Clark Estate Event?

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  • Anyone knows what’s going on at Bellosguardo ? Looking towards it from Mesa, looks like searchlight towards ocean and emergency vehicles on driveway…

  • Does anyone know what is going on at the Hugette Clark Estate by the cemetery? Unbelievably huge tents etc.

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yacht rocked Sep 04, 2021 06:44 AM
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"Money talks, the dogs bark and the caravan progresses."

AQUAHOLIC Sep 04, 2021 08:15 AM
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Talk to the "Foundation" Owners. They run the show there, no huddled masses allowed.

Babycakes Sep 04, 2021 08:16 AM
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We drove by there in the morning around 7:15 AM on our way to Montecito. There were two guards at the "west" gate (the gate closest to the volleyball courts at East Beach. We were wondering "what the heck is going on here", but we kept driving. On our way back to downtown SB later in the day (around 5:45 PM) we noticed guards at the "east" entrance who had set up a table and also a truck blocking the driveway up to the caretaker's house, which overlooks the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. We continued toward the volleyball courts, and the guards were still there at the east entrance, one of whom was holding a clipboard. We each looked at each other and almost simultaneously said, "What the heck is going on today at Bellosguardo.....there must be some event going on." We surmised that it was most likely a private event as someone had to pay for the guards. We did not see the tents, and certainly not the "search" lights after it got dark. It's too bad that the place will never truly be open-open to the public due to the clientele who would take it over (much like East Beach used to have more picnic tables and BBQ pits until they were taken over as all-day camping spots).

SBTownie Sep 04, 2021 08:21 AM
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Yeah. It sort of feels like there is nothing nice for the middle class anymore, especially since COVID. The public places are abused, closed, or dominated by the homeless. I've been really grossed out on my visits even to places like Nojoqui Falls (kids throwing plastic drinks bottles into the stream while their parents watched and did nothing, a guy pervertedly filming a woman from very far away on his cell phone - she was doing a maternity photo shoot). The beaches are taken over by hobos, or by dog crap, off leash pit bulls, people abusing seals at the Carp rookery, or creepy ultra-wealthy Miramar guests. Free parking is hard to come by. And our communal events like Fiesta have become for the rich and famous only. We are members at Lotusland, and even that has gotten bad. Lotusland nickel and dimed this year even worse than before. A membership has become all but worthless. We enjoyed the picnics last year, this year they jacked up the price (which you pay on top of your membership). This is all just more evidence of the class divide and the coming class war that is burgeoning.

AQUAHOLIC Sep 04, 2021 08:45 AM
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*From the Bellosguardo website....

"Santa Barbara's most talked about secret.

For sixty years, Bellosguardo has been shrouded in mystery—one of the least-visited and most whispered-about landmarks on the California coast. An impenetrable secrecy has long hung over the estate—until now...

Built by Anna Clark, widow of copper king, Senator William Andrews Clark, in 1937, and then owned by their daughter, Huguette, until her death at age 104, Bellosguardo sits high on the bluff overlooking the ocean.

Upon her death, Mrs. Clark bequeathed this magnificent estate to the Bellosguardo Foundation with the goal of transforming it into a focal point for art and culture in Santa Barbara and beyond.

For half a century, the historic, twenty-four acre, estate has stood frozen in time. Now, we begin the next chapter in the story of this extraordinary property."

7+ years, and the "Foundation" hasn't done much?... I'm pretty sure no hoi polloi will ever set foot upon the estate, unless it's to serve drinks to the wealthy glitterati.
I wonder, is this what Huguette had in mind?

seaninsb Sep 04, 2021 09:16 AM
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It was a party put on to thank and celebrate Cathy Murrillos’s 4 years of helping our homeless community to thrive and trash the city, to decrease tourism, raise local taxes, and waste your money all while being a successful failure to Santa Barbara. Good job Cathy, keep up the good work.

PitMix Sep 07, 2021 10:20 AM
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Comments based on speculation like these get me to hope Murillo somehow pulls out a win in November just to see the reaction.

Luvaduck Sep 04, 2021 09:46 AM
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Prying anything from the hands of the wealthy even if you are wealthy and are philanthropic, is nearly impossible. At the very least, legacies must be run through layers of "administrators" who rake off a portion each time it changes hands. The first scavengers in line take the most, and by the time it gets down to those it was intended for, there's as much left as there is for beetles after the lions, jackels, hyenas, ravens and so forth get through with a carcus.

Byzantium Sep 04, 2021 10:05 AM
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On the other hand we just witnesses at least $13 billion dollars in government Covid Relief fraud, proving how easy it is to pry money away from taxpayers when the government is running the distribution operation. Belleguardo creates a huge ongoing daily maintenance operating expense, while its board flounders seeking its next appropriate mission. Expect the occasional revenue generating fund-raisers, until it establishes its next mission. As a public gift, it does need public transparency and scrutiny. That is missing. But it does not need class envy conspiracies. One of those well-intended charitable bequests that may be more burdensome, than beneficial. The donor's heart was in the right place, but failed to understand the practical burdens her generous gift would entail for the recipient.

a-1630776407 Sep 04, 2021 10:26 AM
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Wow! Weird coincidence that to happen to be reading “Empty Mansions” right now!

NostraChumash Sep 04, 2021 10:45 AM
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Is anyone ready to "occupy", or shall we just complain from outside of the gate?..

a-1630781526 Sep 04, 2021 11:52 AM
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For seven long years, the Clark Estate has been stolen without a gun, from the very people that are supposed to be using it. Ms. Clark left her estate for use and benefit of the people of Santa Barbara. Dick Wolf and his gang of board members have used the estate for anything but the benefit of the local population. It has been used exclusively by the the rich, the famous (predominantly white people) and local political hacks or private parties. Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalez and their three children have not been allowed onto the estate. This not so grand theft would have made a good plot on Law & Order, the TV show that made Dick Wolf rich!

ZBHotep Sep 04, 2021 11:56 AM
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Unreal. Lindamann has been collecting a salary for nearly a decade and there is absolutely no public involvement, no tangible progress, no public plan. Nothing. Helene Schneider really screwed the city.

Alexblue Sep 04, 2021 12:59 PM
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Yep, Helene Schneider's wonderful legacy handing her campaign managerJeremy Lindaman, a million dollar BS role which takes up all of ten hours a month when he gets busy.

If Lindaman had any sort of conscience he would resign. That property was expressly left to the people of the City of Santa Barbara, the mismanagement and self dealing there has been corrupt and disgusting. The property should be sold and the money put towards meaningful programs that will enrich the lives of our Santa Barbara citizens.

And by the way, anyone who decides to hire Lindaman to manage their future campaigns should answer for that poor choice at the ballot box--you want to run for office and you employ this guy, you just lost my vote.

Just noxious.

citizenSB Sep 04, 2021 03:54 PM
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I think the board should replace Jeremy Lindaman. What background does he have in developing a non-profit estate? As far as I can tell he was a political consultant to former Santa Barbara mayor Helene Schneider as well as her boyfriend. Not a good call to have Jeremy as the paid President.

Byzantium Sep 04, 2021 03:56 PM
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File a complaint with the state Attorney Generals Office (online information) - it is their duty to oversee charitable bequests to ensure they are properly managed, since the deceased donor now has no ability make sure her wishes are being carried out. Because they are tax-privileged gifts under current estate tax law, the public in general retains a direct interest in their oversight, via the state Attorney General's Office. Make specific complaints germane to the actual charitable trust terms; not generalized personal attacks or vague suspicions.

Babycakes Sep 04, 2021 04:45 PM
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Is this how Helene Schneider makes her living now by getting funds as a consultant via her "boyfriend" Jeremy Lindaman? I have no idea what she did for a living before or after being mayor, but I really/really truly hope that did not set herself up to make money off of this public property. I remember Marty Blum setting things up to get that cush job at SBCC....I was sickened when I heard about Ms. Blum continuing on the public's dime. Some of these pols only know how to take/take/take, and they believe in their heart of hearts that the more they take, the more they are GIVING to us (their lowly servants).

a-1630800201 Sep 04, 2021 05:03 PM
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Set up that straw (wo)man, and proceed to shoot at it!

letmego Oct 18, 2021 12:41 PM
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She was an HR consultant/ trainer. While she was mayor (I think), she did a training at my workplace.

tsulger50 Sep 05, 2021 09:39 AM
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ok, so the answer is: that none of you know what the event was.

Crystalandmaui Sep 05, 2021 10:13 AM
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Yes ‘ I would love to go inside’ but as we see this is impossible. Let some BS foundation get ahold of something and they are the only ones repping
The benefits.
So sad, that the departed leave something for the community and it’s not followed through.
This happens a lot here, I’ve noticed.
The skeemers and scammers seem to have the time to figure it out. So who’s property is it?

Byzantium Sep 05, 2021 10:39 AM
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Crystal, since you know of a lot of other charitable bequest gifts that have been abused, please file complaints with those specifics with the state Attorney General 's office.

PitMix Sep 07, 2021 10:17 AM
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Byz, have you ever done this? I tried to report financial and labor stuff to the Attorney General a few years back. They didn't care at all. They seem to exist to mainly pile on a non-profit after the locals have found criminal behavior like embezzlement and have prosecuted, and then the AG will revoke their non-profit status. It's a great system in theory but in actual practice, not so much.

LDK57 Oct 18, 2021 11:02 AM
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So no one ever knew what was going on? I read all the comments and never saw the answer.

Byzantium Oct 18, 2021 04:41 PM
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Sunday Oct 17, 2021 NewsPress "Investigator" did a full story on the state of the estate and a recent wedding rental. Question whether event rental is allowed under the terms of the bequest since it has never yet been open to the public. Good article - see if you can find a copy.

LDK57 Oct 19, 2021 08:27 PM
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Private Wedding for Ariana Huffington's daughter.

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