A Celebration of Gary K. Hart

May 7, 2022 Remarks of Michael DeLapa Good afternoon. My name is Michael DeLapa and I’m a friend of Gary Hart and the Hart family. I want to make sure that’s on the record because it may not be entirely clear as I reflect on my relationship with Gary. On behalf of Gary and Cary, their daughters Elissa, Katherine, and Laura, their families, and the extended Hart family, I would like to welcome you today … more

On Death

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep By Mary Elizabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weepI am not there; I do not sleep.I am a thousand winds that blow,I am the diamond glints on snow,I am the sun on ripened grain,I am the gentle autumn rain.When you awaken in the morning’s hushI am the swift uplifting rushOf quiet birds in circled flight.I am the soft stars that shine at night.Do not … more

Recollections of Gary Hart

Recollections of Gary Hart (Santa Barbara Independent) 34 Years of Mostly Good Decisions, but One Really Bad One By Michael DeLapaFri Jan 28, 2022 | 1:21pm Former state senator Gary Hart died on January 27, 2022, but several weeks before, his onetime Santa Barbara field representative Michael DeLapa wrote a remembrance of their friendship. I met Gary in 1987 on Rich Leib’s couch. Nothing funny, I assure you. I drove from Santa Barbara to Santa … more

Winners of the Annual Torneo de las Palmas Heladas

2019 – Lev Priima & Ron Benavente2018 – Garret Wilson & Erica Chapa2017 – Kit Moore & Diane Strutner2016 – Matt Davis & Heather McGuire2015 – Garrett Wilson & Jung Yi2014 – Mauro Pasta & Tamara Lovere2013 – Winder Montano & Ilga Celmins2012 – Dillan Bennett & Bruce West2011 – Nick Manov & Hal Light2010 – Kent Kitchel & Ilga Celmins2009 – Troy Simons & Jackie Signor2008 – Nick Manov & Mike Airola2007 – Troy … more

History of Beach Volleyball at Carmel Beach

Beginnings – 1940s & 1950s Beach volleyball enjoys a storied tradition in Carmel, dating back at least 70 years. According to long-time Carmel residents and two of the earliest Carmel Beach volleyball players, Niels Reimers (Carmel High School class of 1951) and Francis “Skip” Lloyd (Carmel High School class of 1952), Wilbur Wilkinson (1911?-1997) established the first beach court at the bottom of 13th Street at Cook’s Cove sometime between the summers of 1946 and … more

My Pledge Regarding Facebook, Lies, And Free Speech

I welcome your feedback on my Facebook pledge (and of course recognize the irony of posting it on Facebook for feedback). But you can see where I’m headed, and you can expect to see far fewer posts from me in the future. (Thank you to my 1st Amendment friends who gave me early feedback — you know who you are.) My Pledge Regarding Facebook, Lies, And Free Speech: What I Expect / What I Will … more