fresh, local ingredients for our cocktails and gourmet comfort food – that’s a given for us – but in the larger sense. We want to stay true to all the good things that we love so much about this town. Local art, local wine, local music. The things that make this place unique.”
The Funk Zone, of course, is a breeding ground for this type of idealistic grass-rootsy communal business concept, yet Michael and Shawn are really genuine about the direction they see 7 Bar & Kitchen taking.
It’s contagious.“We want to work with everybody here,
from area farmers to the market across the street and the frame shop next door,” Mikey spoke quickly, passionately, “we don’t have a cannibalistic nature. It’s all about symbiotic capitalism.”
“Yeah, even simple stuff like using fresh juices and herbs for all our cocktails,” Head Bartender Ben Agnini (of the Boathouse) interjected, “we’re talking to The Berry Man and Juice Ranch and have some other farm-to-bar-and-table ideas as well that are going to be a lot of fun.”
Mikey’s getting all worked up now, you know, really into it.
“Yeah, we’ll have local musicians and hang local art – this is Wallace Piatt on the walls now – and there’s outdoor space we have some great plans for and even see a few events going down in the back parking lot.”
“That’s right,” says Shawn, equally animated and excited, “we really want to not only be a part of what’s happening in the Funk Zone, but we want to facilitate the cultural renaissance that Santa Barbara is experiencing right now.”
So, here’s the thing. I’m a seasoned litigation attorney, right? And I smell horseshit from a mile away (that’s practically my job). I was searching for a scent of something, anything, but there wasn’t even a hint of stable straw to be sniffed. My hand is going numb trying to keep up with these guys – I can’t do them justice here but, trust me, they are quote machines – and they are into it, man, passionate. Not selling me anything. But telling me everything.
The truth is they are just stoked out of their minds on a new venture and some really fantastic ideas.
I dig that. Again, it’s contagious.I also dig that Santa Barbara, in particular
our Funk Zone, is breeding this type of local enthusiasm and pride and creative collaboration. We need it. It’s a real testament to the businesses that started the movement down there years ago. The Funk Zone’s future looks bright.
And so I’m rooting for Shawn and Mikey and 7. A lot.
7 / 4117 Bar & Kitchen is coming soon, very
soon. They’ve done a few private events and envision some soft openings and a Valentine’s Day party, with a more official
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7 Bar & Kitchen owners and proprietors Shawn Comrie and Michael Astudillo with Bartender Ben Agnini are ready to go.
Mikey out back with the Brazen BBQ food truck he shares with 7 Chef Mike Frenes. (I’ll talk to you soon, Mike F., can’t wait to try that gourmet comfort grub).
…and so does that logo. (You guys need to think about your own whisky label.)
That’s Head Bartender Ben Agnini working on his craft. Get some.
The glassware that sltwtr creative agency helped design looks great…
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Last week, the Sentinel wondered, ever so timidly, whether well, ah… does the Santa Barbara International Film Festival actually profit local businesses? (“Yeah we know… we aren’t supposed to ask question like this,” you said as though fearing a Chamber of Commerce smackdown at any moment.) The thrust of your question seems to suggest that business values were all that was worth considering, as opposed to, say, values to the community itself. Perhaps then to compare the value of the year-long programming of a Palm Theatre to the profusion of very expensive offerings of the SBIFF arriving with great tub-thumping importance each year. Among the films are many gems along with a lot of essentially mediocre castoffs from bigger festivals… in other words, films still
looking for buyers. Along with this comes the attendant high ticket fawning over the already very sufficiently fawned over (my sneaking suspicion is that, by the time they arrive here, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, et al. might be sick of hearing how wonderful they are… on second thought, maybe not). In any case, as much as one might hope to be elevated by celebrity proximity, one is actually usually made to seem smaller, the beseecher beseeching.
Eleven days later, the circus gone, Santa Barbara reverts to the year-long bargain it’s made with the Metropolitan theatre monopoly, which parcels films out as it seems fit, often late with major films already available elsewhere and, hey, take it or leave it. Meanwhile, rather than the sort of innovative Palm-like venues one finds all over the country, especially in college towns – theaters lovingly restored, their
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programming individually selected, some of them even offering food and in the case of one I found recently in Salem, Oregon, beer (OMG) – we, on the other hand, have the old and moldy Arlington and Riviera, each an expression of a popular local fixation that holds that age itself is a primary value, a touching devotion to the status quo, as if the elderly widows who had so much to do with preserving Santa Barbara’s changeless facades all those years ago still were in control, calling the shots, deciding ever so severely what was ‘appropriate’ and what was not.
Is any of this important? Actually, yes, I think, but only in that movies remain one of the few elements of the babble of modern culture that can be seen as of more or less universal interest. And despite the availability of movies, streaming at you from all techno directions, the communal theatre experience remains special, the ideal. Meanwhile, I would hope the Sentinel might expand its currently rather narrowly defined interests into the cultural, including film, by perhaps taking a look at the reviewing method of SLO’s New Times which offers a lively dialogue between two movie buffs as opposed to the usual overly massaged movie criticisms offered solo from the mount.
Michael Fessier, Jr.Santa Barbara (Editor’s Note: Oh Michael, where to start?
First of all, the (timid) Sentinel is indeed interested in other potentially beneficial and potentially detrimental aspects of the Film Festival beyond its impact on local business. But the Sentinel’s Take last week was designed precisely to be about local business – who knows, maybe next year we’ll do one on the importance of the SBIFF to local culture. (Maybe not.)
As for the rant against SB’s local theaters, maybe I just don’t get it. Admittedly, I’ve never been to the mighty Palm in SLO, but I have lived in both Mill Valley and St. Helena, and both have small, beautiful theaters that are heavy on the artsy, indie and foreign (yet still
manage to bring in pop-culture and other flicks too). The character of those theaters is intact, and they are both loved because of their nod to years past. Same for the “old and moldy Arlington and Riviera.” What do you propose in the alternative? Turning them both into the Metros you don’t like much either?
I do like the idea of a lively dialogue between a couple of movie critics, and we might just rip that off from SLO’s New Times. Wait a second, hang on… I think I’ve heard of that film review model before. A couple guys named Siskel and Ebert come to mind. Thanks for the letter, and although I agree with at least some of what you wrote, I must confess: For me, this one’s a thumbs down. Keep reading, keep writing. – MSM)
Sentinel CloutDear Mr. Mazza, Thank you so much
for mentioning our production, “Music of the Night” in last week’s issue of The Santa Barbara Sentinel! You made it so easy – how come all papers aren’t like yours? We really appreciate any and all exposure our production gets. We thanked you on our Facebook page and posted a link for your newspaper to show our appreciation.
I have reserved 4 tickets for you to come to any remaining night of our show (1/31, 2/1, 2/2). They will be waiting at Will Call. When you know which night you’ll be there, send me an e-mail and I’ll put really fancy signs on the seats for you. That way, you’ll be seated in the center section and you won’t have to wait in line. Thanks again!
Mary CusimanoSBHS Student Director Music of the Night 2013(Editor’s Note: No problem, Mary, happy to
help get the word out. Thanks so much for the generous offer of the tickets and fancy signs – the Sentinel is finally paying off! My wife and kids and I will be there for sure, but only if you promise never to call me Mr. Mazza again… I’m only 37 and don’t command the respect. I’m Matt, plain and simple. And I can’t wait for the show. – MSM)
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opening after that. I will be there, for sure, and I hope you’ll come down too. Stay tuned to the Sentinel for further details, and you can always check out www.sevensb.com to see what’s what.
(By the way, I’m down with 7’s logo and glassware and general creative and artistic direction. Both Shawn and Michael gave tons of respect to Creative Director Eric Panofsky and the whole gang at sltwtr creative agency on Anacapa in the Funk Zone. I agree. Nice work, guys, looks tight. And hey Wally, your stuff looks great on the walls, man, congratulations.)
Stuff I LikeI like Lisa Ling. (Don’t worry, honey,
not like that.) I probably don’t need to say anything else…but I will. She’s brilliant. UCSB’s Arts and Lectures program has done it again, and Lisa will be at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Tuesday, February 5, at 8pm. Call 805.893.3535, or go to www.ArtsandLectures.ucsb.edu. $25 for the general public and $15 for students is a deal for this one. Have fun.
I have kids and I like kids’ books. And when I look through my daughters’ book shelf, I see a lot of Eric Carle’s titles. Memories of reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar among too many others to write here bring tears to my eyes. (They grow up so fast!) UCSB Arts & Lectures – I know, redundant – brings a performance by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia called
A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle as part of its Family Fun series. Go an hour early for balloons, food, face painting and fun. So cool…I’m bringing the kids (whether they like it or not, damn it). Sunday, February 10, at 3pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 805.893.3535, or go to www.ArtsandLectures.ucsb.edu. $15 for adults; $10 for the kiddies. I see a fantastic day looking at me.
I’m late to this one but I like California and its unique natural environment, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is starting another 10-week training session for “Citizen Scientists” who want to be a part of the California Naturalist Program, which promotes ecological education and stewardship of our local resources. First learn the facts, then volunteer and help educate the rest of us – be a shepherd of California’s wonderful natural resources. The next training program begins February 2, from 2 – 5pm in the Botanic Garden’s Blaksley Library. It ain’t free – the cost is anywhere from $150 to $300 – but it is important and highly educational. Call 805.682.4726 (x102) or go to www.sbbg.org, now.
Peace out. (Oh, shoot, I almost forgot. First Thursday
is coming up on February 7. There’s over 35 stops this month, and you can find them all at www.santabarbaradowntown.com, or just by walking around State and the surrounding areas with an empty wine glass. Have fun.)
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decorating market, and Truong & Co. Jewelry, owned by long-time Santa Barbara jewelry expert Tuan Truong, previously of Bryant & Sons.
Even with all this activity, there are still some pretty attractive large spaces available for lease. 515 State Street (4,120 square feet) and 400 State Street (5,000 square feet) remain vacant. Both were previously occupied by Territory Ahead.
Good Signs for Local Economy
So what does all the hustle and bustle mean?
It’s about business cycles, and the State Street retail scene is the perfect window through which to get a glimpse of the state of the local economy.
As the economy weakens, retailers leave the market and free up prime retail space. As the economy comes back, the first spaces retailers choose to lease are the prime retail locations that are typically only available in weak markets.
In the world of Santa Barbara commercial real estate, the most desirable retail spaces
are those closest to the heart of Santa Barbara’s downtown shopping center, Paseo Nuevo, and the corresponding buildings in the 700 – 900 blocks of State. As prime retail locations are absorbed, retailers are then forced to choose secondary locations within the peripheral blocks of State and beyond.
Currently, we are at the phase in the business cycle where the economy is strengthening and the majority of the prime retail space has been gobbled up. There is little to no vacancy of such prime space and we will now likely begin to see absorption of retail space expand to the 400, 500, 600, 1000 and 1100 blocks of State. This trend will continue as the economy continues to strengthen and retailers are forced to lease space farther and farther away from Paseo Nuevo.
This is great news for many. Already established State Street retailers will certainly benefit from increased foot traffic. And the Santa Barbara job market will benefit from new employees managing stores, architects designing floor plans and contractors building space.
With bated breath and a hearty appetite, I look forward to all the tasty goings-on in store for us on State Street as the economy continues to cook up good things in Santa Barbara.
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I ’m no food critic, but there’s a culinary story taking place on State Street that has us all licking our chops.
Commercial retail activity has been heating up on our town’s main thoroughfare, and new restaurants are absorbing the bulk of the space. With a recent flurry of activity, the prime retail spaces on the 700 thru 900 blocks have all been leased.
At the start of 2012, in the high foot traffic retail corridor of the those blocks of State, there were some very high profile retail spaces available for lease and just begging for a deal. One such space is 700 State, which was left open after the restaurant Left at Albuquerque vacated it. That location will soon be occupied by the very popular Panera Bread, which will open its second Santa Barbara location. Most recently, Le Relais de Paris, a new French restaurant, opened at 734 State Street in the space previously occupied by Ruby’s Café.
In Paseo Nuevo, Rudy’s Mexican Food closed only to pave the way for Pickles & Swiss sandwich shop (811 State, at the Nordstrom end of the mall’s food court). And don’t forget about the up-and-coming lower State Street area, where the new Anchor Woodfire Kitchen & Bar just opened alongside the new Hotel Indigo. (I’ve eaten there myself and can testify that the Ridge Back Shrimp Pizza is unbelievably good.)
But this story doesn’t begin and end with restaurants. Not even close.
More Than Just RestaurantsThe space at 714 State, once occupied
by Chino’s Rock & Tacos, was filled by Mimosa Restaurant for a short time before going empty again. It didn’t sit vacant for long, though, before Lolë, known for its high-end women’s athletic clothing, signed a lease. (Lolë tested the Santa Barbara market by opening a short-term pop-up store at 740 State, Suite 2, which did well during the 2012 holiday season.) The company plans to open its new store in late spring.
Just north, at 740 State, three new retail leases came together late in 2012, including uber-trendy Lululemon, popular for its sexy cut women’s athletic clothing, and two other local retailers, Industry Home, which has exploded onto the custom furniture/interior
Panera Bread will open its second Santa Barbara lo-cation at 700 State, previously Left at Albuquerque.
At 740 State, three new retail leases came together late in 2012: Lululemon, Industry Home, and Truong & Co. Jewelry.
Anchor Woodfire Kitchen & Bar recently opened on lower State next to Hotel Indigo.
“Hungry” for State Street Space
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character’s mind flips into insanity. (Wait a second, Jack Nicholson plays an insane person in The Shining?)
Risk and RewardClearly, everything about the gala’s
set design was meticulously engineered and the craftsmanship was an incredible undertaking. “It took fifteen hundred hours of collaboration and effort to develop the installation,” Jewett (proudly) told me, “One local volunteer even labored twenty-six hours straight to meet the deadline.”
All digital files were then uploaded to a robotic cutting machine that is unique to Santa Barbara’s Studio 7. The CNC machine, as it is called, produced the intricate cut-out designs on the wooden structures that let light shift through the patterns in a disorienting yet aesthetically pleasing and somewhat whimsical fashion.
Opening night gala attendees were extremely lucky to view the installation at
all, as the whole project was nearly canceled due to a light drizzle around 9:30pm. (The rain would have loosened the glue that held the pieces together.) Fortunately, precipitation was not a problem.
“A part of the creative process is the unknown,” Jewett remarked, “This one was a risk with many variables.”
Turns out, taking a risk paid off for all involved. Extraordinary team effort and craftsmanship came together on an unforgettable evening with a set design that will not soon be forgotten.
Just like the movie. (Redrum.)
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A s I walked through the willowy white curtains at the opening night Film Festival gala, I was
immediately struck by mesmerizing structures all around me. Different colored lights shot through intricately crafted wooden edifices everywhere. To my right, there was a massive white scroll back-lit in fluorescent green with some sort of written message.
I had to go and take a closer look. Repeated again and again on the giant
three-dimensional typewriter roll was the infamous, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” from The Shining. “Wow,” I accidentally said aloud.
“We made that,” a young man standing nearby blurted out, motioning to his friends.
He wasn’t lying.
A Magic CarpetSanta Barbara’s Studio 7 creative genius
Britt Jewett and equally talented production partner Ted Bowman teamed up with Professor Dean Adernathy and some of his students from Orange Coast Community College to create these formations inspired by The Shining. Many of the upright wooden structures throughout the gala mimicked the chaotic carpet design in the film.
“The carpet pattern represents certain key themes in the movie, which is why we chose it as our major influence for our designs,” explained student Erik Ceja. Discussing the project further with Britt Jewett, I learned that the carpet structures were used as a metaphor, placed purposely upright instead of flat to show how the movie’s main
Ms Bifano is drawn to mi-cro-fiction and is currently writing her first novel – “The Grace Below.” She has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing from the University of San Francisco and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, also from the University of San Francisco. More of Julie’s stories and poetry can be viewed on her website juliebifano.com.
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OC Community College Student Eric Ceja helped build the installment – and his bowtie looks smart. Real smart.
The Shining installment really was amazing and giant pieces like this – Jack Nicholson’s infamous typewriter scroll – were everywhere.
All work and no play makes student Chance Jesperson a dull boy.
Studio 7’s Ted Bowman (left) and Britt Jewitt look sharp in front of their carpet creation. (Thanks for all the hard work, guys.)
Here’s Julie!The Sentinel’s Girl About Town Spends Some Time at the Film Fest’s Shining-Themed Opening Gala
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that’s it, Leo, no more awards for you, man, SB’s got a long memory – but we suppose that’s not the end of the world.
In short, things seem to be generally good with the Film Fest and, positive impact on business or not, all is well. The Sentinel has been out taking pictures of the fun, and we thought we’d share. There’s a lot here, for sure, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. (And thanks, Julie Bifano, for making it happen… hell of a job.)
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Stylish duo Danielle Hamilton and Samantha Thomas pose for a quick photo op before heading into the SBIFF Opening Night Gala.
Marmalade Café workers pass out appetizers and enjoy the party.
Jeff Bochsler and friends living it up for the Film Fest.
Erik Haney, Jesse House, Dusty Stutsman, and Sarah Camp have a blast celebrating the opening night of the Film Festival.
Locals Jen Pollick and Alex Kargbo
happy to be at-tending the bash.
John Palminteri accompanies a couple lovely ladies.
The three musketeers Matthew Ryan, Sarah Callahan, and Paula Ersly liven up the SBIFF Opening Night Gala.
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Nico Cervantes and Nina Lafuente are all smiles at the gala.
Festive Opening Night Gala attendees
per, Dawn Mitchum, and Megan Foster
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Patrick Dietzen and friends suited up in style.
Happy and healthy Silvergreens workers represent their food stand at the Opening Night Gala.
Sonya Diaz, Amanda Casner, and Esther Tackas let their hair down for a girl’s night out.
Tiare Barels and friends have a
grand old time celebrating the
Nathan Chinchilla and Benjamin Goedert toast to an epic night.
Local couple Sherri and Michael Paveloff strike a pose and party on.
Chic ladies Maggie Westburg and Julia Moorhouse strike a pose at the Opening Night Gala.
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the NAIA rankings and are in first place in GSAC.
SBCC sports information director Dave Loveton had more success to report on from the college basketball front. The Lady Vaqueros picked up a historic win at Ventura two weeks ago. SBCC ended the Pirates’ 66-game winning streak in the WSC North and snapped their WSC home winning streak that stretched back 23 years.
Next week’s luncheon will be held at Earl Warren Showgrounds for the annual Women & Girls in Sports Luncheon, which welcomes Olympic swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno as keynote speaker. The event is open to the public.
Super Bowl Q&A With Former 49er Ron Hellerby John Dvorak
Ron Heller won a Super Bowl title with the San Francisco 49ers back in
1989. The tight end was on the field and in the huddle when Joe Montana orchestrated a game-clinching 92-yard drive against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Santa Barbara resident, co-founder of locally-based Peritus Asset Management, spoke with Presidio Sports about the 49ers returning to the Super Bowl this weekend for the first time 18 years.
PRESIDIO: First of all, how excited are you to see the 49ers back in the Super Bowl after such a long absence?RON HELLER: It’s been an eighteen-year drought, so it’s really nice. Even nicer than that is to see last week Eddie DeBartolo and his sister... now back together. This has a lot to do with the management in place, Jim Harbaugh getting hired, going back to the old 49er days, because when they split up and had their little family feud, you know, the Yorks tried to go another direction and tried to get rid of the Eddie model, because there was so much bitterness. Obviously that didn’t work. [The DeBartolos] reconciled the last couple of years and it’s been great.
PRESIDIO: What’s your favorite quality of this year’s 49ers team?HELLER: Just that they’re a mean bunch, all the way across the board. From the way the receivers block, to the nasty linemen, to the defense. They are a mean bunch, but they run a finesse style offense. And that’s how Bill Walsh taught it: you have to be the
bullies on the block – not the guys taking the punches – and try to win and survive in the fourth quarter. From our special teams on up to our offense, we were bullies and we were punishing runners, that’s why [Los Angeles Raider] Howie Long chased our offensive line coach to the locker room after halftime one game because he didn’t like the way we were blocking.
PRESIDIO: Your quarterback was Joe Montana. Are there any similarities at all between Montana and Colin Kaepernick?HELLER: Early in Joe’s career, which I played with him fairly early in his career to right in the middle of his career, Joe ran the ball. He ran the ball quite a bit when he had to. They didn’t have designed runs for him; they had a lot of designed roll outs and waggles. But he ran the ball quite a bit, he was a pretty good runner, getting out of bounds and sliding and stuff. But that’s one of the similarities. The accuracy, Colin is really accurate with the long ball like Joe was. The deep ball is a different story, you know, but those are the two big similarities I see.
PRESIDIO: How will you be spending your Super Bowl Sunday?HELLER: Sitting in front of the 64-inch TV I just bought, watching by myself… (laughs). No, we will have a few friends over. It is one game that I just like to kind of hide and not have a big party or be around a whole lot of people.
PRESIDIO: What is your favorite Super Bowl memory?HELLER: One of the best Super Bowl experiences, well there are two, number one is Media Day. I’m a guy that grew up in Idaho, in a town of four hundred. And Media Day was like five thousand reporters, TV cameras, from all around the country and everyone had their own podium and it was it was like a mob. You know, it was just crazy for two hours having that many people, media, I met guys from thirty or forty countries. I didn’t realize the NFL was that big, and the Super Bowl was that big of a deal across the world. But it is.
Secondly, the last drive of the game, come out there and we had to win and there was just over two minutes left in the game. And Joe Montana was a calm, cool and collected guy, and Harris Barton, who was our offensive tackle, was always nervous nelly, throwing up all the time. Harris is all amped up before that last drive, and Joe looks over to Harris in the huddle and says, Hey Harris, isn’t that John Candy over there eating a hot dog?’ And it just set the mood in the huddle for that last drive, that was surreal. That’s the kind of calm, cool and collectiveness that Joe had, nothing bothered him.
You know it seems like it was yesterday, I can’t believe it’s been twenty-four years since we won the Super Bowl. I mean, your mind
In a way, the amazing finish of Friday’s boys basketball game between Santa Barbara and San Marcos was a long time
in the making.At Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic
Round Table press luncheon, Royals head coach Dave Odell remembered when he used to see Noah Burke at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club practicing half-court shots.
The situation was the same on Friday night, but the stakes were much, much higher.
Odell watched Burke track down a loose ball in the final seconds of Friday night’s game with Santa Barbara, then successfully heave a half-court shot for the improbable one-point win. Video of the stunning finish can be found on PresidioSports.com and KEYT.com.
“I spent Friday night sleeplessly tossing and turning in my bed after Noah made his big shot,” Odell said.
Trying to see the positive of a tough loss, Odell said he was happy to see hard work and practice pay off.
“There were a lot of great lessons learned in that game,” Odell said. “I’m happy to be a part of it even though the loss is still stinging.”
Burke and Dons teammate Matt Wagonhurst were sitting 10 feet from Odell, joined by assistant coach Kim Kjar.
“It’s really neat to see a young man get an opportunity to be hoisted in front of a crowd and environment like that,” Kjar said.
The Royals and Dons are now just separated by one game in the standings going forward.
Dos Pueblos, which began the season out front in Channel League, has been knocked off balance with the loss of Jackson Wopat, Zachary Shugart and Cruz Mertens to injury.
Healthy bodies Jacob Rodriguez, Devon Ray and Eric Olson joined Chargers assistant coach John Slavin at the luncheon.
The other boys basketball team represented was Bishop Diego, which came with Will Busch and Male Athlete of the Week Caleb Richey.
Richey scored 25 or more points in three games last week, including a rivalry win over Carpinteria and a key Tri-Valley League victory over St. Bonaventure.
“He’s a leader by example,” said Cardinals assistant coach Patrick Davis. “He never takes a day off, works extremely hard.”
The three Channel League schools were present with girls soccer factions. Like boys basketball, there are multiple teams still in the hunt for a league title.
Dos Pueblos player and Female Athlete
of the Week Ady Willett handed Santa Barbara its first loss last week. Willett scored both goals in the important win.
Ian Hall was recognized as San Marcos’ Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hall is a four-sport athlete that carries a 4.73 GPA in the classroom. The senior has been accepted to Yale University, but hasn’t made his final college decision.
“But Ian Hall is much more than grades and sports,” said San Marcos teacher and coach Marilyn Hantgin. “Three words come to mind to describe Ian: community, leadership, and dedication.”
Hall is a captain on the boys soccer team and also participates in cross country, football and track & field. The National Honor Society member is the San Marcos ASB President and has received the Santa Barbara Community Service Award and a California Youth Leadership Award.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams from Westmont reported on undefeated weeks. Both top-10 teams are climbing in
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Practice pays off on Burke’s big shot
Dos Pueblos soccer player Ady Willett, Female Athlete of the Week.
Bishop Diego’s Caleb Richey, Male Athlete of the Week.
Ian Hall was recognized as San Marcos’ Scholar-Athlete of the Year at this week’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon.
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tells you, hey, you’re still young, but your body tells you that you’re an old man. But it does seem like it was yesterday. It doesn’t seem that long ago.
PRESIDIO: What is your score prediction and why?HELLER: I think the 49ers will win by two scores, just basically because I’m not a big believer in Baltimore’s defense in their last five or six games of the year, which is really telling; they gave up a lot up points – thirty-five or forty – per game. And so I think that’s the real defense. I think in the playoffs they have tightened it up and they have played tightened up when they played them. I think that’s the big difference; I don’t think Baltimore’s defense is really very good so I think that the 49ers will win by two scores or more.
LOCAL SPORTS CALENDARby Barry Punzal
The Channel League boys basketball race enters its stretch run, and all three local
teams are in the running for the title.Entering Wednesday’s games, San Marcos
was alone on top of the standings, leading Santa Barbara by one game and Dos Pueblos by two.
The Royals host Dos Pueblos on Friday night and next Tuesday they travel to Santa Barbara for the league finale. The last meeting between the Royals and Dons was an epic.
In a packed, raucous San Marcos
Thunderhut, Santa Barbara’s Matt Wagonhurst converted a three-point play to send the game into overtime and Noah Burke hit a buzzer-beating shot from half court in OT to lift the Dons to a stunning 56-55 win.
Make sure you arrive at the gyms early to get seat for what should be some more heart-stopping action.
The Channel League girls soccer race is also tight. Santa Barbara sat on top of the table with nine points (3-1-0) after the first round of play, San Marcos and Dos Pueblos were tied in second with 7 points (2-1-1) and perennial league champion Buena was fourth with five points (1-1-2).
Santa Barbara, which knocked off Buena for the first time in many years in the first round, travels to face the Bulldogs on Thursday.
Next week, San Marcos visits Santa Barbara on Tuesday (Feb. 5). On the last day of the regular season (Thursday, Feb. 7), Dos Pueblos is at Santa Barbara while San Marcos hosts Buena.
Here are games worth checking out:
FRIDAYBoys basketball: Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 7pm – Zach Shugart is back playing for the Chargers, which gives them a big boost against the league leaders and Goleta Valley rivals.Boys soccer: Oaks Christian at Carpinteria, 5pm – The Warriors are in the hunt for their third straight Tri-Valley
League title.Men’s volleyball: Orange Coast at SBCC, 6pm – An experienced Vaquero squad plays its home opener against a perennial JC power.
SATURDAYSoftball: Santa Ana at SBCC, 11am – The Vaqueros open their season against a strong opponent at Pershing Park.Women’s basketball: Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 2pm – Gauchos close out the first round of Big West play against the Titans.Boys basketball: Laguna Blanca at Cate, 4:30pm – Condor League rivals battle in a game that has CIF playoff implicationsGirls basketball: La Reina at Bishop Diego, 7pm – The Cardinals will be looking to wrap up the Frontier League title.Wrestling: Channel League Finals, at Ventura – Chad Lampe of Dos Pueblos seeks his third straight league title.
MONDAY, FEB. 4Women in Sports Luncheon, 11:30am, at Earl Warren Showgrounds – Each year, the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table hosts over 400 female high school and college athletes and their coaches for the free luncheon and lecture to honor the outstanding female athletes in the Santa Barbara community and to celebrate National Women & Girls In Sports Day and the lasting impact of Title IX legislation. This year’s keynote speaker is multi-medal winning Olympic swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno.
TUESDAY, FEB. 5Girls Soccer: San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 5pm – Both teams are battling for the league title.Boys Soccer: San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7pm – The Dons are tied with Ventura for first place in the league.Boys Basketball: San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7pm – Last meeting was decided by a half-court buzzer beater in overtime.Women’s basketball: Vanguard at Westmont, 5:30pm – Warriors handed Vanguard its first loss of the season during the first round of GSAC play.
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Santa Barbara High’s Noah Burke made a half-court game-winning basket in front of a sold-out crowd at San Marcos last Friday night. Video of the amazing shot has been featured on PresidioSports.com, KEYT.com, the LA Times’ prep blog, Fox Sports West Prep Zone, and Max Preps.
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Sammy’s Last Swim
A flotilla of tugboats, pleasure craft, sailboats, ketches, and working craft of all descriptions moved slowly out
to sea in the dense fog last Saturday (January 26) a little after noon. They were on their way to a point just off Leadbetter Beach to rendezvous with another flotilla of surfers, paddle-boarders, and kayakers. They had all gathered, more than 150 strong, to say their last good-byes to their friend and fellow sea lover, Judith D. “Sammy” Case, who had died the weekend before at Sarah House, the hospice whose volunteers took great care of Sammy in her last days.
I joined Heal The Ocean founder-executive director Hillary Hauser, Laura Sangas of Cody Floral, Debbie McQuaid (executive director of Sarah House), and Tianna Swede-Laskin, case manager/community liaison Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc. in Tom Dabney’s small fishing boat.
Sammy’s soul mate – Perry Cabugos – would take Sammy’s ashes from Hillary when we rendezvoused at sea; Laura supplied the kinds of flowers she knew Sammy would have cherished: exotic tropical and colorful plants such as purple dendrobium,
orange Mocara, red Vanda, and Rust James Storey orchids, along with white and pink cymbidiums. The Van Wingerden family donated antheriums and multi-colored Gerbera daisies.
Sammy was a surfer, a swimmer, a runner, and a bicyclist. She waited tables at Brophy Bros for a number of years and even served a short stint as a tender on an abalone boat. Santa Barbara Harbor denizens knew her and loved her, and she them; although she found new employment at Lucky’s on Coast Village Road, she remained loyal to her friends at the Harbor and they to her.
It was a rare cancer of the Thymus that took her down, but even when she received the news that doctors were unable to remove all of the tumor… and that her prognosis was… not good… she remained upbeat. She stated matter-of-factly that well, that was okay. She’d had a good life and she’d soon be among her friends that had already passed away. Sammy requested that her ashes be scattered at sea.
And, that’s what we were doing this foggy, overcast day. It was an honor to be among her friends.
Jim is the majority owner and founder of Montecito Journal.by James Buckley
Laura Sangas of Cody Floral Design gathered a colorful array of orchids, made into leis, to toss into the sea in honor of Sammy Case.Local chiropractor Rusty Smith adds his flowers to the bouquet.
Perry slowly releases Sammy’s ashes into the sea.
The ships and boats pull out as the dense fog promises to lift but doesn’t, led by the tugboat Danny C, piloted by Danny Castagnola; on board were the Cabugos family members and other friends.
Maile Ellington of Maile Stones paddled out to honor her friend, and provided the verse that Hillary Hauser read during the ceremony at sea.
Perry Cabugos blows the conch shell in four directions, heralding the opening of the sea ceremony.
Hillary hands Sammy’s ashes to Perry Cabugos.
Tano Cab-ugos, Perry Cabugos’s son, burns white sage during the paddle-out ceremony.
Another friend of Sammy’s – Simone Reddingius – flew in from Maui to attend the paddle-out.
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Sculptor Andy Johnson, Maile Ellington, and others braved the freezing Pacific for one last swim with Sammy.
The two flotillas meet about a quarter-mile off
(from left) Debbie Mc-Quaid (executive director of Sarah House), Tianna Swede-Laskin (case man-ager/community liaison Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.), and Hillary Hauser on board Tom Dabney’s fishing boat, Serena D
The last remains of Sammy Case merge with the ocean and the flowers that had been tossed in her honor.
The Harbor Patrol offers an honorary salute to Sammy.
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What a fine line I toed during my premier field sobriety test that summer solstice evening
last June when a Santa Barbara Sheriff ’s deputy choreographed my one-legged, Pink Flamingo arabesque on a roadside gravel shoulder in the 8000 block of Hollister Avenue. What chivalry when my arresting officer proffered his arm for balance. True love scented the air as I slurred, “If you have to take me to jail, that’s okay.”
Ah, the ethereal beauty of this exquisite moment brought me to tears. What could be more romantic than a dashing young deputy arresting an aging widow, trying to recapture vestiges of her faded youth at an evening soirée? At one point, I blew kisses (curtain calls anyone?) to a gawking driver obviously entranced by our DUI pas de deux. What joy, I clutched my bosom and nearly fainted, that I, but a tourist to the Goodland, might be so honored as a teaching tool when our aforementioned driver leaned over to his son and said, “See Johnny, this is what happens when you drive drunk.”
Oh Sweet Fates! Thank you for spiriting me from the poolside libations, hors d’oeuvres and festivities at a lovely Noleta Solstice party on June 27, 2012 (Day of Infamy) to Santa Barbara’s Abu Ghraib for drunks.
DUI – Today’s Scarlet LettersLock-down posh is the ambiance of the
Santa Barbara County Jail, complete with
my minimalist cinder-block cell tastefully decorated with a metal bench, squat metal toilet and a trompe l’oeil telephone that doesn’t work next to a list of numbers for bail bondsmen with exotic names like “Aladdin” or “101.” For fifteen hours, I was afforded the luxury of enjoying the hospitality of this Michelin-rated vacation spot, curled tightly, comfortingly, in a fetal position and freezing in my gossamer nothings.
That I, a simple tourist, would be escorted and welcomed into the county jail was truly overwhelming. The comforting smiles of the deputies as I was booked. The hot sweet pierce of the needle in my arm for a blood test. That warm fuzzy clang of the jail door coupled with the knowledge that nothing could harm me in the loving arms of the cell. What delight to taste that stale white bread and mystery meat sandwich. I thanked my stars I wasn’t suicidal since the phone’s cord was real. How lucky to be here in lieu of the LA County Jail’s drunk tank on a Saturday night.
Humor me, gentle reader, while I wax but for a moment longer about that happy occasion and subsequent months since I have donned those DUI scarlet letters. (Hester Prynne has nothing on me.) Only two weeks before, I’d arrived to Goleta from Montana – a 58-year-old widow blissfully naive about how the California of her youth had changed.
“CHPs are up and down this state,” opined Scott Whitenack, an attorney who worked on my case.
by Jana Mackin A journalist and a poet, Jana has lived everywhere from New Orleans and Butte, Montana to Saudi Arabia, where she taught English to children. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post and San Francisco Examiner. She now lives in Goleta.
A Lesson Learned in the Goodland
Tax Deductible Donations?I should have sensed that something
was amiss in the Golden State when, upon crossing the border, I was greeted by an imposing sign that read, “Report Drunk Drivers Call 911.” (Wasn’t that a line from Animal Farm?) Since I had not been initiated in the mysteries of a drunk driving arrest, I didn’t read the Welcome to California DUI Primer enclosed in the official tourism packets handed out at the State welcome center. As such, I was not versed that law enforcement would interpret my out-of-state plate as:
Anyway, when my caring custodians finally shepherded me to a working telephone, I was able to reach an attorney, Darryl Genis, who saved me from the slammer. I retained him shortly thereafter as my beloved Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo. The rest is, shall we say, not history, exactly, but seven months still enmeshed in California’s industrial-military-DUI complex en route to the poor house. Since my arrest, let me count the ways I have been nickle and dimed by the state – cha ching, cha cha ching.
At present, I have paid more than $20,000 in various court, law enforcement, DMV, legal, towing and DUI school costs, fees and fines, as well as under the table tithes to MADD in their “neo-prohibitionist” crusade against drunk driving. (I wonder if in my philanthropic donations to the California coffers might be tax deductible?)
Goleta Girl Has A Rap SheetAfter months of spirited debate between
the DDA and my attorney (imagine the DDA as one of those slick salesmen haggling in a showroom over the purchase price of a car), I accepted and signed my plea offer: • No contest to Vehicle Code section
23152(b) driving with a blood alcohol concentration in excess of 0.08 percent;
• A $2,356 fine and assessment fee (what, pray tell, do they assess? Much like a car purchase, you can pay on installments. I see the DDA appearing on a late night commercial – “Zero percent down with low monthly payments!”);
• A three-month first offenders alcohol program at Zona Seca of Santa Barbara;
• A suspended court jail sentence of 120 days with a three-year unsupervised probation; and
• A six-month license suspension (although I was able to obtain a restricted license).
Hi-Ho SilverSo my present condition entails a
month remaining at Zona Seca. My hopes are to apply for my unrestricted license upon completion of the course. (Hope springs eternal but I may have to get the hell out of Dodge after this column airs.) However, as I ferry back and forth between drunk school and work, I am considering – in true Montana style – to trade in my Suburu Outback for a horse. What would be more gratifying than for me to gallop up for my next court date, and as a nod to the state’s exorbitant sin taxes masquerading as DUI fines, leave a tip of fresh horse manure on the courthouse steps?
Very few things would be so gratifying. Very few indeed.
In closing dear readers, allow me to paraphrase that most famous Animal Farm quote:
“All DUIs are equal, but in California some DUIs are more equal than others.”
My advice: Just don’t get one. Get a pony instead.
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noon to 6pm. Sample various intuitive readers and massage gurus, shop for crystals, jewelry and angel sprays and taste refreshments. Readings include angel, gem bowl, numerology, channeled artworks, past life patterns, angel oracle, clairvoyant and Tarot. For one $20 ticket get a 15-minute reading with one or more of the various readers. Location is 5276 Hollister Avenue, Suite 156 in the Hollister Professional Building at the corner of Hollister and Patterson. For more information, visit www.stateofbeingwellness.com
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The Trillion Dollar Coin: Alice-in-Wonderland Economics
Jeff Harding publishes The Daily Capitalist, a blog on economics and finance. He is the president of Montecito Analytics, LLC, and is a real estate investor who lives in Montecito.
by Jeff Harding
The Weekly Capitalist
Among the many outrages that I regularly seem to experience, I occasionally come across one so, well, outrageous
that it boggles the mind. The recent trillion dollar coin idea floated during the budget impasse was an outstanding example.
If we can remember back as far as two weeks ago, you will recall that the world was about to collapse because the politicians couldn’t reach an agreement on the budget. Obama called for “balanced” spending cuts backed by “reasonable” tax increases. The Republicans, led by the feckless Rep. Boehner, couldn’t see the light of reason and led the country to near ruin. At least that is how the mainstream media portrayed the “crisis.” But, as I suspected, they kicked the can down the road, again. Yes, they passed some tax increases and some very inconsequential spending cuts, but the real issue of out of control spending was postponed until March. Won’t that be fun.
In the heat of the fiscal “crisis,” the trillion dollar coin idea came up. The concept was that the Treasury would mint a $1 trillion dollar platinum coin, deposit it with the Fed, and write checks on it to cover bills until Congress came to its senses. It was actually a fraudulent and unconstitutional scheme to get around the legal debt ceiling
set by Congress.What I found almost absurd about
this whole thing is that some economists, including the befuddled Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, took it seriously. So seriously that when Jon Stewart ridiculed the scheme on The Daily Show, Krugman lashed out at Stewart calling him lazy, frivolous, and that he showed a lack of professionalism on such a serious topic. Stewart had said, “… I’m no economist, but if we’re going to make s**t up, I say go bigger or go home. Maybe a $20 trillion coin…” Stewart had a lot of fun with Krugman in his retort. You can see it on YouTube.
Stewart has it exactly right and Krugman is, again, wrong. Like most Keynesian fundamentalists, he is willing to jettison the Constitution and common sense to implement a crazy idea. How is it that funnyman Stewart can see the obvious but Krugman can’t?
Let’s look at this more closely. The major issue facing all of us is government spending and the deficit. Since W. Bush’s first term, the deficit has more than doubled. With W, it was mostly from fighting wars we shouldn’t have fought (Iraq, Afghanistan II). Then, when the crash hit in 2008, both W and President Obama opened up the sluices
“They are top down meddlers who think it is only reasonable that wise mandarins such as themselves be allowed to guide the economy
back to prosperity.”
of deficit spending. If you are keeping score, most of the $8 trillion-plus increase in the deficit came during the Obama reign.
Why is it “the” issue? Because it can never be repaid, ever. Because Congress doesn’t have the political will to balance the budget which means the deficit will grow. Because entitlements are growing and there is no means to pay for them which will further increase the deficit and debt. Because you can’t raise taxes enough to pay it down. Because at some point, the U.S. sovereign
credit rating will be downgraded to junk status, forcing the Treasury to pay more interest to attract buyers of its debt. Because then the government will raise taxes (it will be a “temporary emergency” measure) to such a point that productivity will stagnate, capital will be consumed instead of created, and the economy will permanently stagnate. Because the Fed will create more money to absorb the increasing debt load which will, ultimately, lead to high inflation which will rob savers of what’s left of their savings.
(See: Greece.) That’s why.Why do economists like Krugman take the
trillion dollar coin idea seriously? Because they think they can control the economy. They are top down meddlers who think it is only reasonable that wise mandarins such as themselves be allowed to guide the economy back to prosperity. You, dear reader, are a cog in a giant machine that needs oiling and fuel from time to time and these wise men are the ones who can be trusted to do it. In their view, why not issue a trillion dollar coin if it serves the greater good? They seem to forget the fact that top-down economies have failed miserably throughout history. I would argue that their meddling is what caused the recession.
If the trillion dollar coin scheme were gotten away with, it would have made our president like a king with the power to do whatever, without the checks and balances provided in the Constitution. It would also have crashed the bond markets and have created far more havoc in the world than would a technical default by Uncle Sam. But, hey, anything goes to save the economy, right?
Maybe we should ask the simple question as to why the economy hasn’t fully recovered after five years of fiscal stimulus, loose monetary policy, shovel-ready projects, and promises by our leaders. Those are the very policies that Krugman and most economists said would bring about a quick recovery. Krugman has often said that this recession should have been over in 18 months had the government just spent more. Of course he says the same thing in every recession. It doesn’t work (see: Japan for the past 20 years). You can’t grow by spending. You can only grow by saving. Now we are stuck with the bill for such folly, forever.
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beautiful, healthy girls, you see, and I know that we are blessed and lucky. So, why not stop there, right? Why would we go on and contribute to the mass overpopulation that is eventually going to be the demise of our earth?
Great questions. Much like a pendulum, we have been
swinging back and forth with this one for way too long. I finally made a big move last summer and gutted the garage of any and everything baby-related. And before the truck from Destined for Grace (a wonderful foundation, see my Best Bet) came to pick up our massive curbside collection, I specifically remember asking my husband, “Darling, you are sure about this, right?” Indubitably, he said he was. We donated. We shut the door and slid the chain lock into place.
But we didn’t engage the deadbolt. Before that, the last time we did any
serious talking about no. 3 was a couple years ago. My baby clock was ticking even then, obviously, and I reminded my husband that we should make this decision on our own before time made it for us. And way back then, it was I who was leaning toward no. 3.
He was definitely not. He brought up weddings and college funds and sleep. I brought out baby pictures.
This wasn’t going to be an easy decision. So we decided to have a flip party. Crazy,
perhaps, but we really did plan an entire party around flipping a coin to see if we should go for baby no. 3 (my husband is
slightly obsessed with gambling). Why have the party? Why not just flip a coin in the privacy of our own home?
We’d already done our own private flipping and just couldn’t stick to the flip results. There was always another “two out of three” option to change our fate. But we figured if we had all of our friends over to witness the quintessential flip, there would be no turning back.
Genius. Pure genius. But our flip party never came to fruition
and we continued to let the clock tick… carefully. We are just too old and wise for mistakes at this point. We learned our lesson from our first daughter – who just happens to be the byproduct of one Halloween where Little Red Riding Hood and an Ostrich Joc (see the photo) had a “whoops.”
…And Lock It “Maybe we should try for a third,” he
replied. Not really a question, more like a statement. I quickly turned off Knocked Up – we’d stupidly been watching it on TV and it was obviously subconsciously planting baby business in his head – and done my best to dissuade him by adorning my biggest, ugliest PJs and going to bed.
It worked. That night, anyway. I get it. I do. I understand why he wants
to try for no. 3 – aka “the boy” – but I guarantee that we will get another girl. (Or even twin girls.) I empathize, I really do; it must be hard to have so much tulle surrounding you at all times. Our Sunday mornings regularly consist of hair styling and dance parties rather than tossing a football around (he’s tried). We cry (a lot) about our clothes. Eighty-five percent of the time our favorite color is pink. There’s a good chance we will eternally love glitter and purses and Taylor Swift.
And so, while my husband continues to view the world with a slightly blue hue, I’m going to do my best to remind him of the no. 3 realities, which consist of diapers, spit up and an arsenal of gear (that we already donated!), paired up with lack of sleep, lack of travel and possible loss of sanity.
Hey honey, there’s still time to reschedule that appointment.
And March Madness is right around the corner.
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I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day here. It’s more a question of “to snip or not to snip.” My husband and I have
been toying with this concept for at least a year (possibly longer, child rearing years tend to blend together) and we still have not made it official. Our door has been closed, if you will, but not yet locked. So last week when he informed me that he had cancelled his consultation for a scheduled vasectomy, I was quite shocked.
There was a great deal of plotting that went into this appointment. I know my husband well (we are going on 18 years now) and I’m pretty sure I understand his thought process around finally getting it scheduled: There just happens to be a Super Bowl that coincides with the planned recovery time.
He would have had complete free rein to lie on the couch all weekend in order to recover from his procedure. No interruptions. The living room would be all his. There would be no possible way to help with any of the children’s demands. He would need food and rest and beer (and a bag of frozen peas) and to be left alone. Game on, literally.
So you could imagine my surprise when he made me privy to the cancellation. He must be having some serious doubts (read crazy thoughts) here. Where is this ambiguity coming from?
Oh dear God. “Honey, are you pondering a third child?”
Shut the Damned Door…Before we get to his answer, there are
a few things worth saying. We have two
Hailing from NorCal, Briana has lived in Santa Bar-bara for the past fifteen years. While she is indeed an adjunct faculty member at SBCC and has contributed to LOVEmikana, Wake & Wander and Entrée Magazine, much of her time is spent multi-tasking her way through days as a mother, wife, sister, want-to-be chef and travel junky. Writing is an outlet that ensures mental stability… usually.
by Briana Westmacott
Little Red Riding Hood and the Ostrich Jockey, pre-con-ception.
It’s not exactly football but…
The Big V
briana’s best betHelp for Haiti
With seven years of child rearing behind me, I had a LOT of
baby clothes and supplies and gear to donate. I started to do some research about nonprofits in the Santa Barbara area and stumbled upon something really special. In 2008, Rebecca Costa Smith and Lindsey Connolly (both Santa Barbara natives) founded Destined for Grace with a passion to help the children of Haiti. Since then, they have opened a school in Mirebalai that has now grown to educate Haitian children (and their teachers) in grades K-5. There are three Destined for Grace shops in the SB area. Donate your stuff or your time; Haiti still needs so much help. www.destinedforgrace.org
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• LOVE IS FREE What: Go RedWhere: Your home, office, school, wardrobe...
wherever.When: Friday, February 1Why: It’s the 10th Annual National Wear Read
Day, which supports fighting heart disease in women.
How: Paint the town red in honor of the mothers, sisters, daughters, girlfriends and other beautiful women that make your heart smile. And if you’re free at noon, head to Paseo Nuevo for a free circuit training class with Jenny Schatzle.
Don’t forget to wear red!
What’ll It Cost Me: This love is free.
• LOOSE CHANGE
What: The Not So Super BowlWhere: The party you’re invited to or the one
you’re hosting.When: This Super Bowl Sunday, February 3Why: Not even sure who’s playing? What’s the
point?How: Create your own game-time activity!
Bring out the board games and whip up a few cocktails. May the odds be ever in your favor.
What’ll It Cost Me: Technically free, unless you purchase a new game or are depreciating an old one over time. (Or gamble excessively.) We love Cranium and Taboo.
• HEY BIG SPENDER
What: Escape to OjaiWhere: Take a picturesque drive on Highway 150.When: This weekend, or any weekend really.Why: Be a tourist in your (neighboring) town.How: Stop 1: If it’s Sunday, be sure to visit the Ojai Farmer’s Market. You’ll meet different vendors than at ours. Stop 2: Bart’s (outdoor) Bookstore. A perfect place to pick up your winter reading. Stop 3: Ojai Valley Inn for brunch at the Oak Grill. We recommend
taking a stroll through the stunning grounds when you’re done. Stop 4: Old Creek Ranch Winery. If you feel like packing a picnic, this is the perfect place to do so. (Optional Stop 5: Return to Ojai Valley Inn. Champagne. Massage. Relaxation. Even sleep.) What’ll It Cost Me: Approximately $30 and (way) up.
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...yes they do! In fact, their shelves are lined with more than fifteen Bourbons and Ryes, all for your sipping or mixing pleasure. So they’ve got plenty of spirit. (Yes they do.)
Enter The Bourbon Room. Low lit, intimate and cozy, this new neighborhood watering hole offers divine classic spirits and a southern state of mind. Sip on a Kitty Coupe Deville (bourbon, muddled mint, cane juice, cherry and lime) or a MelanieJane (whiskey, bitters and soda), or… shoot, make a toast to your evening with an Ounce of Bounce (The Bourbon Room’s homemade cherry-infused bourbon) – sort of like moonshine, really, but you’ll actually want to drink this creative concoction.
Head over for happy hour and let your taste buds linger through dinner. The Bourbon Room co-owner, Alvaro Rojas (of Milk & Honey and Alcazar), is pairing these classic cocktails alongside savory menu items that include a variety of his famous small bites as well as some new comfort cuisine.
We like to think Mark Twain said it right: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Welcome to the neighborhood, Bourbon Room friends, call us a bit old-fashioned, but we’ve been waiting for a place like you.
The Bourbon Room is located at 4444 Hollister Avenue, and is open Tuesday thru Saturday, 4:30pm – close.
arTs & CUlTUrEEhhhem, EtsysB!by Sylvie Butera Rich
All of this temperamental weather has left us with a bit of the craft bug – just come by
our office and you’ll see what we mean. And while we’d like to think we’ve got skills in the art department, we should really introduce you to some fine folks who’ve truly perfected the art of crafting: Our friends, the EtsySB team. They’re no joke, and they pop up every now and again to really strut their stuff.
If you’re not familiar, Etsy is an online emporium focused on vintage and handmade items as well as art and craft supplies. It’s true – we’re suckers for handmade and we love local. That’s why EtsySB is even more delightful.
Coming together to support local crafty people in various ways and through various events, EtsySB members host open studio trunk shows, craft fairs and workshops that include anything fun and, well, crafty! Handmade in Santa Barbara is reason enough to be a part of this series of events that will be taking place throughout the year. And, hey, even if you weren’t handmade in SB, you can still participate.
Attend their upcoming event at Carr Winery on February 7, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, and check out one-of-a-kind pieces from talented artists in town including Erin Pearson, Katie Elliot, Amy Fitzgerald Tripp and Toni Clark, just to name a few.
Allow EtsySB and Carr Winery to warm you up on a cold SB Thursday evening… what more could you want? Get crafting, and we’ll see you there.
sTYlE FilEkiller kicksby Briana Westmacott
We admit it. Outwardly pleading guilty here. We obsess over shoes. Don’t you?
Our closet could be stacked with stilettos
They’ve got spirit…
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and flats and wedges, but we have an eternal desire to add to the collection. There’s always another color of boots to garner or possibly some strappy sandals to embellish our ankles.
The way we see it, our shoes really tell a great deal about our mood. Honestly, who doesn’t want happy feet? That’s why we’re ecstatic to preview Koolaburra’s new spring line and share it with you!
While the company is headquartered here in SB, its shoes are being worn all around the globe. Hollywood is stepping out in these creative kicks, with stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Hudson, Megan Fox and Jessica Alba (just to name a few) all spotted strolling around in Koolaburra footwear. Much of the company’s success can be attributed to Creative Director, Kris Zacharias, a long-time SB local and a UCSB graduate. (Go Gauchos!) His designs infuse boho-chic with an edgy fashion-forwardness, all the while still treating your feet with comfort. It’s the sublime combination of luxurious materials mixed with panache that makes Koolaburra’s shoe line innovative and simply irresistible.
We suggest you boost your personal collection by picking up some of these killer kicks real quick. Shop at www.koolaburra.com or revolveclothing.com.
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Purchase price: $949,000Down payment (20%): $189,800Loan amount: $759,200Loan payment: $3,409(30 yr fixed at 3.5% (APR 3.61%))Property taxes estimate: $869Home insurance estimate: $100
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Sleepless in Santa BarbaraWhat a month this has been. Bear with me for a minute; I need to vent.
My wife is due with our second child at the end of February and she is not sleeping, which means neither am I. But it’s not just my wife keeping me up at
all hours. There’s more to it than that. Maybe it’s that I’m in a stressed out form of denial that my life is about to change drastically (for the good of course). Maybe it’s because of my nine-year old Labrador, Doug.
My dog, you ask? What does my dog have to do with all this?Doug is the sweetest and most lovable creature on the planet (setting aside my wife and
kid(s)). But I must regrettably admit that his, ah, antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels, as they say. The “Bright One” ate something resembling a diaper recently, and had his second stomach surgery this past week. Thankfully, Doug is recovering nicely. He just (understandably) doesn’t sleep much right now, further compounding the aforementioned sleeplessness issue.
The good news, I suppose, is that my lack of sleep has nothing to do with the state of the real estate market. It’s healthy, frankly… so if that were the only factor, I’d be sleeping like a well-fed newborn baby. (I hope.)
I feel better already. Thanks.
January in ReviewJanuary was hot for local real estate – even hotter than I thought late last year. Since the
beginning of the year in the Santa Barbara areas west and east of State Street, including Hope Ranch, from $500,000 to $1,700,000, there have been staggering numbers. Fifty-eight new listings have come on the market. Eighteen have gone under contract, and a grand total of forty-one properties went pending. The total for closed properties as of January 28 is twenty-nine – just over one a day. We are not even to Spring yet and the market is flourishing. Blossoming, if you will, a few months early.
Here are a few good deals for this week that probably won’t last long. Get out there.
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