Santa Barbara Stories

Santa Barbara Stories

  • Is Pearl Chase rolling over in her grave, or is she jumping for joy?

    From the rooftop of El Andaluz, the newest building going up along the Chapala corridor, we could see the dazzling panorama that is Santa Barbara: Sailboats bobbing in the marina, red-tiled roofs defining white stuccoed buildings, the Santa Ynez Mountains cascading toward Rincon-a city of natural beauty and human charm. To the north, of course, stood the...

  • Understanding the Complex Lives of Our Transgender Community

    On a shimmering bright day in Los Olivos, I sat in the conference room of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the same church President and Mrs. Reagan attended when they were staying at their Refugio Canyon ranch. I couldn't help wondering what they might have thought of this eclectic group sitting around the table. Gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, transgender people-men...

  • When it is the "pink hour" in Santa Barbara and the sun is slipping away behind Point Conception, he can often be found tending to his champagne vineyard. His annual bottling parties are eagerly anticipated by his friends and family, and those lucky enough to come by one of his cheekily named artisanal wines ("Annie's Crush: Midnight Ice/Morning Rise) consider themselves blessed.
     You may be imagining a fabulous wine...