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Category Archives: politics

RFK, California 1968: Never Before Published Photographs by Jesse Alexander

by lesliedinaberg on September 20, 2017

Renowned photographer Jesse Alexander says he didn’t even have a press pass when he took a pilgrimage to Delano to see young Robert F. Kennedy on the campaign trail. “I was really a fan of RFK and was very aware of his interest in farm workers and his work with Cesar Chavez,” says Alexander. These […]

Local Lowdown: Beyond Borders

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2017

The Latin America-Southern California Connection: Pacific Standard Time By Leslie Dinaberg An ambitious artistic celebration of the vibrant cultural linkages between Southern California and Latin America takes place across the state this fall, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and beyond. Backed by more than $16 million in grants from the […]

J. Wilkes Wines Served to Global Leaders at the U.S. Department of State

by lesliedinaberg on June 20, 2016

It’s always exciting to hear about a local winery’s success. Santa Barbara County wines are definitely being served in high places. For the second time this year, Santa Maria Valley’s J.Wilkes wines were selected to be served at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.  Last month Nordic Leaders from five countries enjoyed J. Wilkes […]

Editor’s Pick: Bill Maher

by lesliedinaberg on March 3, 2015

Politically incorrect, consistently funny and thought provoking, Bill Maher has long been a groundbreaker in bringing funny political talk to television. Now he takes his signature winning combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs to the Arlington Theatre on March 14. 1317 State St., 8 p.m. 806/963-4408, thearlingtontheatre.com. —Leslie Dinaberg Originally published in Santa Barbara […]

Editor’s Pick: Desert Dancer

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2015

Desert Dancer Opening night of the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival brings the U.S. premiere of the powerful and true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in the suppressed society of Iran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election. Forming an underground dance company, the dancers learn, through banned […]

Gored by the Truth

by lesliedinaberg on June 11, 2010

“Marriage has no guarantees. If that’s what you’re looking for, go live with a car battery.” — Erma Bombeck I was shocked and sad when I heard about the toppling of Tipper and Al Gore‘s marriage. Talk about an inconvenient truth. With all of the fawning and fanning and cyber-ink devoted to Barack and Michelle […]

A Passion for History Brings Heroic Tale to Life

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2008

Refusenik documentary has West Coast Premiere at the Plaza de Oro Theater Finding a career that combines her interests in art, social justice, history and international politics is a dream come true for filmmaker Laura Bialis. Her documentary, Refusenik, (www.refusenikmovie.com) which chronicles the thirty-year international movement to free Soviet Jews, opens Friday night at the […]

Behind the Scenes at the Election Office

by lesliedinaberg on February 5, 2008

If the seventh and eighth grade students from Anacapa School are any kind of a barometer, then, as the national media predicts, young people are engaged in this presidential election with an extraordinary level of interest. County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor Joe Holland took the students on a behind-the-scenes tour of the election office on […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Joe Holland

by lesliedinaberg on January 28, 2008

With three elections scheduled in Santa Barbara County this year–including the presidential primary on February 5–one would think that the county’s election chief Joseph E. Holland has his hands full. The elections office staff of 12 will ramp up to about 1,200 by Election Day. Luckily, he’s used to multi-tasking. County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Janet Wolf

by lesliedinaberg on December 31, 2007

Issues like the environment, housing, transportation and social services usually top the agendas of county government, but women’s health is also high on the list of concerns for Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf, who celebrates her first year in office in January. Leslie Dinaberg: I know health is a big concern of yours since you […]