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Posted on October 30 at 10:25 a.m.

Way to go VJ!

On Dance 'Til It's Midnight

Posted on October 28 at 9:01 a.m.

This article is inflamitory at best loaded with mis-information and half truths. They paint a beautiful picture with words I'll give them that but that is the furthest from the truth. As someone who grew up on the mesa played in the hills around the "Dump" yes it was a dump till the 60's. I appreciate people who move here enjoying what it is now but the truth is many of us have been waiting for decades to take advantage of all aspects of the park. The Elings park foundation has a huge financial burden in maintaining the park let alone expanding the park. The staff has had plans for years your probably unaware of but the location of the current BMX Bicycle and RC track is going to become more soccer fields, yes more soccer fields. Part of the beauty of Elings park is the diversity of the type of sports or outdoor activities they allow for the community by cutting out these type of exsisting activities you are cutting out part of the community.
One of the posters mentioned why do they need lights? Duh safety and being able to see at night while maximizing the use of the space. In the same breath the poster mentioned they are hardly used? What is it hardly used or used to much including the night.

The BMX BICYCLE track (which had been at Earl Warren showgrounds to start) and the Radio Control Track are a good use of the property and providing for all segments of the community.

I for one laud the hard work and long term planning that Executive director Steen and the Elings Park Foundation board have done. Keep up the great work!

On Save Elings Park South

Posted on October 21 at 9:12 a.m.

This is awesome and the memory of the blue roof Mira Mar will live on benefiting others with protection from the elements. This sounds like something the great company that is Caruso would do! Montecito give him a break and let him create another south coasst jewel, you'll love what they do!

On Miramar's Blue Shingles to Brighten Up Baja

Posted on September 22 at 5:27 p.m.

Not only did I have the pleasure of growing up with author of the article but also and with the Martinez brothers and listening to their Dad perform.
Being born here I embraced the Santa Barbara culture and fell in love with rhythm and the beats that I heard, Some of my earliest memories was Mr Martinez (and I say that with great respect and only recently had called him Lencho) playing at the El Paseo. My father's office was across the street and on special occasions we would have dinner and enjoy the music and dancing there.

I somehow can't help but believe that "Lencho" Mr. Martinez was a reason that I became a percussionist and loving the Tito Puente music as well.

The greatest gift that Mr. Martinez left us was his legacy "The Martinez Brothers" all gifted and unique in their own way and it was my gift to have had the chance to play music with all of them.

The curtain hasn't closed but has just opened on a bigger stage above!

Vaya con dios amigo!

John "Skip" Stecker

On Lorenzo 'Lencho' Martinez

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