This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant.
-George F. Will

Polo club hosts president’s cup this weekend

by lesliedinaberg on September 30, 2004

There’s still time to check out the “sport of kings” at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Continuing its 94th season, this Sunday is the United States Polo Association President’s Cup. The Wickenden Cup, held in honor of Ernest Wickenden, the very first local “star” polo player, will be on Oct. 10 and Oct. […]

Bridging the divide on the fields of play

by lesliedinaberg on September 30, 2004

When you get right down to the divots, polo and soccer have a lot of similarities. I recently had a weekend that truly exemplified what life is like in Santa Barbara: I spent Saturday on the soccer field and Sunday on the polo field. At first glance, these two fields seemed to have nothing in […]

New housing inches its way into town

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2004

Housing projects from Habitat for Humanity, the Mental Health Association and Hillside House are all inching their way to reality. Here’s an update on these three projects: Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County cleared a final hurdle to start with plans to build three homes for low-income families last week when the U.S. […]

What’s your time worth?

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2004

Time and money are intricately linked and almost no one feels as if they have enough of either. While time spent working generally earns you money, increasingly people are investing that money to buy back some of the precious bits of their days. The gateway to paying for convenience is often through the belly. Even […]

Firefighters Alliance benefit features Travolta film

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2004

Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance to host the premiere benefit of Ladder 49 at the Arlington Theatre Sept. 30 What started out a few months ago with a simple drink at Holdren’s, is quickly igniting into a new nonprofit, the Santa Barbara Firefighter’s Alliance. “We should really try to do something to support the firefighters,” was […]

The first steps are the hardest

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2004

Whether starting out or starting over, the joy is in the journey. I just started kindergarten for the third time, and it doesn’t get any easier. I also started writing this column at least three times and I’m not sure it got any better. Firsts are not my bests. I probably had more butterflies in […]

Schools offer preliminary headcounts

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2004

With the high cost of housing driving declining school enrollment figures throughout the state, there were a few bright spots in the preliminary local students counts. Bishop Garcia Diego High School was reportedly up to approximately 270 students this week. In January, the Catholic school announced that it was severing relations with the Archdiocese of […]

Goleta hatches first general plan

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2004

“The vision thing” was alive and well in Goleta this week, as the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce presented its policy recommendations for the city’s first general plan. What will come of this input — based almost a year’s worth of study and discussions among the chamber’s 500 member businesses representing approximately 25,000 employees — […]

In search of community

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2004

The rippling waves of the Pacific Ocean beckon South Coast residents to the beach on these warm fall evenings, but there’s another ripple effect going on around town: the effect of the commuter on our community. As rising real estate values send more and more people to live away from where they work, the hours […]

Stitching Together Memories of Lost Loved Ones

by lesliedinaberg on September 9, 2004

The grieving process is not complete without a way to acknowledge the loss. Saturday’s date — Sept. 11 — is one that will forever send a chill down Americans’ spines, but other anniversaries are equally significant for those who have lost a loved one. “Anniversaries are about memories, not ‘dates’… we sometimes forget the exact […]