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Wanted: cleanup volunteers for Santa Barbara oil spill

Posted May 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you live around the large 10-square mile oil slick in Santa Barbara County, and have wanted to help in the cleanup efforts there, your light just turned green.
And, while you may be ready to hit the beach with buckets and shovels in hand, you can’t just show up.
You have to be at least 18 years old and fill out a registration form. And then once you’re …

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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup …

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In light of IV: “A light in everyone’s window…”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
To end our series, we headed back to Isla Vista to see how students are using art and light to both reconnect with the past and to move forward.

Most UCSB classes take place on campus, in classrooms. IV Open Labs does not. Art …

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Meet at the market: A strawberry by any other name…

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Tom Shepherd of Shepherd Farms, a fifth-generation Santa Barbara resident who began farming organically in the area in 1973, and moving from plot of land to plot of land since then. He grows a special variety of strawberries that seem to have a cult …

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In light of IV: “Mental illness starts early in life.”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
While talking with Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown about what has been done to make IV a safer place, he mentioned that alongside new laws regarding gun checks and restraining orders, a societal change in the way we look at mental health is needed.
How …

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In light of IV: “We have to balance safety with individual civil liberties.”

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. 
In our interview with Richard Martinez, who lost his son Christopher in last year’s rampage, he mentioned one piece of legislation, AB 1014, that would take guns away from individuals who are deemed mentally unstable by police or family members. Would that have stopped …

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Oil spills in Santa Barbara

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As crews continue to clean up from Wednesday’s oil spill just north of Santa Barbara, an investigation is underway to find out why the leak occurred. Tyler Hayden of the Santa Barbara Independent has been covering the story, and gives us a debrief:

Update: According to officials at the responsible oil company, Plains All American Pipeline, as much as 105,000 gallons of crude oil may …

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In light of IV: “There’s not one single thing that’s going to stop gun violence”

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. Many people living in IV say they still don’t feel safe.
Richard Martinez lost his son, Christopher, in the tragedy last year. He has since become a vocal advocate for gun safety laws. You can hear his interview below:

Martinez said a few changes have come …

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In light of IV: “People will look at this park differently.”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures a pulse of the community one year later. 
On May 23rd, 2014, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a rampage, stabbing three people to death before shooting and killing three more, injuring fourteen and taking his own life.
We’re starting our series where the tragedy itself began, in IV. Near the newly planted memorial garden in People’s Park, residents take …

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Meet at the market: Meet your meat-maker

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Elizabeth Poett, an eighth-generation Santa Barbara cattle rancher who lives and works on one of Santa Barbara County’s oldest family-owned ranches, Rancho San Julian in Lompoc. She’s got some great ideas for how to use unusual cuts to wow friends and family this …

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Meet at the Market: Margarita, anyone?

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Wildcat Lounge on Ortega St. in Santa Barbara has earned the reputation of “dive club,” but stop by earlier on a Tuesday and you might be surprised. For nearly four years, bartenders at the Wildcat have ventured down the street to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies and herbs at the farmers’ market. Then, they head back behind the bar to get creative, dishing out craft cocktails …

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Contenders vie for Capps’ congressional seat

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a political game-changer. When longtime Central Coast Congresswoman, Rep. Lois Capps (D), announced she would not run for reelection in 2016, it only took a few hours for candidates to speak up declaring their interest in representing the 24th Congressional District. Capps was elected to Congress in 1998. Her husband, Walter Capps, preceded her in the position. He’d been in office for less …

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Meet at the Market: Celeri-what?

Posted May 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? Chef Justin West of restaurant Julienne and honoree at this weekend’s Fork and Cork Classic. He’s got some grand ideas on how to incorporate celeriac, or celery root, into this week’s special.

 
Grilled Little Gems, Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pickled Beets, Celeriac Remoulade
by Justin West

For the …

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Miramar Hotel win carries nostalgic undertones

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The co-founder of New York disco Studio 54 couldn’t do it, nor could the Beanie Baby tycoon. But, Los Angeles-based real estate developer Rick Caruso has successfully cut through the red tape of local government agencies to get the green light to build his vision of the Miramar Hotel in Montecito.

The storied oceanfront hotel has quite a history. According to historian Michael Redmon at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, …

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Santa Barbara residents prepare to pay price of desal

Posted April 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As drought conditions continue throughout most of California, water officials in Santa Barbara are getting closer to renovating and reactivating their aged desalination plant. Earlier this month, the City of Santa Barbara chose a desal contractor to go into negotiation talks with. IDE Technologies and Kiewit Corporation, the same duo responsible for the Carlsbad desal plant, set to open this fall, are at the table talking price …

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Photos: Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Spring Weekend

Posted April 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A little bit of rain didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of wine lovers and foodies at the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Spring Weekend. The cooler weather actually made for comfortable conditions to enjoy sips of delicious reds, whites and rosés from some of the area’s finest wine makers.
The rain went away by early afternoon and it wasn’t too windy to enjoy being outdoors …

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Meet at the market: What’s for dinner?

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week’s guest? An inconspicuous shopper named Ashley Zavagno, who we caught buying leeks from The Garden Of… stand. We asked what she’s cooking for dinner, and her answer made us want to crash the meal. Here’s how she’s using the leeks, fava beans and butter …

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Elephant enthusiast hosts renowned lion lover in Montecito

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A luncheon was held in Montecito this week to raise awareness of the plight of lions in Tanzania. Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld explained her efforts to help wildlife and humans co-exist.
Lalyl Lichtenfeld, co-founder and executive of the African People and Wildlife Fund, said wild cats that come into residential areas are being killed by villagers in retaliation for tearing up their homes. Her non-profit is putting …

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Santa Barbara’s new poet laureate shares her words

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In honor of National Poetry Month, the Mayor of Santa Barbara announced the city’s new poet laureate. Sojourner Kincaid Rolle has been a fixture in Santa Barbara for quite some time. She’s written seven books and six plays, and has been leading poetry workshops since 1992. We asked Sojourner to stop by our studio last week and share a poem or two.

A Space Where A Poem …

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Food and wine event in Santa Barbara celebrates Julia Child

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Foodies and wine lovers came together at the Bacara Resort & Spa for the 2nd Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend. The event, benefiting the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, featured chef demonstrations, wine tastings, as well as classes on cooking, food pairing and much more.
The four day extravaganza of the senses provided an over-the-top opportunity to sip wines, …

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