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September 24, 2013 |
A nursing assistant at a Santa Barbara rehabilitation hospital sexually assaulted two partially paralyzed patients and, despite a report to the hospital by one of the victims, stayed on the job, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges. Jose Carrillo, 55, of Summerland, was arrested in October 2012 on suspicion of sexually assaulting the two female patients who were recovering from brain injuries at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. In each case, the nursing assistant allegedly sexually assaulted the women in the shower as he helped them wash, according to police reports.
September 20, 2013 |
It's officially a trend. A few days ago Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara launched its SOMM Series Wine Club for highly allocated wines. And now Michael Mina and his longtime wine director and sommelier Rajat Parr have started their own high-end wine club called - what else? - the Michael Mina Wine Club . Since Mina owns 18 restaurants across the country, the idea is to offer members bottles from the wine lists of Mina's restaurants, thereby giving members access to hard-to-find wines from small producers around the world. Who's picking, or rather, curating the wines?
September 7, 2013 |
Saturday, September 7th SOUTHERN SECTION NONLEAGUE Chadwick 54, Southlands Christian 0 Corona Centennial 69, St. Bonaventure 55 Costa Mesa 24, Garden Grove Santiago 6 Excelsior 47, Campbell Hall 6 Fillmore 24, St. Genevieve 19 Katella 28, Western 20 Maranatha 56, Firebaugh 0 Oaks Christian 57, Upland 28 Pasadena Poly 22, Saddleback Valley Christian 6 San Luis Obispo 17, Dos Pueblos 0 Santa Barbara 42,...
September 5, 2013 |
An email sneaked into my mailbox sometime over the weekend from a Central Coast winemaker who's notoriously picky about restaurants. “ We finally have a really good restaurant in our gastronomic black hole ,” it read. ”I think I'm going to light a candle in some church ... I am so happy.” He didn't have to tell me the name. I knew it already: Lark. I'd peeked in last month at the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting held in the courtyard in front. The 130-seat restaurant had literally opened the day before.
August 31, 2013 |
SANTA BARBARA - Speaking recently to a sold-out crowd at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, noted British ceramic artist Grayson Perry held forth as his alter ego, Claire, in a pageboy blond bob and a satiny yellow frock dotted with cheerful coffee mugs. Asked if he had faced difficulties being accepted by the art world, he deadpanned, "The art world had more problems with my working in ceramics than being a transvestite. " Laughter erupted in the auditorium, acknowledging what many know: There's plenty of snobbery against those who work with their hands in the fields traditionally known as "crafts.
August 14, 2013 |
On a beautiful day in Santa Barbara last Saturday, wine enthusiasts were able to taste unreleased wines from a collection of Santa Barbara County's top vineyards. The Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting was held at the courtyard in front of Les Marchands , a new wine shop and wine bar in the Funk Zone, i.e., on the beach side of the 101. These are the wines you'll want to seek out. Jenni Bonaccorsi was pouring three Bonaccorsi 2011 Pinots, including a stunning one from Cargasacchi Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills with both power and finesse.
July 7, 2013
L.A. RIVER Documentary When kayaker George Wolfe organized a boating expedition down the Los Angeles River, he and his crew became entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions. "Rock the Boat" looks at the challenges society faces in providing clean water to urban populations and delivers an alternative to doomsday docs. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St., and Thursday at the REI store in Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave. Admission, info: Free.
June 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In spite of a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Friday launched a new effort to open up the California and Atlantic coasts to oil drilling. The measure is a long shot in the face of fierce opposition in the Democratic-led Senate and from the White House. Still, Republicans are eager to stoke the debate over offshore drilling and highlight differences between the parties over energy policy heading into next year's election battles for control of the House and Senate.
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June 26, 2013 |
Members of the Santa Monica Conservancy, a preservation group, plan to hold a rally at the city's post office at 5th Street and Arizona Avenue at 11 a.m. Saturday, the last day of its operation. The U.S. Postal Service announced a year ago that it would sell the building, and the conservancy and others have since been advocating for its preservation. In 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation put the nation's historic post offices on its annual list of endangered places.
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June 26, 2013 |
A Rottweiler mix, the sole survivor of a South Los Angeles fire that killed its owner and canine "siblings," has found a new home, animal rescue groups said Wednesday. Genie -- renamed Gina by one of her rescuers -- lost her first family early June 16 when fire swept through the small auto repair business where she lived with her owner and several other strays he had rescued from the streets. Her owner and the other dogs were trapped in the cramped one-story building because its door had double-cylinder deadbolt locks, which required keys on both sides to open, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Gina survived because she had been tied outside to serve as a watchdog, according to a neighbor of the man known only as Victor.