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Zoning Ordinance Update

April 15, 2014 
The City has initiated an update of the 1957 Zoning Ordinance to reflect current uses and practices. This effort will include a broad public process.
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Take The Wyland Mayor's Pledge to Save Water

April 10, 2014 

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

Take the Pledge Here!

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Drought on - Sprinklers Off

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

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

April 2, 2014 

April marks the 46th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, which ensures equal access to housing regardless of race, color, national origin, familial status, sex, disability, or religion. Know your rights.
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2014 Draft Action Plan Available for Public Review

March 25, 2014 
The 2014 Action Plan sets forth goals for use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds during Fiscal Year 2014-15 to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Written comments must be received by May 9, 2014.
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Santa Barbara Public Works Director Appointed

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

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

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

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

February 11, 2014 

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

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

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Spirit of Service Nominations Now Open

February 7, 2014 
Public nominations are now open for the 10th Annual Spirit of Service Awards. This prestigious local award recognizes individuals, youth, families, agencies or local businesses that have made a notable impact by reducing waste or contributing to a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement.
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2013 Water Hero Award

February 7, 2014 
The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors was awarded the City's 2013 Water Hero Award for their new rainwater demonstration garden.
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Save Water Outdoors During Dry Winter

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

January 15, 2014 
The Street Maintenance office of the Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular street sweeping in residential neighborhoods will be canceled on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, and parking enforcement will also be canceled in the posted street sweeping zones that day.
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Website Maintenance Scheduled

December 18, 2013 
The City of Santa Barbara's website and some web services will be intermittently available between 5:00 AM and 9:00 AM on Saturday, December 21 for scheduled maintenance.
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Fire Department Donates Engine

December 17, 2013 
The City has donated a retired fire engine to Allan Hancock College. Over 50% of firefighters currently employed by the City are graduates of the Allan Hancock Fire Academy, and many have served as instructors.
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park Postponed

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

December 3, 2013 
Come to the Harbor this Sunday, December 8, for a Rock'n and Roll'n Holiday celebration! The free event includes Santa's Village, the boat parade and fireworks.
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Public Works Annual Report Released

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

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

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

October 21, 2013 
Construction at the north parking lot is complete, and the lot is now open. Construction at the south parking lot and stage area is scheduled to be completed in November, and the picnic area is expected to be complete in mid-December.
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Walk to School Day

October 1, 2013 
On Wednesday, October 9th, students across Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria will join school children around the world who are making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle by walking or bicycling to school on International Walk to School Day. All drivers are to use extra caution due to anticipation of more people arriving to school by foot, watch for parents and children walking and biking to and from school
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Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair: Bici Familia Event Success!

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

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

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

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

September 3, 2013 

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

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De La Vina Safety Improvements Completed

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

June 13, 2013 

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

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

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Eight Firefighters Graduate from Academy

June 4, 2013 
Eight fire personnel recently graduated from the Fire Department training academy. The recruits have already begun providing service to the community.


Police Officers Honored for Performance

May 29, 2013 
Officers Keld Hove and Douglas Klug recently received the Santa Barbara Citizens Council on Crime Award for Superior Performance. The officers received the honor as a part of the annual H. Thomas Guerry Awards.
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City Wins Two Planning Awards

May 23, 2013 

The Central Coast chapter of the American Planning Association awarded the City's General Plan an Award of Excellence for Comprehensive Planning, focusing on the Sustainability Framework and Land Use Element. The General Plan was also selected as the Jurors Choice. The City's Climate Action Plan received an Award of Merit for Innovation in Green Community Planning.

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Recent Thefts Target Garages and Cars

May 17, 2013 
Recent thefts in the City have occurred in unlocked garage and side doors. Thieves have also targeted valuable items left in plain sight in automobiles. In addition to securing all exterior locks, police officers encourage everyone to keep valuables in parked cars hidden from view.

Do You Have a Wildfire Action Plan?

May 17, 2013 
Last week's red flag warnings and the nearby Springs Fire are a good reminder to revisit your own plan in the event of a wildfire. The READY! SET! GO! program will help you develop your own personal wildfire action plan. It's never too late to be prepared.

Average Unit-Size Density (AUD) Incentive Program

April 29, 2013 
This proposed housing program is intended to encourage the construction of smaller, more affordable residential units close to transit and within easy walking and biking distance to commercial services and parks. Learn more…


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