Funk Zone Mural Controversy

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Funk Zone Mural Controversy
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By John Palminteri

A new mural in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone has become a popular place for selfies and group shots, but one city watchdog says the murals in the area are going up without review and this one is possibly an ad for a future business.
The artist Thomas Van Stein says he was commissioned to do the art and is not selling any product.  It resembles a retro citrus box label and features Stearns Wharf, the early days of waterfront aviation and the Funk Zone area from decades ago.

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a-1571496278 Sep 21, 2019 10:17 AM
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A-1569084461 - YOU'RE WRONG. Local Newspapers will not report for specific reasons related to their mission, or need to generate revenue to remain in business. Talk to each publisher. The Montecito Journal which changes ownership this month is a Gazette with the purpose of selling Montecito real estate as a great manageable place to live and raise families. The NewsPress is focused now on promoting business in an effort to save Santa Barbara, reporting very little local news unless submitted via press releases or purchased from third party news services. The Indy is the alternative socialist, social- left perspective paper focused on selling the benefits of NPOs, big government, taking from you to give to me, and source for what to do, where to go. Noozhawk is the best source for objective news reporting. It operates on a tight budget needing broader community support from memberships, donors, and subscriptions to hire more journalists like Bolton and Molina. EdHat remains everyone's only way to communicate on news: SUPPORT EDHAT with MONEY!! Support NOOZHAWK with money, to get investigative journalists on payroll.

a-1571496278 Sep 21, 2019 10:02 AM
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I'd like to be allowed to designate 2 cents of my local sales tax into a fund to pay others to attend meetings, to investigate, to provide oversight and accountability like AMG. In the absence of investigative journalists or newspapers, SB and Montecito need more Anna Marie Gotts to raise issues. It's not important whether I agree with her issues, but I applaud her commitment to volunteer time, and to file at her own expense when there appears to be wrongs. She saved us from the Tiny Houses for 40 of our 1000+ homeless at the Carillo lot. She got mega-donors to commit to build a homeless village on County Property near social, medical, and veterans services, and law enforcement. Know something, do something. It takes money to pursue and do.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 03:07 PM
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PITMIX - The reason newspapers aren't doing this anymore is because it is NON-news. It's petty, useless and unworthy of their effort. Just because the "newspapers" don't do report on certain things, doesn't mean some nosy busybody needs to!

Arnon Sep 20, 2019 02:46 PM
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If Santa Barbara wants to start allowing advertising billboards, fine, but don't insult our intelligence by calling it art. The owner of the buildings tells the City he wants to make a "Gateway to the Funk Zone," (the wine bars and beer pubs in these two buildings he owns). He puts a gate in the fence at the far corner of the parking lot. Then he puts up a billboard next to the gate to attract people, lights it up, calls it art? Why make the letters half the area of the sign? Why make the letters bright yellow on a dark brown background? Why choose a phrase that did not exist until the 1990s for your allegedly historic sign? Which just happens to be "Funk Zone"? Historic? Not. Everybody wants to make a buck, fine, but don't treat us like idiots. If you are not connected like this guy, the city won't let you put up a sign bigger than a sheet of paper to attract customers. (Only a "slight" exaggeration). Once again the people who play by the rules get punished, feel like chumps, because no one sees THEIR sign.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 02:06 PM
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Love, Love, Love AMG! She shows up and cares about our community, residents and the livability of our neighborhoods. She's almost single-handedly prevented: metered parking in the Funk Zone, the Tiny Home for the homelessness project at the parking lot at Carrillo and Castillo and dozens of homes from being converted permanently into vacation rentals. Everyone agrees the city processes, lack of transparency and unequal treatment found in various projects are huge issues. She wants a level playing field for everyone and for the rules to be followed. We should all be grateful for everything she's done and want the same things.

a-1571496278 Sep 21, 2019 10:25 AM
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What I hate about AMG, A-1569084461, is she's a proud socialist, who wants to take from young career people to give to who she defines needs our money. She pushes 'inclusionary' rent denying that she's pushing Council to rob me to give my earnings to somebody I don't know, against my will. If I want to rent in a new building where I work in Santa Barbara, I must pay more: duh? Because of AMG and socialist Council Members, I choose to commute because I should not be forced to pay $300/mo more than my next door neighbor and eat only beans because AMG tells the City Leaders that cross subsidizing rents is good. Taxes are supposed to pay for subsidies, not individuals directly. Some say AMG is a communist. She is misguided.

nope Sep 20, 2019 03:44 PM
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Preventing the homeless from being housed is not a positive. How can you "love, love, love" someone who only blocks and destroys projects. You may not have liked the tiny house project but it was an effort to help, all Anna Marie offers in ways to hinder. Put something into the world Anna rather trying take away everything else. Create, you'll feel better and people will like you more.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 12:07 PM
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I have a feeling that if a man was spearheading the complaint against this sign, no one would say he was crazy, insane, etc. God forbid that a woman be articulate, strong, and stand up for herself. Apparently, we have not come a long way (baby).

SBWoman Sep 21, 2019 10:37 AM
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Her issues seem to be to call out staff procedural overreach and errors, and demand greater transparency. I have observed AMG for a few years. She has called out significant oversights, including the recent Tiny House failure to notice the public. Oversight of government is needed. Each local needs to watchdog a public meeting at any level from SBUnified and SBCC to the water board while we still can. Too few know what happened until clobbered or destroyed. EdHat is the only place locals can communicate what's really happening. I'd like to see the EdHat communication vehicle expanded by donor dollars for the benefit of informing all.

SBWoman Sep 21, 2019 10:37 AM
Funk Zone Mural Controversy

Her issues seem to be to call out staff procedural overreach and errors, and demand greater transparency. I have observed AMG for a few years. She has called out significant oversights, including the recent Tiny House failure to notice the public. Oversight of government is needed. Each local needs to watchdog a public meeting at any level from SBUnified and SBCC to the water board while we still can. Too few know what happened until clobbered or destroyed. EdHat is the only place locals can communicate what's really happening. I'd like to see the EdHat communication vehicle expanded by donor dollars for the benefit of informing all.

Dontchaknow Sep 20, 2019 01:31 PM
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Absolutely nothing to do with her being a woman. The responses would be identical if she was man. Crazy, insane etc.. the behavior is deranged. She is not "standing up for herself" she is deliberately time wasting and stalling projects throughout the city, she, he, IT is a menace.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 01:20 PM
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ANCHOO - No, it's not because I disagree with her, it's because complaining and demanding an investigation into something as petty and unimportant as a mural that may be a "hidden" advertisement is the epitome of time wasting. And I'm not talking about HER time, I could give a rat's behind how she spends her time. It's about our City Council's time, which is OUR MONEY. She can complain all she wants on news boards, facebook, etc etc, but when she directs her complaints to the City and demands action, that becomes a waste of OUR time and money. See the difference?

Ahchooo Sep 20, 2019 01:13 PM
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You think she’s wasting time because you disagree with her. Others appreciate her involvement, even if she is annoying or wrong at times.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 12:50 PM
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@12:15 could not agree more. Oh, and woman here if it makes a difference. Plenty of legitimate discrimination in the world. This ain’t it.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 12:15 PM
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12:07 - keep reaching.... has nothing to do with her being a woman. There are plenty of male pests in the city, but she takes the cake as far as vocal opposition and time wasting. Name one other person that does this. Go ahead, I'll wait.......

Artemisia Sep 20, 2019 12:01 PM
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"Murals" are painted directly on walls. This is not a mural, it's a framed sign, and it's lighted like a billboard. Slippery slope.

SantaBarbaraObserver Sep 20, 2019 11:58 AM
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All sides are right on this one. Its art, its an ad, its a violation of the sign ordinance, its a zoning violation and Ms. Gott is both bit of a bother and a bit of a local hero. We are lucky to have someone keepig City Hall and its minions in check. The local "news" orgs do nothing of substance. Aside from an angry poodle barking once in a while... Its just too bad there arent many others willing to spend the time to dissect and the rotting body that is Santa Barbara city government.

nope Sep 20, 2019 11:46 AM
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Gott is no Pearl Chase and who is dignifying her with the title City watchdog?! the woman is just a busy body. Look up her attack on the Institution Ale sign, almost entirely based on the fact that they are named for an insane asylum, so what! I guess they touched a nerve huh Anne. As a community we should shame her. Those of us that HAVE to spend time at the City getting permits for our JOBS and those who work the City building and zoning counters are truly tired of this nag. She is commenting on this board and I think it's fairly obvious which comments are hers.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 11:10 AM
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If it is in violation of the City sign ordinance, then remove it.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 10:36 AM
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Why do I have the creepy feeling that Gott is here reading these....? Isn't there a sign somewhere that needs the City's urgent attention? Godspeed, Ms. Gott!

a-1571496278 Sep 21, 2019 10:44 AM
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Its time for the Mayor to get the City Manager to do his job to ensure staff follow policies and written procedures, including proper noticing of the public.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 10:21 PM
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Don’t they charge her per page to cover labor for copying items?

FredMertzEE Sep 20, 2019 10:52 AM
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Would not be surprising. As another recent article noted, she has enough spare time and commitment to trying to find things to attack to have averaged more than one public records act request PER WEEK in 2018 alone. Her obsession with showing up at city meetings to complain about anything and bombarding the city with document requests is transparently abusive and designed to be disruptive: Outside influences can cost time and money, too. Reams of Public Records Act requests that City Hall agitator Anna Marie Gott has been submitting across all departments over the last three years require hundreds of staff time hours to fulfill. In 2018, she made 57 requests ​— ​15 in June alone.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 10:14 AM
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If it is a trademarked brand for a current product, that makes it an advertisement. The 9:32 AM poster here says it is in fact trademarked for clothing. If that is true, then the city needs to be careful. What if Big Dog put up a sign this big? People might like the artwork, but it would still be an advertisement.

Ahchooo Sep 20, 2019 01:07 PM
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Unregulated signage affects the quality of our environment. This sign is fine with me, but the city needs to be fair to all people who want to put up signs. I do think we can make exceptions occasionally.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 11:18 AM
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10:14 - why does it matter if it is an "advertisement?" Who really cares? Who does it affect? NO one, aside from Ms. Gott, that's who.

nope Sep 20, 2019 09:56 AM
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Anne Marie Gott has some serious issues. She takes up time and resources at the City on a daily basis. Half the "issues" around town that draw a wtf response on edhat are literally just her, no one else is complaining and no one else thinks these things are an issue. I feel bad for the staff on the building counter, I've sat and listened to her whine and I'm often not sure how they don't just kick her out.

Sensibly Common Sep 20, 2019 10:25 AM
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Don’t get me started on her. I waiting in line at the stupid city planning counter for an hour and a half while she was at the counter asking who knows what kind of questions. Then I heard she lives in the valley and I have to wait in line?

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 10:19 AM
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They made the same terrible comments about Pearl Chase. So thank you Anne Marie!

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 10:02 AM
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Whoops, I should have read the article. My God. This woman is out of control!

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 10:00 AM
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NOPE - was this the handy work of Ms Gott?? If so, I think it's time we, the citizens of SB, file an injunction against her to stop wasting our Council's time and OUR money!

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 09:50 AM
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I usually agree with this particular city watchdog. But in this case I don’t understand why an artist cannot profit from their artwork? The only problem I see with this mural is the lighting. Murals have no reason to be lit up at night even cool ones...

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 09:49 AM
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If you look up a description of Santa Barbara it will read "City filled with kooks"

a-1571496278 Sep 21, 2019 10:45 AM
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Prevent a discrimination lawsuit. You get a billboard and I don't? Who descides that your message is better than mine?

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 09:41 AM
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I could care less either way, but isn't an ordinance violation review driven solely by a complaint? Meaning the city only gets involved after a citizen has complained? Sounds like things are working as they should...

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 09:32 AM
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Funk Zone Brand word mark (aka trademark) was applied for by the artist Thomas Van Stein with the US Patent and Trademark Office in July. He signed declarations as to his intent to SELL clothing items with the words Funk Zone Brand when he filed the word mark. Under the sign ordinance this so called mural because a sign due to the placement and size of the letters. The word mark sealed the deal with the artists application to register the words and place them on clothing for sale. The so call mural is a sign for a product now. Go to the the link below and enter the words Funk Zone Brand in the Search Term and then click Submit Query. You will find that Thomas Van Stein registered the words Funk Zone Brand. Other applications show the requirements for submitting the application which includes the intent to sell products with the words Funk Zone Brand. His application showed shirts with the mural and a logo. The application included all sort of clothing items... http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=searchss&state=4804:1l8i0e.1.1

Eggs Ackley Sep 22, 2019 06:04 AM
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Someday you might just get it. Until then keep enjoying the beautiful city and occasionally reflect on how and why this city has attained and maintained its unique charm.

oceandrew Sep 20, 2019 08:07 PM
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9:32 AM... Dang you really have to do your research, or go out on a limb, to see this mural as a billboard.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 11:21 AM
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PITMIX - it's not "my time" being wasted, it's our City Council's time, which means our money. If you enjoy sign controversies, fine, that's all you. But most of us don't appreciate this.

PitMix Sep 20, 2019 11:15 AM
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9:59, I care, and appreciate getting this info. Why are you wasting your time criticizing people with different priorities than you? If you are the official arbiter of time-wasting then please provide your certificate and accept my apologizes.

a-1571496278 Sep 20, 2019 09:59 AM
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At 9:32 - who the heck cares? How does this sign or his intent to market the word "Funk Zone," affect you or any of us in any way at all? Seriously...there's so many wonderful things to do and experience in our beautiful city. Why waste your time with this?

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