You can't deny laughter. When it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
-Stephen King

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 […]

Medical marijuana issue inflames council

by lesliedinaberg on November 20, 2003

Put the words “marijuana” and “wasted” in the same sentence and the path usually leads to a state of inebriation. At Tuesday’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting, however, it led in the opposite direction — at least for some — to a state of frustration about wasted time, as the council heard a presentation from […]

Funk Zone fate v. Coastal Commission politics

by lesliedinaberg on November 13, 2003

Issues like RV parking, transportation, jobs, traffic and housing may billboard the need for regional cooperation, but a shared frustration with the California Coastal Commission’s interference with local governance may be the issue that actually brings the words “regional cooperation” out of the realm of rhetoric and into action. Ignited by Councilman and commission member […]

WEV: Women get professional guidance

by lesliedinaberg on November 13, 2003

Weaving entrepreneurial passion, the desire to build wealth, and feminine energy with the nuts and bolts of business planning and development, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) has quickly made a name for itself as the go-to organization for aspiring business owners who want to find success on their own terms. “Like (in) that movie, The Sixth […]

Schneider, Williams, Barnwell Victorious

by lesliedinaberg on November 6, 2003

While the demographics of Santa Barbara may be polarizing into wealthy retirees and the low-wage people who serve them, the Santa Barbara City Council got a strong dose of Generation X with Tuesday night’s election of Helene Schneider, 32, and Das Williams, 29. Joining them on the council in January will be the more seasoned […]