Before I built a wall I'd ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.
-Robert Frost

Hope District teachers make progress on contract

by lesliedinaberg on August 26, 2004

Several key clauses of the Hope District Teacher’s Association contract were agreed to this week, after months of negotiations, said Superintendent Les Imel. “The health and welfare benefits part has been completed,” he said. He added that because there is a retirement agreement that is still active for two more years, the district and the […]

Parks Dept. shifts softball to major league

by lesliedinaberg on August 26, 2004

On the heels of the U.S. women dominating the diamond in Olympic softball this week, the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department received approval from the City Council to contract with Major League Softball, Inc. (MLS), for adult softball league services, a shift that will save the city money and also lower fees for participants. […]

Elings Park fills in blanks with new capital campaign

by lesliedinaberg on August 19, 2004

After its impressive conversion from an old city dump to a bucolic multiuse park with one of the best views in town – financed solely by donations from the community — Elings Park is looking to secure its future by appealing to the public once again. The next time you go to walk your dog, […]

Think globally, act regionally

by lesliedinaberg on August 12, 2004

While the jobs-housing-congestion dynamic is hardly new news to anyone who travels the 101 freeway at 5 p.m. weekdays, a report, titled “Taking Action Regionally,” is actually the first official study to tackle the situation on a broad regional basis and lay out actions to take. “What really differentiates it is its broader geographic perspective,” […]

Fiesta celebration a quiet one for law enforcement

by lesliedinaberg on August 12, 2004

This year’s Fiesta celebration went off with few hitches, which is just the way law enforcement likes it. “This Fiesta had fewer large problems than the last several recent Fiestas,” said police Lt. Paul McCaffrey, a department spokesman. He credits much of the success to the preplanning and prior year analysis that goes into making […]

Back To School

by lesliedinaberg on August 12, 2004

(To the tune of “Can, can, can you do the cancan”) Can, can, can you pay attention Do I have to mention Everything I said I’ll say again Can you hear me? Listening is good for you Pay attention Maybe you’ll learn something new – Song played after recess in a third-grade classroom at Santa […]

Regional coordination sought for challenges

by lesliedinaberg on August 12, 2004

A new report says jobs, housing and transportation issues need a unified response. While the jobs-housing-congestion dynamic is hardly new news to anyone who travels Highway 101 during commuter hours, a new report is actually the first official study to tackle the situation on a broad, regional basis and lay out actions to take. “What […]

Cottage housing plan causes conflicts

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2004

While some neighbors are still leery, city planners last week praised Cottage Health System‘s plan to build workforce housing on the site of the old St. Francis Medical Center, which it purchased for about $18 million last year. The purpose of the three-hour plus meeting was to outline which environmental impacts should be studied, but […]

Some do want to get away for Fiesta

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2004

There are plenty of sanctuaries within driving distance. Santa Barbarans have a love/hate relationship with Fiesta. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of people and a lot of festivities to deal with for four days straight. If you start to feel like one more chorus of “La Bamba” will put you over […]

History On Parade

by lesliedinaberg on August 5, 2004

Along a route of less than three miles, El Desfile Histórico makes a colorful connection to Santa Barbara’s past. Friday’s Old Spanish Days parade is always one of the highlights of Santa Barbara’s annual Fiesta festivities. El Desfile Histórico, themed as “a celebration of early Santa Barbara,” will be the fruit of hundreds of hours […]