Tag archives: Summerland

Rabin’s Summerland Oil Short Film Heads to Washington, D.C.
By Joanne A Calitri   |   April 2, 2024

On the Wave Productions’ 22-minute documentary short film titled, Greetings from Summerland, Birthplace of Offshore Oil, is headed to Washington, D.C.’s bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. The film was produced and directed by filmmakers Harry Rabin and Joey Szalkiewicz. It premiered at the SBIFF and is scheduled for the Marjorie Luke Theatre for Earth Day. Its […]

Summerland Oil Mitigation Study Updates
By Joanne A Calitri   |   January 23, 2024

Following the huge funding of $500,000 to Heal the Ocean (HTO) by State Assemblymember Monique Límon, and an additional $105,000 donated from the Mericos Foundation, work has started on the Summerland Oil Mitigation Study (SOMS). The lead project managers are Ira Leifer of Bubbleology Research International in Goleta, and HTO’s Harry Rabin. Their first foray […]

Businesses Bring the Holiday Spirit to Town
By Jeff Wing   |   December 12, 2023

Summerland – an impossibly picturesque village arrayed along .7 miles of oceanfront hillside – will be rolling out its holiday finery for the aptly-named Winter in Summerlandthis coming Saturday, December 9, from 11 am – 4 pm. In the event, 38 of the town’s businesses will be opening their doors to offer holiday spirit to […]

Summerland Beautiful Second Annual Holiday Event
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 12, 2023

The 2nd Annual Summerland Beautiful Holiday event took place on Friday, December 1, at Farm to Paper on Lillie Avenue, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  The event was spawned by Summerland Beautiful President D’Arcy Cornwall and her team: Secretary Penny Mathison, Treasurer Elizabeth A. Winterhalter, and members Sharon Curry and Leslie Person Ryan.  Guests were […]

Winter Shopping in the Land of Summer
By Jeff Wing   |   December 5, 2023

It’s that time of year again. We have communally checked the Large Flightless Bird box and stumbled right over the line into “The Holidays.” Yes, your bone-dry and otherworldly delightfully moist and aromatic Thanksgiving turkey was an absolute hit. Your Aunt Marge’s startling “Pea Mush” was likewise well-received, producing the usual bug-eyed attempts to swallow […]

Summerland Elementary School’s New Sports Court Opens
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 31, 2023

Summerland Elementary School and the Summerland community have a new sports court area thanks to the generosity and legacy building by Summerland residents Nora McNeely Hurley and husband Michael Hurley through Nora’s family Manitou Foundation, who donated the $1.3 million needed to make it happen. Superintendent of the Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) Diana Rigby […]

Day Schildkret’s Morning Altars: Nature’s Ephemera as Transitory Healing Art
By Jeff Wing   |   October 10, 2023

When Day Schildkret found himself stunned by a sudden flurry of emotional body blows, he was inconsolable, taking long walks through Wildcat Canyon with his faithful pup – head down and heartsick. Note: “head down” can bring you face to face with unsought, healing wonder. Day will be leading a workshop on nature, art, and […]

CA State Lands Commission and Heal the Ocean: Summerland Oil Updates
By Joanne A Calitri   |   September 5, 2023

A presentation of the status and action plan regarding the oil wells and seepage issues at Summerland Beach was done by Petroleum Production Engineer at the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) Walter Scott with Harry Rabin and Hillary Hauser of Heal the Ocean (HTO) at a public meeting held by the Summerland Citizens Association on […]

Support Dispatched for Additional Fire Station
By Richard Mineards   |   August 29, 2023

It’s all systems go for an additional fire station on 3806 Via Real, located between Summerland and Carpinteria! The goal is to open a state-of-the-art firehouse on this site. A new nonprofit, Santa Barbara South Coast Fire Fighter Foundation, has been formed and held its kickoff event at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland oceanside home […]

Oil on Summerland Beaches
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 22, 2023

The continued efforts to contain the abandoned oil wells in the Pacific Ocean offshore to Summerland Beach took a new stride on Monday, August 14, at 10 am with the arrival of new capping methodology and the start of a 3D geological study titled, “Summerland Oil Mitigation Study” (SOMS), to fully map the oil reservoirs, […]

Society on the Summerland Businesses’ Block Party
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 8, 2023

The 38 businesses on Lillie Avenue in Summerland joined together for a block party and to invite the local adjoining towns to get to know them. The event took place Saturday, July 29, from 11 am to 5 pm, all along the avenue. Walking the approximated 7/10th of a mile route, you’ll find a variety […]

Summerland IS Beautiful… And Summerland is NOT a Food Desert
By Montecito Journal   |   July 11, 2023

Summerland is a unique blend of small-town charm, a vibrant mix of locally-owned stores and restaurants, and an outdoor paradise. Ocean views abound from every street.  We are a close-knit and welcoming community. Our town exudes a friendly and neighborly spirit. We support each other in crisis.   We are NOT a food desert. We […]

Summerland Farm Faces its Moment of Reckoning
By Jeff Wing   |   July 4, 2023

A farm is a lovely thing – a pastoral slice of heaven that restores the soul, reconnects the bewildered human to unbridled nature, and just incidentally pushes food out of the dirt. It is the darndest thing. “You see a lot of lettuce. We’ve got broccoli, cauliflower, kale…” Our gesturing tour guide today is the […]

An Odyssey of Spirit and Character(s) Amy Cooper Brings Her Vision to the Indescribable Summerland Experience
By Jeff Wing   |   June 27, 2023

Handily sandwiched between this world and the next, we have the picturesque village of Summerland, California. This quaint California idyll derives its name from ‘The Summerland’ – a term Theosophists apply to the heavenly sphere that surrounds our yearning planet Earth. Summerland was indeed founded by Spiritualist H.L. Williams in 1883 as a colony for […]

Summerland Beach Clean-Up
By Joanne A Calitri   |   June 27, 2023

At 8 am on Saturday, June 17, the sun came out with blue skies after six months of gray, cloudy, and rainy weather. I couldn’t help but wonder if the Sun God Re and Mother Nature were sending their blessings to the Summerland Beautiful organization and the Summerland Citizens Association (SCA) Beach Committee, who planned […]

Summerland Elementary School Re-Opens
By Joanne A Calitri   |   February 14, 2023

On Saturday January 28, the Summerland Elementary School held a community-wide reception to celebrate the re-opening of the school. After being closed since summer 2021, this re-opening signifies a complete rebuild from the soil on up to new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, a library, an office and an outdoor playground funded by Measure U at […]

Summerland Beach Remains Closed
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 24, 2023

A mysterious oil slick in the waters off Summerland Beach continues to be closely monitored by multiple agencies, while beach access remains closed to the public. According to Summerland Citizens Association Board President Phyllis Noble, the oil slick, which appeared earlier this month following heavy rains, now appears to be breaking up and no additional […]

Summerland Signage Woes 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 13, 2022

Also at the Land Use Committee meeting, representatives from the Summerland Citizens Association (SCA) reported to the committee that they are spearheading an appeal of a portion of developer John Price’s new Fuel Depot project at 2285 Lillie Avenue in Summerland. Specifically, the SCA is appealing the gas station’s sign on the back side of […]

Home Crush
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 29, 2022

Montecito’s Aimee Miller recently opened Home Crush on Lillie Avenue, after converting a 1930s ocean-view Bungalow into an interactive design studio with multiple rooms, terraces, and destinations. “We kept the home feeling like a residence, but removed the doors so customers can come in and actually see stuff and how it lives in a room,” […]

Summerland Citizen’s Association Board of Directors Report
By Montecito Journal   |   November 1, 2022

Summerland Citizens Association BOD (SCABOD) is happy to report that on October 24, CalTrans successfully hit their target date for opening the Evans 101 Northbound onramp. During onramp closure, MTD was forced to make adjustments for the Line 20 bus in Summerland, which meant additional efforts had to be made by the passengers. Some of […]