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Letters to the Editor
Congrats on weekly format, re-design; should Montecito have “affordable housing”? Watch out for Measure K2

Community Calendar
David Horowitz reappears in Montecito; Westmont’s “Car Play”; Public Square & Tide Chart

In Memoriam
No one has done more for American freedom than Milton Friedman, says biographer Lanny Ebenstein

Sheriff’s Blotter
Deputies recover drug rehab center runaway; jars of marijuana found at retirement home; more

Coup de Grace
Meet Grace Rachow, MJ’s newest humor columnist and, it is hoped, the antidote to Jim and Ernie

Our Town
U.S. Navy Admiral John Nathman visits town for speeches on merits of serving your country

Eye on Santa Barbara
Tower at Saint Anthony’s Seminary, leading example of highly decorated Spanish Colonial Revival work

Public Square

The Montecito Connection
Celeste Scheinberg spends one day in Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea’s UCSB class

State Street Spin
The legacy of Lloyd Monk; rest in peace Lionel Morales; bringing clean water to Mexico

Garden Gossip
Lisa and Chris Cullen on the November tree trim and proper respects to our arboreal allies

Local Snapshot
Meet Marco Menchaca Montecito’s gas station extraordinaire

Estate Planning

Mark Schneidman says there are many ways to avoid losing a house in escrow

Events Calendar
Michael Winterbottom’s “Road to Guantanamo”; Turkey day new releases; Kasper Hauser at Center Stage

Book Talk
Shelly Lowenkopf on Mark Twain’s most earnest incarnation in “The Innocents Abroad”

Trail Talk
November 26 is last day to check out “Saddle Up! Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros

On the Beat
The Duhks incorporate “old-time music, Irish music and Québécois French-Canadian music with a modern twist,” says their bandleader

Focus on Film
What’s the big deal about “Babel,” asks Steve? “Bobby” beats it in every way

On Stage
Charles Schulz’s daughter, Jill Transki, gives Santa Barbara its first ice show in more than 25 years

Laurie’s variation on cooking turkey, Our Daily Bread’s pumpkin pie and more baked delights

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Breaking News

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Ty Warner Wants to Sell the Miramar

The Miramar Hotel, commonly asserted as the last vestige of Ty Warner’s ambitious renovation campaign in Montecito, is up for sale, representatives of the hotelier told the Journal on November 21. Warner, who purchased the club for $42 million in early 2005, had until this week been planning a significant remodel of the downtrodden property, but reportedly believed the project would be too costly.


Onward (and Upward) For Westmont

The Westmont College Master Plan update was finally approved 5-0 by the Montecito Planning Commission on November 9th. Before permission to go ahead was given, fully 116 separate conditions had been imposed on the private college (they do operate, after all, under a CUP or Conditional Use Permit). Some of...

Coming & Going

Triple Cross in Montecito

Montecito-based-but-always-a-New-Yorker author Peter Lance’s latest book “Triple Cross; How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI – and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him,” is as replete with dark conspiracies and accusations as were his two previous 9/11-related tomes: “Cover Up,” and “1000...

The Way it Was


On the afternoon of December 4, 1786, the Very Reverend Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen blessed the land east of Mission Creek, raised a holy cross, recited the Litany of All Saints, and said a prayer in honor of the patron saint. Without further ado, the Mission of Santa Barbara...

Scene Around Town

‘A Night of Gaiety’

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School’s La Noche de Ronda; National Philanthropy Day in Camarillo

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School turned the Bacara Resort ballroom into a Spanish village with its gala La Noche de Ronda or “A Night of Gaiety.” Ronda is also one of my very favorite cliff-hanging villages in Spain where bullfighting began. ...



The golf course at Four Seasons Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego is regularly listed by various golf magazines as one of the 100 best public courses in the United States and among the top 25 in California. The course is now included on Electronic Arts’s Tiger...