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Surviving the pandemic Government, nonprofit leaders praise community’s unity and hard work

Vaccine clinics target educators By ANNELISE HANSHAW NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

Sansum Clinic opened up a vaccine clinic intended for educators to its waitlist Thursday. Many TK-12 staff members had already received a vaccination. More than two weeks ago, educators became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and the state set aside 10% of its allocation to TK-12 staff. Codes to register for a vaccine

went to school districts — who then had to prioritize staff members for the first spots. When clinics and pharmacies opened appointments to educators, many teachers secured their doses apart from districts. “We’ve been surprised at how many have already been vaccinated, which is fantastic,” Dr. Kurt Ransohoff, Sansum Clinic’s CEO and chief medical officer, told the News-Press Please see vaccine on A2

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A box of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is shown at the Sansum Clinic Pesetas Multi-Specialty Clinic on Thursday.

Grammys pandemic show recognizes the year’s top artists By MADISON HIRNEISEN NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT

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The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County gained 1,683 new volunteers since the pandemic, and it logged 9,275 volunteer hours during COVID-19, according to Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin.

Editor’s note: On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and on March 15, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his first lockdown order. After a rollercoaster year, Santa Barbara County leaders in the healthcare, government, business and nonprofit sectors talked to the News-Press about the pandemic and what the future may hold. This is the second installment in a twopart series. By GRAYCE MCCORMICK

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eople want to help other people. That fact has stood out during a pandemic that has changed the world, the nation, the county, the neighborhood. During COVID-19, Santa Barbara County nonprofits stepped up to expand the work they had already been doing in the community to assist others, repairing homes, holding free food pantries, assisting students with remote learning, supplying personal protective equipment, caring for seniors and more. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County gained 1,683 new volunteers since the pandemic, and it logged 9,275 volunteer hours during COVID-19, according to Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin. The Foodbank opened two new warehouses in North and South County to increase assistance, set up more than 50 safe food distribution points, created drive-through pantries and delivered meals to seniors. “We as an organization are completely

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changed as a result of how we operate in terms of how we connect with the community,” Mr. Talkin told the News-Press. “We have basically been distributing twice as much food as we normally do.” The Foodbank’s road ahead is still an uphill battle, as economic indicators show that unemployment or underemployment is

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going to continue significantly for the next 18 to 24 months. However, the organization is ready and planning to open a new permanent warehouse in Santa Barbara. “That will allow us to utilize this much larger amount of food coming in that will stay coming in to feed people over the next couple years,” Please see pandemic on A8

Even after an unusual pandemic year, the 63rd Grammy Awards still brought its usual lineup of premiere performances and talented award winners, which included Santa Barbara resident Marilyn Horne. This year’s awards aired live from downtown Los Angeles Sunday evening, with Grammy nominees sitting social distanced on an outdoor patio near the event’s usual venue, the Staple’s Center. Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah hosted this year’s awards, opening the show with remarks about the power of music in difficult times. “Tonight we’re going to celebrate some of the amazing music that touched our lives and saved our souls over this unprecedented year,” Mr. Noah said. He added that he was hopeful that the show would foreshadow a future “full of joy, new beginnings and coming together. Never forgetting what happened in 2020, but full of hope for the future.” Award nominees came adorned in designer gowns and tuxedos with matching masks in true pandemic fashion. Going into the night, Beyonce led the pack with nine nominations and Taylor Swift trailed in a close second at six nominations. By the end of the night, Beyonce made history with a record achievement of 28 career Grammys, breaking the record for most Grammys won by any artist in history.

“I can’t believe this happened, this is such a magical night,” Beyonce said with tears in her eyes. Notable evening award winners included Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” for Album of the Year, Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” for Best Pop Vocal Album and Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted” winning Record of the Year. Only a small portion of the awards were given at the Grammys evening awards show, with the majority of the awards and award-winners recognized at a ceremony Sunday afternoon. Ms. Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano singer, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award during the evening’s show. Ms. Horne, who now lives in Santa Barbara, won her first Grammy in 1964 and went on to receive 15 total nominations and win four Grammy awards. She is currently the Honorary Voice Program Director for the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. The show boasted a range of performers, who performed indoors at the undisclosed venue while distanced from other musicians. Harry Styles opened the night with his song “Watermelon Sugar,” which took home the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance later on in the night. Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Bruno Mars and Marren Morris, also delivered performances throughout the Please see grammy on A6

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Santa Barbara City Council to receive update on Five-Year Capital Improvement Program NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

The Five-Year Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2022 through 2026 and a status update on the mid-year Capital Improvement Program is headed to the Santa Barbara City Council this Tuesday. The overall city CIP, which includes projects for the Airport, Fire, Information Technology, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, Public Works, Sustainability & Resilience and Waterfront Departments, totals approximately $1.2 billion for the five-year planning period plus future needs. Projects proposed for funding total approximately $483 million, with approximately $706 million in unfunded projects. The goals of the CIP are to: provide a planning document for capital improvements,

including appropriate supporting information as to the necessity for such improvements, over a five-year planning period; identify unmet capital needs based on anticipated funding levels; and provide a plan for capital improvements as a basis for preparing the two-year Capital Budget for the coming budget cycle. The council will also receive a presentation from the South Coast Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce on the economic development partnership. The city committed $25,000 to the chamber to fund the Economic Development Partnership program to assist with economic development efforts, including downtown attraction efforts, retention of businesses throughout the city and advocacy for commercial property owners. Visit Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Foundation also contributed $25,000 to help fund the Chamber’s

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initiative. “The chamber has prioritized its work efforts to address downtown business attraction efforts to respond to the increasing downtown commercial vacancy rates,” the staff report reads. “As part of its contract, the chamber will provide an annual report later this year detailing their work efforts.” The council will also be asked to adopt the abandoned shopping cart ordinance, increase design services for the De la Guerra Plaza Revitalization Project and provide $23,450 for mural stakeholder outreach for the Ortega Park Renovation Project, among other items on the consent calendar. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and can be viewed on City TV Channel 18 or streamed online at www.santabarbaraca.gov/cap.

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BUELLTON — A driver was lifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with lifethreatening injuries Sunday evening. The sole occupant was ejected from the

vehicle after a vehicle rollover on State Route 246 a half mile west of Buellton. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department did not have to extricate the occupant. The cause of the rollover is under investigation. — Annelise Hanshaw

A CalStar air ambulance took the sole occupant to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Active COVID-19 cases down 25% By ANNELISE HANSHAW NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

Officials at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department detected the lowest number of COVID-19 cases in months over the weekend, dropping the number of active COVID-19 cases to 220. The number of infectious cases has been decreasing in recent days and is down 25% from its two-week average as of Sunday. Health officials reported 26 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the county to a cumulative 32,621 cases. Santa Barbara confirmed eight cases. It has a total of 6,116 cases of which 43 are still infectious. Santa Maria recorded seven cases. Its new total is 11,008 cases, and 73 active cases. Lompoc found three cases, increasing its total to 3,421 cases. Public Health deems 20 cases still infectious. The following areas also reported daily cases: Goleta, two cases (1,703 total, 18 active); Isla Vista, two cases (1,251 total, six active); the North County area containing Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama and the city of Guadalupe, two cases (1,251 total, 11 active); the South

A total of 37 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is down 27% from its two-week average. County area containing Montecito, Summerland and the city of Carpinteria, one case (1,313 total, 12 active). The location of one of Sunday’s cases is pending. A total of 37 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is down 27% from its twoweek average. Of those 37 patients, 12 are in critical care, and 39.5% of Santa Barbara County’s ICU beds were available Sunday. email: ahanshaw@newspress.com

An incorrect date appeared in Sunday’s News-Press story about the Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara. A virtual fundraiser will be held at 4 p.m. March 21 and will conclude the SlingShot Art Program Pop Up Art Sale, which begins today.

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The Goleta City Council will receive a presentation about countywide, inter-organizational efforts to vaccinate black, indigenous and people of color communities in Goleta, along with considering appointing a member of the council to join the Latinx and Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 Response Task Force. According to the Santa Barbara County community data dashboard and data collected as of Dec. 31, 2020, black, indigenous and people of color make up 58% of the Santa Barbara County population, but have suffered at least 61% of all COVID-19 cases and 76% of hospitalizations. “As stated by Dr. Van Do-Reynoso, director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, there is nothing about being black, Latinx or indigenous in and of itself that makes someone more susceptible to COVID-19,” the staff report reads. “Instead, it is social determinants of health and other disparities that these populations face that contribute to why they are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.” Staff recommends grassroots efforts led by various non-governmental organizations to address COVID-19 disparity, and for a member of the council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ad Hoc Subcommittee to join the Latinx and Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 Response Task Force. In other business, the council will be asked to approve a request from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for an additional 45-day time extension regarding a dispute of a proposed rate increase for law enforcement services for Fiscal Year 2021/22. For Goleta, the proposed costs for FY 2021/22, which are reflective of the existing levels of service, were presented as $10,018,333, a nearly 30% increase over the $7,744,062 amount for FY 2020/21. “In general, Sheriff Brown stated at the March 3 meeting that he is sympathetic and understands the difficulty the cities are facing with proposed increased costs,” the staff report reads. “He also communicated that he understands and shares our concerns and the budget challenges as well, and said he wanted to work together to try and come to a solution that is acceptable and equitable across the board.” Both Buellton and Carpinteria City Councils approved the time extension to continue good faith efforts. Also on the agenda is a public hearing to receive input on the needs, goals and objectives of the city’s CDBG program and funding recommendations for the 2021-2022 action plan. Council members will also be asked to approve the recommendations of the council’s Grant Funding Review Standing Committee for 2021-2022 CDBG funding to be included in the draft action plan. “Staff learned that the City’s CDBG allocation for FY 21/22 is $230,558. This is slightly higher than the current year ($225,503). Fifteen percent (15%) or $34,578 of this amount can be allocated to Public Services to assist low- to moderate-income people,” the staff report reads. The public meeting provides an opportunity for the public and the City Council to discuss the city’s needs, priorities, and potential projects that should receive CDBG grant funding, including services to the homeless, those with disabilities or special needs, services for low- to moderate-income youth and seniors and general services for low- to moderate-income people. Council members will conduct a public hearing on the Measure A Five-Year Program of Projects for Fiscal Years 2021 through 2026, and be recommended to adopt it. This year’s proposed five-year program of projects is similar to the previous year’s program, according to the staff report, including categories such as: maintenance, improvement or construction of roadways and bridges; urban forestry street tree program; storm damage repair to transportation facilities; and traffic signal coordination and intersection channelization, among others. In addition, the council will consider two resolutions. One is to provide no parking zones at 454 S. Patterson Ave. and 6830 Cortona Drive to provide adequate sight distance and improve visibility from adjacent driveways. The other is for the installation of stop control on Muirfield Drive at Windsor Avenue and on Ellwood Beach Drive and Mathilda Drive at Entrance Road to improve operational conditions at these intersections. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and can be viewed on Goleta Channel 19 or online at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings.

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Female artists focus of exhibit during Women’s History Month

‘Real Women’ FYI “Real Women: Realist Art by American Women’’ is open for socially distant viewing through March 29 at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St. Visits are limited to eight mask-wearing guests at a time. The exhibition can also be viewed online. For more information, visit www.sullivangoss.com/ exhibitions/real-women.

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Coinciding with Women’s History Month in March, “Real Women: Realist Art by American Women” is on view through March 29 at Sullivan Goss-An American Gallery, 11 E. Anapamu St. The works, which cover the last 90 years, feature drawing, oil painting, print-making and photography by local and regional artists along with national historical figures. Among the artists in the exhibition are Susan McDonnell, Patricia Chidlaw and Leslie Lewis Sigler. Their works are shown here along with background information by Susan Bush, curator of contemporary art at the gallery. Other artists are Niki Byrne, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937-2013), DJ Hall, Adonna Khare, MaryAustin Klein, Laura Krifka, Jordan Marshall, Susan Savage and Beth Van Hoesen (19262010). email: mmcmahon@newspress.com

“Two Marsh Hares,” 2021 Susan McDonnell Susan McDonnell is especially celebrated for her detailed botanical paintings and wildlife in its natural surroundings, often infused with a bit of magical realism. She received her bachelor of fine arts and masters of fine arts degrees from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her paintings have been featured in solo and group shows in galleries throughout the U.S., including Sullivan Goss, Gallery Bergelli in Larkspur, Klaudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe and Artbanque Gallery in Minneapolis.

“The Forebearers,” 2020 Leslie Lewis Sigler Leslie Lewis Sigler, who was born in San Marcos, Texas, earned her bachelor of fine arts at the University of Texas in Austin. From there, she moved to Los Angeles to work as a graphic designer for an agency, but she continues to paint realistic still lifes of vintage Americana at night. In 2008, she moved to Santa Barbara. Three years later, she began painting the silver still life works that have fueled her rise at galleries in Los Angeles and New York.

“Evening Swim,” 2020 Patricia Chidlaw Growing up the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer, Patricia Chidlaw traveled widely in her youth. It may have been those formative experiences that tuned her into the particulars of local culture and the outsider perspective. In 1969, Ms. Chidlaw came to Santa Barbara to study art at UCSB. After graduation, she stayed and built up a reputation for her paintings of the Santa Barbara scene — the architecture, the landscape and still lifes on site. At one point, she was one of the more colorful members of the Oak Group. Today, she includes figures, even if they are often presented as removed or solitary.


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This lithography work by Emil Weddige (1907-2001) features images of two young nymphs between contrasting beach scenes. One scene is of tanks; the other shows a dove.

.Y. has a lovely image in lithography of two young nymphs. The dark-haired one is holding a large shell over the head of the blonde, who offers her mate a smaller shell. On opposite sides of each woman’s shoulders, we see two beach scenes. One features a tank rolling towards a lake, with grave markers in the foreground. The soldiers grind toward another set of gravestones mid ground. This ghastly beach scene is contrasted with the shape of a dove dipping towards a beach with a skiff in the quiet waves on the opposite side of the image. When I tell you the title is “Echoes,” you will see what the two beaches mean when you learn the date of the piece must be around 1949. The Echoes the nymphs are hearing are of the peaceful past and the not-so-distant past sounds of bombs and mortars. Both are echoes in both shells. The theme of melancholy pervades. This is a masterful work on hand-laid BFK Rives paper with full deckled margins, probably from an edition of 250, as was typical for this artist who pulled his lithos in small editions. The artist is Emil Weddige (1907-2001), born to French/ German and North American Indian (Wyandot) parents in Sandwich, Ontario, who studied art at Eastern Michigan University, The Art Students’ league in New York and at the University of Michigan, where he earned his master’s in design. He continued at the University of Michigan for 38 years as a professor of printmaking. In 1949, he took a second studio on the Montparnasse in Paris. In 1949, the famed City of Lights had dimmed because of World War II, and he would have seen the poverty and destruction of Europe after the war. The theme of destitution didn’t come easy for this artist who celebrated peaceful orderly Americana. But it works here as

Weddige goes toward Chagall in his stylized figures and classical arrangements and symbolism. This is hard to achieve in lithography because it is a linear process usually; The colors and hues each require a different ‘stone” that bear a different color. And to make it look “painterly,” the piece has to have those light gossamer lines that require an artist to know just when to pull the paper off the stone. This is also large for a lithograph at 20 x 26-inch sheet size. Weddige’s work represents a style in the mid-20th-century that was not modern, but refers to the classical, and because of this, it is not geometrical, although it is mid-century modern. It just doesn’t fit with what we today think of as mid century modern, so the values for this artist are not strong. I find his lithographs going for under $200, although that is a sin. In his day he had 100 one-man exhibitions in Japan, Europe and the U.S., and 25 major art awards. He published “Lithography,” a book on his technique in 1966 . And Weddige was made professor emeritus in 1974 at the University of Michigan and earned a doctorate at Eastern Michigan University. So this was a respected artist in his day, and I find many of his images not selling at the major auction houses but at the minor ones who crank out works for under $500. Collections of his papers are held at the Smithsonian Archive of American Art (donated by him in 1973), and at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, where the papers were donated in 2001 by his estate.

Weddige is also featured in collections of the MET, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the United Nations, the Chicago Art Institute, the Bibliotheque Nationale and Georgetown University. He authored a Sesquicentennial boxed portfolio book of images for the University of Michigan with a limited edition of 200, pulled in France with images of Michigan Union, North Campus, and graduation. How many of those are still around? Many are in museum collections. He had a light touch and a whimsical style that is not in favor today, falling more into the midcentury “waif” idealized innocent style. But he was a master of lithography; I myself LIKE the style, which is NOT geometric, and somewhat classical; and if you do, too, this is an artist to collect. The art market also is snobbish about career teachers of art who sell in the marketplace, for some reason, and sometimes teachers’ works are not as highly valued as the studio artist. I hate to tell you, T.Y., that the market value is only $200. But it will rise. Dr. Elizabeth Stewart’s “Ask the Gold Digger” column appears Mondays in the News-Press Life section. Written after her father’s COVID-19 diagnosis, Dr. Stewart’s book “My Darlin’ Quarantine: Intimate Connections Created in Chaos” is a humorous collection of five “what-if” short stories that end in personal triumphs over presentday constrictions. It’s available at Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara.

Museum plans wine program SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is presenting “Natural History of Wine, Beer & Spirits: Entomology & Margerum Wine Company” via Zoom at 5 p.m. March 27. The one-hour program will feature a journey to the Margerum Estate Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley to meet with Doug Margerum, Margerum Wine Co. owner and winemaker. Viewers will learn about the challenges created by a “gamechanging” insect pest. The program also will include a live Zoom wine tasting with Mr. Margerum and Matthew Gimmel, the Schlinger Foundation chair and curator of Entomology. Viewers will be able to submit questions for a live session with the experts and taste wine at home along with the experts. Mr. Margerum and Mr. Gimmel will taste a playful red and a distinguished white, but the wine with the most significant history in the program is the 2019 Margerum Syrah, which can be added to viewers’ tickets at the discounted price of $48 ($60 value) when they pick up their wine at the Margerum Santa Barbara Tasting Room at Hotel Californian, 36 State St.. For tickets and other information, call 805-845-8435. For more about the museum, go to sbnature.org. — Gerry Fall

Plaza Diagnostic unveils technology SANTA MARIA — Plaza Diagnostic Imaging is introducing new ultrasound machinery. The technology is the advanced General Eclectic 1.5T HDxT MRI and Phillips EPIQ machinery. The Santa Maria business’ versatile new imaging equipment offers comfort for patients of all ages and virtually all sizes, and includes leading functionalities to make a definitive diagnosis, according to a news release. “The imaging upgrades of the MRI and Ultrasound support the community health care needs by allowing for a higher level of clarity to diagnosis injury and disease for local residents,” said Casey Carlson, senior director of Imaging Services, Plaza Diagnostic Imaging. “Technology advances rapidly, and we are pleased to offer the latest advancements in imaging to meet the health care needs of our community.” For more information, go to dignityhealth.org/centralcoast. — Gerry Fall

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It’s the start of the astrological New Year and it’s now your season, Aries! As Mercury enters Pisces, you’ll be less inclined to speak your truth. Just be smart with your moves and focus on sharing only what’s necessary. Venus enters your sign this week, which could stir up some romance! Taurus

The beginning of the week will be your most social. The sun is about to move into your privacy zones, where it will stay for the next four weeks. The week will also end with Venus moving into Aries, making you much more spontaneous in love than you once thought. Stay sure-footed, Taurus.

moves into a more passionate zone of your chart. Go deep with someone (for once), Libra. It can only get hotter from here. Also this week, Mercury moves into Pisces in your routine zone. Venus moves into Aries, encouraging you to take the lead in more ways than one. Scorpio

Being a Scorpio means you can easily get your imagination going. Channel it by tapping into different media sources. The sun enters your area of routine, which helps you create healthy boundaries and habits. Over the weekend, Venus moves into a zone that helps you better yourself. Do you on Sunday! Sagittarius

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Dear Gemini, you’ve been feeling overly “dreamy” this week, haven’t you? It’s all thanks to Mercury in Pisces. It’s best now to make sure you’re not holding onto unrealistic expectations. Venus enters your friendship zone this weekend, giving you a boost in social life.

Drama happens in your family as Mercury enters Pisces on Monday. This planet creates tension around how you all communicate, say your piece, and engage with each other. As the sun moves into your pleasure zone, Sagittarius, it’s time to have some fun!

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Mercury is in your philosophic zones this week, Cancer. Because of that, you could start fantasizing a dream world (or dream person) that doesn’t exist. It’s not enough just to dream it. You have to also get the validation that it will happen. Leo

Mercury enters Pisces, which is landing in your intimacy zones. Is it time to either end or progress a relationship, Leo? If things aren’t working out, right now your words are as sweet and sensitive as honey. Over the weekend, you’ll be able to rebound quickly—thanks to Venus moving into Aries. Virgo

Mercury is moving into your partnership zone, Virgo. Turn the romance up and get those feels. Over the weekend, the sun enters Aries—kickstarting a couple weeks of fearless, personal transformation. It’s an opportunity to let go of angst or grudges. Libra

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SB Unified expands multilingual education program McKinley Elementary transforms to dual-language school by 2027 By ANNELISE HANSHAW NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

The Santa Barbara Unified School District plans to expand its duallanguage immersion program, eventually transforming McKinley Elementary into a dual-language school by 2027. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, the district will update the board on the implementation of the Multilingual Excellence Transforming Achievement (META) plan adopted last April. Administrators will outline future goals as well.

The dual-language program at McKinley will be open to the entire district, but priority registration goes to students within McKinley’s boundaries. Students in the McKinley area may also transfer to other elementary schools. Adelante Charter School already operates as a dual-language school. Santa Barbara Junior High has duallanguage classrooms for those who have participated in the elementary program or have a Spanish-speaking background. Administrators are working on a plan for dual language at Santa Barbara High

School. The district will hold McKinley parent information sessions but has not yet set a date. Administrators will give an update on teacher vaccinations and the presence of COVID-19 on campuses. Should the county reach red tier Tuesday, administrators will launch the reopening of secondary school campuses, which the board permitted to open during a special meeting last week. The district will read two new board policies, amending the student guidelines.

The first addresses student use of cell phones. The revision does not require devices to be turned off during class time but lets staff members establish their class’s authorized terms of use. In the amended dress code, staff members may not limit the expression of gender identity, religion and culture through apparel and grooming. Rules may not discriminate against traits historically linked to race, including hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as locks). Three construction projects are on the agenda, including building temporary

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Continued from Page A1 Thursday. Sansum Clinic administers 15 doses every 10 minutes at its center at 215 Pesetas Ln. in Santa Barbara. When educators canceled their appointments, other eligible patients on Sansum’s waitlist stepped in. “The teachers have been reacting very enthusiastically, very excited,” Kim Hurley, director of operations, said. “I think relief is probably their biggest emotion — relief and feeling like they’re safe to go back to their classrooms.” Most of Santa Barbara County’s elementary educators went back to campus the past two weeks. Public health officials estimate the county will reach eligibility Tuesday for secondary schools to reopen. “I think Johnson & Johnson is great for the teachers as well because they have one (dose) and then they’re completed. And we really want schools to open, so it’s really great for them to have the one, be done and then go back to school,” Ms. Hurley said. The COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna require 21 and 28 days between doses, but Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine only requires one shot — cutting down the number of appointments providers like Sansum Clinic administer. “Most people are happy to get one shot,” Dr. Ransohoff said. “And occasionally, we have had some people, a small handful of people, who say that they would prefer to get another vaccine.” He encounters patients intent on a particular manufacturer, but Sansum Clinic offers one vaccine manufacturer each day. Many pharmacies disclose the brand of vaccine when patients set appointments. “Our standpoint is that you should get whatever you can because these vaccines are incredibly similar in terms of how effective they are, particularly in how effective they are against winding up in the hospital,” he said. He discourages “shopping around for a vaccine.” “Some people will talk about the differences in the vaccines. I’m not sure that we really know (the differences) because the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was tested in a different sort of environment,” he said. “By the time it was tested, there were already these variants that were not present on the other two that were tested. That’s why that metric of preventing death and hospitalization is so important.”

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The vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson demonstrated 85% efficacy in preventing severe COVID-19. And all the vaccines were 100% effective preventing hospitalization and death. Sansum has increased distribution over the past two weeks, which Dr. Ransohoff attributes to the pent-up supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines and increased production of Pfizer and Moderna doses. “Distribution has significantly increased for us over the last two weeks. I have heard that it might be flat for a week or two and then it’s gonna ramp up again,” he said. “But there’s been notably more vaccines.” Ms. Hurley expects the process to pick up when the state’s system, MyTurn, is widely used. Cottage Health scheduling began on myturn.ca.gov last week, and Sansum Clinic will join this week. Sansum plans to still schedule appointments through its own system as well. “I think the main goal is to get all of us vaccinated as expeditiously as we can and just get out there. And if they have a vaccine for you, and you get an appointment, I would recommend going and getting your vaccine,”

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PETITION OF: LINDA SHARON GRAHN FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: 21CV00566 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: LINDA SHARON GRAHN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LINDA SHARON GRAHN Proposed name: LINDA SHARON KUPELIAN THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Date: April 8, 2021 Time: 8:30 am Dept: SM4. Address: VIA ZOOM A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Santa Barbara News-Press Date: 02/15/2021 Name: JED BEEBE, Judge of the Superior Court. FEB 22; MAR 1, 8, 15/2021--56849

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for the City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, and Case No. 20-09-0769P. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) solicits technical information or comments on proposed flood hazard determinations for the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for your community. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. The FIRM and, if applicable, the FIS report have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information on the proposed flood hazard determinations and information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, please visit FEMA’s website at https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp, or call the FEMA Mapping and Insurance eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627). MAR 15, 22 / 2021 -- 56891


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UCSB gets a No. 12 seed, draws No. 5 Creighton in NCAA Tournament By MARK PATTON NEWS-PRESS SENIOR WRITER

UCSB had already checked into its Indianapolis hotel on Sunday for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament when it checked out the bracket by tuning in the CBS Selection Show. The Gauchos had won the Big West Conference Tournament less than 16 hours earlier in Las Vegas when they learned that they had gotten a No. 12 seed and would play No. 5 Creighton in Saturday’s opening round. Game time and arena location were not yet announced. “We flew out at 8 a.m. this morning and watched the show as a team in our hotel meeting room,” UCSB coach Joe Pasternack said. “We were pretty excited — we got called pretty quickly.” The Gauchos (22-4) were just the sixth team to go up on the board when they were slotted against Creighton (20-8) in their West Regional opener. The Bluejays earned an at-large bid to the tournament, having finished second to Villanova during the Big East regular season and losing to Georgetown in the league’s tournament final. “Creighton is very, very strong,” Pasternack said. “They’ve got an NBA point guard in (Marcus) Zegarowski and they’re a very, very good offensive team. “It’ll obviously be a big challenge, but it’ll be great for our guys to go against a Big East team.” The Gauchos have won 18 of their last 19 games. They captured the Big West Tournament championship for only the fourth time in school history when they defeated defending champion UC Irvine 79-63 on Saturday night. “You want to be at your best in March, and I think our team has been improving and improving,” Pasternack said. “I think we even got better at the end of (Saturday) night’s game.” UCSB is one win away from tying the school record for most wins in a season, first set during the 23-9 season of 2008 and matched when Pasternack’s first Gaucho team went 23-9 in 2018. He’s guided UCSB to fourstraight 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. “It feels great, all the work we put in,” senior guard JaQuori McLaughlin said after winning the Big West Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors. “We started

The UCSB men’s basketball team celebrates after prevailing over UC Irvine on Saturday.

(practices) on tennis courts this year. We were having Zooms as a team. We weren’t able to meet in person. “We talked about the goals that we had. We accomplished two of them, and we’ve got one more to go.” That final goal is simply to advance, Pasternack said. A victory on Saturday would put UCSB into Monday’s second round against the winner of the game between No. 4 seed Virginia and 13th-seeded Ohio. “It feels great to win with these guys, especially guys like JaQuori and Brandon Cyrus and pretty much the whole team,” junior Amadou Sow said after winning Big West AllTournament honors. “They were great leaders every day. It’s something I won’t ever be able to forget.” The NCAA Tournament berth is UCSB’s first in a decade and sixth overall. The No. 12 seeding is its highest in the NCAA Tournament since it won an at-large berth in 1990 and got a No. 9 seed. The Gauchos defeated No. 8 Houston 70-66 in their first-round game at the Southeast Regional in Knoxville, Tenn. and threw a scare into No.

1 seed Michigan State in the second round before losing 62-58. The Gauchos’ only other at-large berth in the Division 1 Tournament came when it was a No. 10 seed in 1988. They lost to No. 7 Maryland 92-82 in a first-round game in Cincinnati. UCSB automatically qualified four other times as the Big West Tournament champion. The Gauchos were a No. 14 seed in 2002 when they lost to No. 3 Arizona 86-81, a No. 15 seed in 2010 when they lost to No. 2 Ohio State 68-51, and a No. 15 again in 2011 when they were defeated by No. 2 Florida 79-51. “There’s nothing like the NCAA Tournament,” Pasternack said. “It’s the best of all sports, I think. “I’ve been there a lot. To have all these guys go for the first time and experience March Madness, it’s something they’re going to have for the rest of their lives. They’ve made history for our university. “I’m glad they were able to represent them in a great way.” email: mpatton@newspress.com

Gauchos complete weekend sweep of San Francisco By GERRY FALL NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER

Rodney Boone was not at his best on the mound for the No. 20 UCSB baseball team on Sunday. At least according to his coach. “I thought he turned it around about halfway through or towards the tail end where the intent got a little bit better. He was getting a little internal and worried about some of the wrong stuff. We’re still working through that,” Gaucho coach Andrew Checketts said. From that comment, it might sound like Boone got rocked during his outing against the University of San Francisco. It was actually quite the opposite. The crafty lefthander allowed no runs on just one hit with three strikeouts and four walks in seven innings, and the offense and defense did the rest in a 6-2 win over the Dons. “It shows you how good he can be when he’s got his C-game and he can go out and give up one hit in seven innings,” Checketts said. “That’s not a knock on San Francisco, that’s just how good Rod is.” With the win, UCSB (9-5) completed a three-game sweep of San Francisco (4-11) heading into Big West Conference play next weekend at perennial power Cal State Fullerton. Checketts, though, still has his concerns. “We’re still a work in progress,” he said. “We’re not where I’d hoped we would be at this point and where we’d anticipated we would be, especially the bullpen side of things. Offensively, I think we’ve been fine. We’re in the top 3 in the conference in most offensive categories. “The offense has been good enough. The pitching and defense has left a lot to be desired. I thought this was a better week for that. The focus was better during the week on the defensive side. We still have some guys on the mound who we really need to get going. They haven’t thrown the ball the way we expect them too or the way they expect themselves too.” While Sunday’s six-run offensive performance might seem to be plenty of support for Boone, it really wasn’t, considering it was only 1-0 UCSB heading to the bottom of the seventh inning. Boone took it upon himself to keep the Gauchos ahead the entire time he was in there. Hayden Hattenbach and Ryan Harvey came out of the bullpen to close out the final two innings. San Francisco scored its two runs on solo home runs off of Harvey in the ninth inning. “The results were better, and I thought the process was better, too,” Checketts said referring to the previous weekend, when the Gauchos were swept at home in a four-game series by Oregon. “We had been talking about that for a while. Even that Pepperdine (four-game) sweep (that we had) we didn’t feel like the process was very good “I think it caught up to us against Oregon where the process still wasn’t very good. … We’ve been getting rewarded even though our process wasn’t great early. I thought we had a really good week of practice. I thought the mentality and intent was better during the week. I thought the process, for sure, was better.” UCSB’s three-game sweep of San Francisco came

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in an unconventional way. Thunder, lightning and heavy rain forced Friday’s opener to be postponed after four innings. The two teams then completed the game on Saturday, when they played an additional 10 innings, where the Gauchos won, 9-8, in 14 innings. Santa Barbara trailed three times in extra innings, but managed a way to stay alive to be able to win it on a Jason Willow walk-off hit in the 14th. “I think pulling that off allowed the guys to breathe a little bit,” Checketts said. “Obviously, they were able to go out and play well the next game.” That was a 15-3 victory by UCSB on Saturday night. As for Sunday’s game, the only offense by either team through the first six innings was Zach Rodriguez’s RBI single in the third that gave the Gauchos a 1-0 lead. “Early on, it looked like two prize fighters in the 15th round just trying to wrap each other up because nobody’s got the energy to land a blow,” Checketts said. UCSB opened up the game with a four-run seventh inning. Left-fielder Broc Mortensen connected on a tworun single; Christian Kirtley contributed a sacrifice fly that scored Rodriguez, and Bryce Willits had a run-scoring single to give the Gauchos a 5-0 lead. Santa Barbara scored its final run in the eighth inning on an error by the Dons. UCSB finished with seven hits, which included two by Willits and two by shortstop Jordan Sprinkle. email: gfall@newspress.com

  

    

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BERRY, William H. Bill Berry was born to Robert and Naomi Berry in Santa Barbara California on October 8, 1942, and passed away unexpectedly at his home on February 23, 2021. Bill attended Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High School and Santa Barbara High School, graduating in 1961. Bill was the owner of Interscope Pools and retired late last year. He is survived by his children Warren, Denise, Keith and Amber, as well as his brother Keith C. Berry. A graveside burial service will be held at 2:00 pm on March 19, 2021 at the Goleta Cemetery. Please remember Bill in your prayers.

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years,” Mr. Talkin said. “We’ve been looking at how we can use these lessons to make our own operations stronger and more scaled up in the community. “We’re very proud of our staff and how they’ve responded to the situation, and we’re really thrilled at how the community stepped forward to support us.” Efforts by the community have included everything from C.A.R.E.4Paws’ expansion of its animal services to deliveries of meals for seniors. (Animal shelters and animal nonprofits throughout the county adapted their operations to the pandemic and found homes for pets.) The community continued to help organizations varying from the United Way to Unity Shoppe, and musicians performed concerts to raise money for the Lobero Theatre, one of the venues struggling during the pandemic. Although audiences couldn’t go inside auditoriums, theater groups and organizations such as the Santa Barbara Symphony found ways to present virtual performances. That made sense; musicians know how to improvise. And many people worked to create and deliver masks as Santa Barbara County dealt with an unprecedented year. Second District Supervisor Gregg Hart was chair of Santa Barbara County’s governing board

when the pandemic began in March 2020. He spoke at numerous press conferences during the initial period of fear and uncertainty. “One of the most challenging aspects of responding to COVID-19 — especially in the early months — has been the task of providing understandable and accurate information that can empower community members to stay healthy,” Supervisor Hart told the News-Press. “With social media, the 24-hour news cycle and a universal heightened sense of anxiety, we needed to develop trustworthy channels for disseminating information from our health experts.” To do that, the county held frequent press conferences (sometimes daily), partnered with local media outlets, provided culturally-responsive communications to different segments of the community and established a comprehensive data dashboard. Supervisor Hart added that outreach is important for the most vulnerable populations, and the county responded to health inequities by creating the Latinx/Indigenous Migrant COVID-19 task force, transitioning approximately 500 people from the streets to housing in 2020 and reducing the local jail population by almost 40% since the start of the pandemic. “I think all of us have a new sense of what is possible, and we must continue to act with a

sense of urgency and ambition in confronting the issues and pursuing opportunities that will remain in Santa Barbara County as COVID-19 subsides,” the supervisor said. Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo said the community is no stranger to disasters, making it through wildfires, the debris flow and more, so the city knows how to activate response systems under pressure and threats to public health and safety. “Experienced leadership proved essential in responding to the pandemic,” she told the NewsPress. The City Council recently extended the Emergency Economic Recovery Ordinance until March 2022 to allow outdoor operations as needed, which also allows for State Street to remain closed off to vehicular traffic. From rental assistance to creating an economic development plan coming in April, Mayor Murillo said the city is in the process of recovery. She added that the pandemic didn’t put a hold on issues such as housing affordability, police reform, homelessness, sea level rise or downtown revitalization. “As a city, we will continue to support our residents through robust library services, beautiful parks and affordable recreation programs,” she said. “As we advance through the reopening tiers, those things will return to normal. We have launched a downtown visioning and planning

process, so our village center will be a vital and friendly place for gathering and community activities. The goal is to enhance the downtown experience so that it’s better than before the pandemic.” The mayor sang praises of city staff for transitioning city services to be delivered online, and to streets maintenance, workers, police officers and park employees “for not missing a beat providing important services.” However, she pointed to Santa Barbara’s residents as well, who supported local businesses, followed public health guidelines, donated to nonprofits and volunteered. “I give our residents a lot of respect for being brave and steady as the pandemic unfolded,” Mayor Murillo said. “There was so much we didn’t know. In those early days, everyone was reading as much as they could, following the news, staying home and sacrificing social activities. “It really hurt to stay away from close family members and friends, but people did it. Some people lost their jobs, some businesses had to close. Yet people have managed to adapt and survive these incredible challenges. I thank them for enduring difficulties in the last year. “Life may never be normal for people who lost loved ones to this terrible virus, and I hope they find peace once again.” email: gmccormick@newspress.com

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Gaviota 52/43

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Wind west-northwest increasing to 20-30 knots today. Waves 6-10 feet with a west swell 8-12 feet at 9 seconds. Visibility clear.

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At Lake Cachuma’s maximum level at the point at which water starts spilling over the dam holds 188,030 acre-feet. An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons, equivalent to the amount of water consumed annually by 10 people in an urban environment. Storage 121,399 acre-ft. Elevation 725.88 ft. Evaporation (past 24 hours) 33.9 acre-ft. Inflow 46.7 acre-ft. State inflow 0.0 acre-ft. Storage change from yest. -44 acre-ft. Report from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

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