Santa Barbara gets its 15 minutes of fame as the “Three Perfect Days” subject for the November issue of Hemispheres, the United Airlines inflight magazine.
The article by UCSB alum Justin Goldman, class of 2003, features outings in the Funk Zone, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara spa, La Super-Rica, and the Rosewood Miramar.
But the scene stealer is actually San Luis Obispo County and particularly Paso Robles, which captivates the author with its Tin City bistros and award winning Six Test Kitchen. Also getting a nod are various wineries including McPrice Meyers, Desparada, Brewer Clifton and Margerum.
Not surprisingly, United has been adding flights in both Santa Barbara and SLO for the past year.
A SILVER PICKLE ANNIVERSARY
Happy 25th anniversary to the Quick Pickle Kit and its DIY Pickling Kit which has been providing jobs for adults with disabilities for a quarter century. Nov. 14 is National Pickle Day and the folks at Quick Pickle Kit would like you to give one a try. The company is based in Los Osos and can be found at quickpicklekit.com.
‘HOMETOWN HEROES’ IN VENTURA
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce is dedicating its 2021 Poinsettia Awards to “Hometown Heroes who stepped up, helped out and inspired us through these difficult months.” The awards will be presented In December. Nominations are open now.
HONORING TWO OF REGION’S LEADERS
• Kudos to Business Times pal and CSU Channel Islands Foundation board member Linda Dullam on the opening of the Dullam Courtyard, slated to debut Nov. 5 with a reception at CSUCI’s John Spoor Broome Library. Interim President Richard Yao is expected to be on hand. The courtyard is designed to be a place for faculty and student gatherings and to entertain visitors. Kudos to Dullam who has served two tours on the foundation board.
• Also being honored on Nov. 5 is outgoing Greater Conejo Valley Chamber Chair Tom Cohen of Cohen Land Use Law at the chamber’s “Starry Night” Recognition Gala at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Among those taking home hardware are Ventura County Credit Union CEO Linda Rossi, Los Robles Health System, Food Share and Thousand Oaks City Manager Drew Powers.
CHILD CARE HELP IN PISMO BEACH
Jim Lewis, city manager for Pismo Beach, is announcing child care assistance grants in the form of scholarships up to $2,000 a month for childcare payments for eligible families or parents. It is also making grants to help reopen or expand child care facilities in the city. “Oftentimes the high cost of childcare can be a barrier for employees returning to work,” said Lewis.
FORMER PRIME MINISTER IN THOUSAND OAKS
Ventura County teens from the Reiter Family Youth Center and the Harriet H. Samuelsson Teen Center met David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Southern California series. The talk was given at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and tickets were donated by Anderson Autos. Now about that Brexit vote …
Delta Liquid Energy, the family-owned and operated propane marketing company headquartered in Paso Robles, is stepping up again to collect donations for those in need, and contribute a few bucks of its own. The holiday drive will take place from Nov. 1 to Dec 14 for donations of food, cash and new, unwrapped toys. The drive benefits Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, the Community Action Partnership of Kern County, Friends of Tulare County, the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County and the Salvation Army.
RECOGNIZING EMPLOYERS WHO GO THE EXTRA MILE
The 16th Annual Santa Barbara Mayor’s Awards for Disability Employment recognized a number of worthy organizations including United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County and CEO Michael Baker. Gelson’s and store manager Ryan Berg, Old Navy and assistant general manager Jacqueline Avelar, Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital and its foundation and Dr. Sharon Basham.
• CREDIT DUE: Farm Credit West recently donated over $50,000 to food banks in Arizona, California’s Central Coast, the Imperial Valley, South San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley. Kudos to CEO Mark Littlefield.
• FEATURED: Landscape Architect recently featured a number of People’s Self-Help Housing playgrounds in a spread written by PSHHH partner and architect Robert Andrew Fowler.
• BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Antonette “Toni” Navarro is the new director of the Behavioral Wellness Department for Santa Barbara County, starting in December. She previously worked in Los Angeles County.
• FOREST MANAGER: Los Padres National Forest said that Deputy Forest Supervisor Chris Stubbs will serve as interim forest supervisor until a permanent replacement is selected for Kevin Elliott, who retired Oct. 30.