Monthly Archives: October 2014

Westmont launches leadership talks

America may not have had democracy without the moral leadership of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, a historian said Friday….Jon Meacham spoke at Fess Parker’s Doubltree Resort on “The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.” His talk was the first in a series of Westmont College leadership talks.  more

Westside Apartment Complex Provides Second Beachhead for Neighborhood Transformation

Down a dead-end street on Santa Barbara’s Westside, amid the steady hum of traffic from the nearby freeway, hides a quiet apartment complex with an inspired mission.

On a recent afternoon, the Rev. Dr. Jon Wilson drove up the lane, sandwiched between parallel-parked cars, and was gladly greeted by the general manager of the Village at Santa Barbara….The Wilsons had a lead on a new project up in Santa Barbara, with help from two of their three sons, Todd and Dean. All three graduated from Westmont College — as did Patty — which was where they learned of the Westside neighborhood plight. more

Coach cries Wolf when son scores in last second

Dave Wolf renamed this week’s Athletic Round Table Press Luncheon as “Bring Your Kid to Lunch Day” after taking son Tanner to Monday’s event at Harry’s Plaza Café….Tanner earned his free meal by scoring a goal in the last second to give his dad’s Westmont mens’ soccer team a dramatic 1-0 victory over Arizona Christian. more

ShipHawk raises $5M to expand customer base

A Santa Barbara startup selling a new shipping technology is receiving serious financing backing to help grow the business…. When it comes to large-item shipping, what you don’t know can cost you, said Mr. Bodenhamer, a Westmont College graduate who first got into business when he bought a Pack and Post on Upper State Street. He turned the failing business around in a year and got inspired to create the present venture when he saw how “antiquated” shipping software was.  more

Fiscor and Diemer Team Up

If composer/pianist Emma Lou Diemer was inspired by initially partnering with former Westmont violin professor Phil Fiscor, she was even more moved by his departure. more

Road to Recovery

It was a sell-out crowd when Casa Serena threw its sixth annual Celebrate Recovery lunch at the Santa Barbara Club, marking 55 years of helping women recover from alcohol and drug addiction…Among the 150 guests in the giant tent erected outside the club, with Westmont College cellists Josh Mitchell and Tim Beccue enteraining…more

MBAR to Review Verizon Application

Later this month, Verizon Wireless reps will be in front of Montecito Board of Architectural Review, asking for conceptual review of a new telecommunications facility on the Westmont College campus. more

Cost Feasibility for Tertiary Upgrade

The Los Angeles firm RMC Water led a one-year study for Santa Barbara county called the South Coast Recycled Water Development Plan….The South Coast Recycled Water Development plane estimates the current cost of tertiary (recycled water) upgrade to the Montecito Sanitary District to serve the Cemetery (Montecito’s biggest water user at 138 AF per Year), as well as Manning Park, Westmont College, Montecito Union School, Cold Spring Elementary School, and a lot of agricultural land in between to be $14.6 million. more

Former Santa Barbara Pastor Takes Plea Deal for DUI

A well-known former pastor of a large local church pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence last week, stemming from a motorcycle accident that occurred earlier this year.

Gerald Torres, 43,  known as “Pastor G” by the congregation at Reality Church, was riding a 1998 Yamaha westbound on Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria on May 3 when he veered off the roadway and struck a traffic sign and a fence, according to the California Highway Patrol. …The church’s elders also assembled a team responsible for tracking Torres’ progress, and included several people outside of the Reality community, including Ben Patterson, campus pastor at Westmont College, and David Guzik, a pastor at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. more

Total Lunar Eclipse

Don’t miss the total lunar eclipse tonight (tomorrow morning), with totality from 3:25 to 4:24 AM. Partial phases extend from 1:15 AM to 6:34 AM.

Westmont’s observatory, by their baseball field, will be open for public viewing, starting at 1 AM. more