Community Reports at Montecito Association Meeting

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 19, 2021

Also at the MA meeting, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Lieutenant Butch Arnoldi reported on a plethora of crimes that occurred in the area this summer, including a theft from an unlocked vehicle on Butterfly Lane, vehicle broken into on San Leandro Lane, construction trailer broken into on Woodley Road, residential burglary on Cota Lane, vandalism on mailboxes on Sycamore Canyon, trespassing on San Ysidro Road, burglary on El Bosque, grand theft from the Miramar Resort, mail stolen from Barker Pass, trespassing at the cemetery, stolen mail on Toro Canyon, DUI at Hot Springs, noise nuisance from a wedding reception on Sycamore Canyon, and commercial burglaries in the Upper Village and in Summerland. Arnoldi reported that the crime rate has not increased over last year and reiterated that residents should be vigilant and lock their vehicles and homes at all times. 

Montecito Union School Superintendent Anthony Ranii reported that the school has recently completed $300,000 in electricity upgrades on campus, using funds from reserves. Other projects have been completed at the Nature Lab that will serve as an outdoor classroom which will be well utilized when the school reopens next week. The school will welcome 375 students in 25 classes, and will be open regular hours, five days a week. Cold Spring School will welcome 195 students. 

Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Aaron Briner reported a successful reduction in fuel over the spring and summer, which resulted in 240 tons of vegetation chipped from 260 properties and 12 miles of roadways. To learn more, visit 

The next Montecito Association meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. Visit for more information. 


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