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Seven Honorees for 2018 Spirit of Service Awards Represent the Best of Our Community

An extraordinary slate of locals are honored with the 2018 Spirit of Service Awards. Through these awards, now in their 14th year, Looking Good Santa Barbara recognizes individuals and organizations in the community who exceed expectations by reducing waste and keeping the community clean through graffiti and litter abatement.

Dozens of nominations were received from the public in February and March, and the Looking Good Committee selected seven winners who were honored at an awards luncheon on May 9th.The awards ceremony was emceed by the always-personable Tracy Lehr, KEYT Anchor and Reporter, and Mayor Cathy Murillo congratulated each recipient with a beautiful recycled glass Spirit of Service award. This year’s winners are:

Jack Cantin Spirit of Service Youth Award

  • Kiara Lin: A Santa Barbara High School student, Kiara demonstrated leadership in creating and producing Teens Sing for Santa Barbara, an event that raised $65,000 for local debris flow victims. She also began the first city clean up event for youth in Jack Cantin's honor.

Waste Reduction Category

  • Adams Elementary School, Ocean Guardian Ambassadors: A group of twenty-five 3rd-6th graders advocating for the reduction of plastic waste in our community.
  • Andrew Basayne: As an employee of a local restaurant, Andrew took it upon himself to overcome logistical difficulties to ensure that food waste from the restaurant was composted.
  • Caroline Kavanagh.: Caroline not only had a composting program set up at her place of work, but took ownership to make sure it was a success and has encouraged more businesses to compost food waste.

Clean Community Category

  • First United Methodist Church: The congregation has coordinated annual summer-time clean-up programs for the last ten years, leaving their neighborhood clean and tidy.
  • Caltrans – District 5 Landscape Crew: A team of six that go beyond landscaping and fight the up-hill battle to clean up illegally dumped items and homeless encampments, making for a clean and safe Santa Barbara.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: This church has provided a large volunteer base to support City clean-up efforts in parks and local neighborhoods for the last three years, making a significant impact.

 2018 Spirit of Service Awards Winners (1)

2018 Spirit of Service Awards Winners (2)

Looking Good Santa Barbara is a program of City Trash and Recycling. For more information visit:


Contact: Lorraine Cruz-Carpenter, LGSB Executive Coordinator

Phone:  805-564-5669



Last Updated: Dec 21, 2018
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