Archive » December 7, 2006

Also Inside This Issue

Letters to the Editor
Throwing stones at the Montecito Association; measuring Measure K aftermath; what do rights really mean?

Community Calendar
Gingerbread house-making workshop; benefit for Sarah House; schools bring out the holiday cheer

Ward Connerly
It should be the marketplace, not censorship or political correctness, that tells us the “nword” is bad, says Ward

Sheriff’s Blotter
Suspicious circumstance at private residence; burglar comes away with $9 from Summerland business

Eye on Santa Barbara
At its onset, Ballard School was the only public building in Santa Ynez Valley

n.o.t.e.s from downtown
Jim invites you to the Avocado Festival to see his Statue of David made entirely from guacamole

Local Snapshot
Meet Molly Barker, the new executive director of Casa del Herrero

Our Town
This year’s Military Ball gave tributes to American war veterans, current and past

In Design
With Giclée, Alicia St. John brings to life exotic locales on her home furnishings

State Street Spin
Erin’s pledge to the Pledge of Allegiance; goodbye to George Anderjack; much more

Trail Talk
Lynn Kirst on the natural landscapes of Yosemite Park, a canvas’s best friend

Scene Around the World
Lynda Millner ventures to the Earth’s southernmost city and describes her encounters along the way

Real Estate View
Now’s the time not just to sell, but also to buy, proffers Mark Schneidman

Wealth Strategies
Tax laws on capital gains are changing and might have huge effect on what people give Uncle Sam

Events Calendar
Madrigals and choirs warm up their holiday pipes; Sings Like Hell goes back to basics; Montecito School of Ballet’s take on “The Nutcracker”

Book Talk
Shelly Lowenkopf on how characters elevate the quality of a good travel story

At the Bookshop
Brook Ashley adds on to and honors legacy of respected children’s author Dare Wright

South Coasting
Don’t forget about “Visiting Mr. Green,” says Libowitz; Santa Barbara’s unofficial Mayor, Alan Parsons

On Stage
Santa Barbara writer and actor revive one of history’s vital but unknown figures, Billy Lee

World of Wine
Judy Willis on one of the planet’s foremost wine producing areas, Italy’s Piedmont region



Vol. 12 Issue 27

The Montecito Shopping Guide

Little has changed since last year’s shopping season, but there is one distinct difference. Montecito businesses, large or small, are quickly arming themselves with websites. This developing trend says at least one thing: Montecito, for all its low-key rusticity, is a worldwide brand that is becoming readily available on the worldwide web. A whole holiday’s worth of shopping used to be possible without leaving the 93108 area and now this can be done without even leaving home.


So, This Is Christmas

Besides the shopping madness, Christmas was never a religious time for my family. We celebrated the holiday by spending time with each other and admiring the many treasures that accompanied Christmas. Singing carols on the trolley, driving around looking at beautiful homes lit up with Christmas decorations, and sitting by...

Local News

Coalition of Local Power Players Casts Itself as Montecito Association Watchdog

While Ty Warner considers a number of suitors to purchase his Miramar Hotel, a coalition of his heartiest supporters is bandying to bring about change in local land use practices. The fledgling Voices of Montecito, which now counts more than 60 members, has tasked itself to, among other endeavors, reform...

Coming & Going

The Coast Village Reunion

Barbara Beck was an active and attractive single mom in the late 1970s; she lived in Palm Springs, and to this day, continues to carry evidence of those halcyon years in her wallet. Alongside pictures of her wedding day and her daughters are those of Barbara with visiting celebrities. Her...

The Way it Was


In the beginning, the Chumash Indians of Montecito’s Salaguas village used the Romero Trail as a means of procuring food from the Santa Ynez Valley and for trade with the villages of the interior. Later, the trail was used by the Mexican residents as a means of reaching the Los...