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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.