Op-Ed: After Eight Long Years Bellosguardo Still Shut To Ordinary People
By Ernest Salomon
The Clark Estate (Bellosguardo) was left to the people of Santa Barbara by Ms. Hugette Clark. It was to be used for their benefit. Former Mayor Helene Schneider was tasked with guiding this wonderful gift for all to enjoy to fruition but wound up giving her former campaign manager and boyfriend Jeremy Lindaman a cushy six-figure job as Executive Director of the foundation without one minutes' experience of running such an enterprise. Along came Dick Wolf and his rich pals and it became a wedding and party spot on the Pacific.
"Bellosguardo’s promotional and event expenses for 2018 and 2019 totaled $472,098, while event rentals only generated $190,650 in income, the records show. One of the nonprofit’s primary expenses, in addition to insurance, maintenance, and utility costs, is Lindaman’s $150,000 annual salary, a raise from previous years, as well as the $60,000 and $55,000 salaries of a house supervisor and groundskeeper, respectively." (Source)
Several of us, including Tyler Hayden of the Independent, have kept a light shining on this travesty over the eight unfulfilled years it has gone on. After eight long years Bellosguardo is still shut to ordinary people, as Jeremy Lindamen, Dick Wolf & Co. continue to use it as a venue for the rich and famous to entertain themselves.
The Santa Barbara City Council should bear some of the blame as Ms, Clark turns in her grave. This is not what she intended as her legacy. They have done nothing to open up this jewel to Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalez and their children! The way this place is being run reflects de-facto racism against the working people who live here. There have been a few "house" minority people allowed to attend the lavish events along with predominantly white attendees. There's something really wrong here.
This should be a lavish estate that is open to the public for their enlightenment, just like those that Donna and I have visited in Europe. If the most famous residences in the world like Versailles, King Ludwig's Castle, Fontainebleau. Loire Castles, etc. can be opened to the world, then after eight long years, the band called "Lindaman-Wolf and The Elites, should find another venue to hold their gigs!
Let my people in!
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