Milpas on the Move, By Sharon Byrne
“Two main faults delineate the onshore portion of the southern foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara,” writes historian Walker Tompkins. “The western or Mesa Fault is an offshoot, or splay, that can be traced as a nearly straight line southeast from Tucker’s Grove County Park, along the north side of the uplifted mesa, and continuing on out to near the harbor breakwater. The Mission Ridge Fault continues east of the city through Sycamore Canyon and runs in a southernly direction to eventually link up with the Arroyo Parida Fault north of Ortega Hill, passing directly to represent the near surface expressions of a much deeper fault system that extends beneath the mountain range, the Santa Barbara Channel, and crops south of the northern Channel Islands.”
Here’s a new look at what was left of Santa Barbara after the June 29, 1925 earthquake.
On the topic of tourist vehicles buzzing around Santa Barbara’s waterfront and downtown region, how about a birthday shout out to the Hot Rod Limo. The custom-built, colorful vehicle which seats 8 people and the driver debuted two years ago this week. The Hot Rod Limo offers 40-minute coastal tours of Santa Barbara for $20. The “hottest ride in town” departs from corner of Cabrillo and Garden every hour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.
After decades of confusion by City sign makers, tourists and wharf businesses, Stearn’s Wharf (formerly Stearns Wharf) finally gets its apostrophe. Yesterday, at their weekly meeting, the Santa Barbara City Council issued a formal declaration making Stearns Wharf, Stearn’s Wharf. Although grammatically incorrect, the proclamation should decrease confusion. Completed In 1872, the wharf became the longest deep-water wharf between San Pedro and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John Peck Stearns, the wharf is Santa Barbara’s top tourist destination.
A law, Senate Bill 192, would make California the first state in the country to require that adult bike riders wear helmets. The newly-proposed law would impose a $25 base fine on adults who bike without headgear. Bicycling safety has been a long-simmering debate here in Santa Barbara, so let’s make it the question of the week and see what Viewers have to say:
After months of surveys and forums, draft 3 was chosen as the new district election map for Santa Barbara. Six regions, with about 14,500 people in each district. In all likelihood, Districts one and three will be on the ballot this fall… now let the candidates declare! (click to enlarge)
For those who missed the 2015 State of the City breakfast and address on Friday, March 20th, sponsored by the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, here is the full video:
Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
A beautiful view over Santa Barbara. This is one of the most amazing spots in Santa Barbara. The top of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Clock Tower. From here you can see from one end of the city to the other, The Mission to the Ocean. This particular angle is overlooking the sunken gardens of the courtyard with the Pacific Ocean on the right.
But before you grab your camera and head over there, you should know that currently the tower is closed for construction work. In a few months however, you’ll be able to take the elevator all the way to the top. Which will be a great help for many people who found the tight climb up the last story above where the elevator dropped them off too much of a barrier to enjoy this amazing spot.
In the mean time I will do my best to bring the beautiful views to you.