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Touring Santa Barbara’s Desalination Plant

“This is state-of-the-art early-’90s technology here,” says Santa Barbara’s manager of water resources Joshua Haggmark. He points to the computer. “The hard drive in here is smaller than what’s in my iPhone. So needless to say we won’t be re-utilizing this this time around.”

Kim Brunhuber of CBC News visits Santa Barbara’s 25-year-old desalination plant with Joshua Haggmark, Santa Barbara’s water resources manager, and provides a 2-minute tour:


Supporting the Ray Strong Project

Frank Goss is leading the Ray Strong Project in hopes of producing an online archive, book and a limited-edition poster along with California art shows to celebrate a local icon who painted for over 80 years. Ray Strong’s panoramas are the highlight of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum for many and his regional landscape paintings are treasured. Frank needs your financial help to make the Ray Strong Project a reality. $50,000 have been raised, but another $17,000 is needed. If you’d like more information about contributing to this cause, click here.


Body Cameras for the Santa Barbara Police Department?

Yesterday, the Santa Barbara City Council received an oral presentation from the Police Chief regarding the Santa Barbara Police Department. One of the hot topics was the possible introduction of body cameras for local officers. Each camera would cost about $800 with an estimated $70,000 needed for storage and processing, but the conversation is much larger than costs in light of recent events. So, let’s ask viewers in the poll question of the week:


Keeping Santa Barbara Santa Barbara

tresselRegarding your post about the Tressel/Winchester house at 412 West Montecito street. I live a few doors down and have noticed a gradual decline. It used to be manicured, lovely, a jewel of historical homes in Santa Barbara. But for the past five years it has been in a state of decline. Full of leaves and debris, never watered, with weeds as tall as an elephants eye. The most heavily traveled sidewalk in the lower west side is blocked by volunteer palm trees and shrubs that have not been trimmed in years. That’s a fact, I know this because I live a few doors down. (scroll slide show below)

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New Speed Zones in Santa Barbara Get Approval

crsToday at their weekly meeting, the Santa Barbara City Council will likely approve new speed zones around town, to include increases.

According to the Agenda, and based on the prevailing speeds measured as part of an Engineering and Traffic Survey, changes are coming to portions of: Las Positas Road, Cliff Drive, Cabrillo Boulevard, Bath Street, Calle Real, Castillo Street, Chapala Street, Milpas Street, Salinas Street, Valerio Street and State Street.

Here is the final list:

55 miles per hour:
LAS POSITAS ROAD – Cliff Drive to a point 870 feet north of Las Positas Place

45 miles per hour:
CALLE REAL – Las Positas Road to Hitchcock Way
HOLLISTER AVENUE – Fairview Avenue to the westerly City limits
MODOC ROAD – Las Positas Road to westerly City limits
OLD COAST HIGHWAY – Harbor View Drive to Hot Springs Road

40 miles per hour:
CALLE REAL – Hitchcock Way to La Cumbre Road
CARRILLO STREET – San Andres Street to La Coronilla Drive
CLIFF DRIVE – Loma Alta Drive to Las Positas Road
MEIGS ROAD – Cliff Drive to La Coronilla Road

35 miles per hour:
ALAMAR AVENUE – Foothill Road to State Street
ALSTON ROAD – City limits to Eucalyptus Hill Road
BARKER PASS ROAD – Eucalyptus Hill Road to the northerly City limits
CABRILLO BOULEVARD – Calle Cesar Chavez to US Highway 101
CLIFF DRIVE – Westerly City limits to Las Positas Road
FAIRVIEW AVENUE – Placencia Street to Calle Real, those portions within the City limits
HOPE AVENUE – State Street to Pueblo Avenue
HOPE AVENUE – Calle Real to State Street
LA CUMBRE ROAD – Via Lucero to northerly City limits
LA COLINA ROAD – La Cumbre Road to Verano Drive
LAS POSITAS ROAD – State Street to a point 870 feet north of Las Positas Place
LOMA ALTA DRIVE – Cliff Drive (SR 225) to Shoreline Drive
MEIGS ROAD – Cliff Drive to Salida Del Sol
MODOC ROAD – Mission Street to Las Positas Road
OLD COAST HIGHWAY – Salinas Street to Harbor View Drive
SHORELINE DRIVE – Castillo Street to La Marina
STATE STREET – Mission Street to the westerly City limits
VERONICA SPRINGS ROAD – Those portions within the City limits
YANONALI STREET – Calle Cesar Chavez to Garden Street

30 miles per hour:

ALAMAR AVENUE – De La Vina Street to Junipero Street
ALAMEDA PADRE SERRA – Los Olivos Street to Sycamore Canyon Road
ALAMEDA PADRE SERRA – Sycamore Canyon Road to Eucalyptus Hill Road
ANACAPA STREET – Arrellaga Street to Constance Avenue
ANAPAMU STREET – Santa Barbara Street to Milpas Street
BATH STREET – US Highway 101 northbound offramp to Mission Street
CABRILLO BOULEVARD – Castillo Street to Calle Cesar Chavez
CALLE REAL – Pueblo Street to Las Positas Road
CANON PERDIDO STREET – Santa Barbara Street to Milpas Street
CASTILLO STREET – Cabrillo Boulevard to Mission Street
CHAPALA STREET – Gutierrez Street to Alamar Avenue
CLIFF DRIVE – Montecito Street to Loma Alta Drive
CLINTON TERRACE – Samarkand Drive to Tallant Road
COAST VILLAGE ROAD – Olive Mill Road to Cabrillo Boulevard
CONSTANCE AVENUE – State Street to Garden Street
DE LA GUERRA STREET – Santa Barbara Street to Milpas Street
DE LA VINA STREET – State Street to Micheltorena Street
DE LA VINA STREET – Micheltorena Street to Haley Street
GARDEN STREET – Micheltorena Street to Junipero Street
HITCHCOCK WAY – Calle Real to State Street
LA CUMBRE ROAD – Southerly City limits (US Highway 101) to Via Lucero
LOMA ALTA DRIVE – Coronel Street to Canon Perdido Street
MILPAS STREET – Anapamu Street to Cabrillo Boulevard
MIRAMONTE DRIVE – Carrillo Street to Via Del Cielo
ONTARE ROAD – Sunset Drive to Foothill Road
SALINAS STREET – US Highway 101 to Sycamore Canyon Road
SAMARKAND DRIVE – De La Vina to Clinton Terrace
SAN PASCUAL STREET – Canon Perdido Street to Coronel Place
SAN ROQUE ROAD – Foothill Road to State Street
SANTA BARBARA STREET – Anapamu Street to Constance Avenue
SHORELINE DRIVE – Salida Del Sol to La Marina
STATE STREET – Victoria Street to Mission Street
TREASURE DRIVE – Tallant Road to Calle Real
VERANO DRIVE – Primavera Road to southerly City limits
YANONALI STREET – Garden Street to State Street

25 miles per hour:

ANACAPA STREET – Arrellaga Street to US Highway 101
BATH STREET – Mission Street to Quinto Street
CARPINTERIA STREET – Milpas Street to Salinas Street
CARRILLO STREET – Chapala Street to San Andres Street
CASTILLO STREET – Mission Street to Pueblo Street
COTA STREET – Santa Barbara Street to Alameda Padre Serra
GUTIERREZ STREET – Santa Barbara Street to Alameda Padre Serra
HALEY STREET – Chapala Street to Milpas Street
MICHELTORENA STREET – San Andres Street to California Street
MISSION STREET – Robbins Street to Anacapa Street
ONTARE ROAD – State Street to Sunset Drive
PUESTA DEL SOL – Alamar Avenue to easterly City limits
SAN ANDRES STREET – Mission Street to Canon Perdido Street


Waterfront Contrast‏

Local Views of Santa Barbara by Dan Seibert

Saturday I posted a photo of two men on East beach, one passed out face down with his buddy siting next to him. Open containers within reach. Contrast that scene with the volleyball players at ease in the background.

Sunday morning I walked next to the harbor and saw the wonderful man cleaning up leaves from Saturday’s wind. He uses a small broom and dustpan, all from his motorized wheelchair.
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People of Santa Barbara: Robert F. Winchester, Ranchero and Physician

On this date in 1845, Robert F. Winchester was born in Brewer, Maine. Winchester would become the second practicing physician in Santa Barbara.

Winchester served in the Civil War as a surgeon for the Union Army. After the war, he was drawn by the wanderlust of the West coast and moved to San Francisco. He began his practice when the smallpox epidemic drew him to San Juan Bautista and his fateful meeting with Colonel Hollister.  According to Walker A. Tomkins, “when Colonel Hollister was preparing to move his family to Santa Barbara, a devastating epidemic of smallpox broke out in the San Juan Bautista area near his sheep ranch. A young doctor, Robert Fulton Winchester, volunteered to leave his practice near San Francisco to come to the aid of the stricken community… Hollister was so impressed that he hired him to serve as the family’s personal physician and eventually set him up for business in Santa Barbara.”

As an enticement to get Dr. Winchester to come south, in 1870 Colonel Hollister purchased 1,000 acres of prime land the doctor’s name in the lush arroyo west of Ellwood Canyon. Winchester agreed to the move. After a few years, he grew tired of rural life and moved into Jose Lobero’s adobe at 110 West Carillo Street, which the Hollisters had used as temporary living quarters while the Glen Annie ranch house was being built.

In 1872, the year Stearns Wharf opened, Dr. Winchester started his practice in competition with the town’s well-established Dr. Brinkerhoff. When the Fithian Building opened at State and Ortego in 1896, Dr. Winchester leased a suite of offices. By this time, Winchester had served as Santa Barbara County coroner, county doctor and city health officer.

Dr. Wichester retired in 1925, died on March 31, 1932, and his final home was in the Trussell-Winchester Adobe, a historic landmark at 412 West Montecito Street.

October 1960 SOUTH (FRONT) ELEVATION – Trussell-Winchester, 412 West Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA


EcoFacts: Two Glimpses of Farming

Weekly Column by Barbara Hirsch

strawberries3Santa Barbara County’s top crop in 2013 was strawberries, their commercial value being nearly three times that of the next one – wine grapes. Delicious sweetness and intoxicating pleasure, these crops give us a snapshot of our region and its small farms, including the people who pick the fruits. Strawberries and wine grapes are economically robust despite the current drought. (Strawberries require much water while grapes are far more drought tolerant.) Many who partake of these can afford organic, and fortunately we have many local farmers who want to fulfill that need. For the rest, pesticide use on strawberries has increased in California in the last few years. A new regulation will limit one of them.
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