If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
-St. Augustine

Housing forums strike environmental nerve

by lesliedinaberg on December 25, 2003

Nowhere is the mass of contradictions that make up the South Coast’s collective consciousness more evident than when the topic of housing opens its rickety gate. In response to “some apparent, deep-seated conflicts among usual allies in the South Coast,” where “the long tradition of ‘no (or slow) growth’ seems to be at odds with […]

Franceschi plan draws split crowd

by lesliedinaberg on December 18, 2003

If the Franceschi Park Master Plan fails to deliver planned improvements to the park, it certainly won’t be from a lack of community input. More than 100 people filled the Santa Barbara City Council chambers Tuesday night to give their comments about the plan, which has been in the works since 1998. “The park is […]

Case against art dealers hinges on technicality

by lesliedinaberg on December 18, 2003

The fate of a pair of local art dealers may rest on Judge Frank Ochoa’s ruling on a legal technicality that will determine whether the People versus James O’Mahoney and Ronald Gillio goes to trial. After a lengthy pretrial hearing during which they were accused of taking advantage of the late Josef Muench, an internationally […]

Holiday bonuses fall out of season

by lesliedinaberg on December 18, 2003

More employers instead tie cash gifts to worker performance Scrooge is alive and well and working in the business world. According to a recent study by Hewitt Associates, the Grinch will quash the “visions of bonuses” in many workers’ heads this year, with nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of U.S. organizations saying they would not offer […]

Entrada project takes step forward, back

by lesliedinaberg on December 11, 2003

The renovation of the Californian Hotel took center stage last week in the long-debated Entrada de Santa Barbara project. A partnership between developer Bill Levy and the Ritz-Carlton, the timeshare project was approved by the Planning Commission on Dec. 11, 2001 after more than 36 public hearings and failed appeals to both the Santa Barbara […]

Schneider, Williams and Barnwell take City Council seats

by lesliedinaberg on December 4, 2003

The certified final numbers for the Santa Barbara City Council race are in, with no real surprises. As projected, Helene Schneider took first place, followed by Das Williams and Brian Barnwell. The three incumbents are going through training this month, said Mayor Marty Blum. They will take office Jan. 6. An analysis of the precincts […]

Youth Council voices frustration

by lesliedinaberg on December 4, 2003

Members upset they were not consulted in decision to create services center What’s the point of having a Youth Council to advise the Mayor and the Santa Barbara City Council if they don’t even consult us when they make a decision involving teens? That was the question recently voiced by members of the Santa Barbara […]

Going long

by lesliedinaberg on November 27, 2003

Like the chorus line of old ladies with walkers traipsing across the stage of The Producers, the 172 members of the Ninety Plus Club honored at the 19th Annual “Celebration of Life” Birthday Luncheon exhibited vitality, athleticism and a sense of humor as they navigated the overflow crowd at the DoubleTree Resort on Nov. 21. […]

Nyle Utterback was champion of South Coast’s natural assets

by lesliedinaberg on November 27, 2003

Santa Barbara lost one of its most dedicated citizens with the sudden passing of Nyle Gene Utterback on Nov. 21 at the age of 72. Married to his wife Kay for the past 45 years, the Utterbacks came to Santa Barbara in 1963 and have been active in the community ever since. Utterback served as […]

Gamma Phis shine

by lesliedinaberg on November 27, 2003

UCSB sorority chapter celebrates 20 years on campus The UCSB chapter of Gamma Phi Beta celebrated its 20th anniversary on campus last weekend by honoring four women who have served as advisors since the start of the 129-year-old sorority’s tenure on campus. Lois Abbott said she is very proud to have served as chapter advisor […]