As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gibraltar Reservoir, Water Resources also celebrates its commitment to renewable energy. In 2019, the City’s hydro-electric plant harnessed enough energy from water dropping down from Gibraltar to the City to completely offset the energy demands of the Cater Water Treatment Plant.
The third significant pavement maintenance project to use Measure C (local sales tax) revenues will begin construction this winter on high-priority streets throughout the City.
Santa Barbara's Gibraltar Reservoir is 100 years old! Gibraltar, which supplies water to the City from the Santa Ynez River, opened on January 26, 1920. Gibraltar is a reliable contributor to the City's current array of water sources, which includes surface water from Lake Cachuma, groundwater, recycled water, desalinated water, imported state water, and the community's extraordinary conservation efforts.
In preparation for construction of the upcoming Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project, removal of approximately thirty-five trees along Modoc Road is scheduled for the week of January 13th. Work will be completed along the shoulder of Modoc Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and access will be maintained through Modoc Road, although some traffic and limited parking availability is expected. The Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project will impove pedestrian safety and accessability along Modoc Road, while encouraging alternative modes of transportation in the area.
In preparation for construction of the upcoming Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project, removal of approximately thirty-five trees along Modoc Road is scheduled for the week of January 13th. Work will be completed along the shoulder of Modoc Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and access will be maintained through Modoc Road, although some traffic and limited parking availability is expected. The Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project will impove pedestrian safety and accessability along Modoc Road, while encouraging alternative modes of transportation in the area.
In preparation for construction of the upcoming Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project, removal of approximately thirty-five trees along Modoc Road is scheduled for the week of January 13th. Work will be completed along the shoulder of Modoc Road between 7am and 5pm and access will be maintained through Modoc Road, although some traffic and limited parking availability is expected. The Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project will impove pedestrian safety and accessability along Modoc Road, while encouraging alternative modes of transportation in the area.
The Administrative offices of the City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department, located at 630 Garden St. are closed for the Winter Holidays from Saturday, December 21st, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. Please note that most City Administrative offices are closed for the Winter Holidays. Offices will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020. If you have a water-related or streets emergency, please hang up and call 805-560-7505. For all other emergencies, please hang up and dial 9-1-1.
If you’re heading Downtown and need to find the closest and most convenient place to park, remember to check Santa Barbara’s Real-Time Parking webpage, which shows parking availability at all City lots. With updates every 15 seconds, you’ll always know where to find the best Downtown space.
The City of Santa Barbara would like to remind all of our downtown patrons to keep their car secure while shopping this holiday season. In order to minimize risk of becoming a victim of theft remember to check that your windows are rolled up and doors are locked before exiting your vehicle, activate your security system if you have one, and make sure all valuable items are placed out of sight, e.g., safely locked up in the trunk. By taking these simple precautions you can ensure that your gifts remain yours this holiday season. People are encouraged to call the police at (805) 882-8900 if suspicious activity is observed or dial 911 if a crime is in progress.
For any other parking related questions, please see the Parking Attendant at the nearest kiosk.
To complete pavement grind and overlay work on Alamar Avenue between Foothill Road and Verde Vista Drive, Alamar will be temporarily closed in this area on Monday, December 9 through Wednesday, December 11 during daytime hours. Access will be maintainted for residents. The project will create a smooth, high-quality road surface on this heavily traveled roadway.
Addressing deferred maintenance of aging public safety facilities is a top priority of Measure C, the one-cent sales tax approved by City voters in 2017. Renewal projects at Fire Stations across the City include new roofs, windows, and other building upgrades.
The Mesa community has shared the desire for safer crosswalks, better cycling facilities, and an overall safer Cliff Drive. As part of a Vision Zero strategy to eliminate severe and fatal injuries on our roads, the City is developing a project to increase safety in this corridor. Visit the new website to subscribe to updates and provide input.
Pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain or garbage disposal creates obstructions in underground pipes and serious problems like blockages and sewer overflows. When washed down the sink, FOG can stick to the inside of sewer pipes (both on your property and under the streets). This holiday season, dispose of fats, oils, and grease properly using the tips.
Anytime a “Flash Flood Watch” is issued by the National Weather Service, Public Works staff will open the City's sandbag station and make sandbags available to residents free of charge. The sandbag station is located at 401 East Yanonali Street.
The Farmers Market and the City want to hear your ideas about the Saturday Farmers Market’s next location! What do you think are the key ingredients to a successful Farmers Market experience? Bring your ideas to a Listening Workshop at the Faulkner Gallery on December 7.
Is battery backup right for you? Learn about energy storage options for your home or business at the workshop on November 13. We’ll discuss public safety power shutoffs, financial incentives, and market choices for adding batteries to your residential solar system.
Calling all Crosswalk Heroes! The City is looking for qualified, responsible, and caring people who can help keep our kids safe on their way to and from school. For more information, please contact the Downtown Parking office at (805) 564-5656 or come by our office at 1221 Anacapa Street. We look forward to meeting you!
On November 14, attend an Open House to learn about the Olive Mill Roundabout Project's geometric design and traffic flow, and comment on landscaping, signage, and lighting. A new roundabout configuration at the six-legged intersection of Olive Mill Road will eliminate right-of-way confusion, improving traffic flow ad safety.
Replacement of aging water mains, at the rate of 6 miles of pipe per year, helps the City prevent water main breaks and unexpected service interruptions. This fall, construction activity will be a familiar sight in the neighborhoods around the Funk Zone as their water mains are replaced. A new video reveals what this work looks like and why it’s important.
Halloween is a fun time for kids, but the Fire Department Office of Emergency Services wants to remind families of the importance of being extra vigilant for possible safety hazards. Tips are available for parents and homeowners to ensure a safe environment for trick-or-treaters.
The City is happy to announce that 30 new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed at the Granada Parking Garage, thanks to Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready program and a grant from the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District. This will bring the total number of charging stations in City public parking lots to 40!
Streetlight repairs on Upper State Street, between La Cumbre and Las Positas, will take place in the coming weeks. This work will replace outdated wiring and lights, providing better energy efficiency and light quality. Intermittent streetlight outages are expected during the work.
The draft Westside and Lower West Neighborhoods Transportation Management Plan is now available for review. The draft plan was shaped by input from neighborhood workshops and a survey earlier this year. It will be presented to the Transportation & Circulation Committee on October 24 and is tentatively scheduled for City Council review in December.
Mission Street will receive new pavement from Highway 101 to State Street starting this weekend. This work will provide a new driving surface and smooth out dips. From Saturday, October 19 through Wednesday, October 23, drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route and avoid the Mission Street corridor while this work is completed.
About 100 community members met on October 1 at a workshop to identify needs and desires for the future of the Milpas Street corridor. It's not too late to provide your input about walking, biking, traffic, and lighting on Milpas. Take the survey by Nov. 15 to help create an action plan for this corridor. Survey Links: English and Spanish
This week, Southern California Gas Company will begin a gas main replacement project on Anacapa Street between De La Guerra and Ortega. Work is expected to be complete before Thanksgiving and will include a single lane closure on Anacapa. The project is being coordinated with future Southern California Edison work and a City pavement maintenance project.
Join the City at a workshop to plan for the future of Cliff Drive. At the Approach Workshop on October 17, we’ll discuss potential approaches to address safety concerns on Cliff Drive, from Las Positas Road to Loma Alta Drive. As a Vision Zero Priority Corridor, Cliff Drive has a historical pattern of traffic collisions.
To allow for the installation of new traffic signal conduit, there will be temporary road closures along Mission Street during October 10-12. Detours will be provided. The new traffic signal conduit is part of the larger Mission Street Pavement Maintenance Project.
Join us tomorrow night at the Franklin Community Center for a Listening Workshop about the future of the Milpas Street Corridor. The City is looking for community feedback on walking, biking, traffic, and landscape. Community participation will help our chances of being awarded grant funding for future projects.
Two automotive technicians who work on the City's fleet vehicles recently earned "World Class Technician" status, an ASE certification awarded to less than one percent of automotive technicians in the country.
To complete pavement grind and overlay work on Los Olivos Street between Laguna Street and Mission Canyon Road, Los Olivos will be temporarily closed in this area on Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1, during daytime hours. This two-day project will create a smooth, high-quality road surface in front of the Old Mission.
Dine on the 500 Block of State Street this Saturday evening at the Common Table community event. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to community conversation and entertainment.
Pavement rehabilitation begins today on Coast Village Circle to repair damage from the January 2018 debris flow. A new website provides more information about the construction work and offers the option to subscribe to project updates.
Help plan for the future of Milpas Street, from Highway 101 to Canon Perdido, by attending a Listening Workshop on October 1. The City is looking for community feedback on walking, biking, traffic, and landscape in the Milpas corridor. Community participation will help our chances of being awarded grant funding for future projects.
Granite Construction is continuing to work on the storm drain connection at the northwest corner of De La Vina and Mission Streets. De La Vina is open to through traffic starting today.
This past weekend, Granite poured the sidewalk access ramps at the northeast and northwest corners of Castillo and Mission Streets along with the concrete cross gutter. This week, Granite will pour the final access ramp at the northwest corner of De La Vina and Mission Streets, completing all concrete access ramp work by the end of the week.
The Mission Street Paving Project is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.
As part of the Museum of Art Renovation Project, Anapamu Street between State and Anacapa will have temporary traffic control in place throughout September to construct street improvements. There will be a detour for eastbound traffic to Victoria Street and a sidewalk closure on the south side of Anapamu.
The City’s crucial water and traffic signal infrastructure is protected in the event of a power outage. Critical equipment is equipped with emergency backup power, ensuring that our water is safe and traffic is kept moving.
As Santa Barbarans, we’re taking on a big challenge - the creation of a new police station. Our existing station is outdated, too small, and hasn’t been earthquake retrofitted. One of the first steps for a new station is selecting the location. We’ll review site considerations with City Council on Tuesday, September 17. Visit the project website to review all the site analysis documents and more.
The City recently completed a project to improve public safety radio communications along the coastline between Leadbetter and Hendry's Beaches.
An aging water main will be replaced in the area of a pedestrian crossing safety project that is currently underway at State Street and Alamar Avenue. While the new main is being connected to the system, a water service interruption will be required, during the week of September 9.
To expedite utility relocations and construction of curb and sidewalks as part of the Mission Street Pavement Maintenance Project, De La Vina Street will be temporarily closed between Los Olivos Street and Mission Street on Tuesday, September 3 through Thursday, September 5, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mission Street will be open to through traffic.
“I’d bike or walk to Downtown if I felt safe doing it!” For Santa Barbarans who have ever felt this way - it might happen sooner than you think. Two grant-funded projects are in design for the Eastside and Westside that create a safe and connected crosstown bike network. Pedestrian crossing improvements are also included. Subscribe now at the Eastside Connects and Westside Connects websites to receive project news alerts.
Measure C is funding much-needed asphalt resurfacing on Anacapa Street over the next two weeks. Anacapa between Constance and Micheltorena, and Anacapa between Anapamu and Haley, will receive repairs.
Granite Construction has nearly completed the concrete hardscape work, including sidewalk, access ramps, cross gutters, and alley entrances on both sides of Mission Street. This past weekend, Granite finished pouring the access ramp at the northwest corner of Bath and Mission and at the northeast corner of Castillo and Mission.
This week, Granite plans to install the light pole foundations along Mission Street. Afterward, the Gas Company will perform their line relocation work at Mission and De La Vina. Once the Gas Company completes their relocation, Granite will complete the remaining hardscape improvements, including the relocation of an existing storm drain at Mission and De La Vina.
The Mission Street Paving Project is still on schedule to be completed in mid-September. To receive project updates, please subscribe on the project website: www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/MissionStreetPaving
With multiple infrastructure projects underway on roads throughout the City, motorists should remember to "slow for the cone zone." While the construction work can sometimes present an inconvenience, it also provides for improved infrastructure, including better street pavement.
Road repair work on Los Olivos Street, part of the larger Mission Street Pavement Maintenance Project, will begin construction on August 6. Granite Construction will saw-cut existing concrete and construct two ADA sidewalk access ramps at the crosswalk just east of the Old Mission. Concrete work only will be performed at this time. Granite will return in late September to perform the asphalt grind and overlay.
Work begins this week on replacement of the aging sewer main that serves the La Colina Sewer Lift Station. The sewer main transports 145,000 gallons of sewage per day from the lift station up to La Cumbre Road. During construction in the area, through traffic will be allowed, but parking may be restricted. Sewer service will not be affected.
In partnership with Heal the Ocean, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, and Downtown Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara would like to remind the community that throwing and leaving confetti, sequins, and glitter on the ground is littering.
In addition to paper confetti, the volume of shiny metallic confetti, sequins, and glitter is increasing. These are all made of plastic and are often mistaken for food and consumed by birds and other animals. Confetti can easily wash or blow into our storm drains, creeks, and ocean, where it poses a threat to aquatic life.
While you’re celebrating in Santa Barbara, we encourage you to choose paper confetti and use it sparingly!
The Mission Street Paving Project is currently underway, with important sidewalk, access ramp, and fire hydrant work completed. Construction will pause for Fiesta week starting on Tuesday, July 30 and will resume on August 5.
If you’re heading Downtown for Fiesta and need to find the closest and most convenient place to park, remember to check Santa Barbara’s Real-Time Parking webpage, which shows parking availability at all City lots. With updates every 15 seconds, you’ll always know where to find the best Downtown space.
The City is taking steps toward eliminating severe injuries and deaths caused by vehicle collisions. Two Vision Zero Safety Restriping projects seek to address known collision patterns along Las Positas Road and Cabrillo Boulevard.
Construction has begun on pedestrian safety improvements at street crossings throughout the City. Work will include new pedestrian countdown timers and shortened crossing distances at the State/Alamar intersection, and new pedestrian flashing beacons at Alamar/Puesta Del Sol & La Cumbre/Calle Cita. Pedestrian signage at 13 other uncontrolled crossings will also be improved.
Construction of the Mission Street Pavement Maintenance Project between the US 101 and State Street began on Monday, July 8 and will last through late September. The project includes Los Olivos Street in front of the Mission, from Laguna Street to Mission Canyon Road. Visit the project webpage at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/MissionStreetPaving to check out the latest news and subscribe to receive project updates straight to your inbox.
The City has an annual water main replacement goal of approximately 6 miles of water main per year. Replacing the aging infrastructure maintains the quality and reliability of water service. Work is currently underway across the City and continues through next spring. Residents in the affected neighborhoods will receive notification about work in their area as it occurs.
The City's annual water quality report is available now. As we plan for the future, the City remains committed to delivering safe and reliable drinking water to our customers. Learn about where your drinking water comes from, drought recovery, and water quality.
Street construction begins today on Hope Avenue for The Gardens on Hope new senior housing complex. Public improvements include a new crosswalk at La Rada, curbs, sewer main extension, and lighting. Hope Avenue will remain open, but parking will be restricted, and drivers may experience delays. Street work will last approximately 8 weeks.
Work on Southern California Edison’s Downtown Santa Barbara Reliability Project has begun on Figueroa Street between State and Chapala and will continue through June 25. This work requires an eastbound lane closure and sidewalk closure in the area. Local businesses and the entrance to City Lot 3 remain open during construction.
With the rainy season behind us, it’s time to remove any sandbags that were placed over the winter. Please drop off unwanted sandbags at the City Annex Yard at 401 East Yanonali Street, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Over the past several weeks, the Westside and Lower West Neighborhoods have provided input about walkability, bikeability, and traffic concerns in their neighborhoods. City Public Works is now ready with some proposed solutions to address those concerns. To learn about these proposed solutions, please attend the Approach Workshop on Saturday, June 1.
Mission Street between Highway 101 and State Street, and Los Olivos in front of the Mission, are busy corridors that are in need of significant pavement and concrete work. It’s our “Mission: Possible” to create a smoother, safer experience for drivers and pedestrians in these corridors through a comprehensive road project this summer. Watch the video to find out more, and stay tuned for a construction schedule.
The City’s Public Works Department is celebrating National Public Works Week. This year’s theme from the American Public Works Association, “It Starts Here,” emphasizes the centrality of public works in many of the things that impact our quality of life, from infrastructure to healthy communities.
On May 7, City Council adopted amendments to the Shared Mobility Ordinance to prohibit unsafe scooter share and implement a bike share pilot program. The pilot program will bring bikes to City streets, providing the convenience of hopping on a bike for a quick trip through town.
The second phase of a major pavement maintenance project will take place this May and June. This phase provides crack sealing and slurry sealing of the pavement, which helps preserve and protect the underlying pavement structure and provide a new driving surface.
Places For Bikes, a data-driven national nonprofit bike advocacy organization, has ranked Santa Barbara as the best place for bicycling in California. Santa Barbara was also ranked the 12th best place for bicycling out of 520 cities in the nation.
Construction of the Old Coast Highway and North La Cumbre Road Sidewalk Infill Projects will begin on May 13. The purpose of the work is to create continuous sidewalks along these roads for pedestrians, particularly students traveling to and from school.
Replacement of the De La Guerra Street Bridge begins this month. The 105-year-old, structurally deficient bridge will be replaced with a wider bridge that will reduce neighborhood flooding and allow for future creek widening. During construction, De La Guerra Street between Bath and Castillo Streets will be closed to through traffic, pedestrians, and parking; detours will be provided.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Mission Canyon Bridge Studies Kick-off on April 25! While there is not a defined project yet, we had approximately 100 people meet at Rocky Nook Park as technical studies get set to begin. Regular updates will be provided as we continue to study and gather information.
Construction of the new Quinientos Street Bridge will begin in May. The 1930 bridge will be replaced with a wider bridge that provides more space and visibility for pedestrians and motorists. During construction, Quinientos Street west of the Canada Street intersection will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians, with detours provided.
Visit the website dedicated to Measure C funded projects and subscribe to receive project updates straight to your inbox. Measure C, approved by Santa Barbara voters in 2017, provides a one-cent general purpose local sales tax and is estimated to generate approximately $22 million for critical infrastructure this fiscal year. Visit the website for information about your local sales tax at work.
To celebrate Earth Day, members of the City Council and Water Commission unveiled the newly named El Estero Water Resource Center on April 22, celebrating recently completed improvements to the wastewater treatment process. El Estero's new name and upgrades reflect the significant role the facility plays in community sustainability by providing resource recovery and protection of the environment and public health.
Join the City in celebrating the completion of the Montecito Street Bridge and learn more about other neighborhood improvements in the Eastside Neighborhood at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held on the bridge on April 25.
The Mission Canyon Bridge area is special to Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, there are also real challenges with the bridge and roadway. The City is kicking off a three-year study process to look at ways to address these challenges. Walk or bike to the kick-off at Rocky Nook Park on April 25.
After a historic seven-year drought, winter rainfall has improved water supplies, and the City has rescinded the Drought Emergency. While the water supply condition has improved, conservation remains important to fully recover from the cumulative impacts of the drought, and to preserve water supplies for future dry years.
Construction of the State Street Railroad Crossing Project, located at State Street just south of Yanonali Street, will begin on April 15. The work will increase safety for pedestrians crossing the railroad tracks and is expected to conclude in July.
On April 9, amendments to the Shared Mobility Ordinance prohibiting unsafe scooter share and implementing a bike share pilot program were presented to the Ordinance Committee of the City Council. The Committee voted unanimously to forward the amendments to Council on April 30.
This year, starting in April, 4.2 miles of City sewer pipe will be rehabilitated. Pipes were selected based on material or age, as some date as far back as the 1920s. Contractors will clean and video inspect the pipes from street manholes and then use both trenchless and traditional trenching methods for the rehabilitation work.
Last year, the City added four new all-electric Chevrolet Bolts to its fleet, and this year will add four more. These zero-emission vehicles have an effective range of more than 230 miles per charge. In addition to no greenhouse gas emissions, the vehicles require less frequent maintenance, and their cost is offset by federal and state incentives. Electric vehicles help to meet the City’s vision of 100% renewable energy by 2030.
On April 6, the community and Public Works staff met at a Listening Workshop to identify Westside transportation safety concerns. If you missed it, please use this survey (in English or Spanish) by May 2 to provide input on driving, biking, and walking in the Westside and Lower West Neighborhoods. This effort will help identify safety concerns and formulate an action plan.
The City is replacing old water piping, valves, and hydrants in the La Cumbre area to improve the water system. Water service in the area will be interrupted while the City connects to the new water main. A water shutoff is tentatively scheduled for the night of April 3, depending on weather. The City’s Major Projects Map has the latest information and a map of the affected area.
One of the reasons we love our small city is its walkability, bikeability, and the ease of driving its streets. Feeling safe on the street is fundamental to our quality of life. Public Works is conducting an outreach effort to help the Westside and Lower West neighborhoods identify transportation safety concerns, beginning with a Listening Workshop on April 6.
A Phase 2 Archaeological Investigation at De La Guerra Plaza has been rescheduled for the first week of April. The investigation will include shovel test pits throughout the turf area. This work is necessary prior to the development of a concept plan for the revitalization of the Plaza. Areas of turf may be temporarily closed, but sidewalks will not be impacted.
An archaeological investigation will be conducted at De La Guerra Plaza on March 23-29. It will require shovel test pits throughout the turf area resulting in some temporary turf closures, but sidewalks won't be impacted. This work is necessary prior to development of a concept plan for revitalization of the Plaza.
East Anapamu Street between Garden and Milpas streets is tentatively scheduled for concrete sidewalk and ramp construction on March 25-29 during the Santa Barbara High spring break. This work is funded by Measure C and is part of a larger City pavement maintenance project.
Sewer backups are not only unpleasant and inconvenient, but can also result in costly damage. A backwater valve may help prevent a potential sewer backup from occurring on your property.
The City is always looking for opportunities to implement energy efficiency measures and to install renewable energy systems at its facilities. Currently, the City is installing three new solar arrays at Fire Station 4, Fire Station 5, and the Eastside Library.
The City will be adding electric vehicle charging stations at several Downtown parking lots beginning in March and April. The Helena Lot, Old Town Lot (Lot 11), and Granada Garage (Lot 6) will each receive new or updated charging stations.
On March 11, construction will begin on new sidewalk access ramps in the Oak Park neighborhood. The 15 ramps will be located along Alamar and West Constance Avenues, providing a more accessible path of travel for pedestrians. The project will be complete in approximately two months, with some parking restrictions but minimal traffic impacts. Pedestrians will be detoured to the other side of the street during construction.
Sandbags are available at the City's Sandbag Pickup Station, 301 E. Yanonali Street, Monday through Thursday this week, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Visit SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Sandbags for more information.
The City will host a public hearing and community discussion about the Cabrillo Boulevard Safety Restriping Project on March 5. Learn about the Vision Zero Strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries, and how restriping adjustments can increase safety on Cabrillo, a Vision Zero Priority Corridor.
At a public workshop on March 9, the community will have an opportunity to learn more about De La Guerra Plaza's rich history, and to hear and contribute ideas about how to revitalize this important community gathering space. The workshop will be held in the historic courtyard of Casa De La Guerra.
A portion of Alameda Padre Serra was closed on February 3, after a sinkhole on the westbound lane appeared. A clogged culvert had led to pavement erosion. In an emergency repair, crews excavated the road, unplugged and replaced the culvert, and repaved the surface. The road reopened on February 22.
The City's Streets Division prepares and responds to storms in ways you may not think. Preparation starts months ahead of the storm season, and a rainy day means mobilization of Streets crews for an active, ongoing response.
Sandbags are available at the City's Sandbag Pickup Station, 301 E. Yanonali Street, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. this week. Visit SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Sandbags for more information.
If you're heading Downtown and need to find the closest and most convenient place to park, remember to check the Real-Time Parking webpage, which shows parking availability at all City lots. With updates every 15 seconds, you'll always know where to find a space.
Please note that the City of Santa Barbara will be doing streetlight circuit testing that will turn off the streetlights along State Street between De La Vina Street and the 154 intersection, as well as the lights of Ontare Street between State Street and the Golf Course, including San Pedro, San Pablo, Santa Maria, San Gabriel, and San Jose Lanes. These lights will be off Thursday night through Sunday night.
If you have any questions about this particular area, please contact Joe Gonzales at 805-897-1932.
The City has been awarded $6.6 million in Active Transportation Program grants from the California Transportation Commission. The projects selected for funding include safer crosswalks and bike lanes on De La Vina Street, and widened sidewalks and bike lanes at the State Street undercrossing.
For the next two weeks, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., drivers should expect periodic delays and flaggers directing traffic at the Sycamore Canyon roundabout. Contractors are performing sewer main work related to the Montecito-Yanonali Street Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge project is expected to be complete this winter.
When Water Resources staff notices an unusual increase in your water usage, they will attempt to alert you of a possible leak on your property. To ensure we can reach you, update the contact information on your account if it has changed by calling Utility Billing at (805) 564-5343.
The County of Santa Barbara provides a website to view real-time hydrology information countywide. Peruse the site to see local rainfall accumulation, radar and satellite imagery, storm forecasts, historical rainfall charts and comparisons, stream gauges, and reservoir storage and capacity.
Construction of the State Street Railroad Crossing Project, located at State Street just south of Yanonali Street, will begin in early February. The work will increase safety for pedestrians crossing the railroad tracks and is expected to conclude in May.
A "Safe Routes to School" project will begin construction on Voluntario Street on January 22. The project includes curb extensions and lighting to encourage drivers to stop and improve safety for students walking to school.
Curb ramp construction and sidewalk repair is scheduled to begin on January 21, weather dependent, on Cabrillo Boulevard between Garden Street and Corona Del Mar. The work, funded by Measure C, is part of a significant pavement maintenance project underway on City streets this winter and spring.
Storm conditions are expected on the South Coast through Thursday. City departments, including Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks and Recreation, are increasing staff resources to meet the demands of the pending storms. Be storm ready by signing up for the latest public safety updates, get sandbag information and flood tips, and stay alert for evacuation orders, especially near recent burn areas.
Rain sensors automatically shut off your irrigation system during and immediately after rain. These are easy to install and available for free for City water customers during a free Water Checkup appointment.
Pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain or garbage disposal creates obstructions in underground pipes and creates serious problems like blockages and sewer overflows. When washed down the sink, FOG can stick to the inside of sewer pipes, both on your property and under the street. This holiday season, dispose of fats, oils, and grease properly using these tips.
Please note that most City Administrative offices, including Public Works, are closed for the Winter Holidays from Saturday, December 22, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. If you have a water-related or streets emergency, please call 560-7505. For all other emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.
This holiday season, remember to take precautions to secure your belongings when parking your car to limit your chances of becoming a victim of theft. Taking a few simple actions before exiting your vehicle can help reduce your risk.
In response to requests at recent public meetings, the City has released a detailed selection process for the new police station. The article describes the process, including selection criteria and the sites that were considered for viability.
The next significant pavement maintenance project to use Measure C revenues will begin construction this winter on high-priority locations throughout the City. The project also includes slurry sealing of some parking lots, and new asphalt at the Garden Street parking lot.
The State Street Holiday Tree, located in front of the Arlington Theatre, is a yearly tradition made possible by local businesses. This year's tree was donated by Consumer Fire Products and was installed with support from the Public Works and Parks & Recreation departments.
Measure C-funded repairs to the brick sidewalk on both sides of the 00 block of East Carrillo Street between State and Anacapa were completed ahead of schedule, in time for the start of the busy holiday shopping season.
A community meeting will provide an update on the design of the Las Positas & Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project, on Wednesday, November 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Monroe Elementary School. The 2.6-mile separated path for bicyclists and pedestrians will increase walking and biking opportunities along these high-speed corridors.
The City has concluded 3 community meetings regarding site selection for the new Police Station. Thank you to all the attendees and for the feedback shared! To keep up to date on the project and explore project resources, including future meeting schedule, public comments, and site analysis materials, visit www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/SBPDStation.
Did you know the City operates a Water Resources Laboratory that serves all of the City's water quality testing needs? The Lab provides analytical support to meet state and federal regulated programs. The Lab ensures that City water customers receive safe drinking water and that the Pacific Ocean is protected.
Join us for a variety of Water Wise Gardening Classes in November & December. These classes provide a great overview of the concepts, design, and best practices for Landscape Site Assessment, Rainwater Harvesting, Graywater, and Landscape Maintenance. All classes are from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at MacKenzie Park.
The City announces the first project of the Vision Zero Strategy, the proposed Las Positas Road Safety Restriping Project. This Project will eliminate a known collision pattern, save lives, and prevent a repeat of serious injury collisions. A community meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 7, to introduce project details.
The City is hosting informational meetings regarding the site selection process for a new Police Station. The existing Station located on Figueroa Street was constructed in 1959. Since then, increases in City population and Police staff, along with advances in technology, have created the need for a new facility that is accessible, modern, and of sufficient size to meet the Police Department’s needs. The goal for the new site is to bring all Police operations into one building for more efficient public service and a welcoming, community-centric facility.
Your Measure C dollars are at work on Carrillo Street this week. The City's contractor will make repairs to the brick sidewalks on both sides of the 00 block of East Carrillo between State Street and Anacapa Street beginning on October 31, ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.
With infrastructure projects underway on roads throughout the City, motorists should remember to "slow for the cone zone." Watch for workers and drive with caution. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
The community can report non-emergency repair issues to the City online in just a few clicks. Use the "How Do I...?" feature on our website to report graffiti, damage to streets, sidewalks, street signs, streetlight outages, and even water waste.
A new interactive street sweeping map is now available, providing a comprehensive, block-by-block street sweeping schedule for the entire City. Easily identify sweep areas by color, search by address, zoom in to view the scheduled sweep days and times of each area, print or share the map, and more. Visit the map at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Sweeping.
As a reminder as the winter rainy season approaches, anytime a "Flash Flood Watch" is issued by the National Weather Service, City staff will make sandbags available to residents for free at the City's Sandbag Station, located at 401 East Yanonali Street. Learn more at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Sandbags.
The City of Santa Barbara is soliciting proposals from prospective commercial tenants for lease of a 1,400 sq. ft. space in the Railway Express Agency building located at 224 Chapala Street on the historic Depot Lot in Downtown Santa Barbara. Proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2018. To get more information and obtain the Request for Proposals, visit www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/REA.
Join us at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for a Free Drip Irrigation Workshop on Sunday, October 14. At this workshop, learn how to repair or retrofit your drip irrigation--or how to start one from scratch.
On September 11, Council adopted the Santa Barbara Vision Zero Strategy 2030. Vision Zero is a philosophy that all transportation-related deaths are unacceptable and preventable, and it is a proven way to reduce traffic deaths by prioritizing safety above all other factors on our roads.
The City recently completed the Lower Milpas Sidewalk Project, improving safety and eliminating barriers to walking for residents and visitors in the Eastside and East Beach neighborhoods. The project included new sidewalks, access ramps, lighting, landscaping, and intersection signal modifications.
Critical street repair and pavement construction is underway with the help of local Measure C and state SB-1 funds. Crews just completed pavement repairs on East Anapamu Street, and work begins on Quarantina Street in October.
The Public Works Department maintains an interactive online map showing major public projects in design or under construction throughout the City. The mapping tool provides project details including schedules, costs, and contact information. Visit www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/MajorProjectsMap to learn more.
On August 18, over 200 community members visited the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant for an open house. Visitors participated in tours of the plant, where they learned about the process of turning sea water into high-quality drinking water. The City will begin offering regular tours of the plant in fall 2018.
On August 14, the City Council approved the next phase of the new Police Station project. Phase 2 will last approximately four months and will consider potential sites to accommodate the new Police Station and parking structure, as well as public meetings to keep City boards, commissions, and the public informed of the project’s progress.
On Wednesday, August 29, a community informational meeting and open house will be held for the Olive Mill/Coast Village Road Roundabout Project. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to experts about the design of both this project and the County roundabout project at San Ysidro Road/N. Jameson Lane.
The City’s Fleet Management Division recently earned the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The Blue Seal recognizes organizations with at least 75% of technicians certified in each area of service and repairs performed. All of Fleet’s technicians are ASE certified.
In June, City Council adopted an emergency ordinance regulating stationless bike and scooter sharing in the City. Staff is requesting public input in developing a permit program for safe and effective shared mobility services on our streets. You are invited to participate in a listening workshop on Wednesday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street.
Cascarones, or confetti-filled eggs, are ubiquitous during Fiesta. Though fun, they create an environmental challenge for our streets, creeks, and ocean. The City has been installing filters over storm drain inlets on State Street to keep the confetti from entering the storm drain system, creeks, and the ocean.
An ordinance proposing changes to the City's water metering regulations will be introduced to the City Council on August 7. If approved, this ordinance will allow the use of private water meters in certain situations, instead of exclusively City water meters.
The City has launched a new website for information about Measure C funded projects. Measure C, approved by Santa Barbara voters in 2017, provides a one-cent general purpose local sales tax. Visit SantaBarbaraCA.gov/MeasureC for information about your local tax dollars at work, including latest news and a Measure C Story Map showing projects throughout the City that are approved or currently in progress, including the 2018 Pavement Maintenance Project, Santa Barbara Police Station Project, and Cabrillo Pavilion Project.
Southern California Edison (SCE) recently replaced its streetlight fixtures with high-efficiency, low-wattage streetlights. Unfortunately, some residents are experiencing light trespass from the new SCE-owned fixtures. The City is working with SCE to address this issue, and for a limited time, SCE will provide a shield free of charge for streetlights that are adversely affecting residents. If you would like a shield placed on your SCE-owned streetlight, please contact Alelia Parenteau at (805) 564-5474.
To expedite construction of new sidewalk and pedestrian safety fencing on Milpas Street across from the railroad crossing, northbound travel will be temporarily closed from Tri-County Produce to the Highway 101 on/off ramps, July 9 through August 10. Southbound travel will remain open. Drivers should expect a detour route via Calle Cesar Chavez.
With the 2017 approval of both Measure C (local sales tax) and Senate Bill 1 (state gas tax), the City is beginning to receive much-needed funding for roadway repair and maintenance. The first significant pavement maintenance project using these new revenues will begin this summer on high-priority streets.
The City will upgrade 8” traffic signal heads to 12” signal heads at 23 signalized intersections. This will improve visibility from a further distance, making drivers more likely to recognize the need to stop, which will help reduce the number of broadside and rear end crashes.
On June 19, the City Council adopted an emergency ordinance regulating stationless bike and scooter sharing in the City. The ordinance will prevent companies from deploying these self-service powered bikes and scooters on City streets while a permit program for their orderly use is developed.
The City is in its seventh year of a persistent drought. Fortunately, with careful water planning and prudent direction from City Council, the City has a diverse water portfolio that will meet water customers’ demands through 2020.
The City’s Energy Team has released its Annual Energy Report for the 2017 fiscal year. This report covers the City’s annual usage and expenditures for electricity and natural gas and addresses progress toward its 100% renewable electricity goal.
The Community Environmental Council's 2018 Solarize Santa Barbara Program launched May 29 and runs through the summer. Residents can benefit from discounted prices on high-quality equipment and solar installs from vetted installers in this community-led program. Free workshop on June 6.
The Anapamu Street Bridge Replacement Project begins construction on June 11. The project will replace the 92-year-old, structurally deficient bridge located between San Pascual and San Andres Streets. The new bridge will be wider and more pedestrian-friendly.
The City recently added four new all-electric Chevrolet Bolts to its fleet. These zero-emission vehicles have an effective range of more than 230 miles per charge. In addition to no greenhouse gas emissions, the vehicles require less frequent maintenance, and their cost is offset by federal and state incentives.
The California Transportation Commission recently awarded the City $15 million to construct the Las Positas/Modoc Off-Street Bike Path. The project will provide key connections to schools, parks, and the beach.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of the Cacique & Soledad Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridges on Thursday, May 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the 1200 Block of Cacique Street. The project has established a safe and enjoyable walking and biking experience along these Eastside corridors with new bike/pedestrian bridges, as well as new sidewalks and lighting.
The City’s Public Works Department is celebrating national Public Works Week, May 20-26. This year’s theme from the American Public Works Association is “The Power of Public Works,” which “gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization.” Public Works Week celebrates the “quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life” of public works professionals.
While doing a routine rehabilitation project on a fourteen-inch diameter sewer line that runs along Garden Street, a defect in the pipe was found that required an emergency repair. Because of the high traffic volumes in this portion of town, this work had been planned to be completed at night; however, the identification of the damaged pipe required that the work be completed immediately. The pipe is approximately twelve feet deep. City contractors are working to repair and inspect the pipe ahead of the planned rehabilitation.
The sewer repair work and bypass pumping has required closing parts of the Garden and Haley Street intersection. Northbound Garden Street is closed between East Haley and East Cota Streets. Southbound Garden Street is closed between East Haley and East Gutierrez Streets. East Haley Street is closed between Santa Barbara and Garden Streets. Traffic is being detoured to other streets, and motorists are advised to plan to use another route.
The City's Desalination Plant uses state-of-the-art technology and design practices to reduce electrical demand and environmental impacts, while providing a critical water supply for the City. The plant produces three million gallons of drinking water per day. This is equivalent to 3,125 acre-feet of water annually, or about 30 percent of the City's demand.
Crews plan to repair pavement on Anacapa Street between Anapamu and Carrillo streets beginning April 2, depending on weather conditions. One lane of traffic will be maintained on Anacapa Street, but drivers should expect delays and use an alternate route. The work is expected to take two days to complete.
Winter rains can mean more potholes on our City streets. Please report potholes by calling (805) 564-5454 or by using the City's online reporting tool. You can also report sidewalk damage or hazards. All you need is a description of the pothole or hazard and an address or location.
On Saturday March 31st, east bound Carrillo Street will be closed between Chapala Street and State Street. The closure is necessary to stage a crane to lift mechanical equipment onto the roof of Gold's Gym. All businesses will remain open. The travelling public is encouraged to plan ahead and use local detours on Canon Perdido Street or Figueroa Street.
The Laguna sidewalk project will construct 11 new access ramps near Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara Junior High School. Adding the sidewalk ramps will provide better access in school neighborhoods as well as improve overall access for all pedestrians.
Due to increased traffic the City installed a barricade at Middle Road and added stop signs to the parking lane to reduce unsafe driving. Motorists traveling through Montecito are encouraged to stay on Highway 101 and avoid using the already congested local roadways.
Thanks to voter approval of Measure C, which provides ongoing funding for infrastructure needs, an extensive street rehabilitation and maintenance program will begin this spring. City street crews and contractors will perform the work. Along with the paving projects, the City will install new access ramps to provide better access to our disabled community members and update traffic signals, storm drain systems, and other critical infrastructure improvements.
With the anticipation of rain, sandbags are available to the public for free all week at the City Annex Yard at 401 E. Yanonali. Residents should bring their own gloves and shovels, and be prepared to fill the bags they need. Residents may take 20 sandbags per trip.
Construction on the Montecito Street Bridge Project begins in March. The project will replace the existing bridge to provide safe pedestrian and bicyclist travel through the Montecito-Yanonali intersection. The project also includes a sidewalk on the north side of Salinas Street from Mason Street to Clifton Street.
The Lower Milpas Sidewalk Infill Project begins on February 26. The work includes reconstruction of driveways, new sidewalk, fence relocation, pedestrian lighting, and access ramps along Milpas Street from Cabrillo Boulevard north to Indio Muerto, and on Calle Puerto Vallarta from Milpas Street east to Por La Mar Drive.
The community celebrated the City's first physically protected bike lane along Cota Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ortega Park on February 16. The lane provides an important connection between the Eastside and Downtown. The project is one of many proposed in the Bicycle Master Plan.
City staff provided mutual aid to Montecito Water District for 18 days following the devastating January 9 debris flows. Damage to the District's water system was widespread and overwhelming. There were 18 breaks on water mains spanning creeks and bridges, which complicated repairs.
Coast Village Road required major debris removal and cleanup after the Montecito mudslide disaster. Mud and debris had inundated the east end of Coast Village Road, covering the road, medians, parking lots and sidewalks. Within hours of the incident, City streets crews were responding to clear the rubble.
The final phase of the Corporate Yard Fuel Tank and Pavement Improvements project is underway. The completed project will replace over 11,000 square feet of pavement and a 10,000-gallon underground fuel tank with an above ground fuel tank. The project is slated for completion this month.
This week Cota and Rancheria streets will get new bike lanes in the first implementation of the City's Bicycle Master Plan. Approved by the City Council in 2016, the plan includes 35 new or enhanced bicycle facilities that were developed based on an extensive community engagement process.
The City's Street Light Upgrade project has been completed. Residents may notice a difference in the street lighting in their neighborhoods, as the majority of the City-owned street lights has been replaced with high-efficiency LED fixtures. The new fixtures provide improved light quality and neighborhood security, while saving significant amounts of electricity. For more information, please contact Alelia Parenteau at (805) 564-5474.
Join us for a variety of landscape 101 classes in January and February. These classes provide a great overview of the concepts, design, and best practices for rainwater harvesting, graywater, landscape assessment, and water wise garden maintenance.
Throughout the year 2018, the City will be replacing old water piping, valves, and hydrants, in order to reduce water main breaks and conserve water. In the first phase, work will be performed on Brenner Drive from Anza Drive to Willow Glen Road, Anza Drive, and Fawn Place. Temporary traffic measures will be in place.
Because of the Thomas Fire, current rain conditions have increased the risk of flash floods, debris and mud flows. Residents can visit the City's Sandbag Station, 401 East Yanonali St., for sandbags free of charge. Residents should bring their own gloves and shovels and be prepared to fill the bags they need.
The City’s residential street sweeping service will resume Wednesday, December 13, as part of an effort to minimize the impact of ash produced by the Thomas Fire and prevent pollution and debris from flowing to the watersheds. This week, the City will not issue street sweeping parking citations.
The Cacique and Soledad Project is currently in construction and should be completed by mid-March 2018. Two pedestrian bridges have been installed at Cacique Street and Soledad Street over Sycamore Creek. The project also includes sidewalks, landscaping, storm water treatment facilities, and new lighting along Cacique and Soledad Streets. This project will make the corridor safer for pedestrians and bicyclists in the neighborhood.
On November 7, City voters passed Measure C. This measure will fund the maintenance of critical infrastructure, including City streets, starting in April 2018. Rather than wait until April, the City is planning to put existing reserve funds to work so that construction can begin as early as January 2018 on streets that are most in need of repair.
Starting October 30, the City will begin to clean and inspect wastewater collection system pipes in the Lower Riviera neighborhood. The purpose of the project is to inspect the condition of the City's wastewater pipes, identify areas requiring repair or maintenance, and ensure the reliability of the system.
A new accessible path and ramp has been completed at the Central Library South Entrance. The project provides patrons a gentler way to enter or leave the library via City Parking Lot 7, Library Avenue, or La Arcada. The project includes an energy-efficient glass entryway, a new stairway, and decorative handrails.
Wayfinding signage has been installed to help visitors find parking lots and points of interest throughout the City. The signs create a cohesive design for vehicles and pedestrians, and reduce sign clutter by combining several messages on one sign. A second phase of signage is being planned.
Over the next few weeks, the City will perform a procedure to help prevent stoppages in sewer pipes with a history of root intrusion. Used nationwide and proven to be effective in controlling root growth, the sewer root foaming procedure inhibits root growth in the sewer main without harming the plant as a whole. Work will be conducted on weekdays from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with exceptions to avoid impacts to the public.
Santa Barbara is now a Smoke-Free City in outdoor public areas: beaches, parks, sidewalks, restaurant patios.
The City's Public Works Department was recognized on September 24 at the annual Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards Presentation for the design and installation of the roundabout at Cliff Drive and Las Positas Drive. The roundabout was inaugurated and opened for public use in May.
You’re invited to the completion ceremony for the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project on September 12th at 10:30 am. This project includes a new five-lane bridge, enhanced Mission Creek banks, and improved pedestrian areas. Construction started in 2014 and included building one side of the bridge at a time to keep the road open throughout the project.
On Tuesday, September 5, the City will begin enforcing the recently adopted Oversized Vehicle Ordinance. Vehicles greater than 25 feet long, or 80 inches wide, or 82 inches high are prohibited from parking in the public right-of-way, with some exceptions. Permits for certain temporary uses, commercial vehicles, and disabled persons will be available in the Downtown Parking Office, located at 1221 Anacapa Street, starting August 15.
The City’s Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant has begun sending desalinated water into the City’s water distribution system.
Our community is doing a great job conserving water and is encouraged to keep up the good work. Citywide residents and businesses reduced water use in April by 42%, which brings our 12-month average to 38%. Visit our website for a variety of ways you can conserve water.
The City of Santa Barbara has installed a new flashing yellow left turn arrow for southbound State Street traffic turning left onto Yanonali Street. A flashing yellow left turn arrow means left turns yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant is set to begin distributing water within the next month. The reactivated Desal Plant will bring drought resiliency to the City's water supply. Desal water will meet and exceed all state and federal drinking water regulations and is softer than surface and groundwater supplies.
The City will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 PM to discuss the Oversized Vehicle Parking Ordinance and the proposed rules and regulations for oversized vehicle parking. City staff will give a short presentation and take comments and questions.
The City completed a new roundabout at Las Positas Road and Cliff Drive which will reduce congestion and improve overall traffic flow. The project also includes new street lights, landscaping, storm water treatment facilities, and a new MTD bus stop.
The City has switched from using B20, a blend of bio-diesel and conventional hydrocarbon-based diesel, to a renewable diesel fuel. Renewable diesel releases up to 90 percent fewer emissions than diesel fuel, and is made from vegetable oil, animal fats and agricultural waste. The cost of renewable diesel fuel is less than the B20 previously used.
Commissioning the Desalination Plant has started. Seawater is currently being pumped onshore and the plant's pre-treatment filters are being conditioned in preparation for potable water production. The facility is undergoing start-up testing and final preparations are underway to enable the production of drinking water in May.
While this winter's rain has improved the City's water supply situation, we remain in a drought and conservation continues to be a priority. On March 21, Council lifted the mandatory lawn watering ban. Residents are encouraged to continue their conservation efforts, including minimal lawn watering. All other drought water use regulations remain in effect, including watering times, irrigation runoff, and more.
The City is replacing old water piping, valves, and hydrants to reduce water main breaks and conserve water. Impacted streets include Orilla del Mar, Corona del Mar, a short section of Ninos Drive, and East Cabrillo Boulevard from Corona del Mar to Ninos Drive. Work is scheduled to begin in April and be complete in August.
As a result of recent winter rains, which have filled Gibraltar Reservoir, the City has begun producing clean, renewable electrical power for residents from its re-commissioned hydroelectric plant. The project cost was $875,000 and the hydroelectric plant should generate between $100,000 and $200,000 in annual revenues for the City.
Beginning February 27, the northbound lane of State Street will be closed from Cabrillo Boulevard to Yanonali Street for street repair work and improvements for the Entrada de Santa Barbara Project. The southbound lane will remain open, and all area businesses are open and accessible during the 4 weeks of construction.
The City Streets Division crews have been cleaning up roadways and storm drains due to the recent severe storm events which caused major flooding and mudslides. One of the larger efforts for the crews was on Arbolado Road, where it took over a week to clean and make minor repairs. The crews also cleared a dangerous mudslide on Las Positas Road on the day of the rain event. Opening the roadways and responding to pot holes will be the focus of the Streets Division crews in the coming weeks.
Last Friday's heavy rains resulted in downed trees, mudslides, minor flooding, and an airport runway closure. City emergency crews responded to incidents throughout the storm, and continue to focus on debris clean-up and repairs of damage to streets and sidewalks. Please remember that while the creeks are full, it is not safe to go in the water. The water flow comes from the watershed in the mountains and is full of bacteria that can cause illness. Be safe and stay out of the water.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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!
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 ...
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.
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.
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
A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Storm Water Infiltration Project at the City's Laguna Lot is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
A public meeting of the National Water Resources Institute - City of Santa Barbara’s Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) will be held August 5, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:00 noon at Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street.
The City of Santa Barbara Transportation Division of the Public Works Department has recently developed a Real-Time Parking web application that provides up to date parking availability for all of the Downtown Parking lot locations.
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!
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...
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 ...
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 ...
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held tomorrow from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for the Bikestation Module for City Parking Lot 3. City Parking Lot 3 is located behind the MTD Transit Center at the southeast corner of Figueroa and Chapala Streets.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Stage Three Drought Condition was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council on May 5, 2015 with mandatory water use regulations adopted on May 12 in response to the driest consecutive four years on record. The Stage Three Drought Condition requires a 25% City-wide reduction in overall water use.
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.
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.
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.
The Public Works Department will begin construction to replace the water main on the 100 block of East Yanonali Street, between Anacapa and Santa Barbara Streets, beginning May 4 through May 18, 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Replacement of the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge is currently underway. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes including Garden, Yanonali, and State Streets to bypass the construction area. Construction is expected to finish in Fall 2016.
Construction of the Punta Gorda Street Bridge Replacement and Sycamore Creek Channel Improvements Project is substantially complete. Punta Gorda Street has re-opened to pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic. Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) Route 2 will be restored to Punta Gorda Street effective tomorrow.
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.
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.
The City of Santa Barbara will hold public information meetings on Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 26th to discuss the drought, desalination, and proposed water rates. Both meetings start at 6:00 pm and will be held in the City of Santa Barbara Council Chambers at 735 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101.
The number one community college in the nation is also the 2014 City of Santa Barbara Water Hero! Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is being honored for its commitment to improving sustainability efforts on campus, reducing water usage, and retrofitting facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Trees and water are both precious resources. Learn how to care for and water your trees during the drought. When we water wisely and maintain our trees carefully, we enjoy a wide range of benefits at a low cost and with little effort. Read More ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
The City of Santa Barbara will be sponsoring a series of workshops on sustainable landscaping principles this fall including graywater, drip irrigation, lawn replacement, and rainwater harvesting. For more information, check the calendar on WaterWiseSB.org or click here.
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.
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.
“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
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 ...
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!
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 ...
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.
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.
The California Transportation Commission awarded the City of Santa Barbara $8.614 million in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds to implement four capital projects. The City will receive more per capita than any other jurisdiction, and nearly 4% of the $220 million available in the state. The complete list of ATP projects can be viewed here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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%.
Beginning November 1, 2013, the Public Works Department's Engineering Division is suspending the construction of the Punta Gorda Street Bridge Replacement due to utility relocation delays.The suspension is anticipated to last through the winter season, extending the completion date by approximately two months.
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.
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.