(If you have something you think Montecito should know about, or wish to respond to something you read in the Journal, we want to hear from you. Please send all such correspondence to: Montecito Journal, Letters to the Editor, 1122 Coast Village Circle, Montecito, CA. 93108. You can also FAX such mail to: (805) 969-6654, or E-mail to tim@montecitojournal.net)

City is Responsible for Parking

I agree with "USA805" in the latest issue in which he/she calls attention to the cars for sale parked on Coast Village Road.

However, I would like to point out that Coast Village Road is not part of Montecito but is in the City of Santa Barbara. So efforts to bring about changes to parking there should be directed to the City.

Sincerely,

Art Thompson

Submitted via www.montecitojournal.net

(Publisher’s note: The City of Santa Barbara sees Coast Village Road and Coast Village Circle as a cash cow and only comes around to collect money via sales taxes, parking, or traffic violations, never to address any serious issues that people here actually care about – TLB)

Many Thanks

My publicist forwarded me a book review authored by Shelly Lowenkopf (“Too Much Talent”, montecitojournal.net/archive/13/14/913/) of my novel “The Secret of Lost Things” and I think it may be the most sensitive, generous consideration that my book is ever likely to solicit. Thank you very much.

Sheridan Hay

Anita’s Dream

A local Montecito mom and painter, Anita Blanchette, has been bravely fighting cancer for several years. Her kids are 9 and 6 and they attend Cold Spring School. Anita's fervent wish is to be able to raise enough money to fund two special trips, one with her daughter and one with her son. Anita wants them each to have a joyful memory of a fun, private, happy time with their mom to be able to look back on, after the many months of doctors, hospitals, medicines, and pain.

The Dream Foundation has organized an Art Show, and has generously underwritten the framing for many pieces of Anita's artwork, so she can sell them and realize her wish. The show will be held on Sunday, April 15th at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Inn, from 1 pm to 4 pm. The whole community is invited.

If you would like to support Anita but cannot attend the show, you can send a check made out to Anita Blanchette, care of Cold Spring School, 2243 Sycamore Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Thanks for helping,

Laura Collector

Montecito

The Lion’s Den

In Nature, lions don't run with hyenas; in fact, they kill them for sport. Humanity seems to have no such constraints, especially when politics is concerned. A recent gathering at the Biltmore Hotel to honor Andy Granatelli is indicative of this phenomenon.

The gathering was sponsored by the "radical-conservative" (when the Montecito Journal uses this language to describe a fellow conservative you know he's gotta be "radical") David Horowitz, founder of the self-named David Horowitz Freedom Center. In attendance were many of the usual suspects of the local conservative movement as well as a few who traveled here for the occasion.

The honoree, Andy Granatelli, is a great man who magnificently embodies the phrase "compassionate conservative." Mr. Granatelli not only talks the talk but he walks the walk. He is legendary for the time, energy and money, much of it his own, he devotes to a host of non-partisan philanthropic causes. His largesse is as colossal as his booming personality and we, Democrats and Republicans alike, are fortunate that he and his lovely wife, Dolly, makes Santa Barbara their home. He is a true Lion of a man.

Unfortunately though the phrase "compassionate conservative" is, with rare exceptions, an oxymoron conjured up by one of the many proliferating conservative think tanks to con the voting public into thinking that modern conservatism has something to do with compassion. I could not help but notice that the disgraced and indicted Tom "The Hammer" DeLay was there, still sporting the same broad smile he put on for the camera at his recent booking at a Houston police station. Despite his post indictment protestations to keep walking the walk, “The Hammer” was shortly thereafter given the bum's rush out of Washington by his own party. He is a true Hyena of a man.

I know the Republicans like to pretend they gather under a huge tent where all shades are welcome (another of those think tank fictions) but allowing a known scavenger like Mr. DeLay under the tent only further damages the dwindling credibility of the Grand Old Party.

David Bostick

Montecito

(Publisher’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. DeLay during the Freedom Center’s conference held at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Whether or not you like former U. S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay, he still was and is an influential political figure. His knowledge about the current political climate is spot on. President Clinton would have been indicted if a deal hadn’t been struck which led to a 5-year suspension of his law license. Clinton may have lost some credibility for the numerous scandals he was associated with but, on the whole, I think any of us would love the chance to get a 1 on 1 with him. Oh, and as for the “radical conservative” label we placed upon Mr. Horowitz: David Horowitz, the former Ramparts editor raised by card-carrying communist parents, wrote an autobiography titled “Radical Son,” hence our term. – TLB)

Kudos Hattie Beresford

In reference to the Article “Cold Spring Cañon” (montecitojournal.net/archive/13/14/905/) by historian Hattie Beresford. Great issue and the tip of my cap to Ms Beresford's in-depth research about Cold Spring Cañon (canyon). Very interesting. Keep up the good work

Here now,

John Baldonado

Los Angeles

Comments are Unnecessary

I'm an adult. I can read an editorial or a comment from a reader in the Letters to the Editor section and form my own opinion. I don't need an editor to explain my position to me.

Letters to the Editor is my favorite section in every newspaper I read. It gives the best idea of what's really happening in a city to an outsider.

The Editor already has the ultimate control by picking out which letters to print. A comment is unnecessary.

I'll bet TLB wrote snide comments to his friends in school while his teacher talked, too.

Karen Jones

Miami Beach, FL

(Publisher’s Note: We try to run every letter possible. Publisher’s comments are often necessary to clarify mistakes, add commentary, and usually fill in the rest of the story. As for the other accusation, I wasn’t the greatest of students but I always respected my teachers. – TLB)

Correction

In an article last issue, “Tedesco: We’ve Learned from Mistakes” (“Local News,” # 13/15), we misstated that the Montecito Association had not taken a position on the Hank Hurst appeal. The organization did express its opposition to the Park Lane residential development through a February 14 letter to the Montecito Planning Commission and via public comment during the Commission’s February 21 hearing. The Montecito Association did not, however, testify at the follow-up Montecito Planning Commission hearing on March 21 in which Mr. Hurst received approval for an altered version of his project.