CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2013 |
More than 1,000 campers and up to 4,000 residents fled the mountains of Santa Barbara County as a fast-moving wildfire swept through part of the Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas, officials said Monday. The White fire broke out about 2:45 p.m. in the rugged terrain about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara and by evening had grown to about 1,000 acres and blanketed the tourist city with smoke and a dusting of ash. Here is an image from social media: Flare up #WhiteFire twitter.com/valonthecoast/… - Valerie Walston (@valonthecoast)
May 26, 2013 |
Wild and lonely, on the Central Coast about 45 minutes southwest of Lompoc, Jalama Beach County Park is one of those places that puts the golden in the Golden State. Getting here over mounded hills and through moss-bearded oak thickets is glorious enough, and then you see the beach stretching for miles from Point Arguello to Point Conception. The 23.5-acre park, donated to Santa Barbara County in 1943 by the Atlantic Richfield Co., has a small restaurant and store, a handful of cabins and camping sites, but nothing more to break the spell of clashing coast and ocean.
May 25, 2013 |
Except for the color, a deep rose, the 2012 A Côté Rosé is reminiscent of a Bandol rosé. Perfumed with strawberries and rose petals, this year it's 100% Pinot Noir (previous bottlings have been a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot) and one of the best rosés I've tasted out of California. It has a wonderful delicacy, crisp acidity and long smooth finish. A Côté - "next door" - is the second label of La Fenêtre Wines, founded in 2005 by sommelier Joshua Klapper. For this wine, he sources the grapes from vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
May 19, 2013 |
They say something in our salty blood draws us to the sea. As such, Ventura will always be one of our easiest, breeziest, saltiest options. You know you've left L.A. proper when the boot shops start popping up along the 101. You know you've arrived in Ventura when the wind begins to whip and the gulls begin to circle. The tab: $289 for two nights right on the beach, $120 for meals and $98 for three tickets to the whale-watching experience of a lifetime. The bed We set up at the Inn on the Beach (1175 S. Seaward Ave.; 
May 12, 2013
Rosemary McClure's May 5 article on Avalon turning 100 was outstanding ["Still Shining"]. Another way for visitors to experience Avalon's golden days is to have breakfast or lunch at the Inn on Mt. Ada, [William] Wrigley's home, completed in 1921. By calling (800) 608-7669 up to one month in advance, you can book a breakfast for $25 or lunch for $33, both plus tax and tip. Guests are served their meals in the family dining room. All first-floor rooms are open to view. Upstairs is available only to overnight guests of the inn. The food is excellent, views spectacular, and for a short time you can live like a Wrigley.
April 28, 2013
If you go El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara; (805) 845-5800, http://www.elencanto.com . Rates start at $375 (smallest rooms on winter weekdays), increasing to much as $1,245 for largest suites on summer weekends.
April 28, 2013 |
Here are three tweets I would have sent from my recent stay at Santa Barbara's just-reopened El Encanto hotel if I hadn't been busy behaving like royalty and pretending the Internet didn't exist: - Arriving Encanto. Tab for a 375-sf room w/fireplace and regal bathroom: $575 for 1 night, $35 for pkng, plus tax. Hey, what's with extra stairs? - Sunset on terrace. Ordering abalone. Below: lush grounds, distant sea, SB's red roofs. We're 200 ft above normal life. - Waiting for dinner.
April 18, 2013
Now that anyone with a laptop can make decently epic soundscapes, how will Sigur Rós keep its lead? On "Valtari," it does it by using all its usual tricks, but in even more evocative and expert ways. On "Valtari" it's back to the essentials: oceanic buildups, flickers of treated orchestras and falsetto vocal lines that yank heartstrings, even though you know exactly when they're coming. Santa Barbara Bowl, 1122 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara. 7 p.m. Fri. $40.50-$55.50. sbbowl.com .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details Elected student leaders at UC Santa Barbara voted down a resolution early Thursday that would have urged the UC system to divest from companies said to profit from anti-Palestinian Israeli policies. The controversial resolution failed after being debated through Wednesday night and into the morning. The vote was 11 opposed and 10 in favor, with one abstention. The proposed resolution would have called for the UC system to end investments in such companies as Raytheon and General Electric that provide technology, weapons or other products that the Israeli military uses in the Palestinian territories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2013 |
An 18-year-old Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student was found dead in the surf at UC Santa Barbara , officials said Monday. The Santa Barbara County coroner's office plans to perform a toxicology screening on the body of Giselle Esme Ayala of Santa Rosa, officials said. She was found by a jogger Saturday morning in the water just west of Campus Point at the UC Santa Barbara campus. Ayala's friends had not seen her since 11 p.m. Friday and reported her missing the next evening.