February 4, 2007 |
Norman Waitt, co-founder of personal computer maker Gateway Inc. and an executive producer of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," lives and works in Omaha but vacations in Montecito. For at least a few years, though, his idea of a vacation has been to develop a 12,000-square-foot house on almost 3 acres in Montecito with mountain and ocean views. The French Normandy estate, called Belle Epoque, has been described as atelier style.
July 23, 1995 |
On this weekend trip to Santa Barbara we wanted to stay right at the beach, spend less money than usual and give Sean somewhere safe to expend her 5-year-old energy. We found it all, at an unexpected place. On the drive up we stopped for provisions at Seaside Banana Ranch, our favorite ocean-view rest stop in La Conchita, the little Ventura County community where homes were inundated last winter by an oozing mountain of mud.
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November 15, 2008 |
The Westmont College gym was itchy hot and getting hotter. Eye-burning smoke seeped inside, despite the blue duct tape covering the cracks between the double doors. As campus officials repeatedly assured about 800 students and faculty that this sturdy, cinder-block gym was the safest place to be, some evacuees formed prayer circles on the wooden floor. Others made frantic cellphone calls to family and friends. One played a guitar and sang.
September 9, 2000 |
It's not the oldest hotel along the coast, or the most beautiful. The furniture tends toward laminated fiberboard. The towels are hardly plush. And the ubiquitous paintings of gulls and sailboats are dime-store tired. Yet dozens of guests and neighbors came calling this week at the Miramar Hotel here, waxing sentimental over the loss of a place they consider an old friend.
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November 18, 2008 |
Lisa Bialac-Jehle was just a few minutes from sleep Friday night when her phone rang. It was the American Red Cross, and they were calling about a fire. The caller told Bialac-Jehle, 52, a member of the organization's disaster action team, that she was needed immediately at Sylmar High School to help victims who had fled there. So she threw on some clothes, hopped in the car and sped up the 405.
April 4, 1999 |
Rafting on the South Fork of the American River is planned July 9 to 11 on a tour called "Wine Water Rafting." The trip combines two days of rafting with a Saturday evening wine tasting. Rafting includes instruction, equipment and experienced guides. The tasting takes place overlooking the river with wines from local wineries, such as Gold Hill and Charles Mitchell. The evening is accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and a slide show of that day's rafting.