Monthly Archives: March 2011

Plance pitches complete game in win over Master’s

Timothy Leary had a big game with the bat  and pitcher Chris Plance threw a complete game for Westmont baseball on Thursday in a 6-1 win over The Master’s College. more

Library Sets ‘Community Conversations’ for ‘Santa Barbara Reads!’ Selection

Still on The New York Times bestseller list after 44 weeks, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the current “Santa Barbara Reads!” selection through the Santa Barbara Public Library System. more

Housing Loan Questions

City Hall watchdog Ernie Salomon has raised questions about an employee loan program designed to help city workers buy homes, charging that many of the loans are now worth more than the properties themselves and that the program, begun in 2000, siphoned more than $4 million from the general fund that could otherwise have paid the salaries of firefighters, police officers, or librarians. Furthermore, Salomon — also a public-access TV talk-show host — contends the loan program has operated with no oversight by the City Council. Mayor Helene Schneider countered that the council has revisited and reauthorized the loan program twice since its inception. City finance czar Bob Samario said of the 45 loans issued by this program, nine have been repaid in full. Of the 36 still outstanding, only one is in arrears. Samario said he expected a check this week to cure that deficiency. more

New Poet Laureate

Westmont professor Paul J. Willis has been named the next poet laureate for the City of Santa Barbara, to serve as ceremonial bard over the next two years. One of seven nominees for the post, Willis was selected based on his published work, community involvement, and educational background. Willis, whose work is infused with a love of the outdoors and his Christian faith, said he took to poetry about 25 years ago, in part because it fit in better with his schedule as a college professor. “It’s a very sad feeling to start classes in September with just half a novel written,” he said. “But with poetry, you wake up early in the morning and write something and feel a measure of completeness.” As poet laureate, Willis will be paid $1,000 a year; in exchange he will be expected to write several poems a year and read them during various civic occasions. Willis will be the city’s fourth poet laureate since the program was first inaugurated. more

Chargers open Arizona tournament with big win

Joe Huthsing, Kyle Richardson, and Johnny Corazza pounded out home runs, more

Gillies hurls Master’s past Westmont, 3-1

Westmont  dropped the first game of a four-game baseball series with  The Master’s College by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday. more

WeissCrax: Speaking of Sportz

It’s funny – recalling early perceptions of the very distant, yet very real sports world while growing up as a knucklehead kid in BIG New York during the 1960s. more

Westmont professor is Santa Barbara’s new poet laureate

Paul J. Willis, the city’s new Poet Laureate, may not have been born in Santa Barbara, but the city was the birthplace of his poetry. more

Chargers end three-year losing streak against Buena in girls softball, 2-0

Agnetta Cleland doubled in the top of the first to bring in Chloe Madill to give Dos Pueblos an early lead, more

Basham has Warriors in line for second tourney berth

The Westmont men’s tennis team is on pace to make its second consecutive trip to the NAIA national championship tournament ? and it’s no coincidence that the Warriors are doing it under their second-year coach, more