Archive » February 8, 2006

Also Inside This Issue

Tim offers more evidence of the sham that is Affordable Housing Program; new 93108 Open House Directory

Letters to the Editor
Dealing the race card; tinkering with the process

Local News Extra
Salud Carbajal sends Michael Cooney to "touch bases" with community leaders and determine whether there are problems in Montecito land use procedures

Sheriff’s Blotter
Suspicious Verizon bill raises thoughts of identity theft; woman reports $40,000 worth of jewelry missing

n.o.t.e.s from downtown
Jim Alexander on two surefire ways to keep kids from staying home from school

Scene Around Town
Lynda recounts the first time she met Roger Durling; Garrison Keillor brings Lake Wobegon to the Arlington

State Street Spin
Mission Archive Library comes alive; welcoming the Welsh; basketball Bill ballyhooed

School Stuff
Crane Country Day offers unique opportunity for kids who want to transfer into fifth grade

The Way it Was
Hattie Beresford on one of Santa Barbara’s best and perhaps most forgotten institutions, the cemetery

Real Estate View
Don’t be misled by median prices, says Schneidman, especially if the sales pool is too small

Events Calendar
Santa Barbara Symphony Guitar Festival; Timbers Supper Club debut; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin to appear

On the Beat
Preview of the Santa Barbara Symphony International Guitar Festival

Book Talk
Shelly Lowenkopf on the destructive, disastrous years known as the 14th century

World of Wine
Harbor Restaurant wins Wine Spectator Restaurant Award of Excellence; Valentine’s Day suggestions

Classified Advertising

News Alert

Vol. 13 Issue 6

Carbajal Names New Planning Commissioner

First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal has chosen Jack Overall to become the next Montecito Planning commissioner, filling the empty seat left by Dick Thielscher’s unexpected resignation in December. Carbajal said today that Overall’s “extensive land use and community involvement” were “key factors” in helping him prevail over the other two candidates, Stephen Murdoch and J.W. Colin.


Hoop Dreams

On a clear day last October, on the outdoor patio of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, a small crowd of less than 100 gathered for a press conference in hushed excitement. Parents shielded the sun from their eyes with glossy folders and kids in baggy shorts and jerseys dribbled basketballs, sharing...

John Wilcock – The Column of Lasting Insignificance

The Travel Writing Essentials

If there's one thing that infuriates professional travel writers, it's the thought of anybody else entering an already overcrowded profession. After all, everybody travels, and almost everybody writes, and I doubt whether there's a newspaper or magazine in this country or England that isn't inundated with travel pieces every day...

The Private Property Report

The Affordable Housing Debacle

Robert Geis, the County auditor-controller, released recently a final report on his department’s audit of the County’s “for sale” Affordable Housing program. His audit began more than a year ago after persistent public complaints to the Board of Supervisors that the program was rife with fraud and should be examined...

Local News

Westmont Expansion Gains Approval

Supervisors sign off on Westmont; Collector won’t seek second term

The County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday signed off on the much-debated Westmont College expansion, a unanimous decision that effectively ignores the threat of legal action that loomed largely over the day’s discussions. ...

Coming & Going

Writing Well, Eating Better

Among the seventy(!) or so people that attended the book signing on Thursday, February 1 at Tecolote Bookshop for author Kendall Conrad celebrating the release of her new book “Eat Well Feel Well” were Holly Palance, Gina Tolleson and her husband, Christian Wiesenthal, along with their two children Luca and...

Festival in Hindsight

Celluloid Memories

Libowitz wraps up SBIFF 2007 with highlights and suggestions for next year

In summing up the 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, I’m tempted to pirate the title of one of its movies (from a Montecito filmmaker, no less): “Good to Great.” ...

The Sportsman

On the Fly

It is rare to find a woman as passionate about fishing as Jean Sedar, the president of the Santa Barbara Flyfishers. A trim, 5-foot, 5-inch sparkplug of energy, Sedar has been a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker for 18 years, but conversations with her turn quickly to the subject...