Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   October 24, 2019

Twisting The Truth Mr. Buckley’s response to Glenn Griffith’s letter in the June 6-13 Journal, is yet another example of twisting the facts to suit one editor’s politics. Robert Mueller’s report did not indict the president, nor did it exonerate him. Rather, the report lays out a roadmap of Mr. Trump’s activities for Congress to […]

Butterfly Gardening
By Joanne Calitri   |   April 11, 2019

A free, public event on butterfly gardening was launched for the first time on Saturday, March 30 at the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden in the Butterfly Garden area. Janet Rogers and Jo Bardsley coordinated the event with Linda Baity, the Coordinator for the Master Gardener Program of Santa Barbara County at the University of […]


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Brain Waves
By Richard Mineards   |   March 21, 2019

Jeff and Hollye Jacobs opened the doors of their charming Montecito manse to host a reception for author Lisa Genova, who was speaking at Campbell Hall as part of UCSB’s popular Arts & Lectures series. Genova, who has a doctorate in neuroscience from Harvard and is acclaimed as the “Michael Crichton of brain science,” is […]

Art Scholarships
By Lynda Millner   |   January 31, 2019

The 40th annual Art Scholarship competition was just given by the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. According to board chair Don Logan, more than 80 high school seniors applied. Seventy-nine were accepted and 24 named winners. They each received $2,500 and the best of show received an extra $1,000. The winners were Katherine Benzian, Andrew […]

When Sharks Look up
By Mitchell Kriegman   |   November 1, 2018

“There’s no angry way to say microbubbles,” Bill Murray said, not the real Bill Murray, just someone pretending to be Bill Murray on Twitter. Does it matter? It’s true even if he didn’t say it. I think that’s one of the reasons in these troubling times microbubbling is so gratifying. The best form of microbubbling […]

Correct and Proper?
By Brian Goebel   |   September 20, 2018

by Ken Coates, Brian Goebel and Cori Hayman In his recent letter to the editor, long-serving Montecito Water Board Member Dick Shaikewitz said: “So far, everything the [Water] District has done has been correct and proper.” (“On Recycling Wastewater,” MJ #24/37) We disagree. Let’s review what the water board has actually done during his tenure: […]

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 […]

Strategic Recovery Plan Approved
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 7, 2018

On June 5, Matt Pontes, assistant County CEO, presented the SB Board of Supervisors with a draft of the Strategic Recovery Plan, which outlines the County’s approach to ongoing recovery efforts following the Thomas Fire and January 9 debris flow. “We’re all after building a resilient Montecito,” said Pontes, who has taken the role of […]

Sheriff’s Blotter
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 15, 2018

(Information provided by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department) A Santa Paula resident is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail after she was located in a vehicle on March 3 in the Painted Cave area with a large quantity of stolen mail, stolen packages, and methamphetamine. Some of the stolen property was determined to […]


Puppet Master
By Richard Mineards   |   February 8, 2018

KEYT senior reporter John Palminteri is pulling a few strings! Puppet Palooza Central threw a Puppets in Paseo event honoring the ubiquitous broadcaster and the ABC affiliate’s industrious team for their coverage of the Thomas Fire and the destructive and deadly aftermath. A Palminteri puppet was unveiled, complete with John’s signature moustache, that performed live […]

Western Grebes Migrate into Santa Barbara
By Kaitlin Lloyd   |   December 14, 2017

As Santa Barbara transitions into winter, various wildlife species adapt and move into the coastal waters for the season. Large populations of water birds such as western grebes migrate into the Santa Barbara Channel for wintertime. They are completing a migration pattern that can range from the Pacific Northwest in the spring and summer to […]

Opera Santa Barbara
By Lynda Millner   |   November 30, 2017

Opera Santa Barbara just opened the season with their most elaborate production ever — Massenet’s Manon. It was sung in French with English subtitles. When I went to my first opera it was the Opera House in Naples, Italy there were no subtitles. We would read our book that told all the stories before we […]

A Cut above: Richie Among Nominees
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 30, 2017

Self-made Montecito business owner Richie Ramirez, owner of Richie’s Barber Shop on Coast Village Road (CVR) is one of five nominees for the title and responsibilities of the Santa Barbara Young Professional [SBYP] 2017. It’s a role that continues till December 2018. To find out more, I contacted attorney Andrea G. Posey, Young Professionals board […]

Singer Lvoff Goes to the Head(less) of the Lane
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 23, 2017

If Nicole Lvoff could swing it, she’d rather be singing jazz music full-time for a living than working in the public library system. On the other hand, if it weren’t for her library job, she might never have met Joe Woodard, another Santa Barbara who is well-known in town as an entertainment journalist (The News-Press […]