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Santa Barbara billionaire’s plush empire

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Montecito mogul H. Ty Warner made billions selling Beanie Babies but, up til now, there wasn’t a lot known about his personal life. KCRW’s Lisa Osborn talks with Zac Bissonnette, author of “The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute.”  Bissonnette chronicles the rise and fall of the popular plush toys which, at one time,  were selling for hundreds …

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The 101 widens in Santa Barbara

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Construction on Highway 101 is taking place in Carpinteria.

If you drive Highway 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria, check out Santa Barbara County’s first car pool lanes. This completes the second of four scheduled phases within the Highway 101 widening project. City Council member Gregg Hart is the spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, which is overseeing the project. He hopes that, with support from the city and financial contributions at the state level, they’ll raise the …

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Lotusland: A public garden, with a private reputation

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Lotusland is not your typical garden. Ever since it opened in 1993, this eclectic garden in the foothills of Montecito has garnered a reputation of being more private than public.

This property was owned from 1941-1984 by Gana Walska, a polish opera singer, socialite, and funky lady. She married six times and procured quite a wealth. Her dramatic nature ran through both her life and her garden. …

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Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider’s State of the City speech

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A few hundred people attended Friday’s public State of the City breakfast, at the Fess Parker Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara.  With two large screens on either side of the stage, displaying complementary info-graphics, photos and videos, Mayor Helene Schneider began her speech by celebrating partnership projects underway.
“The level of civic involvement here in Santa Barbara is unparalleled, and together we’ve built an incredible community through a …

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Popular Santa Barbara society columnist Richard Mineards on KCRW

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
KCRW Santa Barbara host Lisa Osborn in studio with popular local columnist, Richard Mineards, who pens the weekly "Montecito Miscellany" for the Montecito Journal.

KCRW Santa Barbara’s Morning Edition host Lisa Osborn welcomed popular local columnist Richard Mineards to the show on Friday. Mineards’ weekly “Montecito Miscellany” column, which showcases good causes, society events and local celebrity news is one of the most widely read columns in Santa Barbara.
Mineards dished on Montecito resident Oprah Winfrey (is the television mogul returning to network TV?), and provided details on philanthropist Michael …

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Santa Barbara’s new giraffe baby has valuable DNA

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A little before midnight last Friday, before going to bed, Santa Barbara Zookeeper Cassie Taylor decided to check on the giraffes via a camera monitoring system set up in their barn. She saw hooves.
“We were in there within 20 minutes of [Betty Lou] going into labor,” said Wendy Anderson, Senior Mammal Keeper at the Santa Barbara Zoo. At 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, Asha (her name means “Life” in Swahili) was …

Environment, News, Politics, Power and Water, Santa Barbara, Water and the Drought »

The 90s are back: Aged desalination plant gets dusted off in Santa Barbara

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant in Santa Barbara hasn’t seen use in over two decades, but that might change soon. According to the city’s Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark, the plant is crucial for Santa Barbara to survive the drought.
“I don’t think desalination should be our only source of water, but in California I think it should be a small portion of the water supply. At least …

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Church abuse lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara

Posted March 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A Santa Barbara area Presbyterian church is being forced to defend itself against sexual abuse claims. A former parishioner at Carpinteria Community Church filed a lawsuit accusing the church and its corporate parents of routinely ignoring and covering up sexual abuse.
The plaintiff in the case says a youth minister preyed upon her as a teenager. The Santa Barbara Independent reports the youth minister, Louis …

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Santa Barbara calls citizens to comment on redistricting

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
The City’s consultant, National Demographics Corporation (NDC), has drawn 3 maps that divide the City into 6 geographical zones.  Please review each map and complete the attached input form.

Santa Barbara residents have until Friday to submit their ideas for how the city should be divided up.  Districts are being carved out, as the city makes changes to the way voters elect council members. Starting this Fall, the city will be divided into six districts. Under an agreed-upon in the court settlement, Noozhawk reports, at least two must have a majority of Latino and/or …

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Remembering Lutah: Santa Barbara’s first female architect

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Lutah Maria Riggs was Santa Barbara’s first female licensed architect. Her personal touches can be seen in some of Santa Barbara’s most well known (and well loved) buildings, like the Lobero Theater and the Vedanta Temple. But, it wasn’t easy for a female to make it in a man’s world at that time. Even George Washington Smith, who later became Lutah’s boss and mentor, at …

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Can you eat healthfully on food stamps?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Could you eat healthfully on $6.46 a day? That’s what a person receives on the government food stamps program called CalFresh in California. And last month, Santa Barbara County Food Bank CEO Erik Talkin tried it. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes caught up with Eric while he was grocery shopping in Santa Barbara a couple weeks ago, halfway through his challenge.

Photo: Noozhawk

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Game of Drones: Can our skies be controlled?

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Tyler Hayden with the Santa Barbara Independent comes face to face with a drone.

KCRW’s Lisa Osborn talks with Tyler Hayden of the Santa Barbara Independent about his cover story on drones, including new FAA rules and how the unmanned aircraft are being used in a variety of industries.

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The fragile first days: Seal pups in California

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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No one likes to see a sign reading “beach closed.” But from December through May, that’s exactly what you’ll see on a small stretch of shoreline between the Carpinteria State Beach and Rincon Point. That’s because it’s pupping season, and about 100 seal moms have chosen that spot to return to annually to give birth.

This is an exciting time for those who visit the trails along …

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UCSB Professor Oliver Chadwick on Rapa Nui’s Natives

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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An international team of researchers are exploring a new theory surrounding the mysterious demise of Rapa Nui’s natives, those who built larger than life “moai” statues on the small Polynesian island known as Easter Island. University of California, Santa Barbara geography professor Oliver Chadwick studies Polynesian cultures and co-wrote the recently published study. He sat down with KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes to discuss his findings …

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‘The Penguin Counters’ Debuts at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Posted February 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The documentary “The Penguin Counters” is being shown at the Santa Barbara international film festival. The film tells the story of adventurers who go to Antarctica to count penguins.
“Chief penguin counter” Ron Naveen stopped by our KCRW Santa Barbara studios to talk with our morning edition host Lisa Osborn. Lisa told him he should receive the award for traveling the furthest to get to …

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KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart on the band’s documentary debut

Posted February 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A documentary on the legendary classic rock group KANSAS will celebrate its world premiere tonight at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. KANSAS drummer Phil Ehart dropped by KCRW’s Santa Barbara studios to talk with Morning Edition host Lisa Osborn about the film, Miracles Out of Nowhere, and what’s next for the band.

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The miracles and misery of Mt. Carmel in Santa Barbara

Posted December 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sister Jean Marie walks through freshly sprouted clover around the mobile homes that she lives in with Sister Patricia and Sister Mary Anne. This is where they've resided since the monastery project went belly up. Photo by Paul Wellman

A tale of miracles and misery in Santa Barbara’s wine country has been unfolding for decades. This week, the Santa Barbara Independent tells the fascinating story.
Senior editor Matt Kettman tells KCRW’s Lisa Osborn how the dashed dreams of cloistered nuns laid roots for some of Santa Barbara’s finest wine producing fruit.

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A drought in paradise as Santa Barbara struggles with a very dry year

Posted June 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
In response to its dwindling supply of water, Santa Barbara City's Council has declared a Stage Two drought alert, requiring a 20% or more reduction in residential and commercial water use. That means the watering of gardens is limited to the early morning and evening hours, the washing or hosing down of pavement is generally prohibited,cars must be washed at commercial facilities instead of homes, and drought notices are required at hotels and restaurants. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Communities across California are  implementing emergency conservation measures to save water during what has become one of the state’s worst droughts.
One of the places most affected by the drought is also one of the state’s richest communities: Santa Barbara.
For decades, Santa Barbara has sold itself as a kind of seaside Shangri-La. It’s a place of beautiful beaches, gorgeous Spanish-inspired architecture and lush gardens. But …

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