Monthly Archives: July 2015

MPC Discusses Westmont

On July 15, Montecito Planning Commissioners (MPC) were given a report on the first phase of construction relating to Westmont College’s Master Plan. The report and review by the MPC, a condition of the Master Plan’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP), was combined with a request for revisions to the Master Plan and revisions to the CUP’s conditions of approval. more

Special Olympics Arrive To Their Host Town Of Santa Barbara

A special group of athletes traveled across the country and arrived in Santa Barbara before heading to their final destination of the 2015 Special Olympic. Nearly 100 athletes and coaches from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and St. Kitts and Nevis and they will be staying in Santa Barbara until Friday.  The athletes will stay at Westmont College and use their facilities to train for the world games. Santa Barbara is one out of 85 communities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo that is a host town to the special Olympics. more

Special Olympics stopover: Santa Barbara hosts athletes from Latin America

A colorful sign at the entrance to Westmont College bid visitors a bilingual nod of “Welcome/Bienvenidos” this week.

For a few days, the campus is playing host to a group of 100 young athletes and their coaches from countries in Latin America; they are stopping in Santa Barbara before proceeding to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday morning, after traveling here from points south, the groups of visitors mingled, ran and joked with Olympic hopeful “Elite Athletes” who normally train on this track, met with Mayor Helene Schneider, and generally began a brief, activity-filled encounter with the famous city of Santa Barbara. more

Small service pays homage to Conejo’s unlikely celebrity

If you ever laid eyes on June Ethel Dawn Coronado, chances are you haven’t forgotten her. For more than two decades, the makeup-and-wig-wearing homeless woman known as “Jenny” or “Freeway Annie” was one of the most recognizable faces in the area. … “It was the peak of the counterculture hippie movement with a constant stream of flower children hitchhiking up and down the coast in search of freedom and the soul altering experiences of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll,” wrote Dan Hodgson, an area pastor who at the time was a student at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. “And right in the thick of this . . . was a rugged, bold, fearless, lone independent witness for Jesus taking the message to this diverse crowd that they needed him.” more

Ernst & Young LLP names Blake Edwards executive director in the firm’s Los Angeles practice

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) is pleased to announce that Blake Edwards has joined the firm as an executive director in its healthcare practice. …Edwards earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Westmont College and is a board member of the Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation. more

Aliso Viejo ice cream shop with a cookie twist

CREAM, a frozen treat shop that specializes in ice cream sandwiches, is open at the Aliso Viejo Town Center, 26841 Aliso Creek Road. The shop’s name is short for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me” and offers 20 ice cream flavors, 12 cookie flavors and 24 toppings. … The ice cream shop is run by franchise owners Haget and Kyle Olson of Corona Del Mar. … Olson is a graduate of Westmont College and has spent the past 10 years in commercial real estate and investments. more

Maranatha High School Athletes at the College Level

Maranatha High School’s promise to its students and families is twofold: to be God-honoring in all that it does and to provide a holistic college preparatory experience. …Bradford Ortlund ’12: Westmont College more

New Planning Commissioner

This week, Montecito resident Susan Keller was sworn in as the Montecito Planning Commission’s newest commissioner, following her appointment by First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal at last week’s Board of Supervisors hearing. …”I was reluctant to leave the fire board prior to completing my term, but this current opportunity seemed to be my best chance to be appointed as a Montecito Planning commissioner, a position that has always been of great interest to me and for which I feel very well qualified,” said Keller, who is no stranger to Montecito land use issues, being instrumental in such developments as the Biltmore and Coral Casino plans and Westmont’s Master Plan several years ago. more

Brooke Johnson Joins Hospice of Santa Barbara as Social Worker

Hospice of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce Brooke Johnson as its new social worker/care manager. Johnson brings with her valuable internship work with cancer patients and their families, including developing and facilitating support groups and working with families to develop coping strategies. … Born in Ventura County, Johnson grew up in Orange County and obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at Westmont College. She worked as a residential counselor at Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Center and volunteered as a certified domestic violence counselor at Domestic Violence Solutions. more

Montecito Association Discusses Vacation Rentals

At this month’s Montecito Association (MA) meeting, the board discussed the issue of short-term vacation rentals in the Montecito area. The discussion was in preparation for a Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance Worship that will take place on Thursday, July 30, at Westmont College. more