We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.
-Ellen Goodman

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 […]

Honors program gets reprieve

by lesliedinaberg on July 7, 2005

An outcry from parents about the principals’ decision to drop the honors programs at Santa Barbara, La Colina and Goleta Valley junior highs has prompted the school board to put the item back on its agenda next week. While La Cumbre Junior High will roll out a new curriculum in the fall — offering separate […]

Hope trustees ratify principal reassignment

by lesliedinaberg on July 7, 2005

In recognition of the “diversity of opinion” with regard to Superintendent Gerrie Fausett’s reassignment of the Hope School District‘s principals, the board of trustees voted unanimously to ratify the decision, despite that they were not required to do so. Joseph Liebman was not at the July 1 meeting, where his colleagues took the opportunity to […]