Montecito’s Watershed Moment
By Les Firestein   |   January 31, 2023

Exactly five years ago on this day, I was working with The Partnership for Resilient Communities (TPRC) to help develop a plan to contain Montecito’s occasional debris flows. Since a lot of folks are relatively new to Montecito, now is a particularly poignant time to look back at where we’ve come from, what’s been achieved […]

An Anniversary to Remember
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 17, 2023

It’s been a wet and wild week in Montecito and much of Santa Barbara County, as unrelenting rainstorms came through the region, prompting two mandatory evacuations since January 4. The storm earlier this week, coming on the heels of over 20 inches of rain in the last 30 days, caused significant flooding and mudflow, but […]

 

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By Michael Cox   |   January 17, 2023

Take a sneak peek of Montecito by Michael Cox in this ongoing serialization of his yet-to-be-published book. This fictional story is inspired by “tales of true crime THAT HAPPENED HERE.” After a shocking revelation from Agent Randall, the FBI continues to question Hollis. Chapter 46 is available here. – MJ Staff Chapter 47 As I […]

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By Sharon Byrne   |   January 10, 2023

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By Barbara T. Hadley   |   January 10, 2023

Located at the intersection of Hot Springs and Olive Mill roads, Casa Dorinda was dubbed “ground zero” for the events of January 9th. The Debris Flow occurred in the early morning hours when over 200 on-campus residents were still asleep and there was a skeleton staff of less than 10. The torrential waters skirted the […]

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By Richard Schultz   |   January 10, 2023

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Debris Flow in Riven Rock: A Personal Journey Through a Sea of Mud
By Frank McGinity   |   January 10, 2023

I’m reluctant to report on our experiences with the January 9th flood. It was difficult because 45% of our home was damaged. We couldn’t even get into our property for a month to view the damage. Yet the final result turned out to be very successful.  But we mourn the 23 people who died as […]

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  • Montecito — Chapter 46: Another Visit From the Agents
    By Michael Cox   |   January 10, 2023

    Take a sneak peek of Montecito by Michael Cox in this ongoing serialization of his yet-to-be-published book. This fictional story is inspired by “tales of true crime THAT HAPPENED HERE.” After Hollis’s home visit from Agent Andrews, he receives another knock at the door. Chapters 44 and 45 are available online here. – MJ Staff […]

    Holiday Wrap Up: Wrapping Up the Home
    By Zach Rosen   |   December 20, 2022

    With the holidays upon us, here are a few places for putting those finishing touches on the home, last-minute local gifts, or just spots to go get some fresh air and holiday cheer. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to let things slip through the cracks and this week is […]

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    Trimming Montecito’s Tree
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 20, 2022

    Last week, the usual crew of Montecito locals gathered to decorate the giant pine tree near the Manning Park tennis courts. It’s a festive tradition that goes back many decades, and we retell it here each year to keep the memory alive.  As the story goes, in the early 1960s, then Montecito Fire Chief Don […]

    Montecito — Chapter 43: Agents in the Gar-office
    By Michael Cox   |   December 20, 2022

    Take a sneak peek of Montecito by Michael Cox in this ongoing serialization of his yet-to-be-published book. This fictional story is inspired by “tales of true crime THAT HAPPENED HERE.” After an unexpected knock on the door, Hollis is faced with several FBI agents. Chapters 41 and 42 are available online at montecitojournal.net. – MJ […]

    Holiday Shopping Along State Street and Beyond
    By Zach Rosen   |   December 13, 2022

    With the pedestrian paths that now run down State Street, it is easier than ever to do some holiday shopping or just spend a day downtown with the family. In week three of our Home for the Holidays Guide, here are just a few of the fun events and spots to stop in along the […]

    Montecito — Chapter 41 & 42: Balloons and Swollen Accounts
    By Michael Cox   |   December 13, 2022

    Take a sneak peek of Montecito by Michael Cox in this ongoing serialization of his yet-to-be-published book. This fictional story is inspired by “tales of true crime THAT HAPPENED HERE.” Hollis works in Cottage Hospital as Trip recovers from his injuries. Chapters 39 and 40 are available online here. – MJ Staff Chapter 41 Three […]

    Welcome to December! We’re very excited to announce our Second Annual Montecito Holiday Magic Parade December 17!
    By Sharon Byrne   |   December 6, 2022

    We’ll have the coolest classic cars, lit up to brighten the night sky (briefly). We’ll have dancers, singers, and so much fun! The route starts from the Upper Village, and heads down Hot Springs to Coast Village, and then back up Olive Mill to the end. We encourage you to support our local merchants and […]

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