Posted by paulrivas on:
Santa Barbara Man About Goleta, with its 124 short studies of local culture from the last 3.6 years, is now just Santa Goleta.
'Santa Goleta' covers a lot of ground though. Here on santagoleta.com, it refers to the whole Santa Barbara and Goleta area, or to the two cities, or to the places outside city limits, or to the place between Santa Barbara and Goleta.
The latter was actually my sister’s idea. When I originally vetoed it and said, "No, that’s Noleta," I was forgetting that I’d never liked 'Noleta' and that it was political and not geographic anyway.
It’s also where my immediate family has always lived. Before my sister was born we were on El Sueño Road across from the Santoses, then we were on Aspen Way next to the Nagys, and finally on North San Marcos Road by the Masudas.
In Spanish, santa means saint or holy, and goleta means schooner. Santa Goleta means Holy Schooner, Saint Schooner, Saint Goleta and Holy Goleta!
(Photo by Clare Nisbet, outside Rancho Nisbet, Santa Goleta.)