February 2017

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From the Desk of Kate Schwab,  Marketing & Communications Director

Winter? What Winter?

It was indeed "winter" for a couple of weeks there - honest! Chilly weather, overcast skies, and rain-rain-rain: about as much "winter" as we get, here in Santa Barbara. With the sun shining again and all right in our world, we're moving on to bigger and brighter things.

And this time of year, when we say "bigger and brighter," we can only mean the
  Santa Barbara International Film Festival!

 For eleven fabulous days, State Street, downtown movie theatres, restaurants, the Arlington Theatre, salons, the Lobero are all buzzing with activity generated by all things FILM - watchers, actors, directors, award-winners, producers, Jeff Bridges, script writers, Oscar nominees, craftspeople, Virtuosos. They're here for panels, tributes, to watch films, to be honored and to enjoy the Santa Barbara Film Festival experience - and they're walking among us.
It's the one time of year that Downtown Santa Barbara truly becomes a " city of stars."

It's a packed week-plus, and includes many free events: AppleBox screenings, industry seminars, Super Silent Sunday, Youth CineMedia, the 10-10-10  Screenwriting and Filmmaking competition and especially valued by the local community, 3rd Weekend screenings. We strongly recommend you download the SBIFF app (both iOS and Android), so you don't risk missing a thing.

Oh, and any time you get the chance be in the same room as Denzel Washington - grab it!

Virtuosos Award Winners, February 4th, at the Arlington.

Downtown Santa Barbara Retail Strategy  

Unique restaurants, great shopping, amazing cultural venues...and to be honest, more than a handful of empty storefronts. The staff at Downtown Santa Barbara sees it too - and we're doing something about it. 

UPDATE: The Retail Study team from downtown works completed their first visit in January, meeting with retailers, realtors and City staff.  They'll be back this  month, to continue working with all stakeholders in order to better inform landlords and others to ensure a great mix for all tenants.

This study will define a focus area, conduct a quantitative assessment of each ground floor tenant,  evaluate the Santa Barbara market area and competitive environmental factors, and recommend a set of implementation steps to pursue a retail strategy. The results of this study over time will help inform landlords, hopefully resulting in an improved experience for customers and businesses alike.

Downtown Santa Barbara is, as always, focused on the success of our members and the continued vitality of our downtown district. We're looking forward to the results of the Retail Study, and to sharing what we learn with all of you - the final summary report will be available in late May 2017. 

Save the Date: Downtown SB 50th Anniversary Gala! 
It's our Big 5-0, and you're invited!  
You may not remember Downtown Santa Barbara, circa 1967. No Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall, parallel parking on State Street, people gazed into shop windows, not down at small handheld devices. And the downtown businesses came together for the first time as a community, to create the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara. Now, fifty years later, Downtown Santa Barbara is set to share history and celebrate milestones, accomplishments and successes, with the "Downtown Santa Barbara 50th Anniversary Gala" Presented by the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, on Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017.
Since 1977, the organization has presented a "Citizen of the Year" Award to a member of the community, in recognition of his/her community leadership and continuing support of Downtown Santa Barbara. Honorees have included civic leaders, social advocates, visionaries, members of the media and the arts community, and citizens who have made their mark in our community.
As DSB celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, they are once again honoring these Citizens of the Year by inviting them to be members of the Honorary 50th Gala Committee, at the Gala celebration co-hosted by Mayor Helene Schneider and Roger Durling. the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival  and our Citizen of the Year from 2004.
For information regarding table or other sponsor opportunities or to purchase Gala tickets, click here
 or call  805-962-2098, ext 804.

2015 Citizen of the Year, Community Arts Workshop.

SBPD Affinity Card Program 

The Santa Barbara Police Department has launched the Affinity Card Pogram. Affinity Cards engage the community, especially our youth, in a positive non-enforcement interaction with our local police officers, which promotes public trust and better community policing. 

The Santa Barbara Police Department is seeking  local community businesses and organizations partners willing to sponsor an officer's card production. The cost of the card production (500 cards per batch) is $95 plus $8 shipping. For sponsoring a card, the business or organization name (and website if desired) will be printed on the back of the card.   
Affinity cards have a picture of an officer and includes information on the back with insight into who the officer is a person. A QR code (or website) links to a video where the officer shares some fun and sometimes serious stories that they have experienced before becoming a police officer.
Officers are encouraged to pass out their cards when out and about in the community.

We also like to support our Police Department and encourage our members to consider supporting this program: Downtown Santa Barbara has been identified as a sponsor for Officer Stephanie Trujillo. To view Officer Trujillo's video, click: SantaBarbaraCa.gov/Trujillo.

If you are interested in sponsoring a card, please contact Sergeant Shawn Hill at shill@sbpd.com .

Upcoming Events
Heads up - here are the events Downtown Santa Barbara is hosting
for the next two months, and YOU can participate!  

February 2017  

Thursday, February 2
(5:00-8:00 pm)
 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival
February 1 - 11
Cinema Vanguard Award: "Manchester by the Sea"

   Downtown SB Reliability Project 
Hosted by Southern CA Edison  
(Click link for more info)
Wednesday, February 15
(5:30 pm-7:30 pm)
Downtown SB Reliability Project
Hosted by Southern CA Edison
(Click link for more info) 
Thursday, February 16 
(8:00 am-10:00 am)
March 2017  
Thursday, March 2
(5:00-8:00 pm) 
 Wed, Mar 22: Ruby Princess
Mon, Mar 27: Grand Princess 

Presents: 1st Thursday 

Downtown Santa Barbara comes alive once a month, for  1st Thursday , the monthly art crawl on Downtown Santa Barbara streets and historic paseos! Look for art, music, dance, poetry, demos, lectures, book signings and more - free for all participants.  
February's theme is "Love & Romance."
  • Breakfast Culture Club (711 Chapala) welcomes Lorien Stern and her adventurous ceramic work.
  •  COASTAL COLORS: The Plein Air Paintings of Jane Hurd, at Divine Inspiration Gallery (1528 State), showcases her passion for expressively capturing the wonder and beauty of the local landscape.
  • Join Engel & Volkers (1323 State) to meet local sculpture Pat Roberts from Santa Ynez.
  • At Santa Barbara Historical Museum (136 E. De la Guerra: Designing America: Spain's Imprint in the U.S. created by the Fundación Consejo España - Estados Unidos. 
  • Sullivan Goss (11 E. Anapamu) celebrates its 4th solo show for Meredith Brooks Abbott, one of the most beloved painters in Santa Barbara history.
  • Join The Shade Store (635 State) and Artist Lena Savage for an evening of art, wine and window treatments, showcasing her work and a discussion of the how art plays a role in home decor.
  • Now on view at Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State): David Wiesner & the Art of Wordless Storytelling. Plus: A Movable Musical Feast, featuring Giacomo Carissimi's "Jepthe," performed by Westmont College Theatre Arts & Music Dept. 
   The Brambles are back! California duo Carly Rae and Bethany Rose are inspired by Americana Folk ballads and toe tapping tunes. Friends since high school, their musical kinship developed when they discovered their mutual passion of joyful acoustics in unusual places. In 2014 they began their passion of yelling harmoniously in public. (Marshalls Patio, 900 State) 
1st Thursday: After Hours:
Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic Theatre (33 W. Victoria)
Join ETC for a sneak peek at selections from the upcoming, highly-anticipated Jazz re-orchestration of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. To cap off your 1st Thursday, stop by and enter the free ticket raffle, visit the cash bar, or simply sit back and enjoy the performances!
(This event many be canceled in the case of inclement weather. Please visit etcsb.org on the day of the event for any cancellation announcements.)

Non-Profits to Know:

The Cecelia Fund  

"Critical healthcare funding for our community's
most vulnerable member."

Founded in 1892 as the St. Cecilia Club, The Cecelia Fund is the oldest philanthropic charity in Santa Barbara. The sole purpose is to help low-income residents of Santa Barbara County pay for critical medical or dental bills, paying the provider directly.

The organization funds a full range of critical medical and dental needs, including emergency care, medications, and medical equipment. They are often people we know or meet each day. They are barely getting by until an illness or accident leaves them with nowhere else to turn. They are the working poor, the senior living on social security; they are young and they are old.

Working with the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, Catholic Charities, CenCal Health, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care among others, The Cecelia Fund has an all-volunteer working board, no paid staff and minimal overhead.

"The Cecilia Fund is one of Santa Barbara's most venerable non-profits and has supported people in need for decades with a caring approach and a human touch!" ~Joanne Rapp, donor 
Here's What's New in Downtown Santa Barbara: 
...Check out 18 East (formerly Globe), hosting local pop-up chefs creating their own special menus (18 E. Cota)... Night Lizard Brewing Company is committed to brewing highest quality craft beers (607 State)... Somerset Restaurant creates an old world European Grand Cafe at 7 E. Anapamu... Bar 29 (1134 Chapala) serves up wine by the glass, beer on tap and, well, 29 cocktails...Look for Big Dog Sportswear in is new location, 101 Paseo Nuevo...For a bit of bubbly, head to The Champagne Room (7 W. Haley). 
Downtown Santa Barbara Board of Directors 
Executive Committee
Matt LaBrie 
LYNX Management

Vice President  
Traci Taitt  
The Towbes Group 
Michael Jordan  
HUB International  
Bob Stout
Wildcat Lounge   
Ginny Brush
Brush & Associates  

Kim Clark 

David de L'Arbe
Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

Jamie Perez
Montecito Bank & Trust

Mark Whitehurst
Voice Magazine 
Lynn Adams
Santa Barbara Arts

David Beardon
Santa Barbara Frame Shop
 & Gallery
Scott Burruss
The Shade Store 
Amy Cooper
Plum Goods 
Genny Cummings
Indigo Interiors

Roger Durling
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

William Duval
Law Office of William Duval
Tamara Erickson 
Hotel Santa Barbara
Larry Feinberg
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Joanne Funari
American Riviera Bank
Allison Griffin 
Sonos, Inc.
Steve Hinkley

Ed Holdren
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

Kathy Janega-Dykes
Visit Santa Barbara

Laura Knight

Dave Lombardi
Distinctive Framing 'n' Art  
Distinctive Art Gallery
Doug Margerum
Margerum Wine Co.

Maryann Mendoza 

Dr. Anne Petersen
Santa Barbara Trust for
Historic Preservation

Tracy Pfautch
Pacific Western Bank

Randy Rowse
Paradise Cafe
Jill Seltzer 
Ensemble Theatre Company 
Sarah Sinclair
Santa Barbara Independent

Craig Springer 
SB Center for the 
Performing Arts

Tammy Steuart
Metropolitan Theatres 

Tina Takaya
Opal Restaurant and Bar

Randy Weiss
Union Bank

Michal Wiesbrock
Arthritis Foundation
Downtown Santa Barbara Staff 
Executive Director

Marketing & Communications Director
Cassidy Brewer
Marketing & Events Manager   

Erik Krueger 
Office Manager  
Events Coordinator 

Chloe Brooks
State Street Team 

And I Quote: 
"Incredible things happen when more of us
 fall in love with our cities." 
~Peter Kageyama, "For the Love of Cities"     
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