Archive » January 18, 2006

Also Inside This Issue

Tim welcomes any good Samaritans to come forward and give up a parcel for the new Montecito fire station

Letters to the Editor
Beware of rate hikes for Montecito water customers; how Montecito proved the bubble theorists wrong; lots more

Community Calendar
Guide to Montecito’s art galleries, school events, public meetings and daily ebbs and flows

Ernie’s World
Warning: Please keep this column away from any young women engaged to be married soon, or ever

Our Town
Montecito Polar Bear Club braves Pacific Ocean’s frosty waters for 31st straight year

Julianna Friedman hosts elegant party to introduce guests to Theatre of Life for Children

Adopt a Pet
Handsome, charming and debonair, just consider Salem the feline version of Frank Sinatra

Scout’s Honor
Troop 33 Scout Charlie Haslem’s account of the most difficult hike he has ever taken

Estate Planning
Before you decide to buy Mexican real estate, here are a few things you should know…

Your Estate
Divorce can be costly, but that doesn't mean both parties in the ordeal have to suffer financial consequences

Events Calendar
Brooks Institute alumni exhibit; Sings Like Hell; guest conductor for Nir Kabaretti; lots more

Book Talk
Shelly compares single-author short story compilations to restaurants and saves enough room for more

At the Bookshop
Celeste Scheinberg on Montecito residents who self-publish to inspire, educate and promote understanding

World of Golf
Four Seasons Hotel atop Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas; Bali Hai Golf Club

Plow & Angel to reopen in mid-February, Quantum in March; Doghouse moving to State Street

Classified Advertising

The Hollywood Invasion

Vol. 13 Issue 3

Miramar May Have Buyer (1/22/07)

Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts officials said this morning that the sale of the Miramar Hotel wasn’t complete as news of the property’s potential buyer continues to leak out. According to Journal sources, Rick Caruso, a Los Angeles development mogul, has offered Warner to purchase the downtrodden hotel. Officials from both Warner’s Montecito office and from the Caruso Affiliated office in Los Angeles did not confirm or deny the rumor. Warner representatives said the sale of the hotel could be complete as soon as this Friday.

Local News

Department Searches for Parcel to House Fire Station

Montecito Water District to raise customer rates, again; Montecito Pet Shop settles in

Hoping to reduce response times in a remote corner of its coverage area, the Montecito Fire Protection District has been searching for a parcel to build a third station. ...

John Wilcock – The Column of Lasting Insignificance

The Waco Diary

Wednesday: Gazing out of the hotel’s upper windows we can see the famous suspension bridge – once the second longest in the world – refurbished and looking as pristine and unblemished as if it has been built yesterday. And not far away, in a Victorian house, are the artifacts of...

Coming & Going

Up When Nobody Was Looking

Twenty-six Montecito properties closed escrow in December ’06; that’s double the number that closed in December ’05 and nearly 50% more than sold in December ’04. In fact, December turned out to be the second busiest December of the 21st century, bested only by December ‘03’s 30 closings. The median...

Scene Around Town

Piano and Vittles at the Presidio

El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park Chapel was the charming setting for a unique and classy evening. The Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a piano performance by Javier Rovira of Spain complete with a grand piano near the altar. As President of the Board Barbara Lindemann remarked, “I...

Festival in Focus

A Preview of the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Roger Durling’s Oscar predictions acumen; Sneak Peek pre-festival luncheon-discussion; interview with “Factory Girl” star Sienna Miller

Sundance may be acquisition heaven, Toronto the premiere capital for previewing major independent releases, and Cannes the pre-eminent spot for seeing Hollywood glitz and glamour overseas. ...

Trail Talk

Montecito Equestrienne Under the Big Top

When Montecito residents Steve and Deanna McHugh recently celebrated the graduation of their daughter, Brenna, from UCLA, they never dreamed that her first job would be performing under the Big Top. Or more precisely, under the 110-foot-tall tent that houses Cavalia, best described as an equestrian version of Cirque du...