Sharon Brown Bevan: January 26, 1932 – October 28, 2023
By Tim Buckley   |   February 6, 2024

Sharon (Sherry) Bevan’s legacy of light and love came to a beautiful close on October 28th, 2023, at home in Casa Dorinda surrounded by her loving family. A private family ceremony will be held January 26, 2024, at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Sherry was a rare Mayflower descendant and fourth-generation Californian. In 1923, her parents built […]

Golf Coach Wins Tourney
By Tim Buckley   |   January 2, 2024

Congratulations to Westmont men’s and women’s golf head coach Joshua Ault, who won his first mid-amateur tournament in the Winter Invitational December16-17 at Corica Park Golf Course in Alameda. Ault finished at 2-over with rounds of 72-74. He led by one stroke heading into the challenging final two holes. Facing wind and rain, he […]

Gwyn Lurie — Woman of the Year — Democratic Women of Santa Barbara
By Tim Buckley   |   December 13, 2023

Gwyn Lurie is my business partner and political opposite. The one thing we agree on is that we make each other better. Well, better and more tired. I was proud that Gwyn was honored this past Sunday as the Dem Women of Santa Barbara’s ‘Woman of the Year.’ Had the Dem Women checked with me […]

Moving Mariposa Tunes
By Tim Buckley   |   November 21, 2023

Violinist Frank Huang is deep into his ninth year as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, but the joys of performing as part of much smaller ensembles has never strayed far from his heart. “Before I got into the orchestra world, I was pursuing life as a quartet player,” shared Huang, who was the first […]

Don Bushnell: January 7, 1927 – June 19, 2023
By Tim Buckley   |   August 15, 2023

Don Bushnell was born January 7, 1927, as an identical twin. Both he and his twin brother, David, were radio Quiz Kids, and both were awarded scholarships to the University of Chicago at age 16. Their adult lives followed very similar educational and professional paths. Don was devoted to social issues his entire life, starting […]

On the Book-Case
By Tim Buckley   |   August 8, 2023

Through her decades-long work as an executive, producer, and on-air reporter for Court TV and the Nancy Grace show on HLN, Wendy Whitman has become an acknowledged expert on the subject of murder in America. A graduate of the Boston University School of Law, Whitman, who also used to work for comedians Lily Tomlin and […]

The Evolution of Reverse Mortgages
By Tim Buckley   |   July 18, 2023

A great deal has happened since the late 1960s when the first reverse mortgage was issued to a high school teacher by one of her former students. Back then, what began as privately issued reverse mortgage loans ultimately became insured by the Federal Housing Authority in the 1980s and gradually saw the birth of proprietary “JUMBO” […]

School News, Part II
By Tim Buckley   |   April 5, 2022

(The following is the second installment of an interview with Cold Spring School Foundation President Holly Kane. The previous installment can be found in last week’s edition, MJ Volume 28 Issue 12.)  Q. We’ve been reporting on the school’s new cross-curricular building on campus. Tell us about it.  A. We have a beautiful yet aging […]

Amplifying Support for Girls Rock
By Tim Buckley   |   March 29, 2022

Girls Rock SB + Amplify has partnered with Parisian ready-to-wear and accessories brand Zadig & Voltaire, for Women’s History Month. For the entire month of March, the French company is donating 10 percent of proceeds for every full-price purchase made from its boutiques and online stores. Syryn Records, a youth-run record label and internship program […]

Grosvenor’s Sublime Return
By Tim Buckley   |   March 29, 2022

Two years ago, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor was set to launch his first U.S. tour, including a concert at the Lobero Theatre for CAMA, the Community Arts Music Association. But the pandemic put paid to that with all venues being closed and Grosvenor flying back to the U.K., having not played one note. Now, with […]

MJ Covid Town Hall
By Tim Buckley   |   February 18, 2021

Montecito Journal sponsored Zoom Town Meeting designed to address your questions and concerns regarding Santa Barbara County’s COVID Vaccine Rollout Plan. Hour-long Virtual Town Meeting joined by Congressman Salud Carbajal, County Supervisors Das Williams and Gregg Hart, County Director of Public Health Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg, and State Senator Monique Limón […]

Enter United Boys and Girls’ Club Raffle for a Vintage 1956 GMC Truck!
By Tim Buckley   |   November 10, 2020

Ever see a beautifully restored vintage pickup truck and think you’d love to have one? Well, here is your chance and be able to do so from the safety and comfort of your own home. We are excited to raffle off this beautiful 1956 GMC truck valued at $60,000. Tickets are $150.00 each and the […]

Santa Barbara County Election Results – Ongoing Counts – Stay tuned here for updates
By Tim Buckley   |   November 4, 2020

The results for the Santa Barbara County Election are trickling in! Click the links below to be in the know. Nationally, the race to the presidency has yet to be called. Mail-in ballots in crucial states are still being counted to determine our next president, which may take some time to complete. But in the […]

In Passing: Donald Lee Margerum
By Tim Buckley   |   June 4, 2020

Donald Lee Margerum passed peacefully at home in Montecito, California on May 24, 2020. He lived a long and beautiful life, and was ready to leave this life as his health declined. Don was born on March 29, 1926 in Ferguson, Missouri to parents Donald Cameron Margerum and Ida Lee Nunley. His early years were […]

Buddhism Online Breakdown
By Tim Buckley   |   March 26, 2020

All of Santa Barbara Buddhist Meditation’s in-person gatherings are on hiatus during the crisis with COVID-19, but at least the Tuesday Night Mindfulness Group has moved online. The evenings, that usually took place at Purnamaya Ayurveda & Sound Healing Center in Ventura and included a Dharma talk, sitting meditation and the opportunity to practice other […]

Power-Ful Practice Still Taking Place
By Tim Buckley   |   March 19, 2020

Power of Your Om, located upstairs at 1221 State Street down the hall from SOhO, is still maintaining its full schedule as of Monday night. The only adjustment is in reducing the capacity from 49 to 20, and also offering live streaming of some of the classes for home practice as well. Sunday’s upcoming Yoga […]

Letters to the Editor
By Tim Buckley   |   March 19, 2020

Kudos to Kriegman The article written by Mitchell Kriegman for your March 5, 2020 issue on a new vision for downtown Santa Barbara was amazing! The in-depth background, pictures of the conceptual drawings, and relevant interviews with stakeholders all combined to well-inform the reader. Thank you for not letting the hard work that was done […]

A Night in Paris
By Tim Buckley   |   February 20, 2020

I don’t speak French but neither did anyone else at the “A Night in Paris” benefit for Montessori Center School (MCS) at Rosewood Miramar Hotel. Ball gowns and tuxes were de rigueur as guests sipped mimosas and wine. The ballroom doors opened to a stunning sight of white with white feathers in very tall vases […]

Life in the Fast Lane
By Tim Buckley   |   May 2, 2019

Records galore were broken at the White on the Green Party at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, to mark the culmination of the United Boys & Girls Club Rally 4 Kids – a 150-mile plus trip with a record 74 cars, including Aston […]

The Royal Ball
By Tim Buckley   |   April 25, 2019

Partying with Pride Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) has again partnered with Merryl Brown Events to deliver its 2019 gala, which will be held at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. Limited to 400 guests, this Royal Ball is the first major fundraising event at this stunning new resort. Because planning and production on the event are so […]

5 1/2 Easy Steps to Writing and Delivering Great Speeches
By Tim Buckley   |   April 25, 2019

by Molly-Ann Leikin (Molly-Ann Leikin is an Executive Speechwriter and Emmy nominee living in Montecito. Her website is Most people are happier being audited by a fiber-deficient IRS agent than speaking in public. They’re even less enthusiastic about writing their own speeches.  Sometimes, we have to do both. I can make it easy for you […]

Coast Village Traffic Update
By Tim Buckley   |   October 4, 2018

At a Coast Village Association (CVA) Board meeting in September, the board was given an update on several traffic initiatives along Coast Village Road.  The CVA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has been working with City engineers to increase the flow of traffic on Coast Village Road, while making it a safer place for both drivers […]

Yacht Club Charity Gala
By Tim Buckley   |   September 20, 2018

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club (SBYC) got underway with their 14th Annual Charity Regatta benefiting Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) and celebrating our dedicated teachers. They were recognized for going 110 percent above and beyond the call of duty during the Thomas Fire and mudslides to continue their student’s education. They arranged alternate classroom […]

Muse News
By Tim Buckley   |   August 23, 2018

Santa Barbara Polo Club president John Muse opened the doors of his magnificent Carpinteria beach house to host a fund-raising dinner bash for 60 guests. The contemporary home, with 120 feet of Pacific frontage, took two years to build and is worthy of a spread in Architectural Digest. The fun fete raised more than $50,000 […]

Renaud’s Opens on Coast Village Road
By Tim Buckley   |   August 23, 2018

Opening to a warm welcome from the community, Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro softly opened the doors to its newest location in Coast Village Plaza on August 15. Owner Renaud Gonthier sat down with us last week to discuss the new bistro and bakery, which is currently serving breakfast and lunch and will eventually serve dinner […]

Mama Luma: Children’s Fashion Meets Community Networking Space
By Tim Buckley   |   June 7, 2018

A new local children’s clothing brand, Mama Luma, founded by two UCSB graduates, Ata Sari and Kevin Mahany, will be celebrating the grand opening of its new Paseo Nuevo location this June. Focusing on higher-end girls clothing for ages 1-10, the company has a unique vision that accompanies their business goals. Previously only available to […]

Sycamore Canyon’s Baby Bobcat
By Tim Buckley   |   June 7, 2018

On a balmy spring day in early April, a resident of Montecito walked outside to her back yard to hear small, mewing cries coming from under a bush on her property. To her surprise, she found a kitten crying and apparently abandoned right outside her house. When the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) first […]

Coastal Commission Denies Short-Term Rental Ban
By Tim Buckley   |   May 31, 2018

At a hearing earlier this month, the California Coastal Commission denied the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’s ordinance amendments pertaining to the prohibition of Short-Term Rentals (STRs). The ban on STRs was approved by the Board of Supervisors in October of last year, after more than two years of multiple hearings as well as […]

Maine Round-Up
By Tim Buckley   |   March 1, 2018

An Abbreviated Guide to the Holiday Coast of Maine (In our first thrilling installment, we took a family vacation to Maine. Today we look at popular vacation spots along the state’s coast, from north to south.) Bar Harbor Where: In what Maine folks call “Down East” (which is actually up, toward Canada). Bar Harbor lies […]

Meet the Merchants of Coast Village Road
By Tim Buckley   |   November 23, 2017

Coast Village Road (CVR) houses some 150 retail shops, restaurants, hotels, real estate companies, banks, residences, hair salons, and offices within its four-block stretch between Hot Springs and Olive Mill. Many of these businesses are struggling to stay alive; they need your patronage and support. Residents of Montecito, especially those living in the upper village, […]

Carlyle Global Partners
By Tim Buckley   |   November 23, 2017

When asked by Sandy and Bob Nickerson to attend a conference focusing on Family Offices, I jumped at the chance. My multifamily office just above the new Honor Bar restaurant has families interested in the same. The opportunity to sit shoulder to shoulder with these other world-class family offices was an opportunity not to be […]