Montecito

Greta Mart

It’s been one month since intense rain squalls fell on the hills above Montecito, triggering an avalanche of mud, water and boulders that killed nearly two dozen people and destroyed hundreds of homes. 

Greta Mart

Santa Barbara County officials are asking Montecito residents to suggest ideas on how to rebuild. After the January 9 mudslides and debris flow destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least 21 people, crews have been working around the clock to remove hundreds of tons of mud, dirt and boulders from Montecito’s streets. In the process, county staff are trying to make longer term decisions about what’s next. 

Greta Mart

Besides having to rebuild their homes and community, survivors of the January 9 Montecito debris flows are now wrangling with their insurance companies. 

Thomas Fire at 89 percent containment

Dec 27, 2017
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A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning over 440 square miles from Santa Paula to the hills above Santa Barbara, and eastward into the Los Padres National Forest. This week, several hundred firefighters remain on the scene working to extinguish all flames and mop up; containment is now at 89 percent. 

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said Thursday afternoon that there's been a big break in a nearly 30-year-old cold-case murder investigation. 

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UPDATE: Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:13 a.m.

Overnight winds in Santa Barbara did not fan the Gibraltar Fire beyond its 50 acre footprint, allowing crews to gain containment ground. The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management said Friday morning that fire was 50 percent contained—up from 10 percent on Thursday night.

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The latest water conservation statistics show the people of Montecito are among the best in the state when it comes to taking the drought seriously.

Numbers released this week by the State Department of Water Resources show Californians, as a whole, cut year-over-year water usage this past December by roughly 22 percent. However, in Montecito that number hit nearly 64.19 percent—the second highest rate in California according to a tool from Southern California Public Radio.

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Plans to re-establish Montecito's Miramar Hotel now have a green light from the local planning commission.

The approved project is smaller than what was originally proposed, and as of Thursday, there was no word on whether developer Rick Caruso plans to move forward with the modified design.

If Caruso Affiliated does continue with the project, it would still needs to go through an appeals period and will also need approval from the Board of Architectural Review. There is no requirement for a Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors vote, unless it's appealed to that body.

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Celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are helping the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office build its Carpinteria station.

Sheriff's Spokesperson Kelly Hoover confirmed to KCBX that the part-time Montecito residents donated $10,000 to the cause.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports it will be used on bicycle gear, beach patrol, and other station improvements.

Santa Barbara is getting an award from the state of California totaling more than 8.6-million dollars to increase walking and biking in the city.

The money comes from the California Transportation Commission and it amounts to the most per-capita of any other jurisdiction for Active Transportation Funds, according to the city transportation planner Rob Dayton.

The State of California has a number of goals listed for the award, including a improved public health, reductions in greenhouse gasses, and increased options for minority and low-income communities.

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This week's topics:

  • Proposed camping facilities for Port San Luis and Avila Beach
  • Montecito's Miramar hotel in line for an upgrade
  • Amazon SLO continues to expand 

California DWR

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Friday a 5 percent increase in allotments for those using water supplied by the State Water Project.

The start of 2014 marked the third dry year for the state of California and the first year for a zero percent allocation of state water resources to cities. But, storms in February and March helped the state with some much needed rain, and snowfall in the Sierra.

This small increase is good news for Central Valley farmers, but won't change much for the agricultural community on the Central Coast.

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Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Central Coast on Friday and Saturday. He and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, met with teachers from the Santa Barbara Unified School District immediatly after landing at the Santa Barbara airport.

The Vice President is scheduled to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraising dinner in Montecito on Friday night. It's a gathering of just 25 people at $5000-a-plate, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.