While he didn’t know it at the time, in 2012, Alejandro Medina started down a road that would eventually bring the city of Santa Barbara, California to the culinary cutting edge. The journey began while Alejandro was working his way through an economics degree at UC Riverside. After completing his degree, he landed a position as a general manager with Acme Hospitality, known for their innovative collection of food & beverage businesses. Here he learned that acquainting people to novel flavors, when done with finesse, could transform a night of dining out into a cultural experience. It was this inclusivity of a contemporary, global cuisine that he challenged himself to bring into his future restaurant.
For years, the seafood industry has taken flack from many sides, primarily for regulatory issues that result in overfishing, illegal fishing, long supply chains, and a lack of transparency. The livelihood of local fishermen is often drowned by large corporations; such is the modern-day struggle of ‘the little guy.’ Many of the industry’s loudest critics are marine scientists. Thus, it is refreshing to find one such critic actually doing something about it. Meet Dr. Kim Selkoe, a marine ecology Ph.D. who is changing how folks in and around Santa Barbara, California consume fish.
Taylor Offer recalled buying and reselling tickets at age 16 outside the LA Clippers arena. He would start with the nosebleed seats, upsell them for a profit, and repeat, until he scored courtside seats just in time for tip-off. In college, Taylor started a digital marketplace geared specifically toward college communities, called Market Loco, that is still successfully operating seven years later. Among other lucrative college-era ventures, Taylor’s most successful one was his now skyrocketing company, FEAT Socks.
“Don’t fix what isn’t broken,” they said. “Break it and make it better,” engineer John Stump rebutted. He knew what he wanted to do ever since he won news carrier of the year at age twelve for the San Jose Mercury News. He wanted to deliver. “I always deliver,” John said.
In the event of a disaster, there are many types of heroes—firefighters, doctors, police officers—but we often forget about a certain breed of first responder. Deep in a Southern California canyon, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is training dogs to brave the rubble and search for survivors in the midst of mass devastation.