Monthly Archives: January 2009

Rage next to take crack at Chico pro basketball

Pascual Padilla enjoyed his experience as an assistant coach with the now-defunct Chico Force of the International Basketball League so much, he’s started up another professional team. Modesto’s Chris Gonzales (6-3) went to Westmont College and was a starting small forward with the Force and in Mexico. Orland’s Brian Erickson (6-4) will also play small forward after stints at Shasta College and Chico State. more

High-Tech Business Development Specialist Joins Westmont Board

Joe Rehfeld, who has 20 years of high-tech experience in business development, marketing and corporate development and finance, has joined the Westmont College Board of Trustees, which oversees the school’s operations. A resident of Los Angeles and of Clyde Hill, Wash., Rehfeld also has about 20 years of philanthropic and charitable work in education, the alleviation of poverty and micro-enterprise development. more

Coming Up Big : Westmont men stay on a roll to win seventh straight

When Cal Baptist received the No. 1 NAIA ranking in the nation, the Lancers became the hunted rather than the hunters. Two consecutive GSAC losses later, Cal Baptist’s weaknesses were exposed, and the now 20th-ranked Lancers had a chink in their armor. Unranked Westmont looked to expose Cal Baptist’s weaknesses further Tuesday night, and did so with a 74-68 win at Kammerer Court. more

Todd Rogers, the Great of 2008

Santa Barbara’s Sportsperson of the Year, by a unanimous vote in my poll of one, is Todd Rogers, the winner of 15 beach volleyball tournaments in 2008, including the big one: the Beijing Olympic Games. The most heartwarming story was Westmont College’s 2-0 upset of Azusa Pacific in the conference soccer championship, four days after Warriors coach Dave Wolf and several players lost their homes in the Tea Fire. more

Locals in College Notebook: Rasp developing into complete player

The Westmont College men’s basketball coaches never fail to remind Dan Rasp (Camarillo) about the value of defense. The sophomore forward hears about it during practice, during games and during team meetings. Rasp has made defensive improvement a higher priority this season, and the investment is paying dividends. more

'Cannery Row' book is rich

After he wrote “The California Abalone Industry – A Pictorial History,” A.L. Lundy, a Santa Barbara resident, turned his attention to John Steinbeck. A member of the Cannery Row Foundation board of directors since 1995, Lundy interviewed fellow foundation members and many other Monterey Peninsula residents as he compiled his notes for this book. Two delightful chapters, “Life with Ed” and “Life on the Row,” close out the volume. Along with a list of his sources, Lundy includes an appendix of the novel Cannery Row written by Steve Cook, an English professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

A Closer Look at the Wildfire Problem

The goal of a sensible fire management policy is to recognize that our biggest challenge isn’t in reducing fire danger in the mountain chaparral — it is in reducing the ability of fire to spread downhill through the urban interface, and in increasing the ability of homes to withstand the flames and coals when it does. When homeowner Jerry Siegel spotted the first flames burning above Westmont College at 5:45 p.m., he wasn’t too worried. “It seemed so small and far away that I didn’t think much about it,” he remembered. “My wife even wanted to take the dogs out for a walk.” Instead they decided to stay home and keep track of the fire. more