It was the Name of the Street

For more than 26 years I had a great office in the center of downtown Santa Barbara – the building called ‘El Centro’ appropriately. It was built in 1929 and had a great vibe to it. Twenty-four offices and each one occupied by an interesting person or people.

I wrote about the history of the building for the SB Trust for Hysterical Preservation, I mean Historical. (wink wink) Here’s the story, to give you an idea of the place. I knew all the people who worked there. My office was located where the old reception area was for the original law offices it was made for. People naturally gravitated to my doors to ask, do you know where suite number so and so is? I’d ask them for the person’s name – then I could tell them where they were.

I was thinking about this because , earlier this week, I read Neal Graffy’s write-up in about how the name of the street the El Centro was on, Canon Perdido, came to be. It translates to mean ‘the lost cannon.’ There’s a funny anecdote here told by the self-proclaimed historian of Santa Barbara – Neal Graffy. I give all kudos to him for the history and stories he has accumulated.

Check out the auction items for Coastal Legacy 2019

Announcing Palminteri & Green as Auctioneers for Coastal Legacy 2019 on September 21st


Gaviota Coast Conservancy’s first exclusive public fundraising event to be held at the Music Academy of the West

Live Auction has Kayaking, Camping, Audubon Field Trip, Getaways from Mendocino to Naples to Montecito, Exclusive Wine Tour in a Tesla Gull-Wing and Serious Collector’s Items from The Doors’ John Densmore & Jack Johnson


(Santa Barbara, CA) Exciting donations are coming into the Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC) for Coastal Legacy 2019, its’ first community-wide fundraiser on Saturday, September 21 in the afternoon at the Music Academy of the West.  The Live Auction has a a lucky seven select packages to bid on.  Top-shelf musicians will create a beautiful soundtrack to listen to as you peruse and bid on the more than four-dozen Silent Auction items.  Lots of wonderful experiential items for nature devotees are in the mix on Live and Silent items, as well as a plethora of Patagonia gear for the outdoor enthusiasts.

“We’re very excited to announce the participation of KEYT’s John Palminteri as the live auctioneer and Geoff Green, SBCC Foundation’s CEO, for the Paddle Raise. John and Geoff will put the live portion of the auction on the map,” said Doug Kern, Executive Director of Gaviota Coast Conservancy, continuing, “Both are well-known in the community and GCC is very grateful to have their dynamic participation.”

Experiential auction items include: Kayaking with guide Tamlorn Chase (Kayaks from Paddle Sports Center) lunch included; gather a group of friends (up to 15) for a private field trip with an Audubon expert at Coal Oil Point Reserve and the new North Campus Open Space; or choose the perfect gift for a couple’s weekend in Mendocino at the Alegria Inn’s best suite overlooking the Pacific, with a kayak trip for two.

Luxury Getaways include: You and three friends will take an exclusive Santa Ynez Valley Sustainable Wine Tour in a gorgeous Tesla Gull-Wing, private tastings and lunch are included (this is not your Tasting Room tour); treat yourself to a two-night stay at Naples Ranch on the gorgeous Gaviota Coast (sleeps six).

Don’t miss rare music memorabilia from John Densmore, drummer of The Doors and singer-songwriter Jack Johnson.  Densmore is donating a very rare signed Deluxe Vinyl Edition of The Doors catalogue and tops it off by including a signed Drum Head.  Give that man a drum-roll!  Multi-talented Johnson has given GCC a signed Ukulele, Songbook and CD to get more hearts-a-singing, and giving money, to support the watchful eye GCC provides on the Gaviota Coast.  (Really, we can’t take a nap on this watch.)

Setting the scene at the auction are the talented, local painters and photographers who bring the beauty of the Gaviota Coastline to the community via their talents and this is the best way you can own a piece of the beauty.  From Chris Potter, El Capitan Panorama with a gift certificate towards framing, photographer Bill Zeldis’ 24” x30” Panoramic Aerial Art Print of The Jack & Laura Dangermond Preserve also includes a gift certificate towards framing; #1 of a 100 Limited Print run of the original art for Coastal Legacy 2019, framed & signed by Daniella Manini will be a highlight of the silent auction. Her screen-prints will be for sale at the Legacy Merchandise table.  KEYT’s Senior Reporter, John Palminteri’s snappy patter is sure to get you laughing and digging deep to support GCC.

We also applaud the musicians who will be making beautiful music for us before and after the main program – pianists Debbie Denke, Patrick Lindley, with banjo player Enrique Hernandez Black, guitarist Suz Corez, guitarist Chris Judge and on accordion and guitar The Dennis and Laurie Show – Dennis Russel and Laurie Hemenway.

Greeting everyone at the entrance to the Marilyn Horne House will be Buttercup, the sweet Chihuahua who won a modeling contest for Wild EarthVegan Dog Food. Get a selfie with her to post on your social media stream. Thanks to her owner Kristin Weiss for sharing her with us. Buttercup Loves the Gaviota Coast!

Silent Auction items include nearly five dozen varied and wonderful donations from restaurants, retail outlets, local artists and businesses. Patagonia gear and signed book by Yvon Chouinard as well as a collection of surfing books.  There really is something for everyone with prices ranging from $25 to $450 and up. All bids going to help the GCC preserve and protect the Gaviota Coast for present and future generations.

COASTAL LEGACY 2019, Saturday, September 21 from 2 – 5 pm at the Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.  Tickets available at legacy@gaviotacoastconservancy.orgor call (805)683-6631. 


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Gratitude to our El Capitan level and up sponsors:

SeaVees, Belmond El Encanto, Montecito Bank & Trust, The Nature Conservancy,

Santa Barbara Trust for Public Land, Santa Barbara Independent,

Rincon Broadcasting, Compass Realty,

Steve & Mary Forsell, Richard & Nina Hunt,

Kristin Kirby & Kevin Whalen and Candace White               


The Gaviota Coast Conservancy mission is to protect, restore and enhance the unique natural, scenic, agricultural, recreational, educational and cultural resources of the open space lands of the Gaviota Coast for the benefit of current and future generations.