Enjoy this view from Victoria and Chapala—it will be lost after the construction. As noted in the business report, “the largest renovation project in the State Street corridor is the demolition of the old Von’s supermarket on Victoria and Chapala streets, which is destined to become a mixed-use commercial complex.”
Remember the General Plan? That City document that sucked up years of staff and consultant time and political debate—along with millions and millions of dollars? When it was finally adopted last year, it included only a cursory Historic Resources Element—not a comprehensive one. That was an affront to preservationists in a city that banks so heavily on the treasures of its long and colorful past.
Many of these stewards had insisted from the beginning of the General Plan process that the Historic Resources Element should have been the starting point for the gargantuan project—not an after-the-fact add-on grudgingly included in the document.
And at one point in the interminable General Plan effort, the political make up of City Council had enough votes to actually agree to with them. Council voted to allow knowledgeable citizens to work with City staffers to develop an appropriately researched and written Historic Resources Element for inclusion in the General Plan.
A distinguished group of preservation-minded stewards representing a range of expertise and organizations, volunteered to hammer out a Historic Resources Element worthy of Santa Barbara’s unique cultural and historical legacy.
They include Judith Orias and Fermina Murray (Historic Landmarks Commission; Stella Larson (Planning Commission); Mary Louise Days (Citizens Planning Association and Santa Barbara Conservancy); Kellam de Forest (Pearl Chase Society); Jeanne Kahre and Wanda Livernois (Allied Neighborhood Association); Susette Naylor and Anne Peterson (Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation).
After 21 meetings and much discussion, the 39-page document they produced (replacing the earlier six-page one) is finally ready for official review, PDF left.
Of particular note, the Historic Resources Element identifies four primary goals: 1) Protection and Enhancement of Historical Resources 2) Increased Awareness and Appreciation 3) Governmental Cooperation 4) Neighborhood Historic Preservation.
And new policies recognize the importance of avoiding the demolition of historic resources; protection of neighborhood historic resources; streetscape and landscape historic resources; and surveying, documenting and designating historic resources. And it even includes a policy about public education—and one that encourages adaptive re-use. Continue reading…
What happens to grown men when they put on one of those railroad conductor’s hats? Roger Horton and Grant House, among others, got brain melt back in 2008 as they were shoved down the tracks by the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation into the station of commuter rail for Santa Barbara.
The beautiful new terminal at the Santa Barbara airport appears to have a flaw… useless glass jetways. The $54 million terminal is just one of two in the U.S. with glass jetways; unfortunately they don’t hook up to airplanes, leaving passengers to walk the tarmac.
Please take a look at my petition regarding the safe parking program, Steve Reynalds
The original purpose of the “Safe Parking” program was to be a tool to help the homeless transition from street life to more secure surroundings. Over the past four years New Begininngs has neglected the program’s objective and began catering to those who plan to live permanently in large recreational vehicles. Many safe parking participants feel they have the right to purchase second vehicles or larger motorhomes. Some actually bragged about their “waterfront property”. (Cabrillio) Those new to the city are quickly indoctrinated to this mentality. To restore the true purpose of the program, we (the petitioners) feel it’s the city and county’s responsibility to freeze New Beginnings funding until the following guidelines are met:
1) Restrict the size of recreational vehicles being used for long term parking to an appropriate size for parking on the streets. (MAX 22’ x 9’ x 11’) A moratorium could be granted to those who already own a larger vehicle. After which they must downsize or find a sponsor who will allow them to park on their property. Any participants owning a recreation vehicle must find sponsorship and relinquish their safe parking space after a period of four years. Continue reading…
La Pacifica Ballroom at the Coral Casino has one of the best views around. Overlooking butterfly beach, with a huge terrace under the stars. This shot was taken specifically to catch the reflection of the sunset in the glass doors.
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Got $75 million?
Craig and Susan McCaw – Craig is the ex-husband of News-Press owner Wendy McCaw – have listed their 780-acre private island off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, for $75 million. Known as James Island, the property is about a mile off the coast of Vancouver Island and has a private Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, sandy beaches, an airstrip and a marina. There is a four-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot main residence built from reclaimed cedar, a large warehouse that has been converted into an entertainment center, a gym, a store, staff accommodations and six guest cottages. Continue reading…