A County Accommodation And Another Good-bye

We announced in the last issue that the popular, well-liked, and supremely efficient MJ Editor Guillaume Doane was leaving and that we wished him well. If not for his tireless efforts, we could never have made the transition from bi-weekly to weekly publication with such ease and surety. Guillaume is on his way to the Atlanta Georgia area to contemplate his career options, which include a possible move to Paris, France.

In conjunction with Guillaume’s departure, J’Amy Brown, past president of the Montecito Association, organized a going-away sendoff for him, held at Peabody’s in Montecito. A mix of friends, co-workers, government officials, media folk, and acquaintances, were in attendance as First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal presented Guillaume a special accommodation signed by all 5 County Supervisors that read as follows:


WHEREAS, Guillaume Doane has worked as a reporter and editor of the Montecito Journal since June 1, 2004, during which time he assigned and edited nearly 2,000 articles and personally wrote over 500; and

WHEREAS, Guillaume has reported on a broad spectrum of community topics, such as history, politics, social events, wine, food, humor, finance, travel, and the Montecito lifestyle; and he provided in-depth coverage of water rate increases, the Coral Casino remodel, the Westmont campus expansion, the Montecito Planning Commission, Montecito’s special districts, the Montecito Association, County government, local schools and public works projects; and

WHEREAS, during Guillaume’s tenure as editor, the Journal became a weekly newspaper, added a website, redesigned its printed pages, and added several easy-to-keep pullout sections including, “The ABC’s of Back-to-School,” “Montecito’s Public Affairs Directory” and “The State of Montecito—A Five Year Review,” all of which have increased the Journal’s readership and ability to report local news in a timely and efficient manner; and

WHEREAS, Guillaume generously supported non-profits in our community by providing space, photographs and front-page covers in the Journal for numerous philanthropic causes, including the Montecito Union School Carnival, Montecito Association Beautification Day and Village Fourth, Music Academy May Madness, Cold Spring School flagship fundraiser, Lotusland and Crane School.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDERED AND RESOLVED, that this Board of Supervisors honors and commends Guillaume Doane for his dedication to the profession of journalism and for keeping our community well informed on events of local importance.

Passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Barbara County, State of California, this 5th day of June, 2007 by a unanimous vote of all members present.

A Four-Way Stop Sign For Barker Pass & Sycamore Canyon

Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is asking parents and residents of Montecito for signatures to petition Caltrans to add a 4-way stop at the intersection of Barker Pass and Sycamore Canyon Road to facilitate the safe travel of children walking home from Cold Spring School. Like many of our small country roads, Sycamore Canyon has become a sometime-speedy bypass for Montecito commuters.

A table will be set up in front of Cold Spring School from 8 am to 8:30 am on Tuesday June 5 through Friday June 8; someone will be on hand to answer questions about the petition to create the four-way Stop. After 8:30 am, the petition will be hung on the fence at the school parking lot entrance during the day for people who can’t stop by in the morning. This signature drive is the first of many drives that will be held in and around Montecito during June to help promote safe routes to school.

Get Those Eyeglasses Out!

A reminder: The United States Postal Service, along with Direct Relief International, the National Association of Letter Carriers, Lions Club, and the Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory, will be collecting old, used, and abandoned eyeglasses from homes in Santa Barbara County Saturday, June 9. Eyeglasses should be placed next to the mailbox for the Postal service to pick up.