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Also Inside This Issue

Tim, J’Amy, Salud, and the gang offer another “good-bye” to easygoing outgoing editor with the not-easy-to-say first name

Letters to the Editor
Chief Wallace on Sycamore Canyon evacuation plan; Julia Springer on Montecito moms; clipboardwielding jack booted bureaucrats; reader threatens to turn off news spigot

Community Calendar
Michael Medved on Ronald Reagan, Eyeglasses for DRI, Dr. Alan Brown at Maritime Museum, Music Academy summer preview, Montecito School of Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream, polo ponies in pursuit, and more

Local News
Rents are going up and tenants are moving out of Montecito’s too hot retail rental market

Sheriff’s Blotter
More computers purloined from Westmont; BB’s on the backhoe; property neglect charge leads to physical altercation on East Valley Road

Art Advisor
How high is up? Art dealer Carole Lieff ponders direction of international art market

Private Property Report
Time to challenge the state’s housing mandates, says Kim Seefeld

Eye on Santa Barbara
Celebrating light fixtures, what the late Doug Bartoli called “the jewelry of buildings”

Ernie’s World
He only hears what he wants to hear, but Witham pays price for selective audio reception

The Opinionated Traveler
Goldman says the dollar/peso exchange rate puts the “bueno” in Buenos Aires

Trail Talk
Patti Jacquemain loves nature, mountain lions, tiger sharks, and above all, grizzly bears, says Lynn

Adopt a Pet
Wonder is wonder-ful, and has a keen eye for little things that move, says Karen

Events Calendar
La Cumbre Junior High Schoolers gang up on Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” beginning Thursday June 7; more

On Theater
Finally, first-rate Finnish frippery from Finland’s fine Festival

Book Talk
Ray Bradbury belongs with elite group of novelists with most memorable first lines

World of Wine
Buoyant bubbles can be found in beer too, says Dr. Judy

Classified Advertising
Montecito’s most complete compendium of things for sale by sellers


Vol. 13 Issue 23

The New New Miramar

On Tuesday, June 12, Caruso Affiliated representatives attended the Montecito Association monthly meeting to present their rendered site plan for the Miramar Hotel and Bungalows. Caruso reps had met separately with Association directors Ted Tedesco and MA President Bill Palladini, with Jim Langhorne and Chief Kevin Wallace at Montecito Fire District, county staff, Supervisor Salud Carbajal, members of the Seaside Association, Voices of Montecito, and others. Through the use of such meetings, they have probably reduced the number of contentious issues to two: a shift in architectural style from “cottage” to “plantation” that is likely to draw some criticism, and the heavy use of lawn area would require the heavy use of water may also present a problem.

Coming & Going

Mourlot brings Miro to Montecito

Many years ago, Spanish painter Joan Miro brought then six-year-old Eric Mourlot, grandson of famed lithographer Fernand Mourlot, a present of paints. “I ended up painting all over my grandmother’s kitchen. After I got in trouble for that I knew I would never be an artist,” Eric joked during a...

Scene Around Town


CAMA Private Gardens Tour & Celebrity Birdhouse Auction; Parterres of Paradise: “Let them eat cabbages!”

According to local bird watchers, Santa Barbara is noted for its many varieties. They should be happy birders because there’s a nest of new housing available after the CAMA (Community Arts Music Association) Women’s Board’s 7th annual Private Gardens Tour and Celebrity Birdhouse Auction. ...

State Street Spin

High School Shows Are Hot Again

Local youth theatre is really making a comeback after a long long hiatus. While there have been good productions here and there (“Showstoppers” with Radu Azdril, “The Wiz” at San Marcos High School with David Holmes) – community-wide, our local youth theatre has, until recently, lacked in volume and the...


Jeff Bridges: From Slacker To Surf Legend

Jeff Bridges is a consummate actor; he’s also a generous Montecito family man and “star” of new animated movie

Folks around Montecito know Jeff Bridges as a neighbor, a movie star who makes himself available for community efforts regularly; they also know him as a true family man, who just likes to relax with his wife and kids whenever he’s back home from a set. ...

The Classical Connection

Magic, Mystique at Ojai’s Music Festival

There are older music festivals than the one in Ojai, a few that are more prestigious, and certainly ones that last longer than a single weekend. But it’s doubtful any other summertime classical music festival offers the combination of attributes as the venerable one just a short drive down the...