Kenny Slaught, a passionate supporter of the Santa Barbara’s heritage and arts, recently publicized his support for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s “The Image More” campaign by promoting it on his blog at KennySlaught.com. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art plays a critical part in the local community’s creative space by offering educational programs and connecting residents and visitors to truly amazing works of art. They recently kicked off a major renovation project that includes the launch of the Imagine More campaign, a major fundraising initiative that will provide for better gallery space, more community space, necessary updates to the building, and an all-around better museum experience. The museum aims to raise $50 million in capital to achieve these goals through the Imagine More Campaign.
Kenny Slaught notes that David Low was awarded his bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego, Master’s Degree in microbiology from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry from UC Irvine. While a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, Low conducted research in molecular microbiology in the lab of Stanley Falkow, who is now a professor emeritus in microbiology and immunology. In 1998, Low joined the UCSB faculty following 13 years as a professor at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2013, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science elected him as a fellow in 2003.
Kenny Slaught, an active member and supporter of UCSB Foundation, has recently posted on his blog at KennySlaught.com that “The University of California Santa Barbara announced on May 26, 2016 that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner.” He extends his congratulations to the university.
As the housing market reaches white-hot levels, many California buyers are finding that they must pay excessively high prices for older, less fashionable home options. Kenny Slaught points out that costs have been steadily rising since 2008, with the common reference Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index revealing that Los Angeles home prices hit their highest point during April of this year, the peak since October of 2007. Having grown beyond mere recession recovery, Southern California’s larger metropolitan areas are approaching their former peaks. Slaught says the turnaround is because of a number of factors, such as interest rates, job growth and supply and demand. A 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is hovering around 3.5% or less, nearing 3.31 percent (the record low hit in November 2012) and pushing many toward buying. These enticingly low rates, coupled with strong employment numbers, such as a 2.4% gain in Los Angeles County and a 3.5% rise in Orange County, make it clear just why values have appreciated in an incredibly fast-paced manner. Despite home prices varying considerably statewide, the inflated asking price of higher-end residences outpaces all states other than Hawaii. The steady demand for housing cannot currently be met by the thin supply available, forcing many first-timers to opt for condominium-style units which are both obtainable and selling within a more modest price range.
Recognizing the natural charm of Southern California, Santa Barbara city planners developed legislation to preserve Spanish Colonial architecture as early as 1925, making the city became the first populace in the United States to consider the importance of historical buildings. Kenny Slaught notes that the most popular of these buildings is the county courthouse, adorned with brilliantly colored tiles and murals depicting striking scenes from the city’s past. A church in operation for over 200 years, The Old Mission, also known as the “Queen of Missions,” gives visitors an amazing view into the formation of the New World through an expansive museum and guided tours.