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February 19, 2005
Re "Dream Ranch Forsaken," Column One, Feb. 12: The great story of Jose Luis Bonilla and his dream of freedom of expression denied by a Santa Barbara County edict brought tears to my eyes. Such expressions of art and culture should be encouraged and not dashed. That is probably the loneliest road in Santa Barbara County, and such a monument to a man's heritage and background should be welcomed and supported. His drive and determination that brought about such a wonderful transformation to a barren piece of the county should be assisted not disparaged.
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February 12, 2005 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
One day in 1979 a Mexican grocer drove past a ranch for sale in a lonesome valley north of Santa Barbara. Oil pipe lay strewn about like abandoned skeletons. The house was collapsing, and piles of stone littered the barren property. Although he was a practical, self-made man, the land seemed to speak to him. Jose Luis Bonilla had never built anything. But he bought the ranch and on a long canvas he began painting the layout of a Mexican village.
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