A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kids in court get support from CASA

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2005

“When I started I expected nothing for myself,” said Doris Becker, recalling her ten years as a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), working on behalf of children who are involved in the court system. The program was just starting out in Santa Barbara County when she saw a newspaper ad about the training classes. […]

Kids aren’t just playing games here

by lesliedinaberg on October 7, 2005

Watching kids of all ages “shake their moneymakers” to the tunes of the Dance Revolution games in the arcade at Luigi’s Restaurant or the lobby of Camino Real Marketplace Theatre may be amusing to some, but it’s serious business to Dr. Debra Lieberman, a lecturer in the Department of Communication and a researcher in the […]

City gets transportation update

by lesliedinaberg on July 28, 2005

It’s one of those classic good news/bad news scenarios — Santa Barbara’s air quality is improving, thanks at least in part to electric buses, but because the air quality is improving, we’re no longer going to be eligible for congestion mitigation and air quality grants that have been helping to fund those buses. That was […]

Santa Barbara High puts Turnbull at the Helm

by lesliedinaberg on July 28, 2005

Goleta Valley Junior High School Paul Turnbull was named principal at Santa Barbara High School. Promoted from assistant principal to principal at GVHS in July 2003, he follows once again in the footsteps of Dr. Kristine Robertson, who left GVHS to take become principal at SBHS and recently was named director of personnel for the […]

Harding Principal Forced on Leave

by lesliedinaberg on July 28, 2005

Despite overwhelming support from parents, teachers and former students, the Santa Barbara Elementary School District voted to put Harding School principal Marlyn Nicolas on administrative leave for the 2005-2006 school year and will not renew her contract in 2006-2007. The vote was 4-0, with board president Lynn Rodriguez, whose child goes to the school, abstaining. […]

Harding principal’s future uncertain

by lesliedinaberg on July 21, 2005

Supportive parents and staff are rallying behind embattled Harding School principal Marlyn Nicolas, but her future is still up in the air. As of right now, she is still principal, and according to her husband, Frank Nicolas, her preference is to stay. Her future was apparently discussed in closed session at the July 12 board […]

Whole Foods survives first review

by lesliedinaberg on July 21, 2005

The motto of Whole Foods Market, “whole foods, whole people, whole planet,” will certainly be put to the test in Santa Barbara, as the company saw at its first concept review meeting with Planning Commission last week. There’s a whole lot of community input in its future if the organic food retail giant wants to […]

A Day to Dream

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2005

To help celebrate a decade of making dreams come true for terminally ill adults, the Dream Foundation invites the community to spend a whimsical day in Dreamland. On July 24, the Santa Barbara Zoo will be transformed a fanciful getaway where families can spend quality time together while helping to support the foundation, a national […]

Honors program sticking

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2005

The Santa Barbara School Board reluctantly agreed to maintain junior high honors classes while moving to elevate the general track classes to college preparatory level at the request of Superintendent Brian Sarvis and the principals of Goleta Valley, La Colina and Santa Barbara junior high schools. “The principals agree with me that a change like […]

Whole Foods project causes community concern

by lesliedinaberg on July 14, 2005

Adding a Whole Foods Market to the upper State Street area, already a target of concern for neighborhood and activist groups because of traffic congestion and other issues, will be on the docket for the Santa Barbara Planning Commission July 14. With big changes in store for that area, including at least three other projects […]