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New Sidewalk, Access Ramps & Flashing Crosswalks

December 6, 2016 

New sidewalk, access ramps, and high visibility crosswalks will be constructed at various locations throughout the City. Construction will begin the first week of December 2016 and last through March 2017. Sidewalk and traffic lanes will be partially closed for approximately one week at a time; however, there will be no full street closures. Read More...




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Innovative Water Flushing Program

September 20, 2016 

The City is performing water main flushing using a new method that reduces water loss while ensuring water quality. Tap water within the project's daily vicinity may temporarily come out of the faucet cloudy or discolored. This does not represent a health hazard. Running cold water through your faucet for a few minutes should result in clear water. If not, please call 564-5413. Watch the Video ...


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Mason Street Bridge Update

September 13, 2016 

The Mason Street Bridge Replacement made significant progress this month with the delivery and installation of the pre-cast concrete bridge over Mission Creek. The project can now move forward with roadway work, and is anticipated to be complete in November. The new bridge will meet current structural standards, increase flood capacity, and improve safety with new lighting and landscape features. Read More ...


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Desalination Plant Update

September 6, 2016 

The plant is expected to be operational for testing in November, and able to supply water to the public in January 2017. Thanks to new technology, the facility will be more energy efficient and have less impact on the environment than when it was originally built. While desalination will make up 30% of our water supply, conservation will remain critical to meeting the City's water demands. Watch the Video ...


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Water Rates Inreases Adopted

August 23, 2016 

New water rates adopted by Council on August 9 became effective immediately and will appear on bills in late September. Due to the drought, the City faces increased costs to provide water supplied from desalination, groundwater, and supplemental water purchases. To help minimize water bill increases, the City plans to use approximately $7 million in reserves and will postpone capital projects that can be delayed. Read More ...


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City Approves 2016 Bicycle Master Plan

August 23, 2016 

After nearly two years of planning, neighborhood discussions and safety analysis, Council adopted the Bicycle Master Plan on July 26. The plan's goals include safety for all road users, closing gaps in the City's bike network, and developing leading-edge roadway and bikeway infrastructure. Read More ...


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Save Water This Summer and All Year Long

August 2, 2016 

Outdoor conservation is especially important in the summer months, and residents are encouraged to make lasting changes by participating in the City's water conservation programs designed to help you save water and money. Programs include free water checkups, smart landscape rebates, washing machine rebates, low-flow showerheads, efficient sprinkler nozzles and mulch for your garden. Read More ...


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Street Striping and Crosswalk Painting

August 2, 2016 

Over the next few weeks, the City will be re-striping traffic lines from the area of State and Mission Streets out to Highway 154. Crews will also be re-painting crosswalks in the downtown area. Maintaining these road markings helps keep motorists and pedestrians safe during their travels.


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Wastewater Treatment Process Improvements

August 2, 2016 

The El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant is receiving upgrades to the primary and secondary treatment processes that will help make the plant more energy efficient, while improving the quality of water returned to the ocean and the City's recycled water facility. Watch the Video ...


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Water Main Flushing Underway

July 26, 2016 

The City is performing water main flushing using a new method that reduces water loss while ensuring water quality. Tap water within the project's daily vicinity may temporarily come out of the faucet cloudy or discolored. This does not represent a health hazard. Running cold water through your faucet for a few minutes should result in clear water. If not, please call 564-5413. Read More ...

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New Pipes to Help Prevent Water Main Breaks

July 19, 2016 

The City will be replacing old water piping, valves, and hydrants to reduce water main breaks and conserve water in the area of Alameda Padre Serra. Water service will be disrupted for a short time while customers are connected to the new water main. Affected residents will be notified a minimum of three days in advance. Read More ...


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Way to Save, Santa Barbara

July 12, 2016 

Our community is doing a great job conserving water and is encouraged to keep up the good work. Citywide water use was down by 41% this past May and April, exceeding the City's current conservation target of 35%. We are confident we will continue to meet that goal with the community's support for extraordinary water savings. Read More ...


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Youth Sidewalk Survey Initiative

July 12, 2016 

Local students from the Youth Employment Training Program are working with City staff on sidewalk surveying and information gathering. This responsive maintenance effort will help keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians by identifying potential defects to be targeted for repair, while providing an opportunity for the students to gain valuable paid work experience. Read More ...


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Lower State Street to Re-Open

June 28, 2016 

The northbound side of State Street between Cabrillo Boulevard and Yanonali Street will re-open this week, in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. This closure was necessary to construct enhanced pedestrian areas on State Street as part of the Entrada Project. The Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement is progressing well on the ocean side, with all summer special events occurring as advertised. Read More ...


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Powering Facilities with Solar Energy

June 28, 2016 

The City has a number of solar projects that supply electricity generated by the sun to City buildings. This array at the City's administrative offices and public works yard at 630 Garden Street provides 100% of the electricity to the facility. As a result of numerous projects, the City now obtains 37% of its energy from renewable sources.


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Traffic Signal and Pedestrian Upgrades

June 28, 2016 

To increase pedestrian safety, the City is making upgrades to 41 intersections across the city. New signalized lights will be installed at all of these intersections, and eight intersections will also receive access ramp and concrete improvements to meet American Disability Act (ADA) requirements. Ramp construction is taking place during the next two weeks, beginning June 27th. These upgrades will affect pedestrian traffic at the following locations: Mission@State, Micheltorena@De La Vina, Micheltorena@Chapala, Santa Barbara@Haley, Anacapa@Micheltorena, Anacapa@Vicoria, Anacapa@Ortega, and Bath@Haley. Read more...


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New Energy Efficient Lighting for Parking Lot 5

June 14, 2016 

Energy efficient LED lights have been installed at downtown Parking Lot 5, at the corner of Chapala and Victoria Streets. The new lights use 85% less energy and provide better lighting coverage to improve safety. The project brings the lighting levels in Lot 5 into compliance with current Parking Lot Lighting Design Standards. Read More ...


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Public Meeting on Bicycle Master Plan

June 7, 2016 

Following community outreach to explore options on the Micheltorena corridor and Chino Bike Boulevard proposals, the updated Draft Bicycle Master Plan will be presented to Council on June 14. Other projects include the Haley/Cota corridor Green Lane, bike lanes on Rancheria Street, and Cabrillo Boulevard bike lanes from Milpas to Highway 101. The community is encouraged to attend and provide input on the Plan. Read More ...


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Residential Street Repairs

June 7, 2016 

The City has been performing point repairs on streets in residential areas. This involves repairing only the damaged sections caused by tree roots, rather than replacing an entire section of a street. It is a cost effective approach to maintaining the quality and safety of the City's streets. Read More ...


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Stay Current on Major City Projects

June 7, 2016 

Want to stay up-to-date on current City construction projects? Visit the Major Projects Map on the City's website. Easily access information about projects in design and under construction, including pavement maintenance, bridge replacements, and water main repair work. Just click on the map icons to learn details and City contact information for a particular project. Watch the Video ...


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Draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan

May 3, 2016 

The City's Draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan is now available for review, prior to the public hearing scheduled for June 28. The State requires urban water providers to create an updated Plan every 5 years. The current draft provides a summary of the City's projected water supplies and demand through 2035. Read More ...


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New Development and the Drought

April 26, 2016 
The City has planned for an additional water demand of 40 acre feet per year from new development in the General Plan and the Long-Term Water Supply Plan. The average water demand from new development over the last 12 years is 28 acre feet per year; approximately 0.3% of the City's total water demand. On April 26, Council will consider additional strategies to help manage this extraordinary drought, including potential development restrictions. Read More ...

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Master Plan Outreach Continues

April 19, 2016 

At the request of Council, the City held a workshop for the Micheltorena Neighborhood with 65 residents and business owners in attendance. The City is engaging the neighborhood to consider all possible options to close the east-west gap in the bike network. Additional opportunities for public input are scheduled for April 28 and May 5. Visit the City's website for meeting details and information on alternative plans.


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Desalination Plant Update

April 12, 2016 

With a disappointing El Niño year and Lake Cachuma at just 14% of capacity, reactivating the desalination plant will be critical in helping the City meet its future water needs. Watch the Video ...


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Way to Save! Water Usage Down by 34%

April 6, 2016 

Our community is doing a great job conserving water during the drought and is encouraged to keep up the good work. Cumulative average City-wide water savings are 34%. Santa Barbara has been recognized as a leader in water conservation during California's historic drought. Let's keep saving together, Santa Barbara! For updated information on monthly conservation, visit the City's drought page.


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Cabrillo Bridge Replacement Update

April 6, 2016 

This week, the City will re-open the mountain side of the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge over Mission Creek. New traffic control will be set up for replacing the ocean side of the bridge. Come down to the area to see the new wider sidewalks and temporary pedestrian bridge in the park! Read More ...


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Permeable Pavers Coming to Quarantina Street

March 29, 2016 

Construction will begin in early April for a storm water infiltration project in the 700 and 800 blocks of North Quarantina Street. The existing sidewalks and roadway will be replaced with permeable pavers, which allow storm water and urban runoff to soak into the ground rather than running offsite. This prevents pollution from washing into storm drains, which flow into our creeks and ocean untreated. Read More ...


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Community Meetings on MTD Service Changes

March 29, 2016 

MTD is planning for service changes to be implemented this August and is also seeking ideas for future transit improvements. The community is encouraged to attend a public meeting to participate in the conversation. Meetings in the City will take place April 6 at the Central Library and April 7 at the MTD Administrative Offices on Olive Street. Read More ...

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Graffiti Crews Keep Railroad Corridor Clean

March 8, 2016 

As part of an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad, the City removes graffiti from structures along the Railroad Corridor. In January, following a spike in graffiti over the holidays, the City removed approximately 11,500 square feet of graffiti along the Corridor. Removing graffiti in our neighborhoods helps keep the City beautiful for our residents and visitors. To report graffiti, call 897-2513 or visit our webpage.


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Hands-On Rain Garden Workshop on March 12

March 8, 2016 

Come to a free hands-on planting workshop to install water wise plants at a home near Las Positas. This is a unique opportunity to work around earthworks that cross different elevations, come in from different downspouts, and encompass a variety of shapes, sizes, and purposes. The workshop is led by Sweetwater Collaborative and sponsored by the City. Learn more and register here to reserve your spot!


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High School Wellhead Project to Begin

March 1, 2016 

The Santa Barbara High School Well was constructed in 2004, but was decommissioned when the water was found to have taste and odor issues. Construction for a new Wellhead will start in March, connecting the well to an existing raw water main in Anapamu Street. The project will allow for the continued use of the High School Well at its designed capacity. Read More ...


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Downtown Concrete Replacement Project

February 16, 2016 

The citywide Concrete Replacement Project is well underway. From February 22 through March 14, 2016, a City contractor will be replacing sidewalks, parkways, and some commercial driveways in the downtown area, specifically in the following blocks: 100, 200, and 400 W. Carrillo St.; 900 and 1000 Castillo St.; 400 and 500 Garden St.; 00, 500 and 600 E. Canon Perdido St.; 3500 and 3800 State St.; and at 123 E. Gutierrez St.

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Cota Street Bridge Opening Ceremony

February 16, 2016 

On Thursday, February 18,2016, at 3:00pm, Mayor Helene Schneider will host a ceremony to open the New Cota Street Bridge for public use. The Cota Street Bridge Replacement Project began construction in March 2015, and was scheduled for completion in April of 2016.

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Street Sweeping Cancelled on February 15, 2016 for President’s Day Holiday

February 11, 2016 

The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of President’s Day. Parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Monday zones will also be cancelled that day. However, ALLother parking restrictions will be enforced.

An announcement of street sweeping cancellations is available on the Street Sweeping Hotline, 897-1903, and all the street sweeping holiday cancellations are listed on the City's website: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/pw/stmain/street_sweeping/street_sweeping_cancellations.asp.

Contact: Nick Cabugos, Street Maintenance Supervisor

Phone: (805) 897-2541

Email: NCabugos@SantaBarbaraCA.gov



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Sewer Pipe Rehabilitation on Cabrillo Boulevard

February 2, 2016 

Beginning this month, 2,400 feet of sewer pipe along Cabrillo Boulevard, from Bath Street to Garden Street, will be lined to help reduce the amount of seawater intrusion. Minimizing seawater infiltration into the sewer system will provide higher quality recycled water for the City. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be rerouted from mid-February to the end of May. Read More ...

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Cabrillo Bridge Replacement Progress

January 19, 2016 

A temporary pedestrian bridge has been installed and utility relocation has begun on the ocean side of the Cabrillo Bridge Replacement Project. As part of the utility relocation, there will be a temporary shutdown of the reclaimed waterline from January 20 through 22, which will affect public restrooms on the Waterfront and at the Zoo. Portable restrooms will be available during this time. Read More ...


Community Meeting Notification: Las Positas/Modoc Road Multipurpose Pathway

January 13, 2016 

The City of Santa Barbara is hosting a Community Information Meeting and Open House on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 6:00 PM at Monroe Elementary School for the Las Positas Road Multiuse Pathway Project. The project is currently in design and proposes to construct a 2.6 mile-long separated multiuse pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians along Las Positas Road, from Modoc Road to Cliff Drive, and along Modoc Road, from Las Positas Road to Calle De Los Amigos. The City received grant funding through the Federal Active Transportation Program to design the project. Construction funding has not yet been identified and a construction timeframe has not been set.

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Rain On - Sprinklers Off!

January 6, 2016 

Thanks to the recent rainstorms, your sprinkler timer should remain off until your soil dries out. Statewide water use regulations are in effect that prohibit irrigation during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall. Turn sprinkler timers off now and leave them off until the soil is dry near the root zone of your plants. How do you check the soil? Use your “digital technology” i.e. your fingers to check the soil moisture! Due to the heavy soaking, irrigation should be turned off for several weeks for your thirstiest plants.

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Water Main Break at Voluntario and Montecito Streets

January 5, 2016 

The City experienced a water main break at the intersection of Voluntario and Montecito Streets. After the main break was repaired, City water crews flushed the distribution system to remove any discolored water. In the event some of the discolored water made it to your faucets, you need to flush your water system by turning on an outdoor faucet connected to a hose (first remove the sprayer or nozzle) full force, and directing the water from the hose to your landscaping until the water runs clear; or by opening the cold-water faucet in your bathtub all the way, full force, until the water runs clear. You can collect the water in your tub and put it on your plants or landscaping; however, drinking discolored water is unadvisable.

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Street Sweeping Canceled on January 1 and January 18, 2016 in Observance of January Holidays

January 4, 2016 

The Street Maintenance office of the Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular street sweeping in residential neighborhoods will be canceled on Friday, January 1, 2016, in observance of New Year's Day, and parking enforcement will also be canceled in the posted street sweeping zones that day. This primarily affects the upper and lower Mesa neighborhood areas, where regular Friday sweeping would have occurred on January 1st.

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Regular Maintenance Reduces Sewer Spills

December 8, 2015 

The City's wastewater collection system consists of over 250 miles of pipe. To ensure that it functions properly, the City uses technology and a rigorous program of inspection, cleaning and repair that has greatly reduced the number of spills. Watch the Video ...


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Holiday Closure

December 8, 2015 

Our administrative offices are closed over the holidays from December 24, 2015 through January 1, 2016. Offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2016. For more information on available services such as emergency repairs during the closure, please see our Holiday Closure Page.


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Installation of Sidewalk Access Ramps

November 30, 2015 

From December through March, the City will install 18 sidewalk access ramps located along San Pascual Street, at five intersections between Arrellaga and Pedregosa Streets. Sidewalks and traffic lanes will be partially closed for approximately one week at a time; however, there will be no full street closures associated with this construction. Read More ...


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Entrada de Santa Barbara

November 30, 2015 

Due to the Entrada de Santa Barbara (Entrada) Project, MATT Construction will close the easterly side of State Street (northbound lane) just north of Mission Creek Bridge to the Union Pacific Railroad crossing, to complete utility installation and public street and sidewalk improvements. Construction will also include installation of underground utilities on Helena Avenue, and portions of Mason Street as described below.

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Las Positas Overlay Completed

November 17, 2015 

The City recently completed the overlay of the asphalt street surface on Las Positas Road between the freeway and McCaw Avenue, and included reconstruction of several sidewalk corners for new access ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The work is part of the City's annual pavement maintenance program. Las Positas now has a much smoother driving surface and the work is anticipated to extend the life of the road by 10 to 20 years. Read More ...


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La Entrada and Sidewalk Improvements

November 17, 2015 

Street and sidewalk improvements for the La Entrada project are now underway. Construction work will result in the closure of northbound State Street from Cabrillo Blvd. to the railroad tracks. Efforts have been coordinated with City and private projects to minimize disruption. Anticipate traffic delays and consider alternate travel routes. Read More ...


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Meter Replacement in City Neighborhoods

November 17, 2015 

City crews soon will be replacing water meters in your neighborhood. Certified Water Distribution Operators will not enter your home, but will knock on your door to let you know that your meter is being replaced. A typical installation should take less than an hour to complete. Water service must be temporarily turned off during installation. Read More ...


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Las Positas Road Overlay Under Construction Next Two Weeks

October 29, 2015 

Starting today and lasting approximately two weeks, the City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department will be installing utilities and grinding/overlaying the street surface of Las Positas Road between the US 101 Freeway and McCaw Avenue. This work is being completed under contract with Granite Construction Company as part of the City’s Annual Pavement Maintenance Program. Construction in the Las Positas Road area started last month with the reconstruction of several sidewalk corners to construct access ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Sanitary Sewer Acoustic Inspection

October 14, 2015 

The City of Santa Barbara's sanitary sewer acoustic inspection of approximately 2,000 sewer pipes throughout the City is underway. Acoustic sounding devices are placed in opened manholes at both ends of the pipe and relay sound through the pipe. This helps identify potential blockages of the sewer mains in an efficient manner and has proved to be very successful. Completion of this project is expected by the end of November 2015.

Lisa Arroyo, Supervising Engineer Phone: (805) 564-5486 Email: larroyo@santabarbaraca.gov

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Prepare Your Property for Heavy Rain

October 13, 2015 

To help residents prepare for the coming storm season, the City is hosting a "Sandbag Saturday" event on October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations; the City's Annex Yard on Yanonali Street and Fire Station #7 on Stanwood Drive. Residents can fill 20 bags each, free of charge, while supplies last. Remember to fill bags only half way so they are not too heavy to lift and will stack properly. Sandbags can help protect private property during storm emergency conditions. Read More ...


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Way to Save! Water Usage Down by 29%

September 22, 2015 
Our community is doing a great job conserving water with average water savings from January to August of this year of 29% compared to the baseline year 2013. The City has been recognized as a leader in water conservation during California's historic drought. Keep up the good work, let's save together! For updated information on monthly conservation, visit the City's drought page.
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New Bike Corral in the Funk Zone

September 22, 2015 
A public-private partnership led to the installation of a bike corral on Helena Street at Yanonali Street. The result is 18 new bike parking spaces, with costs being equally shared between the property owner and the City. Read More ...

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Conservation is Key as Drought Continues

September 15, 2015 

Despite hopes for an El Niño winter, continued extraordinary conservation by the community is necessary until water begins to spill over Bradbury Dam. Watch the Video ...


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New Streetlights for Lower West Downtown

August 25, 2015 

New, energy-saving LED streetlights are now fully operational in the Lower West Downtown area. The City installed approximately 60 new pedestrian and streetlights in the vicinity of West Ortega, West Cota, Castillo Street and De la Vina Street, The new lighting will help increase safety for area residents. Read More...


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400 Block Anacapa Traffic Circulation Public Meeting

August 17, 2015 

The City of Santa Barbara Traffic Engineering staff invite the community members to attend a "drop-in" planning meeting to discuss the potential conversion of Anacapa Street, between Gutierrez Street and Haley Street, to a two-way street from a one-way street. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., at the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room located at 630 Garden Street. Staff will be available during these hours to review the potential project and answer any questions.

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Water Conservation Summit: Saturday, August 22

August 17, 2015 

Assemblymember Das Williams along with the City of Santa Barbara and other local water agencies and non-profits will host a Water Conservation Summit, free and open to the public, on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library.

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You Can Help Stop Water Waste

July 14, 2015 

Most homes with irrigation systems use more water outside than they do for all indoor uses combined. Since sprinklers typically turn on before we wake up, waste often goes unnoticed. Report any observed water runoff, leaks or other violations of our Stage 3 Drought Regulations by completing a Water Waste and Violations Form, or by calling 564-5460. We're all in this together!


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New City Bikestation Opens

July 7, 2015 

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new Bikestation Module in City Parking Lot 3. Holding approximately 25 bicycles, the facility will provide membership-based access for secured bicycle parking 24 hours a day, and promote multi-modal transportation throughout the region. This is the second Bikestation facility in our City. Read More...


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Free Showerhead Exchange Program

July 7, 2015 

Wantto help save water indoors? The City is part ofa county-wide program that allows residents to remove an existing showerhead andexchange it for a free, water efficient showerhead. Showerheads can be exchangedat the Public Works Counter located at 630 Garden Street. Onlyone new showerhead will be given for each old showerhead exchanged. Read More ...


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Mason Street Bridge Construction Update

June 30, 2015 

Significant progress has been made to replace the Mason Street Bridge. The east channel walls and bridge abutment have been completed and the creek channel has been widened. Preparation for the new west channel walls and bridge abutment is underway. Demolition of the existing bridge is anticipated to occur in early July. Read More ...


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Annual Sewer Main Rehabilitation to Begin

June 30, 2015 
The City will begin work in July at to rehabilitate sewer mains in various locations. The majority of the project will use "trenchless technology", which allows the City to rehabilitate roughly 3 miles of sewer main with minimal disturbance to surrounding residences. The project is scheduled to be complete by December. Read More...


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Managing our Groundwater Wells

June 9, 2015 

As the only local source of potable water, groundwater is a crucial resource for the City during times of drought and emergency. The City is working on a number of well projects, including replacing the Alameda Park Well, to help increase production capacity and supplement our surface water supplies. Watch the Video ...


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Rain On - Sprinklers Off

June 9, 2015 

Thanks to the recent rain, your sprinkler timer should remain off until your soil dries out. New statewide water use regulations are also in effect that prohibit irrigation during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall. The general rule of thumb is for every inch of rain we receive, watering should be delayed 7-10 days for your thirstiest plants. Remember to check the soil for moisture before turning irrigation back on.

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City Wastewater System Inspections Scheduled to Begin in June

June 1, 2015 

The City's Public Works Department will begin their annual inspection of the wastewater collection system (sewer) pipeline in June 2015. Inspections will occur at various locations throughout the City for approximately four months. The majority of work will take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In some locations, work may be performed outside of those hours to avoid impacts to traffic on busy streets.

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Bike to Work Day on Thursday

May 12, 2015 

National Bike to Work Day takes place on Thursday and the City is hosting an event on the steps of City Hall, downtown at De La Guerra Plaza between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. All downtown employees within pedaling distance are invited to mingle with fellow bike commuters. Coffee, juice, and bagels will be provided.

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Waterwise Landscaping Workshop

May 12, 2015 

You can take personal action to fight the drought! Join us on Friday, May 29th at the Central Library for a free landscaping workshop to create a garden that thrives in our local climate, uses water resources wisely and looks beautiful all year round.

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Alisos Street Bike Boulevard Demonstration

May 11, 2015 

The Alisos Street Bike Boulevard Demonstration is occurring on Saturday, May 30th from 9 am – 2 pm. For more information go to bmp.santabarbaraca.gov.


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Closure of City Parking Lot 10

May 6, 2015 

The Public Works Department’s Downtown Parking Program has hired a contractor to clean and paint the interior of City Lot 10 (Ortega Garage), located at 621 Anacapa Street, to enhance the overall appearance, attractiveness, and cleanliness of the Lot 10 parking structure. During this project, there will be a full closure, partial closures, and potential delays while entering and exiting Lot 10.

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New Traffic Signal Operational at De La Vina & Arrellaga Streets

May 1, 2015 

The City of Santa Barbara has installed a new traffic signal at the intersection of De La Vina and Arrellaga streets. In 2013, the intersection had 12 collisions, which was the highest number of collisions at an intersection in the City.

The traffic signal installation began in early April and was completed and operational on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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Water Main Replacement Program

April 28, 2015 

In response to repeated water main breaks on the 100 block of East Yanonali Street, the City's water main replacement project has been accelerated to minimize further disruption to the area. Construction is scheduled to begin on May 4. To minimize breaks long-term, the Council has a policy to replace three miles of pipeline each year. Watch the Video ...

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Crosswalk and Stop Sign Requests

April 21, 2015 

The City receives approximately 50 requests for new stop signs or crosswalks each year. Based on the delay of side street traffic and whether there is a collision problem, the City uses a variety of techniques to create unique solutions that help improve safety for each intersection. To make a request or provide transportation feedback, call 560-7518. Watch the Video ...

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Cota Street Bridge Replacement Begins

April 14, 2015 

Utility relocation work is underway in advance of the Cota Street bridge demolition and reconstruction effort. Near the end of April, the 200 block of West Cota will close for the duration of construction. Cota at Bath Street will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles. Cota Street will be accessible to local traffic only from De La Vina Street.

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Public Invited To Vote Online For Waterwise High School Video Contest

April 8, 2015 

The Network of Santa Barbara County Water Providers is announcing that voting is underway for a "People's Choice Award" for the 2015 WaterWise High School Video Contest. The public is invited to view all fifteen of the 30-second videos submitted. Anyone with a Facebook account can vote for their favorite videos by "liking" one or more videos on the contest's Facebook page, accessible through the www.WaterWiseSB.org home page before the deadline on Earth Day, April 22nd.

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New Street Lights Coming to Downtown Area

March 24, 2015 

Construction has begun for street lighting improvements in the Lower West Downtown Area. Underground directional drilling will be used to eliminate open trenches, minimizing the project's impact on the environment and local residents. The new lighting is designed to enhance the neighborhood appearance and improve traffic and pedestrian safety. Construction will occur weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed in July.




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Way to Save! Water Usage Down by 23%

February 18, 2015 

Our community is doing a great job reducing water use during the drought and is encouraged to keep up the good work. Significant savings were achieved throughout 2014, with an average reduction of 23% from July through December. For updated information on monthly conservation and reservoir storage levels, visit our drought page.


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New Bikestation® Module and Improvements to City Parking Lot 3

February 17, 2015 

On February 24, 2015, construction will begin to install a Bikestation® Module and to bring the City Parking Lot 3, located at 9 W. Figueroa Street, into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Bikestation® Module will replace the three existing wooden bike lockers and provide a secure building for bicycles. The Module will promote alternative transportation throughout the region. The ADA-related work includes construction that will address disabled parking space locations, dimensions, and accessible paths of travel.

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When It Rains, Don't Let Sprinklers Pour

January 27, 2015 

To avoid sprinklers coming on when it's raining, get a free rain shut-off sensor from the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program. A rain shut-off sensor automatically stops the sprinkler timer from watering during and immediately after a rain event. When the collected rainwater has evaporated from the device, scheduled irrigation resumes. Rain shut-off sensors work best for short periods; for extended rain periods, it's best to turn sprinkler timers to the "off" position.

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New Gardenwise TV Episode: "Golden Rules for Golden Landscapes"

January 27, 2015 

We all know that the drought has taken a toll on landscapes, and many residents have let their lawns go "gold" in an effort to conserve water. As we continue into the winter months and hope for more rain, now is the perfect time to consider ripping out that dead lawn and replacing it with water wise plants. In this episode, we'll take you through the process of retrofitting your landscape to make it more water wise.

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City Traffic Signals During Power Outages

January 26, 2015 

The City reminds drivers that if they encounter a dark intersection where the traffic signals are inoperative, it must be treated as an all way stop. When traffic lights are inoperative, failure to stop at the normally controlled intersection prior to proceeding through the intersection when safe is a citable offense [Vehicle Code section 21800 (d)(1)], and carries a $238.00 fine.

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Street Sweeping Cancelled on Upcoming Holidays

December 18, 2014 

The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Thursday, December 25, 2014 in observance of Christmas Day, and on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of New Year’s Day. Parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Thursday zones will also be cancelled that day. However, ALLother parking restrictions will be enforced.

An announcement of street sweeping cancellations is available on the Street Sweeping Hotline, 897-1903, and all the street sweeping holiday cancellations are listed on the City website: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/pw/stmain/street_sweeping/street_sweeping_cancellations.asp.

Contact: Nick Cabugos, Street Maintenance Supervisor

Phone: (805) 897-2541

Email: NCabugos@SantaBarbaraCA.gov


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Holiday Closures

December 15, 2014 

Most City offices and facilities will be closed from December 24, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Office will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2014.

Please call 560-7505 to report damage or repairs needed for the following:

  • Water or sewer main breaks
  • Water meters
  • Graffiti
  • Streets and sidewalks
  • Traffic signals
  • Street lights
  • Street signs
  • Trees
  • Storm drains

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Rain On - Sprinklers Off

December 12, 2014 

Thanks to the recent rain, your sprinkler timer should remain off until your soil dries out. The general rule of thumb is for every inch of rain we receive, watering should be delayed one week. For the approximately 2 inches we received recently, timers should be turned off for at least 2 weeks for your thirstiest plants.

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Sandbags Available at Corporate Annex Yard

December 11, 2014 

City and Fire Area residents desiring sandbags for protecting their property will open at 7:00 AM on December 11, 2014, in the City of Santa Barbara's Corporate Annex Yard, located at 401 E. Yanonali Street. Under City policy, the Sandbag Station is opened after confirmation by Public Works staff of an official local Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service.

  • Date and time of opening: 12/11/2014, 7:00 AM
  • Regular Open Hours: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM; until further notice or as posted
  • Limit: 20 sandbags per resident per trip
  • Residents must fill sandbags themselves. Bring gloves and shovel if possible
  • Sandbags are free to City residents
  • No contractors will be allowed to take sandbags

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Entrada de Santa Barbara Onsite Construction

December 1, 2014 

The next phase of the Entrada de Santa Barbara Project has begun. The first phase of this private development project, the west side of State Street public improvements, was completed in 2013. The Entrada Project includes 124 hotel units, 22,326 square feet of commercial floor area, a new 264 stall parking garage, and associated public improvements on lower State Street, East Mason Street, and Helena Avenue.

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Construction Begins on Cabrillo Blvd. Bridge Replacement

November 10, 2014 

Construction on the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement project will begin this week. The City of Santa Barbara has selected Lash Construction as the general contractor to replace the bridge located on Cabrillo Boulevard between State Street and Helena Avenue.

“The Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge over Mission Creek, originally built in 1913, will be replaced in three stages so that we can keep Cabrillo Boulevard open with at least one lane in each direction throughout construction. During the first phase of construction, utility relocations will begin, Mission creek banks between Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street will be improved, and the patio and a portion of the building at 15 East Cabrillo Boulevard will be removed as it is connected to the existing bridge. Cabrillo Boulevard will remain open with alternating lane closures as needed through the first stage of construction,” said Adam Hendel, supervising civil engineer at the City of Santa Barbara.

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Irrigation Budgets Help Save Water and Money

November 5, 2014 

A water budget and separate irrigation meter can help customers with large landscapes manage water use more efficiently and lower your water bill. The City will create a specific monthly landscape irrigation budget based on property size, plant types and weather conditions. Watch the Video ...


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Public Workshop – Potential Cliff Drive Traffic Safety Project

October 29, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara’s Traffic Engineering staff invites residents to a Public Workshop to discuss a potential traffic safety improvement project for parts of Cliff Drive. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe Elementary School auditorium at 431 Flora Vista Drive. Maps and drawings will be available for staff to review with residents, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

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Multi-Use Path for Las Positas Road

October 15, 2014 

Through funds from a state grant, the City is pursing design proposals and environmental clearance for a multi-use path to be constructed on Las Positas Road from Modoc Road to Cliff Drive. Intended for use by bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians, the path will connect to the regional Crosstown and Coastal Bike Routes.


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Pedestrian Improvement for Lower Milpas Street

October 7, 2014 

Through funds from a state grant, the City will install sidewalk along the east side of Milpas Street, from Cabrillo Boulevard to Highway 101. Pedestrian lighting will be added on both sides of Milpas Street, and sidewalk gaps will be filled on Calle Puerto Vallarta, connecting Milpas Street to Dwight Murphy Park and the Santa Barbara Zoo. Read More ...



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Bike Corral Installed on the 100 Block of Canon Perdido Street

September 24, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara installed a bike corral yesterday on the 100 block of Canon Perdido near Santa Barbara Street. Bike corrals are in-street bicycle parking areas that typically replace one or two automobile spaces in commercial areas where a significant number of bicycle trips are present. Other cities around the country have implemented bike corrals, mainly to respond to business and community desires to increase parking capacity – in this case 14 new bike parking spaces.

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Montecito Street Bridge Replacement

September 23, 2014 

With a recent state grant award, the Montecito Street Bridge Replacement Project will replace the very narrow bridge with a wider structure to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. A new sidewalk on the bridge and on the roadway approaching the bridge will also be installed. This project will improve pedestrian safety near the Franklin and Cleveland Elementary Schools.


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“Bici Famalia” at Santa Barbara Family Day and Health Fair

September 17, 2014 

“Bici Familia” turned out to be a popular addition to the third annual Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair on September 13, 2014. The health fair was a collaborative effort of the City, County, Public Health Department, Santa Barbara County Office of Education, the Unified School District, American Indian Health Services, and Cottage Health System. Bici Familia is a free, bilingual bike skills class for families that was paid for by City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department and run by Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST). About 115 local residents (95 of them children) participated in the bicycle training classroom instruction and on-street skills class and over 100 helmets were fitted and given away to class participants.

Contact:Peter BrownInterimMobility CoordinatorPhone: (805) 987-2669Email: PBrown@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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Upcoming Lower State Street Construction

September 17, 2014 

The lower State Street area will undergo multiple construction projects this fall, including replacement of the Mason Street and Cabrillo Boulevard Bridges over Mission Creek. The bridge projects will coincide with several private projects in the area, including the Children's Museum, Entrada de Santa Barbara, and the 101 State Street Hotel Project. City staff have planned traffic control and hauling routes to minimize disruption and keep the public safe while work is being conducted. Read More ...


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Free Sprinkler Nozzles!

September 5, 2014 

Did you know that over half the water used in our landscapes is lost to runoff and overspray? It's time to get water wise, and it's never been easier to replace your sprinkler nozzles than right now. Get up to 25 free water-efficient sprinkler nozzles by visiting FreeSprinklerNozzles.com!

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Sign up for Green Gardener Class

September 3, 2014 

The Green Gardener Program educates landscapers, gardeners and homeowners on landscape practices that save resources and prevent pollution. The course will offer sessions in English, Spanish and a bilingual option. The fee is $35. Participants can enroll by coming to the first class on September 8 (Spanish) / September 10. Read More ...


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Street Sweeping Cancelled on September 1st for Labor Day Holiday

August 28, 2014 

The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of Labor Day, and parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Monday zones will also be cancelled that day. The residential areas with regular Monday street sweeping affected by this cancellation are the Eastside and the Samarkand neighborhoods. However, ALL other parking restrictions will be enforced.

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Corporate Yard Wellhead Project Proceeding

August 26, 2014 

This project introduces a new groundwater well at Ortega and Laguna Streets, creating an additional source of water for the City. The project began with drilling over 600 feet underground last summer. The second half of the project now underway involves the installation of control systems, piping, a motor and pump connecting the new well to the Ortega Treatment Plant and the City's water supply. In the interim, a temporary pump will be installed and is expected to be running over the next few weeks.



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Luscious Lawn Alternatives & Cash For Your Grass!

August 20, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program and the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County will present a free one hour public workshop, “Luscious Lawn Alternatives & Cash for Your Grass!” on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am.

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Annual Road Maintenance Program Begins

August 12, 2014 
The City's annual road maintenance program begins this month and will primarily encompass streets within the greater Eastside and Lower Riviera neighborhoods. The project will include spot repairs, crack sealing, slurry sealing, and repaving for more extensively damaged roads. Downtown Parking Lots 3 and 11, Waterfront Harbor Way, and the Stearns Wharf entrance will also be maintained. Read More ...

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Community Water Conservation Meeting

August 12, 2014 
The public was invited to a presentation about water conservation during the Water Commission meeting today. Topics included simple actions for residents and businesses to save water, irrigation practices, online tools, rebates, and City programs available. The meeting was recorded and will be played on City TV channel 18 on August 12 at noon, August 14 at 7 p.m., and will be available on the City's website tomorrow morning. Video

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School Zone Safety Improvements

August 7, 2014 
The City is installing pedestrian safety improvements along identified paths to Franklin Elementary and La Cumbre Middle Schools. The changes will provide visual cues to drivers at crossing locations, while meeting the access needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Each location will be under construction for approximately seven days. No road closures are expected.

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Community Invited To Water Conservation Presentation August 11

August 7, 2014 
Residents, businesses, community groups, and the media are encouraged to attend a public presentation on Monday, August 11th about water conservation and City of Santa Barbara programs to help everyone save water during the drought. The presentation will take place during the regularly scheduled Water Commission meeting on Monday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 735 Anacapa St. The meeting will also be recorded and played on City TV channel 18 on Tuesday, August 12th at noon, Thursday, August 14th at 7 pm, and available on the City's website.
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One-Stop Shop at Public Works Counter

July 29, 2014 
The Public Works Counter at 630 Garden Street is a valuable resource for your City utility and property- related questions. Counter staff can provide information on all aspects of City infrastructure, including sewer and water mains, parcel maps, construction drawings, and Capital Improvement Projects. The Counter is also the place to obtain a permit for private or utility work in a City street or property. To contact the Public Works Counter, call 564-5388.

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City Water Customers Reduce Water Use

July 29, 2014 
City water customers successfully reduced their water usage in June by 15%. This represents a major improvement in the community's efforts to reduce water usage and puts us closer to our monthly goal of 20%. For help evaluating water use and conservation opportunities, visit our website or call 564-5460 to schedule a free water checkup. Read More ...

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Traffic Improvements Put Safety First

July 22, 2014 
More visible signal lights, additional crosswalk timer signals, and careful analysis of effective traffic solutions in high collision areas are part of the City's efforts to improve safety on our streets and in our neighborhoods. Watch the Video ...


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Pool Covers Now Required - Rebates Available

July 15, 2014 
Pool covers are now required in the City due to the Stage Two Drought condition. To help water customers comply with the new regulation, the City's Smart Landscape Rebate program has been modified to include up to 50% of the material cost of a pool cover, to a maximum of $300 per pool cover. Read More


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Electric Vehicles added to City fleet

July 10, 2014 
The City has added another electric vehicle to its fleet. Taking advantage of federal and state incentives, a Nissan Leaf was procured as the City continues to purchase fuel efficient, low- emission vehicles. This is the third Nissan Leaf in the fleet to be shared by all City departments.

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City Wastewater System Inspections Scheduled to Begin in July

July 7, 2014 

The Public Works Department’s Engineering Division will begin their annual inspection of the wastewater collection system (sewer) pipeline in July 2014. Inspections are scheduled to occur at various locations throughout the City over approximately four months. The majority of work will take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In some locations, work may be performed outside of those hours to avoid impacts to traffic on busy streets. Businesses and residents near each inspection location will receive notice 72-hours prior to the start of the inspection. Short-term parking restrictions may be required; however, driveways will not be impacted.

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Street Sweeping Cancelled on July 4th for Independence Day Holiday

July 3, 2014 
The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Friday, July 4, 2014, in observance of Independence Day, and parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Friday zones will also be cancelled that day. However, ALL other parking restrictions will be enforced.









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Wastewater Cogeneration System Receives Renewable Energy Award

July 1, 2014 
The City's cogeneration system at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Honorable Mention from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for achievement in climate protection. The high-efficiency energy system, converts methane from plant operations to electricity.

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Two Bridge Replacements Planned for the City of Santa Barbara

June 23, 2014 
The City has awarded contracts for the design of two bridge replacement projects in town. The bridges are located on Quinientos Street over Sycamore Creek, and on Anapamu Street over Old Mission Creek.

Funding was obtained through the Federal Highway Administration, which covers nearly the entire cost for both projects.
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Recycled Water System Under Construction

June 17, 2014 

The construction of a new tertiary filtration system has begun at El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant. The work consists of demolishing the existing Filter Plant and building a new Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration Complex. The new system will provide excellent water quality for recycled water users, reducing the use of potable water for irrigation and toilet flushing. The construction will take approximately one year to complete.


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Rebate for Making Your Garden Waterwise

June 17, 2014 

Join over 300 businesses and residents who have gone through the Smart Landscape Rebate program. The rebate covers 50% of the materials cost of efficient irrigation equipment, smart irrigation controllers, laundry-to-landscape graywater materials, water-wise plants, artificial turf, permeable surfaces, and mulch. The rebate maximum is $1,000 for homes and up to $4,000 for businesses, multi-family homes, and HOAs.


Council Declares Stage 2 Drought

May 28, 2014 
Drought Stage 2
A Stage Two Drought was declared by the City Council on Tuesday, May 20. The City is requiring a 20% reduction in water usage to extend current water supplies. Specific water regulations have been implemented to prevent unnecessary use of water. Read More ...

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Meeting on Fats, Oils and Grease Program and Proposed Commercial Sewer Rates - FOG Program

May 28, 2014 

Business representatives and the public are invited to a public meeting to discuss the City's Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Control Program for Food Service Establishments. Learn how you can do your part to keep fats, oils and grease out of the City sewer system. Included in the presentation will be the proposed changes to Commercial Sewer User Rates. Gain valuable information on current and future structures and fees. The meeting will take place on May 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. Read More ...


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Street Sweeping Cancelled on May 26 for Memorial Day Holiday

May 22, 2014 
The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day, and parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Monday zones will also be cancelled that day. However, ALL other parking restrictions will be enforced.
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Public Meeting for Commercial Sewer Users

May 20, 2014 
Public Meeting for Commercial Sewer Users to Discuss:

What: City of Santa Barbara Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Program Requirements and City of Santa Barbara Commercial Sewer User Rate Changes
When: May 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara CA 93103
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Public Works Awards Received

May 20, 2014 
The City has received five awards from the Central Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The winning projects include Chapala Street Bridge, Cater Ozone Water Treatment Project, Ortega Wells Filtration Project, and El Estero Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Project. The Association also named Pat Kelly, Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer, as the 2014 Public Works Professional of the Year.
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Permeabler Pavers Installed

May 20, 2014 
The City has installed permeable pavers in parking lots at Oak Park, Stevens Park, MacKenzie Park and the Westside Neighborhood Center. The pavers help keep polluted runoff from reaching our creeks and ocean untreated. The cutting-edge infiltration project mimics natural water processes and helps extend our local water supply during this dry period. Watch the video


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Take The Wyland Mayor's Pledge to Save Water

April 10, 2014 

My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Mayors nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online.

Take the Pledge Here!

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Drought on - Sprinklers Off

April 4, 2014 
Due to recent rain, leave sprinklers off until soil is dry and plants need water, at least two weeks. Only water your garden if absolutely necessary - save 1,000 gallons or more every day!
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De La Luz Pedestrain Bridge

April 3, 2014 
The City of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department will be repairing a sewer main, located between El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park from April 7 - April 25, 2014. Construction work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Nearby residents may experience minor construction noise; however, access to driveways will not be impacted.
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Santa Barbara Public Works Director Appointed

March 11, 2014 
Following a nationwide executive recruitment process, City Administrator Jim Armstrong has appointed Rebecca Bjork as Public Works Director. Ms. Bjork has filled the vacancy on an interim basis since Christine Andersen retired in November 2013. She was selected from a pool of 91 candidates from across the country.
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City Receives American Society of Civil Engineers Awards

February 24, 2014 
Every year, as part of National Engineers Week, the local Santa Barbara/Ventura Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, selects a Project of the Year and Sustainable Project of the Year. This year, the City of Santa Barbara received an award in each category for the Cater Water Treatment Plant Advanced Treatment (Ozone) Project and the Fats, Oils, & Grease (Fog) Pilot Program, respectively.
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City Of Santa Barbara Asks For Reduction In Landscape Water

February 13, 2014 
A Stage One Drought was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 11, 2014. The City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20%. Current usage is 10% above normal water usage due to the dry winter and increased landscape water use. Water customers currently watering their garden are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.
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Street Sweeping Cancelled on February 17th Holiday

February 12, 2014 
The Street Maintenance office of the Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular street sweeping in residential neighborhoods will be canceled on Monday, February 17, 2014, in observance of Presidents Day. Parking enforcement will also be canceled in the posted street sweeping zones on Monday.
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Stage 1 Drought Declared, Asking for 20% Water Savings

February 11, 2014 

A Stage One Drought Condition was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 11th. The City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20%. Water customers currently watering their landscape are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.

The best way to reduce water usage is to evaluate landscape watering and check for leaks inside and out. The City can help with a free water checkup for homes or businesses.

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Save Water Outdoors During Dry Winter

January 23, 2014 
The dry winter we have been experiencing reminds us of the importance of our water supplies in Santa Barbara; we can help stretch our supplies during dry times by using water wisely every day. Santa Barbara's residents and businesses have done a great job conserving water over the past 25 years, but there is still a need for increased landscape water conservation. About half of the water used in the City goes to outdoor irrigation and that is where there is the most potential for water savings. For comparison, an average 15 minute shower uses 30 gallons total, while watering your lawn for 15 minutes on average uses 700 gallons! The city is asking businesses and residents to reduce outside water use now.
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Street Sweeping Canceled on Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2014 
The Street Maintenance office of the Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular street sweeping in residential neighborhoods will be canceled on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, and parking enforcement will also be canceled in the posted street sweeping zones that day.
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park Postponed

December 17, 2013 
The El Camino Sewer Main Rehabilitation work, between El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park, has been briefly postponed. Weather permitting, the work is expected to begin in late January 2014, and last until early February 2014. Construction work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. During the construction, nearby residents may experience minor construction noise, but access to driveways will not be impacted.
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Public Works Annual Report Released

November 15, 2013 
The Public Works Department Annual Report has released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013. Through the many diverse programs in the Department, we strive to support the citizens of Santa Barbara and the community's needs. This report highlights some of the activities that occurred during the past fiscal year and key capital projects that reflect the City’s investment in public infrastructure.
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De la Luz Pedestrian Bridge

November 14, 2013 
The Public Works Department’s Engineering Division is planning to complete sewer main rehabilitation work underneath the El Camino De La Luz Pedestrian Bridge, located between El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park. The work will begin in early December 2013, and end approximately December 20, 2013. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. During the construction, nearby residents may experience minor construction noise, but access to residents’ driveways will not be impacted.
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Conejo Road Sewer Main Extension Project Begins

November 6, 2013 
The City of Santa Barbara's Public Works Department will begin construction on a new public sewer main at 450 Conejo Road starting November 11, 2013, and continuing through mid-December 2013. Construction hours will be limited to 7:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Tierra Contracting will be the contractor for the project.
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Walk to School Day

October 1, 2013 
On Wednesday, October 9th, students across Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria will join school children around the world who are making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle by walking or bicycling to school on International Walk to School Day. All drivers are to use extra caution due to anticipation of more people arriving to school by foot, watch for parents and children walking and biking to and from school
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Carrillo Hill Street Maintenance Scheduled

September 16, 2013 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18, 2013, starting at 9:00 p.m., the City of Santa Barbara’s contractor will be completing micro surfacing, a type of slurry sealing, on Carrillo Street between San Andres Street and La Coronilla Drive.
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Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair: Bici Familia Event Success!

September 16, 2013 
At the second annual Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair, on Saturday, September 14, 2013, the City of Santa Barbara hosted Bici Familia, a free bicycle safety event for families alongside community partners. Bici Familia offered bilingual bicycle safety presentation and a skills course for parents and their children coordinated with City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) Safe Routes to School Program.
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Family Biking Day: Bici Familia

September 4, 2013 
Saturday September 14th at Santa Barbara Junior High - 10 AM-3PM The 2nd annual Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by the City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Unified School District and Santa Barbara County Education Office.

Family bicycle day, Bici Familia, will offer a bilingual safety presentation and skills class with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coaliton and COAST's Safe Routes to School program.
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Annual Sidewalk Replacement Project Begins

September 3, 2013 

The annual Sidewalk Replacement Project to replace existing sidewalks that have uplifted or depressed due to tree root or other damage begins this week. Each year, work is identified City-wide so that all areas typically see some repairs annually. The work will take place from late August through mid-October. The contractor is Granite Construction Company.

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De La Vina Safety Improvements Completed

August 13, 2013 
The City recently completed pedestrian safety improvements at the busy intersection of De La Vina and Figueroa Streets. New street lights were installed and curb extensions and new access ramps were constructed at all four corners.
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Chapala Street Bridge Replacement

June 13, 2013 

Construction on the Chapala Street Bridge Replacement project has begun. The City of Santa Barbara has selected Granite Construction as the general contractor. During construction, the intersection of Chapala and West Yanonali Streets (near the Amtrak Train Station) will be closed.

Bridge construction will continue through the winter of 2014. The majority of construction will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and some weekend construction may occur as needed.

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Last Updated: Oct 8, 2013