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Posted on March 5 at 6:21 p.m.

Anybody want to bet that the writer of this letter "knows where the first penny he or she earned is". Anyone that comes into a restaurant and expects a floorshow from their server, or to be entertained, or made to feel like you are really special and, maybe just maybe, this could 'grow into something', probably isn't there to eat at all. YOUR NEEDY, buy yourself a blow-up buddy and stay home, or go to a Red Lobster (on opening day). If a server is polite, knows the menu, serves what you ordered in a timely fashion, and is there when you need her (within reason), then give her a 20% tip. You have gotten what you came in to the restaurant for in the first place. As for that IRS, give me a break, like you are sitting at home every April trying to figure out how you can be more fair to the IRS. Servers are lucky if they redeem a minimum wage to begin with, so why is tipping so hard to fathom? And no, you shouldn't have to tip everyone that is paid minimum wage.....there I beat you to another worn out, inane question. You happen to live in a part of the world where thousands of people are employed as servers in restaurants because millions of people visit every year. They seldom make minimum wage and your tip probably makes the difference as to whether they can afford to live in Santa Barbara and continue to serve. It's not as easy as you might think to survive in paradise.

On Service with a Smile

Posted on February 28 at 1:34 p.m.

I lived and worked in Santa Barbara for 25 years and worked as a bartender, cook, and manager in restaurants all over town. Most of, if not all, of those establishments are gone. I made really good money in the mom-and-pops that had been in the area for many years and just average in a few high end venues. Having worked in San Francisco, Monterey, and for the last 20 years in downtown Chicago, I would have to say Santa Barbara was probably the most difficult. Number one, tourists come from all over the world and it is never quite clear whether you are dealing with custom, ignorance, or they are using you. As for locals, it doesn't sound like things have improved since I left in the 90's and moved to downtown Chicago. Believe me in Chicago I began to wish they would leave less of a tip as my admonishment for mistakes or poor service. Nothing doing, you'll get your tip no matter what, and if there was a problem, you are going to hear about it with both barrels.
As for the separate checks, I can remember this as an issue in Santa Barbara, the solution seems to be a good cashier, or a manager who understands what this can do to his wait staff's timing and the ensuing problems in the kitchen. It should not be 'handled' by the waiter, period!
I am sure every server has had days, sometimes to many, and wanted to write the letter that Mr. Hutchins has written. As always it ruffles the feathers, as it should. I don't know where he works, how long he has been there, or how long the restaurant itself has been there.....these are all factors. In the 'old days' if you worked in a well established joint and you built up a clientele, you didn't have to worry. Today a well established place in Santa Barbara is maybe two years old, add to that an unpredictable tourist trade, and of course the 'local' yokels from Everywhere, USA........and the beat goes on. Hats off to Mr. Hutchins, it takes a certain amount of courage to even write such a letter considering backlash, and what it could do to a server's reputation in a small community like Santa Barbara. As for the restaurant customers on here, remember, as the old saying goes, 'when you find a waiter who is a waiter and not an actor, writer, musician or poet, you've found a jewel'.

On Don't Skip the Tip

Posted on October 8 at 8:50 a.m.

I agree with free speech and all, but we are talking someone who should be on death row for his crimes against humanity. Who will they have next charles manson? Does that sound like a silly question? Kissinger's crimes make manson's look like child's play. This man mesmerized the already criminally mesmerized Nixon administration into some of the worst war crimes in history, and Westmont thinks he is an 'educational opportunity' for it's students? Pardon me but students should be reading about Kissinger's execution on the gallows, hardly witness to him alive and on stage.
The empire crumbles....................

On Open Letter to Westmont College

Posted on October 4 at 12:45 p.m.

Mayor Schneider would be wise to immediately appoint the man, who has quietly and efficiently watched over this property for more than 30 years. He should be director of whatever this property becomes. He is as much a part of Bellosguardo as anyone living. He lived and worked on the property for over 30 years, no one else has ever lived there other than this man, is there any question in anyone's mind as to who should remain in charge of Bellosguardo. Lets hope she makes an obvious and intelligent decision!

On Empty Mansion Fills With Promise

Posted on October 4 at 12:30 p.m.

I direct all of you to Christopher Hitchens' The Trial of Henry Kissinger.
And watch,

On Open Letter to Westmont College

Posted on October 4 at 12:17 p.m.

The person who should be in charge of whatever Bellosguardo becomes should be the person who has watched over the property since 1979. No one knows more about this property. Mayor Schneider should consider this man for director immediately, he would provide a smooth transition.

On Wanna Run an Arts Foundation?

Posted on October 2 at 5:47 p.m.

This is the best thing to happen on the Santa Barbara bar/restaurant scene in many moons. Congratulations to Bob and Clay and welcome home Willy, you are a living legend in this town!
Someone in Santa Barbara ought to commemorate the great owners, managers, waiters, chefs, bartenders, bus boys and girls with a wall of fame. Some of the greats: Francisco and Jim O'Toole from Joe's.....Scott Evers-Head of the Wolf......Jeff Dunn-Joe's Café........Edwin Cordin-Chef, The Miramar.....Nate Rexroth-bartender-Rocky's...........Tim Deflinger-Owner Derf's Café.........Neil Flaster-The New Club in the Montecito Inn..........Lorna Sahm-waitress Maggie McFly's.......The list goes on and on

On Reincarnating Santa Barbara's Favorite Bar

Posted on August 30 at 5:15 a.m.

They'll all be gone in five years. The players will have moved on to their next project in another community (sic) who's constant transitions keep it from ever establishing itself. Santa Barbara is a 'plaything' for these imaginative but self-absorbed travelers. It used to be at least several generations could enjoy a restaurant and make it a part of their family's and friend's living traditions, now people are lucky if it lasts two or three years. So what, you say? If that is your attitude, there isn't enough space here to explain to you that this lack of 'cultural-connective-tissue' has destroyed what's left of this city. Santa Barbara has become an amusement park and these carnival hucksters offer you a midway full of their short lived narcissistic two dimensional rides and amusements.

On The Lark Lands in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Posted on April 25 at 12:01 p.m.

The big question is why can't Target build it in the mission style with white stucco walls and a red tile roof? Are they broke? Would this open the floodgates of architectural anarchy all over the USA? Could it be that the banksters know this building will be empty in 10 to 20 years after the financial blood has been sucked out of the area? The streets of LA get longer and longer...........

On Targeting Goleta Target

Posted on September 19 at 9:05 a.m.

sezme brings up a point that confounds me as well. Whenever this newspaper prints stories about these projects they (almost) never include a picture of the proposed structure. In this instance you can actually see the drawing of the project in the background .............???????

On Modernism Trumps Red Tiles

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