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Library Adult Literacy Program

A program that the library started over 30 years ago, designed to assist and tutor adult students in order to help them achieve their learning goals.

 

Andrée Clark Bird Refuge

A great place for recreational activity, as well as some of the best views available in Santa Barbara. Learn about how it has been shaped to be what it is today. 

 

Zipcar

A new method of alternate transportation that is great for those that need to use an automobile, but do not want to own one.

 

SB Fire Department Wildland Fire Training

See how the Santa Barbara Fire Department and surrounding fire agencies join together to participate in practice drills in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season.

 

How to Water Your Trees

Join Cathie Pare, Water Resource Specialist, as she discusses methods for efficiently watering trees in times of drought. 

 

Gibraltar Conduit Hydroelectric Plant

This reservoir plays an important role in the city's water supply. Learn about how the plant utilizes the incoming water to generate electricity. 

 

Arroyo Burro Watershed Tour

All water that fills in and drains off of an area of land must go to a common outlet known as a watershed. See how urbanization affects water quality & habitat.

 

Aligning Perceptions

Learn about how this course brings police officers and college students together in a classroom at SBCC in a highly interactive way.

 

Castillo Street Highway 101 Underpass

As one of the most heavily used interchanges in Santa Barbara, see how recent renovations have improved the ride quality.

 

Santa Barbara Foresters

Collegiate baseball players from all over the United States come together during the summer to play at Pershing Park.

 

Water Meter Box Vegetation Clearance

Water supplied to peoples' homes is measured, with over 90% of our 27,000+ meters read and recorded manually it's important to keep them clear of vegetation.

 

Mission Creek Watershed Tour

Learn about how our watersheds work to utilize water from rain on the Santa Barbara coast.

 

Cliff Drive Roundabout

As one of the busiest intersections in the city, the switch from a 3-way stop to a new roundabout is drastically reducing wait times.

 

Shoreline Drive Meigs Road Grind and Overlay

In a car ride, Shoreline Drive is one of Santa Barbara's finest places for sightseeing. Find out about the recent Road Grind and Overlay Project and how its improved the ride. 

 

Sycamore Canyon Watershed Overview

Learn about the watershed at Sycamore Canyon and its objective to enhance flood control, habitat improvement, and water quality.

 

Student Neighborhood Assistance Program (SNAP)

A task force made up of SBCC staff, students, neighbors, city government, and police were charged with regulating excessive noise, parking issues, and overcrowding.

 

State Water Project

To satisfy southern California's urban and agricultural demands for water, the State Water Project was designed to bring water from northern California to areas that need it.

 

Reimagining the State Street Underpass

Citizens of the Santa Barbara community are playing a critical role in reimagining and shaping the State Street underpass.

 

Public Safety Presence on State Street

Specialized teams are tasked with addressing the unique needs of lower State St like providing simple directions to visitors and handling homeless issues.

 

Water Hero 2018 Mission Linen

Let this local company show you how they are conserving water and saving money.

 

Storm Water Best Management Practices

Learn about low-tech and innovative ways to address storm water run-off water quality problems.

Kids World  

Kids World Rehabilitation

Santa Barbara's favorite playground, designed and built by the community, has new life.

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Bath Street Pocket Park

The new playground is ready for families with young children to enjoy on Santa Barbara's Westside.

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State of the Art Gallery

Learn about the latest public art exhibit on State Street.

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Water Distribution - Repairing Main Breaks

In this segment, City TV examines what happens when a water main break occurs and what the city does to repair them.

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Rain Sensors

Did you know that the city is giving away free rain sensors? In this segment, you'll find out how they work and how they save water.

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Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration Project

If you've played at the Santa Barbara Golf Club lately, you may have noticed some significant changes. But these changes are more than just a landscaping face lift. They improve the water quality and habitat of a local creek.

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El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant

Every day, each person in Santa Barbara contributes about 100 gallons of wastewater into the sewer system on average. But where does it all go and what happens to it?

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Creeks Enforcement

Even though we're experiencing drought conditions right now, when the rains do come, the Santa Barbara Creeks Division has concerns about certain substances ending up in our creeks - especially pesticides.

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How to Check your Toilet for Leaks

Learn how to check you toilet for leaks and save water and money.

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How to Check your Water Meter

Learn how to check you water meter in order to determine how much water you are using on a daily basis and by specific uses and to check for leaks.

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Traffic Safety Improvements

Traffic Safety issues have always been a hot topic in Santa Barbara. Find out how the City and Community work together to make sure the streets are safe for everyone.

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Irrigation Budgets

We all know we are in a Stage 2 Drought and that saving water is critical. The City has created a way to help water customers with irrigation meters track their water use and adjust watering based on the weather. Saving both water and money.

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Crosswalk Enforcement

The Santa Barbara Police Department recently conducted a crosswalk enforcement effort in cooperation with the CHP, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office and the City of Goleta.

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Water Meter Replacement

City Water has begun to replace all the residential water meters for its water customers. This video explains the program and its significance.

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Arroyo Burro Beach Dog Waste Study

The City conducted a study to determine the sources of bacteria Arroyo Burro Creek, estuary and beach.

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Red Flag Warning

Red Flag Warnings let residents know when there is the potential for extreme fire behavior in case of a wildfire.

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Options to Illegal Dumping

We all know what household waste goes into the green, blue and brown bins. But what about those hard to dispose of items? There are options.

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City Permeable Paver Projects

Four City parking lots were retrofitted with permeable pavers allowing storm water to soak into the ground instead of running off into Creeks.

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Urban Forest Management Plan

Santa Barbara has an urban forest that is the most diverse in the state thanks to decades of care to maintain this incredibly valuable resource.

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Single Use Bag Ordinance

On May 14th, Santa Barbara joined over 100 other communities in the State of California that have adopted a plastic bag ban to help keep our City and waterways clean.

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Santa Barbara Sister City - Weihei, China

You may not be aware of it, but Santa Barbara has a special connection to China. In this video take a closer look into our sister city in China, Weihei, and the relationship that has developed between the two cities.

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Irrigation Controller Water Percent Adjust

The watering percent adjust is a percentage of the maximum amount of water you would apply on your landscape at the hottest point of the year. The watering percent adjust feature on your irrigation controller increases or decreases the watering run times for all your zones with just one adjustment.

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Planning Commission

The City of Santa Barbara Planning Commission has been around for 90 years. In this video lean about what role the Commission has played in shaping our City.

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Santa Barbara Sister City - Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro was established as a Santa Barbara Sister City in 2009. The town of Kotor is located on the Adriatic coast in Montenegro. Kotor is a premier tourist destination due to its medieval fort, town walls (2.8 miles), 16th-century town gates and clock tower. Kotor offers various summer activities including sailing, diving, rowing and mountaineering.

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Pavement Management

The City of Santa Barbara manages 235 miles of roadways. The Pavement Maintenance program works to improve and protect these critical aspects of our City's infrastructure.

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Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) courses help residents to prepare for disasters.

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AIA Fire Resistant Home Tour

It has been over three years since the Jesusita and Tea fires. Residents are rebuilding with fire new resistant designs and construction.

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Street Accessibility Improvements

Take a look down every street and you'll notice there are a lot more access ramps around town. Learn about a special committee that guides the city on projects like these that help people of all abilities.
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City Infrastructure Needs

Santa Barbara prides itself as a world renowned City that is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. However, maintaining it's charm and beauty takes significant effort and funding in order to keep the City's infrastructure safe, functional and looking good.
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Restorative Court

The issues surrounding homelessness ripple into our community’s ability to provide adequate housing and to feed the poor, to the cost of health care, to the crime on our streets and police services, to the tourism industry and the economy. A new City program called restorative court is making headway into getting the chronically homeless off the street and into social programs, housing and making a positive impact on people's lives.
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Leaf-blower Ordinance

Did you know that the City of Santa Barbara restricts the use of gas powered leaf blowers? These devices can cause air pollution, dust and excessive noise.
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Chromatic Gate Restoration Dedication

Herbert Bayer's Chromatic Gate is one of Santa Barbara's iconic public art sculptures. It was recently restored to its original colors and was rededicated at a ceremony at its location along Cabrillo Blvd.
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2018
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