Senior Portrait: Peter van Duinwyk
By Zach Rosen   |   January 21, 2021

A lot can be learned from a book, but wisdom and insight are often obtained through life experiences. The elders of a community are naturally the most experienced and have their entire lives to reflect back on the lessons they’ve learned along the way. At a time when we are all looking to remain connected […]

Dear Montecito: Dr. Mizuho Morrison
By Stella Haffner   |   December 31, 2020

I have this story I tell people to explain how I became interested in biology. It goes like this: When I was young, I watched Star Trek with my father. I liked to imagine myself zooming around, going to new planets, wearing my space-tech-fabric blue uniform (blue was, of course, my favorite color). There was […]

 

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By Jade Flogerzi   |   December 24, 2020

As he approaches retirement, Bruce Giffin, one of Santa Barbara’s top developers, ponders his legacy Construction is known for being a tough business. Competition is high, margins are low, cash flow swings in both directions and a shortage of skilled workers makes the industry all the more precarious. As he approaches his 35th anniversary in the […]

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By Leslie Westbrook   |   December 24, 2020

Hannah-Beth Jackson may have run out of time as State Senator, but she never ran out of the fierce will that got her to Sacramento. She looks back on a legacy of fighting for disaster relief and equal rights for all. Q. Which superhero do you visualize yourself as? A. “I love Wonder Woman – […]

When Your Neighbor is an Angel: Meet Adam McKaig of Adam’s Angels
By Sharon Byrne   |   December 24, 2020

Many of you are familiar with our Hands Across Montecito project – where Montecito neighbors are partnering as part of a Montecito Association initiative to help the unsheltered in our community find resources and housing. We have wonderful partnerships on this community-based and -supported effort, including our Sheriff’s and Montecito Fire departments and City Net […]

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 […]

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By Scott Craig   |   December 24, 2020

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Dear Montecito: Shaye Grant
By Stella Haffner   |   December 24, 2020

We’ve heard from a variety of different perspectives in this column, giving us a sense of how each person’s relationship with their hometown changed after heading off into the bigger world. We’ve heard from Clay Rodgers, whose relationship with Montecito and his music career was complicated by natural disasters. We’ve heard from Julia Kupiec, who […]

What’s Your Favorite Spot in Montecito?
By Megan Waldrep   |   December 10, 2020

I’m a freshman at UCSB and I commute from Isla Vista, but I’m not a huge fan of all the partying that goes on there. Montecito is amazing. I love that it’s a beautiful little town by the beach and I love the energy here. My favorite spot would have to be the Montecito Hot […]

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Dear Montecito: Heather Hawthorn
By Stella Haffner   |   December 10, 2020

If I had to think back, I would say the first time I learned about sustainable agriculture was during one of the Montecito Union School Earth Day events. There were always a number of stations for us students to visit. I remember the bicycle-powered blender, the birdhouse making station, and what I think was probably […]

People of Montecito: Michaela Donahue
By Megan Waldrep   |   December 3, 2020

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By Sigrid Toye   |   December 3, 2020

I have been writing this column for years and I wonder how I could have missed a visit to the Howard School, the oldest operating private school in Santa Barbara. Once located on San Ysidro Road in Montecito, the 1934 designed campus, now the Laguna Blanca Lower School, is a community landmark. On a crisp […]

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By Guillaume Doane   |   December 3, 2020

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By Jervey Tervalon   |   December 3, 2020

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