Balboa Building Superintendent
It was my good fortune to meet Chet Gala almost immediately upon moving to Santa Barbara in 1983 to take a job as reporter with the Santa Barbara News & Review. Read story.
Teacher at Starr King Parent-Child Workshop
Rachel Johansen — for 31 years one of the pillars of the Starr King Parent-Child Workshop — was all about giving young minds and souls the freedom to wander, choose, and experiment. Read story.
Symphony Conductor, Violinist, Music Professor
Richard’s relationship to rhythms and rests always extended beyond the batons, bows, and body he has now left behind. Read story.
Lompoc Community Activist
Bess was a woman of great strength and integrity who made a positive difference in our community. She was not afraid to get up and tell elected officials they were wrong, but she did it with such civility that often they thanked her and sometimes they changed their former position. Read story.
Acoustic Music Promoter, Botanist
Although Mike Shobe did pass on to some very pearly gates on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we have not completely lost him. He was a legendary figure in our community, and legends never die. Just ask Johnny Appleseed. Read story.
Annette Goodheart earned an international reputation as author of the book Laughter Therapy: How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn’t Really Funny. Read story.
Fundraiser This Weekend to Honor Life of Man Killed in State Street Shooting 10 Years Ago
With 10-year anniversary memorial this weekend, friends of man shot dead on State Street discuss his life. Read story.
Santa Barbara Historian, Author
David F. Myrick is gone now, but his two monumental books about the transition of sleepy Santa Barbara and Montecito into regions of great estates are lasting legacies. Read story.
Escrow Specialist, Traveler
A single mother who built a great life for herself and her children, Jan called many people in Santa Barbara, from the world of real estate to the docks of the harbor, her dear friends. Fair winds and following seas! Read story.
Actor, Musician, Humorist
It was my good fortune to meet Len in London in 1975. Read story.
Ronald Thomas Stetter died during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. Read story.
Mother, Volunteer, Dancer
She will be missed on the streets of Santa Barbara, where she was often seen walking on State Street, Cabrillo Boulevard, the Harbor, and Stearn’s Wharf. Read story.
Graphic Artist, Musician, Early Bicycling Activist
Jungle Payne was one of the principal, early proponents of a plan for Santa Barbara to accommodate bicyclists, which eventually resulted in the establishment of the bike lanes on Castillo and Bath streets. Read story.
Truthseeker, Theologian, Computer Geek, Story Teller
To get a true picture of this beloved man, it’s best to hear from people with whom he shared much of his life. Read story.
A Founding Mother of Goleta Cityhood
Colleagues, friends, and family members recall Mrs. Wood as a tenacious civic activist and a caring educator who fought hard for responsible planning throughout Santa Barbara County. Though she tended to focus her considerable talents on preservation efforts, Mrs. Wood was an outspoken advocate for political involvement by all, and a behind-the-scenes consultant to people across the political spectrum. Read story.