Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
-Gary Trudeau

Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Grants $600,000 to Local Nonprofits

by lesliedinaberg on January 30, 2008

“Collaborative efforts are part of the future of philanthropy,” said Natalie Orfalea, addressing the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara’s annual luncheon on Jan. 28. As chairwoman of the Orfalea Fund and co-founder of the Orfalea Family Foundation, Orfalea is an expert on collaborative giving, and was instrumental in developing her foundation’s partnership with the Women’s […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Joe Holland

by lesliedinaberg on January 28, 2008

With three elections scheduled in Santa Barbara County this year–including the presidential primary on February 5–one would think that the county’s election chief Joseph E. Holland has his hands full. The elections office staff of 12 will ramp up to about 1,200 by Election Day. Luckily, he’s used to multi-tasking. County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor […]

The Likeability Factor

by lesliedinaberg on January 25, 2008

I’m not running for president, so why do I care if you like me? I’ve spent an inordinate part of my adult life–not to mention my childhood and teenage years–worrying about whether people like me. And I’m not talking about my family and my friends, I know they like me, otherwise they’d never put up […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down with Laura Inks

by lesliedinaberg on January 21, 2008

New years are all about reflecting on the past, the present and the future, and Laura Inks was in a particularly reflective mode when we caught up with her this week. With the ink barely dry on her divorce papers, Inks had also just ended another era as she completed the sale of her “baby,” […]

Moms Gone Wild

by lesliedinaberg on January 18, 2008

Teenage girls can be manipulative, mean, crafty, and just plain psycho. I say this with authority, as I was once a teenage girl. As the mom of a boy, I sometimes miss the mani-pedi play dates, pink tutus, and playing with dolls that my son shows no interest in. But I comfort myself with the […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down with Dr. Alois Zauner

by lesliedinaberg on January 14, 2008

Strokes can be paralyzing and debilitating: There are 4.5 million strokes every year in the United States, making them the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability. But thanks to the addition of a new Neurovascular Center at Cottage Hospital, under the leadership of Dr. Alois Zauner, swift and less […]

Goleta Native Has a New Story to Tell in Remote China

by lesliedinaberg on January 8, 2008

Sipping green tea while schmoozing in Mandarin with Chinese Communist Party officials is a long way from shooting the breeze with buddies after surfing the waves at UCSB’s Campus Point, but it’s all in a day’s work for John Wood. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Wood and his wife Lousia recently started the Tree House […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Nathan Rundlett

by lesliedinaberg on January 7, 2008

Sharing his passion for classical music is a labor of love for Nathan Rundlett. In 1994, he and his wife Marilyn Gilbert brought opera to town by founding the nonprofit Opera Santa Barbara. An accomplished baritone, now retired from his dual careers as a singer/high school chemistry teacher, Rundlett devotes much of his time these […]

Designing Woman

by lesliedinaberg on January 1, 2008

Some girls dream of being princesses, but DeNai Jones dreamed of being a bag lady. Piercing aquamarine eyes peeking through a wild tumble of blonde curls are the first things that strike you about DeNai Jones. From the funky flare of her vintage dress to the toes of her Betty Boop shoes, she looks every […]