Lemondrop Closes in Upper Village
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 5, 2023

Roughly two years after opening their doors to the Montecito community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lemondrop, Montecito’s only shop catering to pre-teens or “tweens” has closed. The shop was owned by Montecito mom of four, Ana Rudnicki, who opened the shop in 2021 to give parents a place to take their pre-teens to try on […]

Head of the Class: Meet the New Faculty
By Scott Craig   |   September 5, 2023

Westmont welcomes four excellent new tenure-track professors to campus this fall. Sam Cole (economics and business), Linghui Han (economics and business), Paul Mena (communication studies), and Anna Jordan (‘07; English) each bring a deep Christian faith and a desire to challenge students to think deeply while learning broadly.  “Westmont is distinct because our faculty are […]


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Picnic at the Preserve
By Hattie Beresford   |   August 29, 2023

From the Carpinteria Bluffs to Arroyo Hondo Preserve on the Gaviota Coast; from Ennisbrook Open Space in Montecito to the Hibbits Ranch in Lompoc, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has worked to conserve, preserve, and protect over 31,890 acres of land as well as trail easements. With the increased density and rapid suburbanization […]

Ring Nets Support: Help Keep the Ring Nets in for the Next Five
By Pat McElroy   |   August 29, 2023

Our hearts sank when on the 5th year anniversary of the 1/9/2018 Debris Flow, we had another event. And I know we were all concerned about the level of rain potentially coming down in Montecito with tropical storm Hilary. Studies have shown the debris flow events in our community can occur much more frequently than […]

Montecito Community Trails Partnership Recognized
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 29, 2023

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) has awarded the Montecito Community Trails Partnership – a partnership between the County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department and the nonprofit Bucket Brigade – with a 2022 Challenge Award in the Suburban Disaster and Emergency Response category. CSAC’s Annual Challenge Awards recognize the innovative and creative spirit […]

Successful Storm Preparation 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 29, 2023

As Tropical Storm Hilary threatened to bring significant rainfall to Southern California and into Santa Barbara County this past weekend, Montecito Fire Protection District remained in close communication with National Weather Service partners to determine how Montecito may be affected. In response, a sandbag filling station was set up at Lower Manning Park for community […]

Coast Village Association Meet & Greet
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 29, 2023

Earlier this month, the Rosewood Miramar Beach hosted the Coast Village Association for another Meet & Greet; an opportunity for merchants in the Lower Village to gather and discuss ideas and concerns.  Over 40 merchants from retail stores, art galleries, restaurants, markets, and services joined together to meet the Rosewood’s guest services’ department as well […]

  • In Business: Dorso Inc. 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 29, 2023

    Local entrepreneur Robb Ferer and Santa Barbara Chiropractor, Hunter Ford D.C., along with mechanical engineer Grant Draper, have invented a new product, called a Dorso Mount, that connects percussive massage devices to massage canes. The device has had positive traction online, selling to patients as well as to sports teams, gyms, and physical therapists across […]

    Local Student Wins Woodworking Award
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 22, 2023

    Former MUS student Zander Murren Doherty has been passionately working away in his Montecito workshop this summer, building a variety of wooden creations and winning local and national competitions for his work.  Each May, the Santa Barbara School District hosts a local student woodworking competition; this year Zander built a very special rocking chair inspired […]


    Fatal Accident on Highway 101 in Montecito 
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 22, 2023

    On Sunday August 13, at approximately 3:12 am, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a report of a traffic crash that had occurred on the southbound 101 freeway, north of Olive Mill Road where the three-lane highway merges to two lanes.  The accident involved two vehicles, a 2019 Toyota Camry and a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer. […]

    Fire Ban Remains in Effect
    By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 22, 2023

    With hot temperatures continuing over the next week, Los Padres National Forest officials reminded visitors last week that an open fire ban remains in effect for the Santa Barbara front country while trail closures have been extended for the Old Romero Road (26W25), Romero Canyon Trail (26W14), and San Ysidro Trail (26W15 Singletrack) through August […]

    The Aspen Institute: Leading Its Way to Santa Barbara
    By Amélie Dieux   |   August 22, 2023

    On a beautiful morning not long ago, the Aspen Institute held a meeting at the Santa Barbara Club. The institute’s ex-vice president, Charlie Firestone, was on hand to cheerily meet and greet the attendees and introduce the panel, before diving into the meeting’s rhetorical raison d’être; might the storied think tank find in Santa Barbara […]

    Welcome to the REEF! Inspiring Ocean Advocates for 20 years
    By Stella Haffner   |   August 22, 2023

    “You don’t have to be a scientist to love and protect the ocean,” says marine biologist Scott Simon. Simon is the director at UCSB’s teaching aquarium, the Research Experience and Education Facility (or REEF for short). Although used as a lab facility by the university, the REEF is primarily devoted to public outreach and serves […]

    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, […]