Mrs. Channing also is a classical ballet dancer.
"It frees the mind," she
said of ballet."I
think you dance to lose yourself.Some people take an expensive vacation -- I
have a good ballet class and I
These days, she
has little time for dance.
In the past couple of months, Mrs. Channing
has made several appearances at City Hall, speaking out against overdevelopment in the Las Positas valley and on upper State Street.She
has refined her
platform and style in recent months.When she
campaign underneath Santa Barbara's historic fig tree next to the train station, she
was noticeably cautious and guarded, pausing between words.
But as the election gets closer, she
appears to be more comfortable speaking publicly, focusing her
campaign on neighborhood preservation, the environment and social issues.She
supports a "living wage" ordinance.She
also believes that Santa Barbara can handle more affordable and work force housing, but that it should be strategically placed.
see an opportunity for housing in the downtown corridor, but I
also believe in preserving open space," Mrs. Channing
am trying to find a balance between inevitable growth and keeping neighborhoods livable."She
knows firsthand what can go wrong in a community because of the overdevelopment she
saw while living in Orange County, before she
came to Santa Barbara 20 years ago.Environmentalists in the past have fought to make Santa Barbara a slow-growth community, and she
would like to continue that tradition.
was lucky to come to Santa Barbara because of the environmental work that has been done by others in the past, and we have a responsibility to turn it over to the next generation," the candidate said.
Although Mrs. Channing
has lost out on many of the endorsements from traditional Democratic groups, she
has received support from individuals who believe she
can be effective.
Councilman Das Williams endorsed her
last December, and the two have similar platforms and election strategies.Mrs. Channing also has the support of Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum.
Mr. Williams has even been walking door-to-door in an effort to get Mrs. Channing