Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Letter to the Editor: Granada Theatre Opening – Dry?

I was sent this letter to the editor from The Granada which wanted a correction to what they point to as an inaccurate article that has appeared in "a local newspaper" on January 17 which made false claims. I assume that since this newspaper does not have a good record in printing letters to the editor that are critical -- they figured they should hedge their bets:

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your ongoing front page coverage of the Grand Opening of the Restored Granada Theatre in early March. Festivities will begin with a “Hard Hat Party” honoring all the construction workers who restored this historic 1924 landmark theater. The Grand Gala featuring performances by many of our regional performing arts groups will follow on March 6th. A free Open House for the entire community is scheduled for March 9th.

As Chairman of the Granada Operations Committee, I am responsible for oversight of all operations of the theatre including procurement of a liquor license. A few weeks ago, after discussion with our local ABC District Administrator, The Granada submitted a routine application for a Type 64 license specifically designed for theatre venues. There is absolutely no reason to believe it will be denied prior to the opening of The Granada.

We’ve never discussed or even contemplated acquiring the Tupelo Junction Café liquor license nor anyone else’s. Clearly, your “reliable” source is a long way from reliable.

Sarah Schlinger Chrisman

Vice President, Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baloney ... The Granada Theater people have obviously joined the biased, left-leaning, anti-coyote, socialist cabal of slope heads who are trying to discredit that paragon of journalism on De La Guerra Plaza!

But Wendy will prevail, come hell or high water!

Oh wait ... is that the water rising out there?

1/23/2008 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good theater doesn't need booze to enjoy. It is intoxicating in its own right, and should not be muddled in an alcohol buzz.

1/23/2008 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...


Unfortunately it's no surprise the article first printed by the NP is lacking accuracy; it isn't written to inform but to inflame; current regime tactics have'nt changed a whit.

And I don't see Wendy leaving with her goon squad anytime soon. The air of juvenile vindictiveness they cultivate is fertilized by a smelly mix of undeserved superiority and entitlement; Richard Nixon and G. Gordon Liddy would be proud of what how much havoc Wendy, et al, have managed to wreak upon SB.

It's really too bad there isn't a viable daily alternative to the NP, (the Daily Sound does a great job, but it too small). Competition would either force them to get better or force them out period. I would truly love to see the Wendy cabal's reaction to the mass exodus from the NP that would occur with competition.

As far as the missing counter-opinions in the NP: there does not exist a publication of any kind where its full readership agrees with everything printed. The NP would have us believe no one disgrees with them enough to write in; this blog alone dispells that fairy tale. Travis's stranglehold on the Op/Ed page resembles a child's approach to a problem: "I'll close my eyes; if I don't see it it isn't real."

1/23/2008 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/23/2008 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Wendy is still angry at Sarah Miller McCune, who is part of the Granada cabal?

1/23/2008 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 7:33 PM ...

You couldn't fill a phone booth with all the people of the world that Wendy ISN'T angry at.

1/23/2008 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Been there, done that said...

Wonder if anyone lost their job over this?

Probably not... just about all the union folks have either been fired or quit.

And those are the only people penalized for mistakes.

Unless, of course, Dr. Laura complains.

1/25/2008 7:29 PM  

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