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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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Stage 2 Water Use Regulations

July 3, 2014 
On May 20, 2014, the Santa Barbara City Council declared a Stage Two Drought Condition, triggering drought related water use regulations for irrigation, hoses, pools, restaurants, and more. Click here for the full list of regulations.
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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