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Posted on May 8 at 4:11 p.m.
Clearly one can understand in this review that our critic, Mr. Donelan, doesn't like Churches and especially the 'real' history of the California Missions. Yet, being seemingly large-minded and a friend of the gallery, he has huffed and puffed himself up to degrade these superb paintings' meaning and hobbled Deakins' creative impulse to some simple understandable 'romance' Edwin Deakins and his time had for this 'fin de siecle', 'Romona' caused, folly, that Donelan thinks led to the Mission Revival movement. As a consequence, we are left wth the sad thought that these paintings (that I found absolutely extraordinary)are merely something obviously time bound and even if somewhat worthy, based on a delusion. I feel sure that what bothers Mr. Donelan is the subject matter of these watercolors i.e. 'The Missions'--clearly something he finds historically detestable from his own more 'clear eyed' and un-romantic point of view regarding the subject matter. What could be more revealing of Donelan's own view, than his unnecessary poetic quotation insert: "...(Missions) proper to grow wise in, if only that so many dead lie round"? This article is the functional equivalent of damning with faint praise. Mr Donelan: I don't like your review.
On Meaningful Missions
Posted on December 14 at 8:55 a.m.
Nice to read how successful Kurdistan in Iraq is...hope you enjoyed your stay. You don't mention if they're grateful for American soldiers...
On A Report from Kurdish Syria
Posted on November 23 at 12:13 p.m.
The Santa Barbara Parking Lots are the grand achievement of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Process, the system that provides the linch pin for our magnificent historically preserved architecture, city plan, and our economically viable and pedestrian friendly downtown. One way streets, feeder access, and outstanding parking lots are a key feature of our transportation system and values. I need only remind you of the community effort and expenses that went into the last parking lot across from the County Administration Building. Look at it again and imagine what a Sacramento process would have developed in its place. The effort that went into planning this system for the well-being of Santa Barbara cannot be overestimated. There remains one to be built --next to City Hall --consolidating the City parking lot with the News Press parking lot (for a new two story parking lot) with a rebuilt Harmer Adobe facing the Plaza which together would provide another lynch pin to historically redeveloping, Plaza de la Guerra, thereby returning the Plaza back into a pedestrian friendly Plaza that would provide the humanistic qualities of the historic Spanish Plaza in our original City Plan.
To conclude, it would be a catastrophe of enormous magnitude to turn the Parking Lots over to a Sacramento government that barely functions and is so alien to Santa Barbara values.
We have to fight this idea folks. I can't imagine anything more important then keeping control of the parking lot system.
On State Challenges City Parking Lot Ownership
Posted on May 3 at 2:23 p.m.
Need adaptive reuse of post office, honoring its architecture and history coupled with good use of surrounding outside space and interior space to host farmer's market and appropriately related merchants on the interior...
On If the Post Office vacates its historic downtown building, what would you like to see there?
Posted on April 30 at 3:40 p.m.
As a historic minded community we should reconstruct the Bordello so loved by locals of the past. Perhaps the nearby Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation could take up the task.
On the other hand, the building and the site are important and wonderful. One only has to look to San Francisco to see how a post office from this period can be both honored and made to serve new community interests...perhaps little boutiques on the inside selling garden/market goods...bread, cheese, olives, sandwiches, etc etc. Why not bring the farmer's market to the area...
On Downtown Post Office May Be Sold
Posted on February 6 at 1:35 p.m.
Splendid! So happy to hear about this effort to really understand what's happening. Thank you for your service Preston!
On Our Man In Baghdad
Posted on January 14 at 9:22 a.m.
Don Jose de la Guerra says marriage is between a man and a woman...although people can do whatever they want...just don't call it a 'marriage' if it isn't about a man and a woman...why should gays or other alternative linkages care if it isn't called a 'marriage' if the civil rights are the same?
We old Spanish heterosexuels don't wan't you folks taking over what little turf is left to distinguish us...
On Gay Supporters Petition Obama to Repeal DOMA
Posted on December 5 at 6:10 a.m.
Martha: Any hope in there for modifying Plaza de la Guerra into a real Plaza? Any interesting effects foreseen in ameliorating the old Paseos. Does Pueblo Viejo have any particular modified elements?
On City Plan Steps into Limelight
Posted on October 21 at 1:32 p.m.
Nice historical use of Masini Adobe yet bogged in an unknown mire of bureaucracy and NIMBYism...
Why can't we figure a way out of this?
On Not the End of History for Masini Adobe, Owner Hopes
Posted on October 20 at 9:09 a.m.
This is definitely a project worth supporting! Get out your checkbooks and get with it!
Can we hear from the Health Department on why they are being so hard assed? Maybe there's historic wiggle room...
Who can arbitrate?
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