Tag archives: Pearl Chase

Chase’ing the Trailblazer
By Richard Mineards   |   November 28, 2023

Simon Kerry, great nephew of the late visionary Pearl Chase, has been busy publicizing his book Miss Chase: Santa Barbara’s Trailblazer in our rarefied enclave. Simon, 53, educated at Eton College, as were princes William and Harry, and Cambridge University, also holds the title of 11th Earl of Kerry, and in due course will become […]

Pearl Chase Society Kicks Off Kellam de Forest Speaker Series
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 11, 2023

Of all its meaningful community members, Pearl Chase has left one of the biggest impressions on our area, helping shape the way this town looks and feels. The Pearl Chase Society, founded in 1995, is an all-volunteer nonprofit conservancy focused on continuing Chase’s legacy. Kellam de Forest, son of influential landscape architects Lockwood de Forest […]

Santa Barbara Beautiful
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 13, 2022

Santa Barbara Beautiful plants trees. A lot of trees. Thirteen thousand of them in its 57-year history, so far. They even name a Tree of the Month, with a photo and profile of the individual palm, evergreen, jacaranda, or other species, a series that is quite popular with locals and visitors alike.  To be precise, […]

Pathway To Community
By Lynda Millner   |   November 24, 2020

When Pearl Chase was attending the founding meeting of Santa Barbara Beautiful (SBB) in 1965 she offered this quote from Abraham Lincoln, “I like to see a man proud of the place he lives.” And so Santa Barbara Beautiful was born. Arriving at the Music Academy of the West for the annual awards, I was […]

Music City Convention
By Richard Mineards   |   March 19, 2020

Josiah Hamilton, 45, great-great nephew of the late civic leader Pearl Chase and a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, just opened the Berkshire Hathaway National Sales Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, with more than 6,500 agents in attendance. Josiah, who grew up dividing his time between Montecito and London, has been working as an […]

Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   March 12, 2020

The Future of Santa Barbara Your Editorial and article “The Long now of Santa Barbara” (March 5, 2020) provide a great service to our community. You’ve touched on all the hot-button issues that will determine how we grow and adapt to a changing world: density, cars, parking, building height, views, retail, community. I loved the […]

What Would Pearl Do?
By Gwyn Lurie   |   March 5, 2020

The California Primary is finally over and our sincere congratulations go to Das Williams for the win. Now let’s get to some serious bridge-building – something we’re all too familiar with in Montecito. Hopefully these bridges will take less time to build than the one at Parra Grande. Am I pushing for a Kumbaya moment? […]

The Long Now of Santa Barbara
By Mitchell Kriegman   |   March 5, 2020

Five years from now, Santa Barbara will mark the 100th anniversary of the earthquake of 1925 that killed thirteen people and caused 111 million in damages in today’s dollars. The quake sparked a stunning re-envisioning and rebuilding of the small town of 20,000 people laying the essential foundation of the unique city that is known […]

Pearl Chase Society’s Historic Homes Tour
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 26, 2018

The Pearl Chase Society is busy putting the final touches on its 17th annual Historic Homes Tour, which will take place on Sunday, May 20, in Montecito’s Hedgerow District. According to organizers, the “Hidden in the Hedgerow” tour will showcase the diversity of homes designed over three decades in the historic neighborhood, which was recently […]

Disaster Recovery
By Montecito Journal   |   March 22, 2018

I thought our community might like to see how other Montecito residents are coping with our recent disasters. Like many others, my wife, Nancy, and I were suffering from evacuation fatigue after the Thomas Fire and decided when authorities ordered a second evacuation for a winter storm, that our home was far enough away from […]