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Montecito is more than a tranquil seaside village. It is where we work and where we play. Where we grew up and where we are raising our children. Montecito is where we call home... and where we will continue to call home.

Recently, our beloved community endured a terrible tragedy. Despite many of the images you’ve likely seen on the news, much of Montecito’s natural beauty remains untouched. Many of the country’s celebrated entertainers, entrepreneurs, authors, and philanthropists - people who can live anywhere - choose to make Montecito their home. The community here, and beyond, are committed to rebuilding and residing in this incredible town we all love so dearly.

The spirit of our community has never been stronger. While there is rebuilding in our future, the truths of the past remain present: Montecito is wholly committed to rising and thriving in the face of adversity.


Montecito Rising

1. Local Events

 

Community Comeback Celebration

Come and celebrate our beloved community at this local event! With free food and fun for the entire family, this celebration supports individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the Thomas Fires and 1/9 Debris Flow.

When: Saturday, April 21st from 11am - 2pm | Where: Lower Manning Park - 449 San Ysidro Road, Montecito.

Sips + Eats:

Food catered by Jeannine's Bakery | Wine and Beer from Cava (21+)

Activities:

Face Painting by Santa Barbara Face Painting | Bounce Houses by Just 4 Fun Rentals

Spring Fling: Shop Local Social

It’s Spring, the sun is shining, and that means it’s time to do a shop local event to welcome patrons to Coast Village. Just like the Cash Mob, we know that when we create an event, and roll out the Coast Village Red Carpet, people get excited and come to CVR, and we all prosper!

When: Saturday, April 28th from 10am - 5pm | Where: Coast Village Road

Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is an important way to help our community thrive.  Click here for a complete list of shops and restaurants.  Pay it forward by purchasing gift certificates.

2. Ways to give back

SB BUCKET BRIGADE
This incredible group of volunteers is continuing to help individuals and our community as a whole. Their next mission is to get the more visible areas of devastation cleaned up as soon as possible and to help the property owners in that effort. By utilizing their resources, they have been able to help remove debris and get their properties cleaned up for far less than quotes property owners have previously received. They are motivated and determined.... We are so very grateful for all their efforts. But they need our help! They need money to continue to do all the work they are doing.  Click here to donate and help them help us to move forward!

COLD SPRING SCHOOL BENEFIT
 When:  Saturday, April 20th
     Where:  Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

This benefit supports the school’s Library, STEAM, Art, PE, Technology, and Music programs. Cold Spring School Education fosters a balance of academic achievement, healthy personal development, social and environmental responsibility, and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Click here to register for the event, bid + browse + buy auction items, and donate to the cause

3. Openings + Reopenings

MONTECITO INN: FRANKLAND’S CRAB & CO.
The Montecito Inn reopened in early March and on April 6th the hotel’s very own Frankland’s Crab & Co. opened its doors, welcoming in all seafood lovers. The restaurant’s menu features Santa Barbara’s best local catches.

COMING SOON AT THE MONTECITO INN...
     MARGARITA’S SNACKS: Expected late summer 2018
     THE MONARCH: Expected late summer 2018
     SILVER BOUGH: Expected winter 2018

THE BILTMORE FOUR SEASONS RESORT

The resort is scheduled to reopen early Summer 2018.

SAN YSIDRO RANCH RESTAURANTS: THE STONEHOUSE + PLOW & ANGEL
Rumor has it restaurants will be opening again soon.  Details to follow.

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH HOTEL
Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso purchased this historical property and began renovating the hotel in 2016. The resort is now accepting reservations for January 2019.


4. staying involved & up to date

MONTECITO ASSOCIATION
The Montecito Association is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.  If you are not a member of the Montecito Association, we highly encourage you to join.
Click here for quick and easy membership information.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY READY - READYSBC.ORG
Click Here to read the 100-day Milestone report following the 1/9 Debris Flow


Recovery project sb: recovery Free Store

Exclusively for victims of the Thomas Fire / 1/9 Debris Flow

Where: Montecito Country Mart - 1016 Coast village road | When: March 3-31 | Hours: 11-7 daily

The Recovery Project is a community action effort by neighbors for neighbors in response to the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Mud and Debris Slide.

What it is:

The Recovery Free Store is a place for people affected by this specific double-header tragedy can come and find wardrobe replacements and meet the volunteers who have provided clothing from their own closets.

Get involved:

Volunteer - if you want to help the cause, sign up here.

Donate - click here to place a monetary donation.

Their story:

This wonderful organization was founded by Berna Kieler, who started by re-covering people from her own closet. Her generous act has turned into a tsunami of giving, as Cathy Link, Heather Sage, and Susan St. John have partnered with her to create a dedicated Montecito space as home for a Recovery Free Store. Organic Soup Kitchen has joined the team by providing organic soup in the store for the entire month of March.

The store closing March 31 will be a spirited neighborhood event featuring food provided by the Organic Soup Kitchen, music and celebration honoring the volunteers and guest of honor James Rosenfield, owner of the Montecito Country Mart, who has donated a beautiful retail space for the store.

Walk-ins are welcome! Appointments for wardrobe consulting can be made on their Facebook page, Recovery Project SB.

If you or someone you know has the suffered loss of you home, please contact the Recovery Project SB (Facebook) or call Berna KIeler – 805-570-4339.

For general inquiries, press, or to make a private appointment, contact Taiana Giefer: email: info@recoveryprojectsb.com, phone: 805-570-1426


Helping Hands & Healing Hearts: Part 4

1. Available Resources and staying connected

Montecito center for preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding - Opening, March 8th

Location: 1283 Coast Village Circle, Montecito | Phone: 805-845-7887 | email: montecitocenter@sbcoem.org

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesday 6 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm 

A new center is opening in Montecito Thursday, March 8, 2018 to serve as a central source of support, information and resources for residents, businesses, employees and communities affected by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. 

The Center is a community based location where those impacted can access services, obtain information, provide input, voice concerns and get involved in the recovery and rebuilding process. The Center will serve as an important hub for information and efforts that help prepare residents and businesses for future disasters. 

A variety of agency and program staff will be present at the Montecito Center to assist the public.  Staff will be present to help connect residents and businesses with support.

Readysbc.org

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up for Aware and Prepare emergency alerts at www.ReadySBC.org. Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

Montecito Association

The Montecito Association is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.  If you are not a member, we highly encourage you to join.

trauma and grief therapy

Trauma and Grief Therapy Directory for Santa Barbara Mudslide & Fire Survivors and Families. For a complete list of sessions offered by licensed therapists, click here.

The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services

www.redcross.org/volunteer    (800)REDCROSS or (805) 687-1331

Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org     (805) 563-8820

Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

www.sbresponsenetwork.org    (805) 699-5608

2. ways to give back

SHOP LOCAL

Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is an important way to help our community thrive.  Click here for a complete list of shops and restaurants.  Pay it forward by purchasing gift certificates. 

KICK ASH BASH

Kick Ash Bash organized by One805 to honor both our First Responders and the Thomas Fire/1-9 Mud Debris Flow victims.  This event was a huge success by raising over $2,000,000.  All funds raised will be routed through the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance. From there a beneficiary committee comprised of first responders from County Fire, City Fire, City Police, CHP and Sheriff Departments will determine the allocation of funds and equipment purchases.  Click here for more information

SB BUCKET BRIGADE

This incredible group of volunteers is helping people by cleaning up their properties of mud and debris. In addition to field volunteers, the Bucket Brigade is in need of financial support. Click here to donate  Email TeaFireRelief@gmail.com or call at 805-969-2026 if you need help or wish to volunteer. 


helping hands & healing hearts: Part 3

1. ways to give back

shop local

Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is an important way to help our community thrive. Click here for a complete list of shops and restaurants. Pay it forward by purchasing gift certificates.

sb bucket brigade

This incredible group of volunteers is helping people by cleaning up their properties of mud and debris.

In addition to field volunteers, the Bucket Brigade is in need of financial support. Click here to donate.

Email TeaFireRelief@gmail.com or call at 805-969-2026 if you need help or wish to volunteer.

celebrate montecito's upper village

Saturday, February 24 from 2-6pm, a similar event to the Cash Mob is planned for Montecito’s beloved Upper Village. Mark your calendar for another great afternoon of supporting our local stores. We hope to see you there!

kick ash bash

Sunday, February 25th, 12-6pm Join an expected 2,500+ people to celebrate our first responders! Sited at the spectacular Nesbitt Bella Vista Estate in Summerland, the event will be part music festival, part family fair, and 100% about bringing our community together in the aftermath of tragedy.  With live music, food, drink, and entertainment for the kids, the event has been completely underwritten by the immediate and extraordinary generosity of individuals and local foundations. Come celebrate with first responders, and local heroes.

santa barbara restaurant week

February 23rd to March 4th  Try restaurants you’ve dreamed of dining at and experience a 3-course meal that will guarantee to leave you feeling full all for a prix fixe price. There are options for every budget.

Restaurants include favorites like Blackbird, Bella Vista at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Tre Lune, Lucky’s, Loquita, and many more!  Click here for a complete list of restaurants

SB Restaurant Week has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation. 50% of proceeds from restaurant registration will go to CRAF’s grant program, Restaurants Care, that offers financial relief for restaurant/hospitality workers who experienced losses during the Thomas Fire and Mudslide. 

2. insurance

what's happening?

Many people have questions about insurability in Montecito. Are new homeowners’ policies being written? Can existing policies be renewed? We reached out to Grace Neumann, Vice President of Chivaroli Premier Insurance Services, for a conversation about her experience helping clients navigate the insurance market post-fire and debris flow.

“I just had a long conversation with our marketing manager at AIG.  He said it’s business as usual for them. There are no areas off limits and they would underwrite on a case by case basis like they always have

In regards to the red zone mapping, AIG has not incorporated that into their underwriting and it has not impacted their underwriting. There are no areas off limits to them and there are no moratoriums. AIG is actively looking to write business.

Other carriers are writing in Montecito too. The underwriters are taking a close look at each risk, again like they did before.

I wanted to reiterate that I feel people are taking a huge gamble if they don’t have Flood/Excess Flood coverage. The further we get away from the Thomas Fire, the harder it’s going to be for the carriers to find the approximate cause the Fire.  

On the Flood coverage, there is a 30 day waiting period for the National Flood program.  Chubb has a 7 day wait on Flood coverage and AIG has no wait on their Flood coverage.” Grace Neumann, February 22, 2018

This is great news for Montecito’s present and future homeowners. As a reminder, each property’s situation is unique and it is always best to contact your insurance agent with specific questions.

3. monitoring storms

new high-tech rain gauges

In the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow, the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District installed six additional real-time rain gauges to provide enhanced rainfall monitoring for the impacted areas.

In cooperation with the National Parks Service, three new high-tech gauges were installed at weather monitoring stations on the Channel Islands, located at Anacapa, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands. These gauges electronically dispatch storm information to the National Weather Service (NWS) and are vital in giving advance warning of the direction and intensity of storms approaching south Santa Barbara County.

In order to improve the NWS’s ability to predict the location and intensity of local rainfalls, three additional gauges have been installed in the watersheds above Montecito (see map).  With such a large geographic area at risk from future storms, the pin-pointing of rainfall patterns will provide valuable feedback to the NWS as they work to make their advance predictions more accurate.

“These rain gauges will improve the ability of the National Weather Service to have more accurate modeling and therefore better predictions,” says Rob Lewin, Director of the County’s Office of Emergency Management.

There are now 95 gauges countywide that transmit data to the NWS in real-time.  The system enhancements are a collaborative effort between the County’s Flood Control District, the NWS, the National Parks Service and the California Geological Survey.  

Information from the Santa Barbara County rain gauge network is available at: https://rain.cosbpw.net/home.php.  For additional storm readiness information, visit ReadySBC.org.

4. resources

readysbc.org

ReadySBC.org website.  Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

trauma and grief therapy

Trauma and Grief TherapyDirectory for Santa Barbara Mudslide & Fire Survivors and Families.  For a complete list of sessions offered by licensed therapists, click here.

 

The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services

www.redcross.org/volunteer     (800)REDCROSS or (805) 687-1331

Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org     (805) 563-8820

Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

www.sbresponsenetwork.org    (805) 699-5608

montecito association

Is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.  If you are not a member of the Montecito Association, we highly encourage you to join. Click here for quick and easy membership information.


Helping hands & healing hearts: part 2

1. resources for up-to-date information

ReadySBC.org released a new map of areas at risk for future debris flow. Check out their helpful site to see the map, sign up for alerts, and view other tips should an evacuation order be placed in the future. If you missed the press release or community meeting, you can view the here. Being prepared and aware is key!

The Montecito Association is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips + resources, future evacuations, etc. If you are not a member of the Montecito Association, we highly encourage you to join. Click Here for quick and easy membership information.

2. getting aid and giving back

getting aid:

93108fund.org

This site was established to support local workers and families in Montecito whose regular employment have been impacted by the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Recipients of 93108fund grants are hourly wage earners who were unable to work due to the closures in Montecito: shop-keepers, clerks, food service employees, gas station attendants, small store employees, caregivers, and many others who were impacted by the recent disaster. CLICK for more information.

one805.org

After the fire, this dedicated team came together with a desire to unify and heal as a community and to honor both our First Responders and Thomas Fire victims. After the debris flows, they are also collecting donations for emergency equipment, counseling services, and survivor relief. Known as "805 One," this group is organizing the "Kick Ash Bash" which will take place on Sunday, February 25 from 12-6pm at the Nesbitt Bella Vista Estate in Summerland. Part music festival, part family fair, and 100% bringing our community together, this event generously benefits Fire, Police, Sheriff, CHP, and Direct Relief. Mark your calendars and see you there!

giving back:

Cash Mob

Saturday's cash mob was a success! Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is important.

Celebrate Montecito's Upper Village

Saturday, February 24 from 2-6pm, a similar event to the Cash Mob is planned for the Upper Village. Mark your calendar for another great afternoon of supporting our local stores. More details to follow.

SB Bucket Brigade

This incredible group of volunteers is working to help clean up their properties and access their homes.

*Email TeaFireRelief@gmail,com if you need this kind of assistance or if you want to volunteer. Put "NEED HELP" in the subject line and in the body of the email, indicate the kind of help you need.

3. Frequently asked questions

Wondering what to do with mud and debris on your property? Do you need a permit for removal? What should be done if you find hazardous waste during cleanup?

The ReadySBC.org website has answers to these questions and more. Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

4. wellness

Trauma and Grief Therapy Directory for Santa Barbara Mudslide & Fire Survivors and Families

    Thank you to the following agencies for being front and center in serving the immediate needs of the community in the aftermath of the fire and mudslide!

        The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services

www.redcross.org/volunteer

(800)REDCROSS or (805) 687-1331

        Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

(805) 563-8820

        Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

www.sbresponsenetwork.org

(805) 699-5608

Many licensed Santa Barbara therapists are generously offering up to six FREE trauma & grief therapy sessions until May 2018. for a complete list of providers, please see the link below. Mental health is a huge component of wellness and this is an excellent opportunity to help process the recent events.

For a complete list of sessions offered by licensed therapists, click here.


Returning to your neighborhood

Returning to your home for the first time may be a traumatic experience. The escort is designed to ensure your physical safety as you visit your residence for the first time, and provide support during what may be a very emotional time. You may feel overwhelmed by the many tasks ahead, but remember that self care is the vital first step for you to remain healthy and resilient. Below is a summary of ways to take action.

Your right to privacy

The media has been keeping our community informed during this fire and storm event and continues to pursue stories about the impacts. If you are approached by reporters or camera crews as you return to your neighborhood, remember that you have no obligation to consent to interviews, photographs, or filming. 

returning home

Be aware of these critical issues that you may face when returning home and exercise caution:

environmental hazards

  • Trees, brush, and rocks may be weakened or loosened, and may lose limbs or fall
  • Rocks loosened by flood and debris may roll and crumble. If rocks have rolled down a slope, expect more to follow
  • There may be debris or damage on roads and driveways.
  • Animal remains may be present in the debris. If found, call Animal Services at (805) 681-4332

vehicles

  • If your vehicle is missing please contact California Highway Patrol at (805) 477-4174 with your vehicle identification number or license plate number

damaged utiilties

  • Call 811 before you dig! Or request a ticket online through call811.com.
  • Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, missing support beams, etc.
  • Look for visible damages to gas meters, gas lines, or propane tanks. DO NOT attempt to repair or turn on these services. Instead, call your local propane company or SoCalGas.
  • Look for visible damage to the electric meter. DO NOT ATTEMPT to turn the breaker on or off.
  • STAY CLEAR of electrical wire on the ground. Contact Southern California Edison.
  • DO NOT use open flame as a source of light since gas may still be present.

red and yellow placards

For buildings that have been damaged or destroyed, building inspectors have identified them according to hazard level and posted color-coded placards onsite.

RED PLACARDS: If your structure has been marked with a red placard, then that particular structure is NOT SAFE FOR ENTRY OR OCCUPANCY. Mud and debris are likely inside.

YELLOW PLACARDS: If your structure has been marked with a yellow placard, then that structure should be ENTERED WITH CAUTION.

 

For more detailed information, instructions, and resources, click here and continue to visit https://www.countyofsb.org.


helping hands & healing hearts

Earlier this week, our team attended the public panel discussion on how to move forward with Montecito’s rebuilding and recovery. On the panel was a FEMA representative, professional trauma expert, an insurance law specialist, and a contractor with an extensive background in disaster remediation. Below is a summary of the meeting.

1. County Emergency Management

A) The future. Next Monday the County of Emergency Management will be rolling out a game plan to prepare for the next storms. There are two kinds of storms we need to worry about: storms we see coming and those that sneak up on us. They will provide all the information they can to help us to be prepared for these as they don’t want us living in fear. County Emergency Management wants us moving forward with hope but used to the idea that we will need to leave sometimes. We get the choice of being survivors or victims. They want us to see ourselves as survivors!!

B) Mud and Debris. People are being told to put the mud in one area on their property and hold onto it until they can find a place to take all of it. An emergency permit request is out. There are some sites you can take the mud to but it’s very expensive, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. The government can not afford to take your mud away. Some will have to stay, some will have to be moved but we will have to work to figure it all out. They are writing a plan as we speak. 

C) The disaster zone. The disaster zone designation is scheduled to go away. They want people to secure their properties as soon as possible: meet with contractors or companies to put up fencing or board the house up. Officials will be lifting these zones in a couple of weeks!! NOW is the time to secure your property. 

D) Dust. They are going to be looking into some sort of dust mitigation. Since using good water to wet down the roads isn’t ideal, they are looking into alternative water to be trucked in to wet down the roads. 

2. Wellness

A community recovery and resiliency support group is being formed. Our team signed up to receive emails on this so we will continue to update our website with information as we have more details.

 

3. Rebuilding (Bryan Henson, Allen and Associates)

There are three steps that are critical to successfully moving forward:

A) Get informed:

Know what your insurance contract says:

  • Coverage A: your house.
  • Coverage B: structures not attached to your house (garage, guest house, pools, gates, walkways, etc.)
  • Extended Coverage: this will increase your Coverage A limit, should you need it. 
  • Contents: this can be a tedious and overwhelming task, but is necessary. If possible, review old photos and videos to document possessions
  • Additional Living Expenses (ALE) : this covers your expenses while out of your house. Most policies say you have 12 months, but you have 24 months under a disaster declaration such as this.
  • Buried deep in your policy are three more sections to be sure to read:
    • debris removal
    • trees and shrubs
    • code upgrade

Talk to your adjuster and have them help you navigate your policy! They’re your ally in the beginning … until they’re not. For the most part they are good people and they want to help. But also remember only you can be your own advocate.

 

B) Learn to become your own advocate:

Get comfortable fighting for what you need and deserve. Don’t rely on anyone else to be an advocate for you, they won’t.
 

C) Build your team:

There are a LOT of people in the construction community that just want to help!! Don’t be bashful to ask for the help. Put together a team of people that can help you to navigate this process. Rely on their expertise. Bring in contractor, architect and engineer early and at the same time.

4. Getting Aid (Insurance Law Specialist, Ray Bourhis and FEMA)

Insurance: Ray Bourhis. 

State Farm suit: The exclusions in your policy are meaningless if the reason for the flood is an underlying cause that is covered by insurance. 

Additional Living Expenses (ALEs): Ask to speak with the claims manager if your insurance tried to cap your ALEs to 2 weeks.

Personal Property inventory: Under most insurance policies, they have to give you replacement value for everything NOT a depreciation value! In some cases you have to pay to replace it first and if you do, they have to reimburse you! Do not let them try to pay you based on the depreciation value. You are entitled to be paid what it costs you to replace.

FEMA

The deadline for applying for FEMA is March 16th. You can apply online. Even if you don’t want to take a loan, you should add it to your list of items to do because you may not think you need it now, but months down the line you may wish you had it available to you. FEMA is there if you are denied by insurance or don’t have insurance. FEMA’s program is not to make you whole again but to help you survive and make you function in a sanitary and safe environment. FEMA does not replace food. She mentioned that this County is the most organized and well-resourced County she has ever seen. FEMA will assist people with paying or reimbursing people for their ALEs but they do not duplicate expenses. The FEMA representative recommends having an organizer on your team. What was easy as part of normal life before will not be easy now. FEMA will assist with essentials you need to replace. They can also help with moving and storage. But again just essential items. They will also help pay for medical, dental, funerals, child care costs and things of the such. In order to qualify, you will have to have your insurance statements available. Disaster unemployment assistance is also available for lost wages. SBA is also available for small business loans. You can go online to apply.

NEED HELP OR WANT TO HELP?

SB BUCKET BRIGADE will be working this weekend with volunteers to help people clean up their properties so they can at least access their houses. 

Email TeaFireRelief@gmail.com if you need this kind of assistance or if you want to volunteer. Put NEED HELP in the subject line and in the body of the email, indicate the kind of help you need.

93108 Fund Montecito mudslides resources donate

93108 fund

The 93108Fund.Org has been established to support local workers and families in Montecito, whose daily work lives have been impacted by the devastating Thomas Fire and more recent mudslides. These are hourly wage earners who could not work their hours due to the closures in Montecito.  Shop-keepers, clerks, food service employees, gas station attendants, small store employees, caregivers, and many others who were impacted by the recent disaster. 

Click for more information and ways to donate.


#Shopforacause

Businesses on Coast Village Road are suffering due to the fire and mudslides, and we need to do everything we can to support them while the roads remain closed. Please support them online for now through their online stores, GoFundMe pages, or by visiting them at their secondary locations in Santa Barbara. Please visit them once they are accessible.

CoastVillageRoad.com

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100% of profits on these shirts will go toward United Way of Santa Barbara. Visit Bonfire.com & StrengthInCalifornia.com.


ER Leather Goods

50% of all sales will be donated to Direct Relief

Santa Barbara Soaps

100% of the proceeds of these locally made soaps benefit Direct Relief

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more ways to Help

  • Shop locally. Support small businesses and restaurants who have suffered loss of business, been forced to temporarily close their doors, and are using their own resources to aid first responders and evacuees.
  • Donate books. Montecito Union School has put together an Amazon wishlist for books that they will need in the coming weeks. MUS teachers and students are without regular classroom supplies.
  • Give money to the agencies directly involved in local relief efforts. The greatest need of organizations like Direct ReliefUnited Way, and the Unity Shoppe is cash donations.
  • Santa Barbara Helpers makes a direct connection between families’ needs, and families who can support those needs. They also link community resources such as: housing, temporary work, community events, lost and found, etc.
  • Connect those who are looking for work and those who are looking for employees in the Thomas Fire/Flood Temp Work Group.
  • Give blood. Make an appointment with United Blood Services.
  • Register yourself to volunteer on Red Cross website.
  • Volunteer at the Foodbank or Carpinteria Food Pantry, or collect non-perishable foods.
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stay informed

ACCESS

Currently, access on Montecito roads is reserved for major debris-moving equipment, trucks hauling mud, first responders, and other emergency vehicles. Road clearance is ongoing and roads continue to be cleared, allowing access in both directions. The 101 is currently expected to open on Monday, January 22 although cleanup is ongoing and this date could be delayed depending on progress. The Amtrak train is running so residents and commuters have an option to travel between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.

UTILITIES

Southern California Edison has restored power on Coast Village Road. They confirmed that 76 electric poles were destroyed in the storm though 1,400 homes are still without power in the area. So Cal Gas has said that for safety, they will turn gas service back on residence-by-residence. Montecito Sanitary District continues to check their facilities, but preliminary reports on the status of their service have been positive. Montecito Water District is still working diligently to restore service to the community, though they too have a long road ahead. Cox, our local cable and internet company, is also working to restore their systems.

EVACUATIONS

During cleanup and recovery efforts, the County of Santa Barbara has asked residents respect the mandatory evacuation zone. This is both for public safety and to expedite the task of restoring utilities and clearing debris.  

FEMA

FEMA has declared the individual relief portion of the mudslide disaster, meaning there is assistance available to you for loss of property, business, etc. Application can be made online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by phone 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585, or from the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app.

For those trying to file insurance claims, you may hit a stumbling block as Coast Village Rd was not included in the mandatory evacuation zone. According to the Montecito Association, Sheriff Brown is willing to sign a declaration that could be used with your insurance company stating this was a closed zone and no one could get in due to restricted access. We will update this page once we receive the signed declaration, for use in filing claims.

Joe Holland, from the county Assessor's Office, said they are doing assessments in the area now with the intention of dropping the property values to lower property taxes to help you.


Riskin Partners Montecito Santa Barbara California

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Our Beloved Rebecca

It is with heavy hearts we share that our dear friend and partner, Rebecca Riskin, has passed away as a result of the tragic flooding and mudslides in Montecito. The confirmation of her loss is incredibly devastating to her friends, family, and our community. Per her wishes, we intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners.

If you are looking for a way to honor Rebecca and support our community, please donate to the Tri-Counties Regional Center.  The non-profit provides support and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities living in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Details on a service and memorial are forthcoming.

Checks can be made payable to:

TCRC Client Help Fund

c/o TCRC
520 East Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93103

Tax ID #:  95-2623230

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Montecito Strong artwork by Pedro De La Cruz

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Montecito Social Calendar: April

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Montecito Social Calendar: April

Spring is here!

Let's celebrate all that this season has to offer, Santa Barbara style.


family-friendly festivals

Founding Day Festival

Where: El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park | When: April 28th

Commemorate 236 years of history at the birthplace of Santa Barbara. Celebrate the history of Santa Barbara at the Founding Day Festival, featuring Presidio Neighborhood businesses and local entertainment in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a reenactment of the original Founding Ceremony held in 1782 and other family activities across the Presidio grounds.


Santa Barbara Fair & Expo

Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds | When: April 25th – April 29th

Greetings Earthlings! Set your laser on FUN and beam your family to the intergalactic Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, where you can always expect the unexpected!

 

Screaming carnival rides, Robocars, alien stilt walkers, racing pigs, funnel cake, heavenly fair food, cosmic entertainment and family style enjoyment are ready for your visit.

48th annual Santa Barbara earth day festival

Where: Alameda park | when: april 21st - april 22nd

The Mission: The Global Climate Movement is Growing.

As individuals, communities, and nations, we must work together to protect the only world we’ve got. Take one step now and join us at Santa Barbara Earth Day.


SB's spring sips

Happy Hour Benefiting Direct Relief International and the Montecito Mudslide

Where: Jane Restaurant, state street | When: April 12th, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Jane restaurant is partnering with Coppola Wines to benefit Direct Relief international and the recent Mudslides in Montecito.  Jane on State Street is hosting a “Happy Hour” with passed appetizers from our new spring menu and wine by the glass from Coppola Wines. Coppola

Wines will be sold by the glass for the months of April & May and in turn Coppola Wines will donate $1 per every glass we sell to Direct Releif International.

Come join us for Happy Hour on our Patio and support a local cause on all of our hearts.


Winemaker Dinner Series - CHÂTEAU DESCLANS

Where: Belmond El Encanto | When: April 26th, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Presenting regionally inspired cuisine of Executive Chef Johan Denizot in an exclusive wine dinner event which offers a multi-course menu — each course paired with a Château d’Esclans variety of rosé — meticulously selected to complement each course. Hosted by Alain Riviere, Chateau d’Esclans Ambassador

36th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

Where: Santa Barbara Wine Country | When: April 19th – April 23rd, 1pm – 4pm

Taste from over 100 wineries, savor our best local fare from farmers to foragers, and meet the chefs who make it magical.  
Drink in the sparkling Bubble Lounge, listen to live music, learn from our cooking demos and let our landscape soothe your soul.

Vintners Winemaker Dinner with Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Where: First & Oak at the Mirabelle | When: April 21st, 6:30pm – 9pm

Executive Chef Steven Snook of First & Oak at the Mirabelle invites you to celebrate the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival weekend with an exquisite menu paired to a flight of Lucas & Lewellen wines.

This special winemaker dinner has limited availability and will sell out so reserve early.


charity events

Hope Awards

Where: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | When: April 26th, 5:30pm – 8pm

The evening will begin with a silent auction and reception featuring fine food and drinks from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at the beautiful Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Our host, Fannie Flagg will help us honor the Santa Barbara Public Library, as well as celebrate the work of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation.

 

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Activities for everyone

Carpinteria Flower Farm Tours

Where: Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery | When: April 14th, 11am – 4pm

Come visit your local flower farmer and the beautiful blooms in Carpinteria on Saturday, April 14th 2018! Nestled in the mountains of the Central Coast between Santa Barbara and Ventura – just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the town of Carpinteria offers a perfect day trip for anyone in the Southern California area!


PRINCESS WEEKEND

Where: Santa Barbara Zoo | When: April 14th and 15th, 10am – 3pm

Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are also frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened amphibians.

Cost: free with Zoo admission


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Santa Barbara vs. LA

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Santa Barbara vs. LA

yet another reason why we love Santa Barbara:

much more to offer at a much better price

Sometimes a change of scenery does a world of good! Riskin Partners invites you to compare the following offerings.  As you’ll see, the Santa Barbara property offers better views, more square footage, and a larger parcel, all for a significantly lower price.  The saying “less is more” has never been truer! Come visit Santa Barbara and see why everyone is reconsidering its allure.


santa barbara vs. malibu: How they measure up

LIST PRICE: $11,200,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $1,667

Mediterranean architecture

Ocean & mountain views

6,717 total sq. ft. approx.

5 bd + Office / 6 full ba / 1 half ba

1.32 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

3-car garage

3 fireplaces + outdoor firepit

Outdoor dining patio

Monroe Elementary School

10 minutes to shops and restaurants

15 minutes to SB Airport at 4pm

LIST PRICE: $21,500,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $9,459

Mid-Century Ranch architecture

Ocean views

2,273 total sq. ft. approx.

3 bd / 3 full ba

1 acre approx.

Private gated entrance

2-car garage

1 fireplace + outdoor firepit

Outdoor dining patio

Point Dume Elementary School

30 minutes to shops and restaurants

1 hour to LAX at 4pm


Hope Ranch vs. Beverly Hills: How they measure up

LIST PRICE: $17,500,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $1,561

Contemporary architecture

Ocean views

11,209 total sq. ft. approx.

6bd / 7 full ba / 1 half ba

2.29 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

4-car garage

Pool & spa

Gym/Spa

5 fireplaces + outdoor firepit

3 outdoor dining patios

Fruit trees

Vieja Valley School

5 minutes to the beach

15 minutes to SB Airport at 4pm

LIST PRICE: $23,800,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $2,313

Mediterranean architecture

No ocean views

10,288 total sq. ft. approx.

7 bd / 7 full ba

1.11 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

2-car garage

Pool & spa

Gym/Spa

2 fireplaces + outdoor firepit

1 outdoor dining patio

Fruit trees

Hawthorne Elementary School

30 minutes to the beach

1 hour to LAX at 4pm


montecito vs. Beverly Hills: How they measure up

LIST PRICE: $13,950,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $1,708

Hollywood Regency architecture

Ocean & mountain views

8,164 total sq. ft. approx.

6bd / 7 full ba / 2 half ba

2.43 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

4-car garage

Pool & spa

Guest House

Pool cabana

4 fireplaces

Outdoor kitchen

Private well

Montecito Union School

5 minutes to the beach

20 minutes to SB Airport at 4pm

LIST PRICE: $17,950,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $3,101

Mid-Century architecture

City views

5,788 total sq. ft. approx.

5bd / 7 full ba / 0 half ba

0.445 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

2-car garage

Pool & spa

No guest house

No pool cabana

4 fireplaces

No outdoor kitchen

No private well

Hawthorne Elementary School

30 minutes to the beach

50 minutes to LAX at 4pm

 

LIST PRICE: $13,600,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $1,344

Mediterranean architecture

Ocean and mountain views

10,120 total sq. ft. approx.

6 bd / 8 full ba / 3 half ba

2.20 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

4-car garage

Pool & spa

Guest House

5 fireplaces + outdoor firepit

3 outdoor dining patios

Fruit trees

Private Well

Montecito Union School

5 minutes to the beach

20 minutes to SB Airport at 4pm

LIST PRICE: $23,800,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $2,313

Mediterranean architecture

None

10,288 total sq. ft. approx.

7 bd / 7 full ba

1.11 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

2-car garage

Pool & spa

Guest House

2 fireplaces + outdoor firepit

1 outdoor dining patio

Fruit trees

None

Hawthorne Elementary School

30 minutes to the beach

1 hour to LAX at 4pm


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Montecito Social Calendar: March

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Montecito Social Calendar: March

Santa barbara's jam-packed march schedule

nothing brings people together more than community-oriented events and activities. here's what's happening this march in Sb.


giving back

jack johnson & friends benefit concert

where: Santa Barbara Bowl | when: march 18th, 6pm

100% of net proceeds will be directed to the United Way Thomas Fire & Flood Fund, and to local non-profits working on relief & recovery efforts in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties including Direct Relief, Santa Barbara Foundation, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, FOOD Share, Search Dog Foundation, Greater Goods, and Habitat for Humanity.


5th Annual Santa Barbara Beer Garden

Where: SB Botanic Garden | When: March 24th, 1-4:30pm

This fundraising event supports the Garden’s core programs in environmental education, conservation and research, and native plant horticulture. Join for an afternoon of music, food, and one-of-a-kind beers throughout our historic gardens. 

Ticket purchases help support the Santa Barbara community in this time of need. After the Thomas Fire and mudslides that affected Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, free admission was offered to all visitors for more than a week. Beginning in April 2018, the Garden will offer First Responder Sundays, where we will offer free admission to first responders of the Thomas Fire and mudslides the first Sunday of each month.



Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

WHERE: PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS | WHEN: FEBRUARY 23RD - MARCH 4TH

Don't miss out on the March-end of Santa Barbara's very own Restaurant Week! Delicious and affordable 3-course meals are available at the most desirable Santa Barbara eateries. You won't want to pass this up! 

SB Restaurant Week has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation. SBRW will be giving 50% of our proceeds from restaurant registration to CRAF's grant program, Restaurants Care that offers financial relief for restaurant/hospitality workers who experienced losses during the Thomas Fire and Mudslide. 

We hope to see you at these wonderful events! If you can't make it, don't worry. There are plenty of ways for you to help keep our community strong. View our ongoing #montecitostrong blog for additional information regarding ways to both give back and to receive help if you are in need. 


must-go tasting events

world of pinot noir

Where: Ritz Carlton Bacara | When: March 2nd-3rd *Opening night party: March 1st*

The annual World of Pinot Noir event gathers the planet’s foremost Pinot Noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars in a weekend-long seaside celebration of this delicious and storied wine.

Single day and weekend passes available now!

Beckmen Vineyards 4th Annual Rosé Release Party: featuring Grenache Rosé

Where: Beckmen Vineyards | When: March 24th, 1-4pm

Be the first to enjoy our delicious Grenache Rosé alongside our other popular white and red wines. Hollywood's famous Pink's Hot Dogs will be serving an array of their delicious hot dogs with live music provided by The Richard Diaz Band. Soak up the beautiful views of our estate vineyard and enjoy our favorite party of the year!

$35 Public, $25 Wine Club Member, $15 Designated Driver


Events for the whole family

Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

Where: New Victory Theater | When: March 15-19

Come enjoy five days of unique documentaries, dramas, comedies, and shorts you won’t see anywhere else. The Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity while hoping that the films and their stories will resonate beyond these settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. $80 Early Bird price for all-access passes.


73rd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show: Orchid Mystique

Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds | When: March 9-11

Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture, will be showcased at the show, one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids. The 73rd annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show pays homage to a family of flowering plants that boast 25,000 species, among which beauty is ubiquitous and uniqueness is commonplace. GA: $14 – senior, student, and kids rates apply.

Princess Weekend/Save the Frogs

Where: Santa Barbara Zoo | When: March 10-11, 10am-3pm

There’s no better time than the season when clocks “spring forward” to honor the world’s many and varied frogs and amphibians. Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are also frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. All costumed princesses welcome – as are knights, pirates, and cowboys. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened amphibians.


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2018 Home Design Trends

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2018 Home Design Trends

Why, Hello there 2018! 

Here's a look at this year's home design trends


More is more: Modern maximalism

Clean lines and sheik accessories meet textures + patterns + colors

1478 East Mountain Drive

 
 
riskin Partners 2018 Design Trends

picture perfect closet spaces

because let's face it, we all deserve a dream closet


florals, saturated colors, and wallpaper

tasteful risk taking

florals

 2733 sycamore canyon

2733 Sycamore Canyon Road


saturated colors

2018 Home Design Trends Riskin Partners Real Estate

1478 East Mountain Drive

wallpaper

36 Canon View Road


art deco

it's back & better than ever

Villa Florence


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