Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.
-Leo McCarey

Shrek merchandise spells cash for DreamWorks

by lesliedinaberg on May 27, 2004

DreamWorks Studio is seeing green with “Shrek 2,” a big green money machine that is. The product marketing push is the largest in the studio’s 10-year history. DreamWorks has licensed about 80 companies to make Shrek items from watches to skateboards, bed sheets to backpacks, and toothpaste to computer games. Promotional partners include PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay […]

Shrek 2

by lesliedinaberg on May 27, 2004

More human than the entire cast of “Troy,” everyone’s favorite animated green ogre is back — in “Shrek 2” — and just as charming and funny as ever. A true piece of entertainment for the whole family, my husband and I laughed every bit as hard as our four-year-old son and his five-year-old buddy. But […]

Where We Live

by lesliedinaberg on May 27, 2004

The South Coast’s housing prices have taken a toll on the community’s critical workforce. Leslie Dinaberg reports on the cost of spreading ourselves too thin. We all know the South Coast’s cost of housing is skyrocketing, but what about the other “costs” that are incurred when our critical workforce can’t afford to live here?

St. Vincent’s project gets $6.7 million more

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2004

The Sisters of Mercy had their prayers answered on Tuesday, when the City of Santa Barbara approved an additional $6.7 million in redevelopment funds for St. Vincent’s housing project, which will provide 170 affordable units (95 designated for low-income seniors and 75 for low-income families) on the site at 4200 Calle Real. Housing and Redevelopment […]

The Generation X Homebuyer

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2004

Once pigeonholed as “slackers,” members of Generation X are now in their mid-20s to mid-30s and having a significant impact on home buying and building trends. Though the high cost of housing on the South Coast makes it difficult for Gen X to break into the market, when they are able to buy — through […]

Trish Dupart was one of City College’s Strongest Supporters

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2004

One of the sunniest smiles on the Santa Barbara City College campus faded away recently, when Trish Dupart passed away on May 11, from an extremely rapid form of acute monoblastic leukemia. Dupart had recently retired after 30 years of dedicated service to the school and attended the Board of Trustees & President’s Retiree Recognition […]

Summerland lands on June 1

by lesliedinaberg on May 13, 2004

Surf will be up in Summerland on June 1 on the WB Network’s new show, which shares a name with our fair burg. The show stars Lori Loughlin as 30-something fashion designer who inherits her sister’s three kids when their parents are killed in an accident. They live in a hip beach community, natch. But […]

Passions run high as controversial condos approved by city

by lesliedinaberg on May 13, 2004

More than 150 people filled City Hall Tuesday night, where the Santa Barbara City Council unanimously voted to approve a controversial mixed-use condominium project near De la Vina and Calle Laureles Streets, rejecting an appeal by the neighbors. Architectural firm DesignArc had proposed renovating an office building for itself, along with five condominiums. The council […]