Tag archives: news

Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee 2024 Endorsements
By Joanne A Calitri   |   January 30, 2024

The Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee (SBWPC) held its annual January Endorsement meeting to review and qualify the candidates for the 2024 election season they are endorsing.  For Santa Barbara County District 1 Supervisor, the vote yielded a “no endorsement” of any candidate.  This is an important clarification for voters, as written campaign materials for […]

Governor Gavin Newsom Visits the Randall Road Debris Basin
By Joanne A Calitri and Zach Rosen   |   January 24, 2023

Governor Gavin Newsom toured the flood damage statewide on Friday, January 13 and stopped in Montecito in the late afternoon to visit the Randall Road Debris Basin, where over 80 California National Guard were deployed and working around the clock to do environmental remedial improvements that would ensure the safety of the area, and direct […]

Governor Newsom Visits Randall Road Debris Basin
By Joanne A Calitri   |   January 13, 2023

California Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Randall Road Debris Basin on Friday, January 13. The visit from Governor Newsom comes after a National Guard unit was deployed from Chico, CA, on January 12, 2023, to assist in clearing out rubble from the Randall Road Debris Basin in preparation for the upcoming storm. As a special […]

In Pursuit of Beauty Exhibit Opens 
By Montecito Journal   |   June 7, 2022

The Santa Barbara Tennis Club’s art gallery, 2nd Fridays, will show Marianna Victoria Mashek’s exhibit In Pursuit of Beauty for the summer. 2nd Fridays features new local artists on the second Friday of every month, and showcases uplifting art and people to enrich and broaden the general and SBTC community. Mashek is a Santa Barbara […]

Teaching Teens News and How to Cramm
By Carly Williams   |   March 8, 2022

“I was twelve years old when I decided I needed to change the world.”  Olivia Seltzer, an 18-year-old Santa Barbara local, was shocked and scared by the results of the 2016 election and by what that meant for her and her peers.  While attending Santa Barbara Junior High, many of Seltzer’s friends came from families […]

Sunshine: The Best Disinfectant
By Jeff Giordano   |   March 1, 2022

March is swiftly approaching and for most California counties that means a bit of spring cleaning. As Santa Barbara County insiders know, however, we are not “most” counties – especially as it relates to transparency and possible corruption. Allow me to explain: Once upon a time, our nation had a rich fourth estate and deep […]

Why Follow the News?
By Robert Bernstein   |   February 15, 2022

I have friends who proudly say they shut out following the news. They find it depressing. I have another friend who is on top of everything in the news. Why should we follow the news? Democracy requires participation. And participation requires informed understanding. My friend who is on top of the news does not attend […]

Montecito Association’s Annual Meeting
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 18, 2022

The Montecito Association (MA) Board of Directors held its annual meeting this week, appointing new board members and saying goodbye to several retiring board members, as well as reviewing the Association’s activities in 2021.  Association president Megan Orloff and executive director Sharon Byrne reported on Association activities for the past year, which included extensive pandemic […]

Breaking Out of Our Echo Chambers
By Dan Meisel   |   January 11, 2022

A few winters ago, my son dared me to ski through an oversized doghouse meant for snowboarders. I was feeling old and particularly vulnerable to youthful dares. To my surprise, the floor of this structure was arched, sloping towards the walls on both sides. As soon as I entered, my skis veered in opposite directions. […]

Year in Review: Top 25 Stories on MontecitoJournal.net
By Nick Masuda   |   January 4, 2022

We know that you love picking up the Montecito Journal on newsstands, and it’s always a joy for us to see that. What’s been great in 2021 is to see how you’ve also come to enjoy what we have to offer online, both through our best-in-class newsletter, The Morning MoJo, as well as our revamped […]

A Unique Cover for a Unique Year
By Nick Masuda   |   January 4, 2022

How do you blend businesses closing, a school scandal, a royal interview, the return of in-person events, and an inclusive playground? You just ask artist extraordinaire Karen Folsom to take on the project. On the cover, you will find a playful moment with 13-year-old entrepreneur Marco DiPadova (upper left), the return of live concerts at […]

What’s New?
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   December 28, 2021

We’ve all heard that “There’s nothing new under the sun.” But that was written (in the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes) long before cameras or computers, and any number of other modern marvels, which have already enabled man to reach the moon. Still, we hunger for novelty. Just think of all the geographical names, starting […]

Knocking Down the Negative News Bias Choosing to see possibility in the face of crisis
By Amelia Buckley and Kristy Jansen   |   August 5, 2021

The old news mantra, “If it bleeds, it leads” has long steered traditional media outlets towards the violent, the negative, and the shocking. It’s hard to blame them when evidence repeatedly shows that negative news stories garner higher viewership, but it also begs the question: How does perceiving the world as largely negative affect how […]

A (Sadly Muted) Jubilee Celebration for a Longtime Scribe
By Richard Mineards   |   December 24, 2020

This column marks a major benchmark in my life! I celebrate my half-century as a journalist, which has seen my career spanning my time in London, Manhattan, and Los Angeles on newspapers, magazines, and television, with the last 13 years living in Montecito, 11 years of them as a columnist for this illustrious organ. If […]

Advocacy Journalism in Full Flower
By James Buckley   |   November 12, 2020

The year 1968 was an eventful one: On April 3 of that year, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was gunned down at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee;  two months later (June 8), Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, just hours after having won the California Democratic […]

La Vie en Rose
By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2019

After more than 17 years in Santa Barbara, including 14 years as weathercaster at the ABC affiliate, KEYT-TV, Alan Rose is swapping TV Hill for the ski slopes of the Rockies, I can exclusively reveal. Alan is joining the weather team at KOAA-TV, a Scripps-owned NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs. “The move is all too […]

Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   February 7, 2019

The Last Straw I love your newspaper and read it whenever I’m in Santa Barbara. I am fortunate to be able to split my time between homes in Seattle and Santa Barbara – two great but quite different cities. While reading the “Great Straw War” editorial, I was shocked to read SB City Councilmember Jason […]