Wish Upon a Montecito Star: MUS Fundraiser Gets Help from a Legend
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 13, 2021

Saturday, May 22 will be a very exciting evening for Montecito Union kids, parents, and the greater community, as Montecito Union School hosts a virtual gala featuring professionally produced musical performances from MUS students. Dubbed “Montecito Star,” the event is in lieu of the Montecito Union School Foundation’s annual gala, which raises money for various […]

In Real Life Version of The Birds, Swift Thinking Saves Hundreds in Montecito
By Gretchen Lieff   |   May 13, 2021

It’s Monday in Montecito, KEYT is predicting a high of 75 degrees, and the winds have finally blown out of the area. I look toward the garden where overnight gusts have left plenty of oak and eucalyptus debris to keep my broom busy. I decide to hit the phones early, answering the rescue line for […]

 

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Black Swans: Chaos Surrounds Discovery and Ultimate Capture of Black Swans in SB Harbor
By Gretchen Lieff and Nick Masuda   |   May 13, 2021

The phones at both the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network and Santa Barbara Zoo were quite busy over the weekend and into Tuesday — there were a handful of Australian Black Swans hanging out in the Santa Barbara Harbor, a sight never seen on the South Coast. That ended abruptly on Tuesday afternoon when Julia […]

San Ysidro Ranch Spa Debut
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 13, 2021

This weekend Montecito’s famed San Ysidro Ranch will host a preview of its new Salon & Spa, located in a classic board and batten style cottage on the picturesque property. With plans to fully open next week, the Salon & Spa also features a relaxing courtyard surrounded by fragrant gardens and shaded by vine-covered pergolas.  […]

Transportation & Land Use Committee Discusses 101 Design
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 13, 2021

Earlier this week, the Montecito Association’s Transportation & Land Use Committee received a presentation from representatives from the Highway 101 HOV project, who gave the committee a preliminary sneak peek of design elements for the highway widening through Montecito.  The project will eventually widen the freeway to three lanes in each direction between Sycamore Creek […]

Developing Inclusivity and Community Go Hand-in-Hand
By Kalyan Balaven   |   May 6, 2021

Inclusion is not a special interest; it is a human right.  For the educator in me, this is a mantra that safeguards the term inclusion from how it trends currently in our discourse. In the rhetoric of our time, it has lost both its efficacy and meaning. It has become threadbare in its overuse and […]

New Lawsuit Alleging Missing Documents is Latest Salvo in Ongoing Cold Spring School Standoff
By Nick Schou   |   May 6, 2021

Previous articles in the Montecito Journal have described what by now has become a no-holds-barred legal conflict between the Cold Spring School and Amanda Rowan, a parent of a child who was suspended from the classroom last year, and who was subsequently named in a restraining order filed on behalf of three employees of the […]

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It’s Personal: Hometown Girl Now Charged with Informing Area About Fire Safety
By Christina Favuzzi   |   May 6, 2021

As spring nears an end, many of us look forward to warmer weather, backyard barbeques, lazy beach days, and the innate relaxation of the summer season. Yet, the transition to summer comes with a layer of uneasy anticipation.  After studying fuel conditions and weather predictions, the local fire jurisdictions of Santa Barbara County have declared […]

Read ‘N Post Closes
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 6, 2021

Jan Hendrickson, longtime owner-manager of Read ‘N Post in Montecito, was honored by staff members and friends during the store’s last day on Saturday, April 24. Jan was presented with two books of pictures and handwritten messages from dozens of customers and others, created by Read ‘N Post staff member Carol Finston. The beloved store […]

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Montecito Author Releases New Poetry Book
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 6, 2021

OPEN, the newest book of poetry by Susan Read Cronin, explores issues of love, life, death, and family. Sometimes written as seen through the eyes of a child, Cronin’s poems remind the reader of what it is like to try to make sense of the world around us. Weaving steadily between dark and light, her […]

The Privatization of Our Water is a Bad Idea, as is Combining Districts
By Robert Roebuck   |   May 6, 2021

The Community Voices article in the April 15 edition of the Montecito Journal by Charles C. Read and Eileen White Read attempted to identify the motive for suggesting that the Montecito Water District (MWD) and Montecito Sanitary District (MSD) should merge.  However, it reminded me of what someone told me several years ago. That person […]

Montecito Rotary’s “Back 2 School” Fundraiser
By Kelly Herrick   |   May 6, 2021

The Rotary Club of Montecito is virtually hosting its annual “Back 2 School” fundraising event for Santa Barbara City College student scholarships on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4 pm. Providing funding to the Santa Barbara City College for more than 25 years, the Rotary Club of Montecito continues to organize around raising money for […]

‘We Pulled off a Miracle with Randall Road’: $18 Million Debris Basin Project Set to Begin
By Melinda Burns   |   April 29, 2021

Excavation of a new debris basin along Randall Road and San Ysidro Creek in Montecito will begin in early May, officials said this week, more than three years after a river of mud and boulders jumped the banks on January 9, 2018, destroying six out of seven homes in the 600 block of Randall Road […]

Hot Diggity Dog! Adventurous flavor combos elevate an American classic at Dave’s Dogs
By Claudia Schou   |   April 29, 2021

Ask a New Yorker about the ideal hot dog and they’ll likely say it’s a Nathan’s dog slathered in mustard and covered in sauerkraut, wrapped in tin foil. Another extreme might be the kind of exotic sausages – rabbit and rattlesnake, anyone? – served at hipster-friendly eateries like Wurstküche in Los Angeles. Whatever your passion […]

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