Monthly Archives: July 2010

Santa Barbara Council Ponders Housing Policy Decisions

What kind of housing units should be built in Santa Barbara during the next 20 years? Members of the City Council are grappling with Planning Commissionrecommendations, staff presentations and their own opinions to forge some kind of consensus for the General Plan update’s housing element — the only portion required due by law, but upon which other elements are dependent. … There are no planned changes to single-family housing areas, Ledbetter said. He cited Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Westmont College as noteworthy examples of employer housing and several affordable Housing Authority projects as practical — but pretty — unit and project sizes. more

WENNBERG, Robert Nils

WENNBERG, Robert Nils 1935-2010 Passed away after a brief illness in Santa Barbara on Sunday, July 18, surrounded by a family who loved him dearly. Bob was born in Santa Barbara on April 25, l935, the son of Paul and Ida Wennberg. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School where he lettered in track, was elected a Sealbearer and chosen as graduation speaker. … After receiving an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Santa Barbara to complete his doctorate in philosophy from UCSB. He taught in the philosophy department at Westmont College for thirty-five years, retiring in 2005. He specialized and wrote primarily in the area of ethics, contemporary moral problems and philosophy of law. more

Out & About: Tews joins foundation board

Herb Tews has joined the Westmont Foundation board of directors. Mr. Tews has been a Westmont Art Council member since 2006. Before his retirement, he was owner of Midwest Sintered Products, a metal powder parts manufacturer in Chicago. While living in the Midwest, he served on the board of governors for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was chairman of the Ox-Bow School of Painting, where he and wife Karen established a scholarship for students. He is vice chairman of the Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and serves on the board of Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. more

What have you done for us lately?

Every May, after the tasseled hats have fallen to the ground and the graduation parties have died down, hundreds of thousands of new graduates enter the workforce. Or at least that’s the plan. … “I still hate it,” he says. But at the moment, he doesn’t feel as though he has much choice. His private schooling at Westmont College in Santa Barbara gave him “all kinds of lofty ideals and not a lot of practical skills” and, he says, “plenty of financial debt.” more

Out & About: Habra joins foundation board

Jacques Habra has joined the Westmont Foundation board of directors. Mr. Habra was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to the U.S. in the 1980s. He founded Noospheric, a business consulting and investment firm based in Santa Barbara. He actively supports several community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Arthritis Foundation and the UCSB Technology Management Program. Mr. Habra is a board member of The Riviera Association and MIT Central Coast Forum. He is also a founding board member and former vice president and host of Catalyst for Thought. Mr. Habra is a graduate of the University of Michigan. more

Low-budget film shot at 10 SB locations in 20 days

Not too long ago the story was still just an idea in Nicholas Tolkien’s mind. It started two years ago when he was seventeen as a screenplay for television but has evolved in a soon-to-be-completed feature film. “We’re doing something on a low budget with really big ideas,” said Mr. Tolkien, 19, a Westmont student, as he and his crew set up for the final scene of his film on Sunday afternoon at Summerland Beach. The film is a drama called “Anacapa,” after the Channel island, which figures deeply in the story. more

Tamara Erickson Named Executive Director of Garden Court on De la Vina

Garden Court on De la Vina has announced Tamara Erickson as its new executive director. … Erickson served as trustee of the Cold Spring School Board and currently sits on the board of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization and the Westmont College Alumni Advisory Council. more

What’s in a name? A lot, especially if it’s an unusual one, say locals with monikers like Milkman, Coffin and Smelley. Would you believe Trout Fishing in America?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” — “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. more

Longtime Westmont Professor, Author Robert Wennberg Dies of Cancer

Robert Wennberg, who taught philosophy at Westmont College for 37 years and authored several books, including Faith at the Edge: A Book for Doubters and God, Humans and Animals: An Invitation to Enlarge Our Moral Universe, died July 18 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. more

Learning from the Masters : Montecito Summer Music Festival launches its third season at Westmont