Tag archives: mudslide

All Too Real
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 1, 2020

On January 9, 2018, Ken Grand went through the kind of hell most of us could never even imagine. That was the night that a torrential downpour resulted in the infamous Montecito mudslides and debris flow that killed 23 people. Among the casualties was Grand’s wife, Rebecca Riskin, the popular professional ballerina turned realtor whose […]

Fixing Channel Drive
By Montecito Journal   |   December 6, 2018

A few months before the fires and the terrible mud slides in Montecito, I wrote to Santa Barbara County South Coast Maintenance Superintendent Randy Carnahan and attached a picture of the cracked asphalts on the surface of Channel Drive and asked that it be repaired. He responded that he would place it on the repair […]

Thomas Fire & Mudslide After-Action Report
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 18, 2018

At a meeting earlier this week, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors heard from Katie Freeman, a consultant with Hagerty Consulting, who presented an After-Action Report on the Thomas Fire and January 9 debris flow. The purpose of the report was to highlight the strengths of the County during the emergencies, while taking a […]

Plaque Dedication at the Corner Green
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 27, 2018

On September 20, nearly 100 people gathered at the “corner green” at San Ysidro Road and East Valley Road, for a special dedication ceremony to mark the installation of a new plaque dedicated to the victims of the Thomas Fire and mudslides. “The plaque is here to note and remember the lives lost, as well […]

Honoring the Bucket Brigade
By Lynda Millner   |   July 19, 2018

Caroline and Steve Thompson, who own Cabana Home at 111 Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone, gave one of their artists’ receptions with a new twist. A portion of the sales from artist Robyn Geddes’s works will be donated to refresh supplies and spirits of the Bucket Brigade. In case you haven’t heard of […]

Rules for Insurers – Because Insurance isn’t So Sure
By Steven A. Blum   |   June 28, 2018

In the wake of the Montecito Mudslide, most property owners first turned to their insurance companies for funds, and most of the insurers have responded well. A few have not, and some others are still trying to figure out how to handle the claims. In some cases, insurance adjusters from other states have landed in […]

Commencement Honors Courageous Class of 2018
By Scott Craig   |   May 10, 2018

About 328 students received diplomas at Westmont Commencement on May 5, but none with more courage than Connor McManigal, who was seriously injured but survived the January 9 mudslide in Montecito.  “He was literally swept out of his home and swept more than a mile downstream and ended up on the 101,” president Gayle D. […]

Coming Together
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 18, 2018

Like all of us in the Montecito/greater Santa Barbara area, I have had a lot of personal reactions to the Montecito mudslide disaster coming on the heels of the Thomas Fire, from numbness to grief to fear to hopefulness and even gratitude. The latter came mostly last weekend in the wake of the community coming […]