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Call to Curb Distracted Driving

distracted drivers busted1Do you talk on the phone while driving? How about reading text messages? A recent AAA survey revealed 2 out of 5 drivers admitted to checking text messages while driving, in the past 30 days.

Howard Drescher was riding his motorcycle on a busy Southern California freeway when he was hit by a driver who was talking on her phone.

In an effort to help others, Drescher created the driving safety website He challenges you to take the “Glove Box Challenge” to improve safety on the road. Click the podcast link to find out more.


Santa Barbara’s “Wild World of Orchids”

Exotic orchids on display at Santa Barbara International Orchid Show (Ken Pfeiffer Photography)

Orchid enthusiasts from around the world will be in Santa Barbara this weekend for the 71st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. “This is the biggest show in the United States,” said George Hatfield, president of this year’s … [Continue reading]

Winter Wine Classic Santa Barbara

Melinda Gandara pours a Lieff red for a group from the Coral Casino (Ken Pfeiffer Photography)

Fine wine was flowing in Santa Barbara Saturday night at the California Wine Festival’s Fifth Annual Winter Wine Classic. Guests who gathered in the ballroom of the Fess Parker Resort were treated to tastes of reds and whites from up and down the … [Continue reading]

Santa Barbara Wine Industry Ages Well

Santa Barbara County adds another AVA with Los Olivos, bringing the total number of distinctive wine growing areas to six. (Photo Traffic411)

We're barely into 2016, and it's already been a good year for Santa Barbara wine industry. In January, the federal government awarded Los Olivos its own AVA (American Viticultural Area). The designation recognizes a wine-grape growing region as … [Continue reading]

Santa Barbara Bird Watching

Snowy Egrets are a common sight in Santa Barbara-area waterways.  (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer)

A group of Santa Barbara bird enthusiasts had their eyes to the skies (and seas) over New Year's weekend.  Beginning at 12:01 AM on January 2nd, they spent 24 hours tallying up the many varieties of birds spotted in the area as part of the … [Continue reading]

The Beauty of Carmel Mission

The church at Carmel Mission featured a life-sized nativity scene on Christmas Day (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

I visited several missions along California's Central Coast this year, and San Carlos de Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, better known as Carmel Mission, really stands out. Also read: Elephant Seals give birth on San Simeon-area beaches We visited … [Continue reading]

2015 Holiday Boat Parade Guide

The Getty Yacht docks at Burton Chace Park, giving guests a front row spot to see the Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

December is barely here, yet boaters in Santa Barbara and up and down the coast are already decking their bows with colorful Christmas lights! Attending a boat parade is a fun (and often free) way to celebrate the holidays in true California … [Continue reading]

Santa Barbara’s “Merry” Season

(Photo Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

The 2015 holiday season is upon us and Santa Barbara is wasting no time getting into the festive Spirit. Thousands of spectators are expected to line State Street on Friday, December 4th, for the 63rd Annual Downtown Holiday Parade. Starting at … [Continue reading]

Industry leaders converge in CA’s oil country

Texas oil wildcatter T. Boone Pickens chats with Greta Lydecker, VP of Chevron, at the 2015 West Kern Petroleum Summit (Photo: Traffic411)

What do a Texas oil tycoon, a California Congressman and a TV game show have in common? They were all in attendance at the recent West Kern Petroleum Summit (#WKPSummit2015) in Kern County. Hometown hero and Bakersfield native, Rep. Kevin McCarthy … [Continue reading]

Taft’s Oildorado Days

The Oildorado Days 'sheriff' and his posse rounded me up, fortunately I was able to talk my way out of going to jail! (Photo Traffic411)

I probably have my father to thank for my love of driving and the open road. As a child, my family was heading off on a road trip nearly every weekend in the summer, often to waterski at Lakes Naciemento or Mead. So, when I had a chance to attend … [Continue reading]