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16 Jun

It’s the end of the year–the time of darkness, reflection, and holiday.

And on most years at this time, I’m very happy.

I’m grateful for my loved ones. My health. A warm home.

I’m giddy about seeing twinkling lights in front of the homes in my neighborhood.

But this year– this year I just don’t feel it.

I’m crabby and irritable. gloomy and impatient.

Gratefulness? I can’t find an ounce of it. I’m just trying to be someone who others would want to be around.

I’m in a grinch-y mood and it seems easier to list what I’m not happy about than what I enjoy.

As a dedicated meditator and spiritual seeker, this presents a challenge. How can I be both present with what is happening, and invite the joy, love, and gratitude that I know is just behind my mood?

Be Aware of your Dissatisfaction

The first step to cope with holiday moodiness is to be aware of it.

Don’t fight it. Don’t try to change it.

Just be aware.

So when I want to snap at someone, I just notice it. I don’t try to change my feelings. I do my best not to get wrapped up in my feelings. And on a good day, as best as I can, I don’t act on my feelings.

Instead, I give myself the assignment of just noticing my feelings.

You can do the same thing.

Every time your mind judges someone else’s experience, just notice.

Every time you want to run, hide or fight, just notice.

Every time you start lists of what you don’t like about the world, just notice.

Watching your emotions and reactions has many benefits but sadly, stopping your moods from surfacing is not one of them. All of your emotions will still be there. In fact, they may even seem stronger now that you are giving them a little focus.

But even if you feel the same, watching your feelings may help you notice patterns. You’ll start to recognize your triggers. You’ll see how your moods ebb and flow, and begin to understand your mind better.

This understanding can help you unhook. You stop getting caught up. Your emotions become a little less potent. They’re still there–they’re just not as charged.

And when you are less wrapped up with the drama in your head, you can stop fighting what you’re feeling. You can accept that you’re human.

In other words, if you’re a grinch, you’re a grinch. No big deal. No reason to fret.

Do Something Kind

When you’re feeling grumpy, it can be very hard to do kind things.

But do them anyway.

Go through the motions. Pretend you feel generous and happy. Make big gestures or small ones–either way just do something kind.

Doing kind things when you don’t feel like it reminds you that you are not the center of all things.

Plus, it makes the people around you happy.

Do a Loving-Kindness Meditation

The final antidote for a grinch-y holiday mood is to use the meditation tools you have in your toolkit. And one of the best ones is to do a loving-kindness meditation.

Find a comfortable spot to sit. Ground yourself.

Think of yourself and with each breath say, “May I be happy and full of joy.”

You don’t have to believe your words–just send yourself the wish.

“May I be happy and full of joy.”

In the beginning, this may feel awkward or mechanical. If it does, you have a few choices.

  • You can continue the practice, letting it be awkward and watching what happens next.
  • You can modify the phrase so it feels easier for you to wish. For example, you could say, “May I be as happy and full of joy as I can right now.”
  • You can imagine yourself as a child and send your child-like self the good wishes.

Regardless of whether the meditation is easy or hard, keep sitting and wishing yourself happiness.

Loving-kindness meditation can have a startling effect. It can melt away sourness and reveal your a tender sweetness underneath.

Even if all your complaints remain, you feel a little softer about them. You have a little more spaciousness around them.

Grouchiness is a very uncomfortable mood. No one enjoys being negative and impatient.

But fighting the mood, going to battle with it, rarely makes it better.

Instead, make your grouchiness your practice. Work with your feelings.

You might find your heart softer and kinder, despite your bad mood.

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16 Jun

Our state has failed to provide enough funding to community mental health centers to truly meet the need for care. Individuals with the most severe, persistent mental illness are those most likely to fall into service gaps, often ending up homeless, in the corrections system, or in nursing homes.

The nursing homes charged with serving mentally ill Kansans are the focus of a recent report from the Disability Rights Center, which poses good questions about funding priorities and care in the mental health system.

On any given day, more than 500,000 people with mental illness ⁠— excluding dementia⁠, reside in U.S. nursing homes, with over half of those individuals younger than 65, according to a Harvard Medical School study. ⁠Many experts believe these facilities, despite their best efforts, are not designed or well-equipped to meet the needs of this population.

Most experts now agree that it is more effective and saves money to treat people in living community group homes, with family members or independently. These community-based services are the best approach for most people.

However, the Disability Rights Center report points out that our funding priorities do not always reflect what we know about community-based services being the better solution. The good news is that over the past few decades, the overall percentage of mental health funding has shifted from institutional care in favor of community-based services. Unfortunately, during drops in revenue in Kansas, community-based mental health services have borne the brunt of cuts. Significant cuts to mental health spending starting in 2014 have disproportionately impacted community-based services, driving down actual dollars available to the state’s network of 26 community health centers while increasing caseloads.

At the same time, Kansas spent more or about the same on nursing home care, despite a small decrease in mentally ill Kansans placed in nursing homes.

For years, we have asked community mental health centers to serve more people with less, but there is good news from the recent legislative session. The Kansas Legislature allocated $5 million additional dollars in state aid for the coming fiscal year, an important step towards closing the gap between available dollars and need.

The Disability Rights Center report found that 69 percent of their residents surveyed wanted to leave nursing home placements in favor of the community, but for many of these residents, the community simply lacks the support they likely need to be successful. The lack of support that keeps mentally ill people trapped in living situations they did not choose or prefer is problematic.

People living with mental illness should be provided the same right to self-determination the rest of us enjoy whenever possible. Our failure as a state and a nation to provide for our most vulnerable in the community is a poor excuse for keeping people in institutions.

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16 Jun

Your hands are taped tight and your arms, slick with sweat, knife through the air. Your shirt is off. Your feet shuffle. Your shoulders are pistons, pumping your jabs and hooks and uppercuts through the empty space in front of you. All around you jump ropes skip and heavy bags thud and speed bags patter.

The humidity in the boxing gym is insufferable. You’re deep into the mental game now. To push yourself, you think of your favorite boxers and your favorite boxing movies and your thoughts drift to Rocky II.

In your mind, maybe you’re the Master of Disaster and the King of Sting himself, Apollo Creed. Maybe you’ve retired more men than social security. And maybe one day you’ll have the body of an NFL linebacker and go the distance with your own Rocky Balboa.

For eight years, this was how Corey Calliet lived and trained: as a boxer. But then, like many former fighters, he found himself drawn to the project of building bodies, not just bludgeoning them. He trained and competed as a bodybuilder, and built a new reputation as a trainer who was uniquely talented at molding his own body—and those of his clients—into specimens of athleticism.

But even as a bodybuilder, Calliet retained the focus and minimalist mindset of a boxer. That’s how he found himself training one of his clients, an aspiring actor, in a studio-sized gym in an apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That client could hardly lift a weight when they started working together. With the bare minimum of equipment—some dumbbells, a universal machine, a few kettlebells—he began to craft that actor’s physique.

No high-tech anti-gravity treadmills or spin bikes. Just the iron and an iron will to transform another man into the best physical version of himself.

Then that actor got a call. He’d landed the role of a lifetime.

The client was Michael B. Jordan. The role was Adonis Creed. Corey Calliet was going to be training Apollo Creed’s son off the screen, so Rocky Balboa can train him on it.

Suddenly, it all came together. Calliet had the perfect background, with the perfect client, playing a legendary character. Time to deliver.

Building the Warrior

Where to begin when building the son? Look at the father. In this case, that would be Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed. Weathers built his physical foundation as a collegiate and pro football player in the late 1960s and early 70s, and by the time he co-starred in “Rocky,” “Rocky II,” and “Predator,” he had dialed in a lean, hard-as-steel physique that looked imposing even when paired with the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“I began studying Apollo’s physique when we did the first ‘Creed,'” Calliet tells me. “We were working on “Fantastic Four,” and Michael told me we were going to do the movie. My goal was to get him as aesthetically close to Apollo Creed as possible. He had to have good shoulders, good abs, and he had to have a lot of the detail in Apollo’s back, because they film the fights so much from behind.”

Here, in the drawing board phase of physique building, is where Calliet’s experience as a bodybuilder paid off. He wasn’t content to simply make Jordan look like a boxer. He wanted his physical presence to pop off the screen and awe viewers.

“I believe bodybuilders have the most perfect physiques when it comes to aesthetics,” he said. “It’s a movie, so you can’t see the conditioning we put in ahead of time. But you can see the conditioning through Michael’s body. Every day we were thinking about it. We knew what we wanted the finished product to look like.”

Five minutes into “Creed” and it was apparent to audiences nationwide that Calliet and Jordan had succeeded.

In one of the first scenes in the movie, Jordan’s character, Adonis, is watching film of his father fighting Rocky while shadowboxing in front of the video. From the style to the body outline to the movement, the resemblance to Apollo was eerie. If you didn’t know any better, you might think that Jordan was actually Carl Weathers’ son.

Raising the Bar

For “Creed II,” the plan Calliet hatched for Jordan’s physique was simple.

“We wanted to beat every other movie we’ve ever done,” Calliet said. “Michael got big for “Black Panther,” and we wanted to add more mass for “Creed II.” I knew I could bring in a bigger body, and he’s actually larger with more rounded muscle in this movie.”

They had four months to train, from January to June. During the game-planning phase, Calliet says, he doesn’t map out a graph of numbers that he and his client must follow during training. He goes by look and feel.

“Numbers don’t mean anything to me,” he said. “I’m not one to worry about someone getting to 6 percent body fat or anything like that. I go by what the mirror tells me. We wanted Michael to have full muscle bellies, while looking defined.”

For Creed II, the plan Calliet hatched for Jordans physique was simple.For Creed II, the plan Calliet hatched for Jordans physique was simple.

In the beginning, since Jordan hadn’t been in the ring recently, they stuck with straight boxing workouts to bring his conditioning back where it needed to be. Then they moved on to plyometrics and weight training.

The workouts toward the start of filming involved a lot of supersets and compound movements. They’d go from bench press into a barbell curl into bodyweight squats, with the weight and intensity increasing along the way.

A quick peak into Calliet’s Instagram timeline provides a nice glimpse of what the training was like, with Jordan grimacing against the iron while Calliet pushes him to go harder.

There was no time to rest.

The bar was set too high.

Sly-Approved Results

If the goal for the first “Creed” was to match Apollo’s physique, the goal for the sequel was a bit more ambitious: to land somewhere between Apollo and what Sylvester Stallone looked like in Rocky III.

“I liked how Rocky looked in the third movie the best. I thought if we could get Michael into this movie somewhere in the middle of Rocky and Apollo it would work,” Calliet says. “As a trainer, as an artist, I want to have the best-looking body on screen. You have never seen a body like Michael has in this movie. When you’re sitting at 190 pounds, and you look ripped like that.”

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While Calliet will have to wait until the movie hits theaters to find out if audiences agree with the finished product, he’s already received the highest form of praise he ever could from the man who matters most.

“I play a corner man in the movie, so I was on set and the first day Sly was on set. He came up to me and said, ‘Hey Corey, Michael looks great’,” Calliet says. “I was like… Did Rocky just say my name?”

The two became friendly and connected over boxing and training throughout the making of the movie, but Sly saved his highest praise for the last day of filming.

“On the final day of the shoot, Sly came over to me and said, ‘Corey, you are an artist. Exactly as Michelangelo sculpted David, you sculpted Michael B. Jordan.'”

That’s a comment that makes both the boxer and the bodybuilder inside of Calliet feel like champions.

“Creed II” Hits Theaters November 21, 2018.

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16 Jun

In a sandy draw of the Santa Rita Hills, a cannabis company is planning to erect hoop greenhouses over 147 acres — the size of 130 football fields — to create the largest legal marijuana grow on Earth.

Across the Santa Ynez River, two miles away, a farmer is planting the planet’s second-biggest grow, at 83 acres. Several operations are already as large as what industry trackers say are the world’s other behemoths, in Colorado and British Columbia, with a dozen more slated to be much bigger.

Santa Barbara County’s famed wine region — with its giant live oaks and destination tasting rooms — and the quiet beach town of Carpinteria have become the unlikely capital of California’s legal pot market.

Now row after row of white plastic hoop houses sprawl amid rolling vineyards and country estates, and coastal bungalows and schools carry the whiff of backcountry Humboldt.

Lobbied heavily by the marijuana industry, Santa Barbara County officials opened the door to big cannabis interests in the last two years like no other county in the nation, setting off a largely unregulated rush of planting in a region not previously known for the crop. County supervisors voted not to limit the size and number of marijuana grows. They chose not to vet growers’ applications for licenses or conduct site inspections.

They decided to tax the operations based on gross revenue instead of licensed square footage, as Humboldt and Monterey counties do, even though the county has no method to verify the numbers. So far, the county has received a fraction of what its consultants had predicted.

Marijuana growing in a steel-frame greenhouse at Arroyo Verde in Carpinteria at the southern end of Santa Barbara County. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Sorting marijuana in steel-frame greenhouses at Arroyo Verde in Carpinteria. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Left, marijuana growing in a steel-frame greenhouse at Arroyo Verde in Carpinteria at the southern end of Santa Barbara County. The industry says it provides well-paid jobs. Right, a worker trims and sorts marijuana at Arroyo Verde. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In Santa Barbara, growers and their hired advocates developed close ties to two county supervisors, Das Williams and Steve Lavagnino, who pushed for and won nearly every significant measure the cultivators asked for. A third supervisor elected in November, Gregg Hart, hired a marijuana lobbyist as his chief of staff.

The cannabis boom has caused a backlash from residents and vintners afflicted by the smell, and farmers who worry that spraying their avocados could make them financially liable for tainting multimillion-dollar marijuana crops. Fearing for their businesses and quality of life, they have organized into activist groups, hired attorneys, filed lawsuits and zoning appeals.

The county is now trying to rein in the industry with stricter regulations and law enforcement.

California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana, in November 2016. In the ensuing 16 months, Santa Barbara County supervisors worked on plans to regulate and tax the industry, while allowing it to vastly expand under temporary licenses.

The open window, combined with no limits on crop size, drew companies with the means to invest millions of dollars.

Farms in Santa Barbara County hold 35% of all cultivation licenses issued in California this year, despite the county having only 1.8% of the state’s land. Humboldt County, the historic center of the marijuana universe, has 22%, while illegal grows there continue to dominate the larger black market.

Santa Barbara County officials say the industry will boost the agricultural economy, provide jobs and shore up government coffers.

A drone’s-eye view of cannabis hoop houses growing on 30 acres of the Santa Rita Hills that recently had been planted with bell peppers. (Brian van der Brug/ Los Angeles Times)

Williams said the revenue from the cannabis tax allowed the county to create a sheriff’s enforcement team that began eradicating illegal grows in August. “Thirty-five raids in a small county is a lot,” he said.

He envisions the county fostering an industry that obeys the law, pays its taxes and solves problems affecting its neighbors. He conceded that the board’s actions helped create a “Wild West situation that we’re just cleaning up now.”

“Our community is painfully divided about how to bring this industry under control,” he said.

At the south end of the county in Carpinteria, the skunky odor of marijuana pours out of the open vents of steel-frame greenhouses that the cut flower industry used for decades. Residents said the irritant makes eyes water and chests tighten. Some complain of headaches and nausea.

Casey Roberts, 61, who has taught at Carpinteria High School for 33 years, said the smell comes and goes. It’s worse in the morning, he said, and it doesn’t seem to have changed much with the odor control systems. “Every day you get that scratchy throat,” Roberts said.

The county mandated that growers in the Carpinteria Valley, which sits on unincorporated land surrounding the city, install odor control systems as part of their land-use permits, and though the rule has not gone into effect, at least 12 of the 23 operations have done so, according to officials. But how much of the odor has been contained or neutralized is difficult to ascertain.

Joan Esposito, 76, lives across from a greenhouse and says the smell still “permeates everything.”

Odor control systems are not required outside Carpinteria in the more rural wine country.

In the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria valleys, the smell of pot can overwhelm the wine tasting rooms downwind of grows, while vast rows of polythene hoop houses have become eyesores on the pastoral landscape, threatening the tourism-dependent economy of one of the nation’s top viticulture zones, famous to non-connoisseurs as the setting of the 2004 movie “Sideways.”

Balthazar Martinez working with marijuana plants growing in a steel-frame greenhouse in Carpinteria.
Lobbied by the marijuana industry, Santa Barbara County officials opened the door to big cannabis interests in the last two years. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Dennis Bozanich, deputy county executive officer in Santa Barbara County, inspects marijuana growing in a steel-frame greenhouse. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Top: Balthazar Martinez working with marijuana plants growing in a steel-frame greenhouse in Carpinteria. Bottom left and right: Dennis Bozanich, deputy county executive officer in Santa Barbara County, smells marijuana growing in Carpinteria, where residents complain of the pot’s odor. Lobbied by the marijuana industry, Santa Barbara County officials opened the door to big cannabis interests in the last two years. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

“The skunk smell is a deterrent to other animals and humans,” said Tyler Thomas, the winemaker at Dierberg, which sits on a wedge of land surrounded by 230 acres in the permitting process for pot. “We have human beings coming to our tasting room we don’t want to deter.”

“The pesticide levels set for cannabis are extremely low,” said Rick Shade, who manages 600 acres of avocado trees in the Carpinteria Valley.

Marijuana growers agreed to sign a contract to not hold farmers liable for their crops if they spray during a specified time period. But commercial crop dusters last month decided they didn’t want to take the risk.

Sharyne Merritt, who has 13 acres of avocados, says even the organic spray she normally uses is banned for cannabis and the only acceptable one “is completely ineffective.”

“The cannabis growers will make tons of money while I’m going to lose half the value of my crop,” she said. “No one seems to have thought this through.”

Graham Farrar, a Carpinteria Valley grower and president of the Carp Growers cannabis coalition, said he and his members would continue to look for a solution.

Many of the Carpinteria-area cannabis growers were in the flower industry, he said, and have deep ties in the town. “It’s really in our best interest to make our neighbors happy,” he said. “I like to walk into the coffee shop with my head held high.”

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Sharyne Merritt, an avocado grower in Carpinteria, can no longer spray pesticides without fear of being held liable for contaminating nearby marijuana crops. Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The rush to profit from cannabis in Santa Barbara started during a moratorium on new grows.

On Feb. 14, 2017, county supervisors cleared the way: Anyone who said they had been growing medical cannabis on or before the day the moratorium was passed — Jan. 19, 2016 — could continue to cultivate the same amount on the same land if they signed into a registry that would grandfather them in.

The growers did not have to provide any evidence that they owned or leased the property at the time, much less that they were cultivating cannabis there.

This registry became the de facto list of legal growers in the county.

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When the state announced in the fall of 2017 that it was going to issue the first temporary cultivation licenses, the county turned to the registry to determine eligibility. Those on the list just had to sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury that they were growing medical marijuana on their site prior to Jan. 19, 2016.

The supervisors rejected a measure recommended by the planning commission to have staff ask for documentation and research the veracity of the statements.

The affidavit became the only documentation the California Department of Food and Agriculture was given to issue the state license. Santa Barbara was the sole county to rely just on an affidavit.

When Santa Barbara County supervisors decided to allow unlimited licenses, moneyed interests from all over the state saw an opportunity.

The state licensing authority was suddenly deluged with applications for sites in Santa Barbara County — many filed by companies from Northern California and Los Angeles. All claimed they had been growing in Santa Barbara since January 2016.

In the Santa Ynez Valley wine region, long tunnels of hoops began popping up last year. Just three weeks after the vote not to set limits, Iron Angel II registered with the state as a limited liability company based in Agoura Hills. By the end of the year, it had 265 small licenses — plus a single medium license — allowing it to grow 60 acres altogether.

Another grow, a 30-acre greenhouse complex north of Buellton, had more than 600,000 plants before it was raided for reasons the Sheriff’s Department would not reveal.

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Noe Nava works on the inline “fertigation” system that blends fertilizer with water to feed marijuana plants growing in a steel-frame greenhouse at Arroyo Verde in Carpinteria. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Stefanie Keenan said the rush to plant caused a surge in land values that has kept potential small growers like her and her husband out of the market. “They’re charging $10,000 an acre a month to grow marijuana,” said Keenan, who lives in Buellton. She urged the supervisors to start with a pilot program of local growers that would have less of an impact in communities. “You could have eased people in. But this is so in your face.”

Blair Pence said the field next to his winery on Highway 246 in the Santa Rita Hills had been planted with bell peppers until the spring of 2018. Now cannabis is growing on 30 of those acres and the sharp odor rolls down the canyon to his home and tasting room.

He said another grow popped up on the parcel on the other side of his neighbor’s land, along with two more across the street and numerous others along the highway between Buellton and Lompoc — all in 2018, two years after the operators claimed they were already growing there.

“These guys are all lying through their teeth,” Pence said.

A review of the sites on Google Earth confirms his observation that many farms were not there when the affidavits said they were, including one operated by a member of the county agricultural advisory board, John De Friel, who is applying for permits to grow 83 acres this year. De Friel did not respond to requests for comment.

Dennis Bozanich, the deputy county executive officer in charge of developing cannabis regulations, said that the sheriff has eradicated about 20 licensed farms because the operators lied on the affidavits about having grown since Jan. 19, 2016, and that investigations into others are ongoing.

The state temporary licenses are expiring this year. The county now requires growers to go through its land-use permitting process, which gives neighbors a chance to appeal. (But while that process is underway, temporary license holders, with the county’s consent, can get a state provisional license that allows them to grow for another 12 months.)

Every extra day helps. A 20-acre harvest could make over $40 million.

The county is now quickly approving the longer-term grows. Those operations will be subject to more regulation than the last two years, officials say. They will have to tag and inventory every plant, a state requirement to ensure they pay taxes and sell only to licensed distributors.

For the Carpinteria area, supervisors set a 186-acre limit because of residents’ complaints about the smell. But elsewhere, the only limit on acreage is what the market will bear.

In early May, Pence’s attorney learned that the county had approved a land-use permit for a 50-acre marijuana grow, bigger than any in Colorado or Canada, across the street from the winery.

“I never received any notice from the county,” Pence said. “I had one day to appeal.”

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Nigel Allen hikes on a trail in Carpinteria between greenhouses and avocado orchards. Avocado farmers fear they will be liable for contaminating marijuana crops when they spray pesticides. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The cannabis policy was developed largely by Bozanich and supervisors Williams and Lavagnino. The two supervisors formed an ad hoc committee — not subject to California’s open-meeting laws — that guided Bozanich and planning staff in writing temporary measures and, ultimately, a broad ordinance regulating the industry.

At board meetings, Bozanich, Williams or Lavagnino floated concepts they had already discussed with growers — like the registry — and growers lined up to support them during the public comments. Though there were numerous public hearings, few residents attended most of them, and many people were later caught unaware by the scope of the cultivation, failing to anticipate the consequences of the incremental measures being passed.

The supervisor who regularly opposed the industry’s agenda, Janet Wolf, retired in January and said the board’s actions felt less like a policy debate than a “fait accompli.”

“Bottom line, people didn’t understand the implications of anything that was going to happen,” she said. “We’d never taken on a huge land-use issue and do it by an ad hoc committee in the 12 years I was on the board.”

Emails and calendars released to The Times through the state public records act show marijuana lobbyists and growers had easy and regular access to Williams and Lavagnino.

Erin Weber, a cannabis consultant with California Strategies, a Sacramento-based lobbying firm, drafted a letter last year for Williams to send to the Coastal Commission, urging it to certify the county’s cannabis regulations in the coastal zone.

“This is very faithful to what we discussed,” Williams responded in an email. “We will submit it without changes.” He told The Times that because the anti-cannabis side also supported the regulations, he saw no problem with signing the letter.

In the fall of 2017, Weber and her colleague Jared Ficker were lobbying hard to let growers on the registry cultivate with no limits. Williams’ calendar contains an entry on Sept. 4 for “Sailing Trip/Diving” with Ficker and Williams’ wife.

When the planning department last year recommended a measure that the marijuana farmers should bear all the costs of appeals to their permits filed by neighbors, the cultivators emailed Williams that it was unfair and urged him to reject it. “Don’t worry, I’ll fix it with a 50-50 recovery model. Don’t tell anyone though,” he wrote to grower Mike Palmer.

“On it,” he wrote to Farrar, the president of Carp Growers, “We will cost split it if I get my way.”

“Thanks Das,” Farrar replied.

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Santa Barbara County has allowed what industry trackers say are the biggest marijuana grows in the world. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The move would have put half the cost of county staff time — as much as $14,000 for a single appeal — on the grower and half on the person making the appeal.

Instead, the supervisors decided not to vote on the staff recommendation, saying it was unfair to growers, and left the county to bear the entire amount.

Williams met frequently with Farrar. He wrote a letter of recommendation on Farrar’s behalf to Culver City, where the grower was seeking to open a dispensary.

“Hey man,” Farrar emailed Williams in September 2018, a couple of months after the appeal measure was shot down, to recommend shows they might see at the Santa Barbara Bowl. “The National — this will be awesome.. i’ve got an event before so not sure if i can make it but definitely will if i can.”

In 2017 and 2018, members of Carp Growers gave a total of $16,500 to Williams’ campaign committee, and they donated $12,000 to Lavagnino in the month leading up to the final vote on the cannabis ordinance last year.

Both Williams and Lavagnino said the contributions and relationships did not influence their decisions.

“I have friends on the other side of this, too. This is a small community,” Williams said.

Emails suggest Farrar had a relationship with Lavagnino as well, even though the supervisor’s district is on the opposite end of the county as Carpinteria. They attended a fundraising dinner together in Santa Barbara for the Special Olympics in October. That morning, Farrar wrote to the supervisor: “Hey man — happy Sunday … what are you thinking for tonight? When do you want to get there? Drinks before?”

Lavagnino has said repeatedly that the county’s goal was to bring an illicit industry into the light and make it pay taxes. The supervisors drafted a tax measure that voters passed requiring growers to pay 4% of their gross receipts to the county.

This had a couple of advantages over taxing by square footage: Growers would not have to pay for failed crops, and operators who ran their own distribution and retail ventures would be taxed just once, at the final sale. But for the time being, the county had a system in which they had no idea how many plants were grown, nor how much product was sold.

In February 2018, a consultant for the county, HdL Cos., estimated the county would collect between $15 million and $21 million in taxes annually from the 47 acres licensed to grow at that point. If that acreage expanded, so would the tax stream. That month, Lavagnino urged two of his skeptical colleagues to pass a tax referendum and land-use policy so the county could reap the rewards.

“I’m trying to generate what could be $20 [million] to $40 million a year for the county,” he said.

By the end of 2018, the acreage licensed had grown to more than 630 acres. Even if only a quarter of that were cultivated, the county would be due between $24 million and $36 million annually in taxes, using the consultant’s formula and a price per pound of $500 to $750. But for the three tax quarters collected so far, covering the peak of the harvest season, the county has received only $4.6 million.

“We’ve been somewhat flying blind,” Bozanich said.

He said that will change later this year as growers come into compliance with the ordinance passed last year and must register every plant with the state.

“It’s either going to leak into the informal market or rot in warehouses,” said Hezekiah Allen, a cannabis lobbyist who headed the California Growers Assn. for four years and now serves on the board. “This is absolutely ludicrous in terms of volume.”

“We think it takes 1,100 acres to supply the entire state,” he said.

By the end of May, the growers in Santa Barbara County had applied to plant 1,415 acres.

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16 Jun

Natural Vice

MAC Natural Vice Eyeshadow x 12 Palette ($48.00 for 0.6 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette featuring warmer neutral tones with a mix of mattes and shimmers. It has more of a light-to-medium depth range but is helped a lot by the two deeper, more contrasting shades. The quality was decent; there were some nice shades, some so-so ones, and a couple of misses.

MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow

Fab Accent

Fab Accent is a deeper, golden beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was stiffer and harder to work with, and the resulting pigmentation was more medium, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage with two to three layers. It lasted nicely for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably on me.

Pleasing to the Eye

Pleasing to the Eye is a muted, light-medium peach with warm, rosy undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, blendable, and easy to pick up as it wasn’t too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. The pigmentation was buildable from semi-opaque to opaque with two layers. On me, it stayed on well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

Sun Tweaked

Sun Tweaked is a light, pinky peach with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had excellent color coverage with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too firmly nor too softly pressed in the pan. It wore well for eight hours on me before it showed slight fading.

Diamond Butterfly

Diamond Butterfly is a pale gold with strong,w arm undertones and a chunky, glittering finish. The texture was very loosely-pressed–a little went a long way, so I highly recommend using a light hand with this shade to avoid 1) tons of fallout, and 2) not run through it quickly. It had opaque pigmentation and was best applied by pressing and gently pushing the product onto the lid, which minimized fallout and improved evenness in the initial lay down of the powder. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before creasing faintly.

Valley of the Goddess

Valley of the Goddess is a pale orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The consistency was soft, lightly powdery, and there was slight fallout if I wasn’t careful when blending it out. It stayed on nicely for seven and a half hours before fading on me.


Cork is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The texture was soft, a little powdery, but blendable and adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Struck Gold

Struck Gold is a medium-dark gold with strong, warm yellow undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was a bit denser, but it was thinner and stiffer to work with, so I felt like it was harder to pick up product evenly and to get it to transfer to my lid. I was able to apply and build it up, but it was a shade I’d recommend using with a dampened brush to speed up its application. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that lasted nicely for eight hours on me.

Desert Rose-mance

Desert Rose-mance is a light gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, which I was able to build to full coverage using a second layer. The texture felt drier and more loosely-pressed, which resulted in slight fallout during application and blending. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me.


Magmatique is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff in one layer, which adhered evenly to my skin and blended out easily along the edges without losing its intensity. The texture was soft, silky, and substantial without being powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

Natural Vice

Natural Vice is a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly powdery consistency. The eyeshadow sheered out a bit and had some fallout when I worked with it over my bare skin, though I was able to build it up overall. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before it showed signs of fading.

Go Wilder

Go Wilder is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was easy to apply and to blend out on my skin. It lasted nicely for eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Rebel Pebble

Rebel Pebble is a medium-dark, olive brown with warm undertones and a barely-there golden pearl over a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer, while the consistency was soft, silky, and blendable without being too powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

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16 Jun

I love this powerful time when we transition from one year into the next. In my country, whether or not you celebrate the end-of-year holidays, the unmistakable essence of a kind of finality fills the air. And in a similar way, whatever your beliefs or background, experiencing some sense of uncharted possibility at the New Year seems unavoidable. For a mundane but ubiquitous example, it’s when gyms always experience their biggest bump in new memberships!

I want to share with you how I’ve been engaging the momentum of this period to catalyze transformation. And my meditation practice is absolutely central to the way I’m doing this.

Engaging the Momentum

My son Mozen will be 3 in March. He’s at an age where he can start to recognize that the holidays are a unique time of the year. My wife and I wanted to encourage in him an appreciation for the poignant atmosphere of reflection and renewal. So, we created a slideshow of videos and photos that begins from the holidays last year and unfolds chronologically until the present moment.

In the process of creating the slideshow and sharing it with Mozen, we crystalize our journey together through the past 12 months. The images of Mozen are particularly striking because human development is so dramatic between 1 and 2 years old.

The first video is all of us decorating our Christmas tree last year and Mozen is giving my wife and me monosyllabic directions and orders, whereas now he’s still directing us but as a clever chatterbox! Mozen thinks the video is hilarious and I hope it’s partially because he is realizing the extent he has changed in 1 year.

Psychic Bookmarks

But these images also serve as psychic bookmarks for me. In the context of my pursuit of spiritual growth and vision, there is a backstory to each captured event. For example, I’ve written in earlier posts about key lessons I’ve learned this year through losing a goal time for a marathon, quitting drinking and smoking, growing as a father, and correcting my nearsighted eyes. Within this slideshow, I am reminded of the specific circumstances when these realizations were emerging.

And as the slideshow completes with us putting up this season’s Christmas tree, I ask myself the questions: did I change enough in accord with who I want to be?

On one hand, I know this has been the most dynamic year of my life. As I’m in my 5th year of keeping a formal journal, I’ve got a lot of supporting data to this. But shortly, the book of this year will shut.

I’m a sales professional and an avid marathoner, so in business and running worlds, you have to deal with irrevocability. You can’t add extra weeks to bring in more revenue against your yearly quota and you can’t take away minutes from your race time once you’ve crossed the finish line.

While the holidays are certainly about warmth, celebration, and love, they also create a stark deliberation of the passing of time.

Looking Towards the Year Ahead

However, I’m also looking towards the year ahead. I want it to be the most magnificent ever. I feel the coming of how our slate wipes clear. It is exhilarating and daunting in its potential. Anything can happen – and I don’t mean that in the wishful sense, but in just how much is actually out of our control. Our aspired goals, visions, and dreams will merge into the unfathomable currents of existence.

And I don’t think I need to tell anyone just how unknown these times are.

Since my birthday in November, partially out of design and partially because of my body’s chemistry, I’ve been getting up in the middle of the night. If possible, my favorite time has been around 3 or 4am when the world around me is most still.

I go to my room that doubles as both my home office and meditation space. I light a ton of candles making a hearth of light. Then, with all of my focus and love, I meditate, write, and sometimes read, if time allots. That will usually be for at least two hours. I’ll either crawl back into bed for a catnap or have breakfast, depending on what time I started.

These nightly expeditions both invigorate me and take a toll on my sleep. So, every few days, I’ll have to go to bed extra early to help settle the balance. It’s so worth it. Especially during this time when the finitude of 2017 is passing into the immeasurability of what lies in 2018.

You see, my completely unscientifically unsupported assumption is that this vastness encompassing it all is alive and it is good. Each night as I sit on my meditation bench framed by candles, I celebrate and commune with its presence.

Seat of my Awareness

I have no fixed idea what it is but I bring all of my sharp attention and open heart to the moment. Each night, I am reinforcing a temple within the seat of my awareness. I blow the dust off its rafters with the breath of my life and fill the hall with my light.

I can’t think of a more important thing I could be doing to ensure that I will be my best self for 2018. No matter what opportunities, dilemmas, or circumstances happen, they will all have to pass through my temple to engage me. I want this place to be in impeccable order. I want to be with my richest faculties and most cherished values at least once a day.

It’s a paradox, but while we are all dealt our cards by the hands of fate, we are also indeed future manifesting beings. Our lives shape themselves in accord with our originative spirit.

Let your meditation be deep and committed. It clears that sacred space where everything you’ve ever known will meet what you never could have imagined

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16 Jun

It’s hard not to feel inferior to others in this digital age as social media has created an impression that everyone is having the best time of their lives. 

This resentment at seeing happy images posted on social media platforms contributes to poor mental health, especially in developing countries such as Indonesia, according to research conducted by scholars Sujarwoto, Gindo Tampubolon and Adi Cilik Pierewan.

MedicalXpress reported that Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest Facebook-using country with 54 million users. Meanwhile, Twitter is said to have 22 million Indonesian users, making it the fifth largest Twitter-using country.

The research, which was published in The Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, analyzed data from the Indonesia Family Life Survey 2014, which involved 22,423 individuals aged 20 years and older in 9987 households and 297 districts in Indonesia.

Read also: Why social media is boosting your stress

Based on the research, social media use is said to harm adult mental health, as the findings showed an increase of one standard deviation in adult use of social media, which is associated with a 9 percent increase in the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale score.

The study discovered that social media highlighted the country’s high levels of inequality, creating envy and feelings of resentment.

With that in mind, Global Development Institute researcher Gindo Tampubolon said, “It’s a strong reminder that these technologies can have a downside.”

“We would like to see public health officials think creatively about how we can encourage people to take a break from social media, or to be aware of the negative consequences it can have on mental health,” added Gindo. (jes/wng)

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16 Jun


by Mark Rippetoe | June 16, 2019

은인혁 번역 (Translated by Inhyuk Eun)

[Korean translation of Butt Wink]

벗윙크란 단어는 지나치게 사용되며, 가장 짜증나는 용어중에 하나일 것이다. 물론 경험이 부족한 코치들에게 말이다. 벗윙크라는 단어는 크로스피터들이 다른 크로스피터들에게 그들이 마치 몸 움직임의 굉장한 비밀을 알고 있다는 듯이, 자랑할때 사용되기 시작했다. 초반 크로스피터들은 대부분 마른 여성들이었고, 그들은 어떤 것보다도 요추 과신전을 잘 할 수 있었기 때문에 스쿼트 하단 자세에서 지나칠 정도의 허리 만곡을 보여주지 않는 것은 마치 죄악과 같았기 때문이다. 대부분의 다른 일처럼, 벗윙크도 그리 간단한 것이 아니다.

훈련을 통해 강해진 인간의 척주는 주위의 근육들로 지지받고 있다. 등이 강할수록, 더 많은 등 근육들이 척주를 지지하고 있는 것이다. 일반적인 요추 모양은 신전 되어 있는 것으로 여겨지고, 신전된 요추는 안쪽으로 둥글게 말린 모습을 하고 있다. 요추의 근육 무리는 주로 허리를 세우는 근육으로 구성되어 있으며, 이러한 근육 무리는 척주가 하중을 받을 때, 등척성으로 척주를 안정시키는 역할을 한다. 스쿼트와 데드리프트는 이 근육 무리들을 사용하고, 이 근육 무리들이 커지고, 강해질 수 있도록 만든다.

사실, 강한 남성은 요추를 정상적 위치에 뒀을 때도 요추 부분이 평평하게 보일 만큼  허리 근육이 존재해야만 한다. 그 정도 근육을 가진 남성은 등 전체가 평평해 보일 수 있다. 나는 요추가 정상적인 위치에 있음에도 허리 근육이 볼록하게 바깥으로 튀어나온 정말 강한 사람들은 본 적이 있다.

따라서 다음을 명심해야 한다.

  1. 큰 척주기립근은 무거운 데드리프트를 하는 데 큰 역할을 한다. 강한 남성의 요추 부분이 오목하게 말리는 것을 기대해서는 안된다.
  2. 스트렝스가 증가함에 따라, 엉덩이 근육도 발달한다. 스쿼트 하단 자세에서 고관절이 굽혀짐에 따라, 둔근은 그 길이가 늘어나게 되며, 스쿼트 하단의 엉덩이 모양에 영향을 줄 수 있다.
  3. 인간 요추의 올바른 생김새는 차이가 있을 수 있다. 어떤 사람은 요추의 곡선이 분명하고, 보다 일자에 가까운 사람이 있을 수 있다.
  4. 무게를 짊어졌을 때 나타나는 약간의 척추 굽힘은 해부학적으로 엄청나게 큰 일은 아니다. 이미 당신이 알고 있었어야 하지만, 인간의 척추는 이상한 자세를 잘 견딘다. (매 오후마다 당신의 처남이 보여주는 그 자세 말이다!) 아주 작은 수준의 척추 굽힘을 보인다고 해서 훈련 무게를 50% 가량 낮추거나, 척추 교정을 받기위해 이곳저곳을 기웃거릴 필요가 없다는 말이다. (이것은 척추를 좌우로 돌리는 것을 의미하는 것이 아니며, 좌우로 돌리는 것은 보다 심각한 문제를 일으킬 수 있다.)
  5. 모든 사람이 무게를 짊어진 상태에서, 올바른 요추 자세를 만드는 것을 배워야만 한다. 어떤 사람은 이것에 대해 남보다 빠르게 배울 수 있지만, 훈련을 하는 모든 사람이 요추를 올바른 모양으로 만들어내는 것을 배워야 하며, 그것을 어떻게 유지하는 지 알아야만 한다.

스쿼트 하단 자세에서 요추 말림과 데드리프트 시작 자세에서 요추 말림을 내버려둬서는 안된다. 운동을 가르치는 초반에 이것에 대한 교정이 이루어져야만 한다. 하지만 훈련자 주변을 돌아다니며 “벗윙크!” 라고 고함치는 것은 아무런 도움이 되지 못하며, “벗윙크” 라는 것 자체도 정확한 문제를 발견하고, 그것을 교정하는 데 있어 어떠한 도움도 되지 못한다. 더군다나 훈련자가 사실 어떤 문제도 가지고 있지 않을 경우에는 더욱 그렇다.

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