Out Goes Another SBCC President; In Comes New Identity for Private School
By Nick Masuda   |   July 22, 2021

The seemingly revolving chair that is the top job at Santa Barbara City College is turning over yet again — the latest presidential resignation a partial byproduct of ongoing disagreements over COVID protocols as the school sets to reopen August 23. In an abrupt announcement after a Board of Trustees special meeting on July 12, […]

Raab Writing Fellows Develop Writing Skills as a Form of Personal Discovery
By Zach Rosen   |   July 22, 2021

Writing is oftentimes a multidisciplinary creative process, combining the mechanics of English with one’s understanding of the subject matter. Since 2017, the Raab Writing Fellows Program at UCSB has been giving students the opportunity to express their range of interests and explore the multidisciplinary skills that writing requires. Supported by author and educator Diana Raab, […]

 

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Thank you, Montecito
By Christina Favuzzi   |   July 22, 2021

Thank you to everyone who cut back overgrown vegetation to make your community safer from future wildfires. Thank you for hauling your branches and brush to the curb, for welcoming our chipping crews to your neighborhood and for taking initiative to protect your home ahead of fire season. Now in its 22nd year, Montecito Fire’s […]

All Saints-by-the-Sea Reopens
By Kelly Herrick   |   July 22, 2021

After an extensive 2.5-year remodel project coupled with a complete shutdown due to the COVID pandemic, All Saints-by-the-Sea Church in Montecito reopened last weekend, welcoming dozens of parishioners eager to reconnect with one another. “It was a true homecoming,” said Reverend Aimee Eyer-Delevett.  In 2012, engineering consultants advised leadership that the church’s iconic bell tower […]

Glamour House to Close
By Kelly Herrick   |   July 22, 2021

One of Montecito’s longest running businesses, Glamour House, will close at the end of the month. Owner Ann Picciuto calls the closure of the intimate apparel store a “happy ending and a new beginning.” She and her husband, Rick Gehrke, sat down with us earlier this week.  Picciuto took over the long-standing Upper Village fixture […]

Oh, Baby!
By Nick Masuda   |   July 22, 2021

So, who’s throwing the baby shower? The Santa Barbara Zoo announced that Ajax, a female Amur leopard, is pregnant — the first time for the critically endangered species in more than 20 years for the Zoo. As the most endangered of all big cats, the conservation efforts are critical, so this news sent positive shockwaves […]

Culture of Cate? How Multiple Investigations into School are Revealing Decades of Potential Abuses
By Nick Masuda   |   July 22, 2021

Cate School is mired in two investigations of alleged sexual abuse and harassment, with victims stepping forward and claiming the school has tolerated misogyny and sexual misconduct for decades. Our Nick Masuda talked with alumni and current students that say they are speaking out in order to enact change at all levels. See the full […]

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Traffic? Yeah, Still a Pain. But the Cavalry IS Actually Coming.
By Nick Masuda   |   July 15, 2021

With housing opportunities limited in Santa Barbara, some 60,000 people — or 33% of the county’s workforce — commute from neighboring counties to work here. Lauren Bianchi Klemann has been there, rising before the sun, dropping off her infant daughter at daycare, and hitching a ride with her husband to work — knowing that she […]

Drought Claims Beloved Pickle Tree
By Scott Craig   |   July 15, 2021

Long before Westmont founder Ruth Kerr decided to move the burgeoning college to the former Dwight Murphy Estate in Montecito, the grounds featured a wide array of mature trees. Today, many overarching trees still provide shade for walkways serenely wending their way through campus. One soaring redwood tree on Kerrwood Lawn was well-known for its […]

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Alumna Earns Prestigious Lilly Fellowship
By Scott Craig   |   July 15, 2021

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program has selected Westmont alumna Olivia Stowell (2019) as one of 10 Lilly Graduate Fellows nationwide. The prestigious fellowship supports outstanding students who want to explore the connections within Christianity, higher education, and the vocation of the teacher-scholar as they pursue graduate degrees in humanities and the arts. Stowell, who earned […]

YMCA Project Moves Forward – Finally
By Kelly Herrick   |   July 15, 2021

After nearly 13 years in the making, plans for expanding and remodeling the Montecito YMCA are once again moving forward, with the YMCA’s project application expected to be submitted to Santa Barbara County by the end of the month. “We’re still here, and the project is still happening,” said YMCA executive director Mike Yamasaki, who […]

Education Department Earns Accreditation, Praise
By Scott Craig   |   July 12, 2021

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has given full accreditation to the Westmont College Department of Education. The site visit team report says through interviews with stakeholders and school partners, it is clear that the local school community benefits from graduates of Westmont’s education department. “Employers consistently spoke of their desire to hire Westmont program […]

Underfunded or Overhyped? Defining the California Coastal Commission’s Impact on Montecito
By Nick Masuda   |   July 8, 2021

For Sigrid Wright, she can’t help the fleeting thoughts that she has as she drives down the 101 toward Ventura, and it has nothing to do with the anger-inducing traffic caused by endless construction. She wonders if the roadway will even be visible in 10 or 20 years. What will the impacts of climate change […]

Plan to Shoot Off Fireworks? Enjoy Some Sparklers? Just Don’t Do It.
By Christina Favuzzi   |   July 8, 2021

It’s America’s birthday party and what could be more celebratory than shooting off fireworks?! But no one will be celebrating if those fireworks spark a fire. Fourth of July in Montecito is a celebration of our great nation’s independence and, our community’s independence from all fireworks.  The manufacturing, storage, sale, handling, and use of all […]

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