Person of the Year Nominations 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 12, 2022

Considered one of the highest honors of the year in Santa Barbara County, this year’s Person of the Year Award nominations are in progress, with a deadline scheduled for next Friday, July 15 at 5 pm.  The Santa Barbara Foundation, along with co-sponsors Montecito Bank & Trust, Noozhawk, The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Cox […]


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The USCB Media Arts and Technology (MAT) Department held their End of the Year Show (EoYS) at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST) for June’s 1st Thursday. The MAT Department is a “transdisciplinary graduate program that fuses emergent media, computer science, engineering, electronic music and digital art research, practice, production, and […]

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By Steven Libowitz   |   March 29, 2022

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By Carly Williams   |   March 29, 2022

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s annual Hope Awards will mark its return to the Historical Museum on April 28 after the pandemic scuttled the in-person gala in 2021. The doors to the Historical Museum will open at 5:30 pm to an evening of local food, drink, and a chance to show some extra support. The […]

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By Pat McElroy   |   January 4, 2022

Last week I was forwarded a newsletter from the Montecito Association. I was struck by the recommendation to use the 10-digit phone number for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s landline rather than 911 when reporting an emergency in Montecito, specifically Coast Village Road. Having dealt extensively with this issue during my career with Santa Barbara City […]

Between 2 (Thousand) Ferns
By Les Firestein   |   January 1, 2022

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    In the 1950s, Harold Hill sold the kids of River City a band program. In the 2020 revival, he’s selling a bond program. Last week, while checking the Nextdoor website/app to learn which neighborhood cat was missing this week, I stumbled across some residents passionately debating Bond L2020 – Cold Spring School District Bond Measure. […]

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    By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   June 11, 2020

    It was a good May in terms of home sales in Montecito and the greater 93108. In fact, some agents are even saying the market is basically on fire and in most price ranges. Indeed, we have had a few of the usual under-two-million-dollar sales, as well as a few in the $3-$5-million range as […]

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