Tag archives: Montecito Association

Join Us for the VILLAGE 4TH CELEBRATION!
By Houghton Hyatt   |   July 2, 2024

We are excited to announce the return of our traditional 4th of July celebration, co-sponsored by the Montecito Community Foundation and Rosewood Miramar, featuring the “Biggest Little Parade” down San Ysidro Road and ending in a grand picnic in the park!  Your 4th of July Committee – spearheaded by board member, Mindy Denson – has […]

Homeowners’ Insurance on the Mind and Agenda
By Joanne A Calitri   |   June 18, 2024

The Montecito Association (MA) held its monthly board meeting on June 11 in person at the Montecito Community Hall. The agenda was Homeowners Insurance Availability and Solutions. The presenters were Kelly Weiser from The Weiser Agency and Grace Neumann, Managing Director of HUB International. In lieu of a formal presentation, MA Executive Director Houghton Hyatt, […]

Community Speaks on Rosewood Expansion at Board Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   May 21, 2024

The Montecito Association (MA) held its monthly board meeting on May 14 in person at the Cold Spring School auditorium to accommodate the expected large turnout of residents regarding the slated presentations by All Saints-by-the-Sea Parish and School, and the Neighbors of the Miramar. Indeed, the auditorium was at capacity with the MA board on […]

Montecito Association April Board Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   April 23, 2024

The Montecito Association held its monthly Board meeting April 9 in person at the Montecito Library.  Public Comments for Items Not on the Agenda: Peter Daily presented his issues of private roads flooding following rain events. He asked the MA to get drainage and curbs installed with the Roads Department, and to resolve uninsured properties […]

Montecito Association Board March Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   March 26, 2024

The Montecito Association held its monthly Board meeting March 12th in person at the Montecito Library and via zoom.  Community Reports began with Police Chief Lt. Ugo Peter “Butch” Arnoldi on the resolution of investigations and reported crime in the area. Montecito Fire Chief David Neels reported on the last storm, stating the area did […]

MA’s Land Use March Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   March 19, 2024

Montecito Association held its Land Use monthly meeting March 5 via Zoom. Key issues on the table were the updates from the Rosewood Miramar Beach and the pedestrian paths in Montecito. The meeting was led by MA Land Use Chair Bill Babbitt. First up was Executive VP, Development & Acquisitions Bryce Ross for Caruso, Inc. […]

Montecito Association Board Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 20, 2024

The Montecito Association (MA) held its monthly Board meeting February 13 in person at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. Executive Director Houghton Hyatt acknowledged the donation of the board room by the hotel to the MA. There was one public comment from a representative of the Neighborhood Group living next to the Rosewood Miramar Beach. His […]

Montecito Association Land Use February 6 Meeting
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 13, 2024

The Montecito Association (MA) held its Land Use monthly meeting February 6 via Zoom. Key issues on the table were pedestrian paths, YMCA Update, the Debris Nets and a Montecito resident’s creek issues with neighbor. MA Chair Bill Babbitt called the meeting to order. Present were Pat McElroy, Executive Director for The Project for Resilient […]

New Directors Join Montecito Association Board
By Montecito Journal   |   January 30, 2024

The Montecito Association has announced several new directors joining its board this year. The new members are Joseph Pennino, Jacqueline Duran, Jillian Wittman, Melissa Miller, and Carol Monteil. Joseph Pennino brings over 31 years of experience in the fire service, having served in the Santa Monica Fire Department in positions ranging from firefighter to fire […]

Montecito Association Third Annual Holiday Car Parade of Lights
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 19, 2023

It was indeed a magical day for our 3rd Annual Montecito Holiday Car Parade of Lights (and music!), after being blessed with excellent warm weather. The Holiday Parade Committee was Houghton Hyatt, Megan Orloff, and Andrea Newquist. This was Hyatt’s first year doing the event and she shared:  “With all the twinkling lights and every […]

First Annual Montecito Chanukah Celebration 
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 19, 2023

Sunday, December 10 saw Montecito’s First Annual Chanukah celebration with open invitation to all to join for the lighting of the menorah, held at the park in front of Pierre Lafond on East Valley Road.  The celebration was formed by Montecito’s Rabbi Chaim Loschak, Executive Director of Chabad of Montecito, and his wife Mushkie Loschak […]

Montecito Association Meets
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 19, 2023

At a quiet, in-person Montecito Association Board of Directors meeting earlier this week, the Board heard from community leaders on various happenings in Montecito. Nick Turner with Montecito Water District reported on the ongoing potential of a recycled water project, which recently received $1M in grant funding from the State. The funds will be received […]

Menorah Lighting in Montecito
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 5, 2023

The first public menorah lighting in Montecito is scheduled for Sunday, December 10, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at the Upper Village Green, on the corner of San Ysidro Road and East Valley. The event is likely to become an annual tradition to add to Montecito’s array of holiday celebrations.  Rabbi Chaim and Mushkie […]

Annual Event Creates Sacred Space in Montecito to Grieve and Honor Those We Miss
By Christopher Davis   |   December 5, 2023

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s an exciting time for many of us to be thinking about all the wonderful memories we’ll be making with our close friends and family members. This isn’t the case for everyone. Unfortunately, the holiday season can be extremely difficult and painful for those who feel an empty […]

MA Discusses Winter Storms
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 21, 2023

At this month’s Montecito Association Board Meeting, Montecito Fire Chief David Neels, along with reps from the Sheriff’s Department, Flood Control, and Office of Emergency Management, gave a presentation on the upcoming winter, which is expected to be a heavy rainy season.  Chief Neels presented a recap of last winter, in which there was historical […]

Housing and Flooding Discussed at Land Use 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 14, 2023

At this month’s Montecito Association Land Use Committee meeting, chair Bill Babbitt introduced Cindy Chvatal, who will be working with the committee regarding affordable housing requirements and initiatives in Montecito.  Babbitt explained there are three different ways the state of California is trying to add to affordable housing supply: the Housing Element and RHNA (Regional […]

Another Successful Beautification Day!
By Houghton Hyatt   |   November 14, 2023

We had more than 100 volunteers come out to beautify Montecito. The Rosewood Miramar hosted a beautiful breakfast with coffee, teas, pastries, and breakfast burritos and had about 20 to 30 team members join us! Everyone got their safety vests, trash grabbers and trash bags and went out for a few hours to pick up […]

Errors & Omissions 
By Montecito Journal   |   October 31, 2023

Last week while reporting on the upcoming Beautification Day event on November 4, we mistakenly omitted an important sponsor: Occhiali Fine Eyewear, which is providing cupcakes for the event from Violette Bakeshop. Owned by Samantha Eve, the bakery specializes in custom cupcakes for various celebrations. We regret the omission.  For more information about Beautification Day, […]

Citizen of the Year Announced
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 24, 2023

Save the date for Saturday, November 4, for the 38th annual Montecito Association Beautification Day. Themed “It Takes a Village,” this year’s event is shaping up to be a super successful event, after several years of COVID-induced, pared-down versions of the popular volunteer event. “We’re back! And we are thrilled that so many people and […]

Montecito Association Meets
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 17, 2023

In last week’s edition we briefly reported on the proposed plans by the Rosewood Miramar Resort to expand its offerings. Reps of the property, owned by Rick Caruso, were due to be in front of the Montecito Association Board of Directors earlier this week, but had to cancel due to illness.  A brief conversation was […]