Van Wolfswinkel’s Public Spirit

As a native of Santa Barbara and a graduate of SBHS (Class of 1941), I find the generosity of another SBHS graduate, Randall Van Wolfswinkel, to be a refreshing breath in the strange conflict between a group of big-growth, big-profit-seeking developers versus a group of caring, conservative Santa Barbarans who merely want to preserve the small town charm of our citya city that just happens to also be one of the world’s most beautiful. [“Van Wolfswinkel Exposed,” 10/30/09]

It seems the generous size of Mr. Van Wolfswinkel’s donation in support of Measure B and the hometown conservative group somehow, in itself, makes that money taintedrather than it merely being the donation of one very wealthy SBHS grad who can easily afford to help protect our beloved city.

Measure B is only a simple step aimed at controlling the height of buildings in Santa Barbara. It is not a cure-all nor an end-allmore legislation will certainly be required over time to maintain controlled and acceptable growth in the heartwarming tradition of Pearl Chase and others who had the foresight to protect this now highly coveted piece of real estate. -Dudley Miller

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Pair of F-22s Buzz Santa Barbara City College

Turbulence rattles windows and nerves on Monday morning.

Mandatory Evacuation Called for Fire Zones in Santa Barbara County

Heavy rains expected Tuesday-Thursday; debris flows feared.

Cannabis Farmer Gets Over $1 Million Insurance Payout

Thomas Fire ash destroys crop; analysis finds asbestos, lead, arsenic, and magnesium.

Next Debris Flow Could Take Different, Unknown Path

"I've never seen this degree of hazard," says Cal Fire scientist.

Biggest Storm Since 1/9 Approaching Santa Barbara

The storm system brings increased threat of flash floods and debris flows.