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Letters to the Editor
Sedentary fishing? Blame Bush for universal warming; attack of the clones

Sheriff’s Blotter
Petty and grand thefts, burglaries, trespassing, forged prescriptions – all the makings for a week of crime in Montecito

Coup de Grace
The only thing that will get a Jack Russell terrier to jump in your arms is a treat, says Grace

Scene Around Town
Lynda Millner on how local charities received a double surprise; standing room only for new owner of the Miramar

State Street Spin
The best new hybrid party around, the Yacht Club’s Luau Circus; where to find Chapman Ford; more

Estate Planning
All the negative attention paid to QES in Santa Barbara has real estate investors alarmed and looking to make precautions

Prediction for this year: slight drop in number of sales and small dip in median price of homes, according to Mark Schneidman

Garden Gossip
Lotusland is open for tours, memberships, subscriptions, you name it; monthly gardening checklist

Los Lobos goes acoustic; Tour of California passes through; Women’s Literary Festival; National Philharmonic of Russia; lots more

Focus on Film
Remember the biker tough guy from “The Bad News Bears”? Well, he’s now an Oscar nominee

On Stage
Opera Santa Barbara’s tribute to Verdi will receive many bravos and bravissimos, says Libowitz

Book Talk
Many writers have defining works, says Shelly, but it’s not always their best or bestselling contributions

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Vol. 13 Issue 8

The Italian Caper

Miserable sleet and snow pelted the misty streets of Milan, Italy as two young Santa Barbara attorneys trudged the neighborhoods searching for evidence of a marriage and signs of the elusive Bruno Valentino Silvio Leonarduzzi. Michael Cooney and Brian Rapp had taken the case when attorneys for the estate of Alice Keck Park became suspicious about the validity of her will. Evidence was mounting that Alice, the troubled daughter of the late William Myron Keck of Superior Oil and widow of Montecitan David E. Park, had remarried. If so, the will that left the bulk of her $20-million estate (roughly $64 million in today’s dollars) to four Santa Barbara charities was possibly void.


It’s Now Official: The Miramar Has New Owner

As of 3 pm, Tuesday February 20th, Los Angeles-based commercial developer Rick Caruso is officially the new owner of the Miramar property. During a Friday afternoon, February 16 Meet & Greet at Montecito Hall, Caruso confessed he’d not only never met previous Miramar owner Ian Schrager, but that he’d never...

Local News

Water Board Approves Rate Hike

Water Board increases rates; Westmont wins appeal; more

The Montecito Water District Board of Directors on Tuesday increased monthly rates for every customer class except commercial users in a hearing that by historical standards had a low attendance. ...


On The Beach At The Miramar

New Miramar owner Rick Caruso surprised the crowd that packed Montecito Hall on Friday, February 16 during a planned Montecito Association “Meet & Greet,” by playing a recording of a song called “On The Beach At Miramar.” Caruso, who proved to be a quick study and engaging speaker, explained that...

The Third Age

What Brings Happiness?

In a previous column I explored the medical and scientific research on happiness. I supported the new and growing field of Positive Psychology, which starts with studying what creates health and happiness. All traditional psychology has started from illness and then assumed health and happiness is the absence of psychological...

The Montecito Chef of the Month

Turning Over Generations in Three Easy Steps

Rosemary Pelli loves food, loves cooking and loves her recipes, but most of all she loves families gathering around the table

Rosemary Pelli’s joie de vivre is contagious. Upon entering her Mountain Drive home, one is instantly overwhelmed by her genuine warmth and hospitality. She bubbles over when discussing food and family. ...