Santa Barbara

They love Caruso in Montecito

Celebrity hotelier Ian Schrager might be the most unpopular man in Montecito for turning the venerable seaside Miramar into a hole in the ground then fleeing town. Los Angeles power developer Rick Caruso, however, is being welcomed with open arms. He unveiled his plans last night to a well-heeled crowd of locals and pretty much won people over. "With nary a pinch hitter in sight, Caruso stood alone at the plate," the Santa Barbara Independent says. "He took an easy, natural, comfortable swing and, man, did he connect it was a home run, an out-of-the-ball-park hit! The crowd applauded, daring to dream once again of a win, and even the cattiest of felines was found purring alongside the plate."

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Santa Barbara stories on LA Observed:
Santa Barbara News-Press class of 2006
What 'Pacific Standard' wants in a new editor
List of beaches hit with tar balls since Santa Barbara spill
KFWB going all sports, LA Times needs water, more media notes
Santa Barbara news startup Mission & State to shut down*
UCSB students paddle out for Isla Vista victims (video)
Another angry American loner with guns
Ellie noms for Los Angeles, Pacific Standard and Hollywood Reporter


LA Observed on Twitter