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hours before cooking to allow them to come up to room temperature. Heat your cast-iron skillet on medium high heat until it's really hot (that's a technical term). Remove the garlic slices from the steaks and discard. When the pan is good and hot, lay 2 steaks in and let them sizzle. Do not touch them. Do not move them. After 4 - 5 minutes, sneak a peek at the cooked side to see if it’s beautifully seared and browned, and when it is, turn each steak over. Flip the steaks and put the sprigs of herbs on top of the cooked side. Cook just until the juices appear on the surface, about 4 minutes more. Remove the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for about 5-10 minutes. Repeat with other steaks (if you have two skillets and enough room on your stove, you can cook all four steaks at once to save some time). Slice and serve, pouring the natural juices over the steak. Finish with a drizzle of excellent quality extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt – I like Maldon or Murray River (both can be found at Whole Foods).

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First, let me say that grilled steak is my husband’s specialty, and he is “captain of the grill” at our house. But a dad can’t cook his own steak on Father’s Day, right? So, now it’s on me. I’ve decided to let my man stay king of the grill and am cooking up a traditional steak dinner, pan-fried. This steak recipe is inspired by one I read from David Tanis’ Heart of the Artichoke (one of my favorite cookbooks for the eatdrink-garden way of life, by the way). Searing the meat on the cast-iron skillet gives it a terrifically crispy crust and a tender, juicy interior for this delicious, simple preparation. Since my husband is a no muss, no fuss kind of guy, I'm keeping the serving simple as well. Crispy roasted potatoes, a green salad with sliced cherry tomatoes, and a special occasion bottle of red burgundy to keep the meal focused on the steak's classic flavors. At our place we like our steaks on the rare side, but if you prefer them more well-done, you can simply cook them for a minute or two more on each side. I hope all you dads (and the rest of the bunch) enjoy this simple, delicious Father's Day dinner as much as we will. Pan-Fried Steak Serves 6-8 4 - New York steaks, 1” thick (more than 1" thick and you're getting into grill territory) about 5 or 6 oz. each Salt and pepper 4 cloves garlic, thickly sliced 2 springs of herbs of choice (I normally use oregano or thyme)

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Olive oil Season the steaks generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Scatter the garlic over and under the steaks, then drizzle a little olive oil over the top and rub it in. Normally, I just do this whole process on the paper that the steaks came wrapped in – less clean up. You can prep the steaks hours in advance and store them in the fridge. If you do this, though, be sure to take them out 1-2

Roasted Potatoes Preheat oven to 425 degrees 4-5 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes or baby yellow Dutch 1/2 cup olive oil 4 garlic cloves with husk attached 8 sprigs thyme Salt Pepper Wash and dry potatoes. Quarter the potatoes and store in cool, salted water until ready to roast. Dry well and toss all of the ingredients together in a large oven-safe Pyrex dish (this is the best vehicle to roast vegetables). Cook the potatoes in your oven

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for 35- 40 minutes until cooked completely and golden brown. Sprinkle with some sea salt, garnish with thyme, and serve. Cheers to Dad!

“Live life deliciously” is the mantra entertaining and gardening expert Valerie Rice carries into every occasion. Like all things delicious, the formula is refreshingly simple: eat, drink, garden—and have fun while you’re at it. On her popular blog, www.eatdrink-garden.com, Val shares her best tips, recommendations and recipes gathered from her garden, kitchen and her own table— which is often surrounded with laughing, happy and well-fed guests.

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The Montecito Fire District wants to build a new fire station to meet the community needs. But the proposed Fire Station 3 has sparked controversy because of its proposed location. The three-story station would be built at 2500 East Valley Road. But not everyone believes the site is the best spot for the new station. Nick C. Tonkin reports.

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Santa Barbara The County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that it had filed a second degree murder charge against the man accused of running over two women, killing one of them, in Montecito last Wednesday. Lanie Tyrone Richardson also faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving while his privilege to drive was suspected for a DUI conviction. The District Attorney’s Office said that Richardson had three prior DUI convictions. “This murder charge is based upon an allegation that

the actions of the defendant showed a conscious disregard for human life. Richardson is in County Jail with a $500,000 bail. His is schedule to be arrained on June 20.Authorities arrested L. Tyrone Richardson on Friday in connection with the death of the woman, Allison Meadows. Richardson was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with bail set at $500,000. The California Highway Patrol said the driver fled the scene after hitting two pedestrians near East Valley Road in Montecito. A second woman hit, identified by the CHP as Lindsay Keebler, 25, suffered major injuries and is in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Lanie Tyrone Richardson


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HISTORY IN THE MAKING Community celebrates restored clock tower, fountain BY KELLEY DRECHSLER Montecito Messenger

The sound of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse bells rang throughout downtown Santa Barbara on Tuesday in celebration of the newly restored tower clock and the renovated Spirit of the Ocean fountain. The commemoration, organized by the nonprofit Courthouse Legacy Foundation, attracted about 100 people. As the clock approached 11 a.m., Bill Mahan, President of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation, led the

crowd in counting down until the minute hand reached the hour. A round of applause erupted at the sound of the bells and, shortly afterward, water began gushing in the fountain for the first time in decades. “This is not just a typical courthouse used by lawyers—it makes me feel like I’m in London,” said Mahan, in his speech honoring the renovated fountain and tower clock. Also present were Doreen Farr, Third District Supervisor, Salud Carbajal, First District County

Supervisor, and Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. Farr described the unveiling of the restored tower clock and fountain as “important milestones in the history of Santa Barbara.” “The people who live here care so much about this place and donate so much,” Farr said. Farr described the event as a “legacy” because the community has been so willing to restore and preserve the beauty and rich history of Santa Barbara. “This legacy will be enjoyed not just by people who live here but also by

people from the state and the country,” Farr said. Officials then revealed a plaque observing the fountain. “Isn’t that beautiful?” asked Mr. Mahan, as the spectators clapped in appreciation. The fountain, finished in 2011, was originally designed in a SpanishMoorish style and completed in 1929 after the 1925 earthquake had destroyed most of the city, including the old Greek revival Courthouse. In 2010, the local archi-

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After almost a decade since the idea of a new station had been floated, the proposed Fire Station 3 is closer to becoming a reality. But it could also be generating heat from residents who feel it’s in the wrong place. The new station would occupy a 2.5 acre area on 2500 East Valley Road with a three-story, 2,168 square foot training and hose drying building, a 6,949 square station building, and a 2,679 square foot maintenance building. Montecito Fire Chief Chip Hickman said the new station is necessary to get full protection across the district. Not only does it allow for additional coverage, but the new training building will allow personnel to hone

critical rescue skills without leaving the area. “This is something that’s absolutely needed,” Hickman said. But some residents like Joseph Cole, who also represents the Pines Trust that owns property across from the proposed station, aren’t certain a new station is the answer. Cole feels the right questions haven’t been asked or answered about whether the district can afford a new station and if the current site is really the right place for it. “It’s really not anti-fire, it’s figuring out what the best way to spend the resources we have to maximize fire protection for Montecito,” Cole said. Plans for the station began in November of 2003 when then-chief Ron McClain outlined the need for more personnel and additional faciliSee FIRE, page 19


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tectural conservators identified that the fountain was one of the many features of the Courthouse that needed to be renovated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This fountain is the spirit of the ocean,â&#x20AC;? Salud Carbajal said, speaking both literally and figuratively. Carbajal made an honorary speech for Naomi Schwartz, a founding member and former president of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation, who died last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day for years she would look here and appreciate it so much,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was just an extraordinary personâ&#x20AC;Śand I would like to say that we (restored the foundation) in her honor.â&#x20AC;? After the speeches, a guitarist began playing music and the guests enjoyed refreshments as they conversed about the beauty of the Courthouse. One of the guests, a local artist, was fascinated by the manual labor that was required to restore the fountain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had a stone yard [in front of the fountain] while two men carved the fountain by hand. They used very few tools to minimize the sound,â&#x20AC;? he explained in admiration. The design of the sculptures originated from England, but the materials that were used are local. The stones came from Slippery Rock Ranch in Goleta and the tiles for the pond are from NS Ceramics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the most important element when you walk into the courthouse,â&#x20AC;? said Mahan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most beautiful monument in the country!â&#x20AC;?

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Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider on Tuesday announced that she will tweak two of her ballot proposals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and push them all back to the Nov. 2013 ballot. Schneider has dropped one of the most controversial measures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a plan to charge higher business license fees to downtown bars and restaurants that serve alcohol past 11 p.m. She also now wants to include the Hope School District and Santa Barbara City College along with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, in her proposal to use sales tax money to fund schools. Schneider said delaying the ballot measures to next year would allow people more time to help shape the proposals. Her goal is to create a community consensus and she said more time would allow her to do that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was definitely a shock factor of surprising people, however I think people appreciated something to talk about,â&#x20AC;? Schneider said of her proposals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were appreciative that I was willing to work with them. From that came a conversation that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think would have happened had I not put these ideas forward.â&#x20AC;? Schneider surprised many community leaders in February when she announced a package of reforms from a private suite

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and restaurant owners also now support her proposal. Schneider no longer wants to raise business license fees for downtown retail establishments that serve alcohol past 11 p.m. at least six nights a week. Instead she wants all businesses that sell alcohol throughout the city, regardless of location, to pay business license fee proportionate to their alcohol sales. Right now, convenience stores and mini-marts, on Milpas Street, for example, pay a business license fee proportionate to their sales â&#x20AC;&#x201D; excluding alcohol. Schneider wants to change that so that the business license fees would include alcohol, leveling the playing field with nightclubs and restaurants. Her pension reform and sales tax proposals remain the same. Schneider also said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want her ballot measures to compete with the several tax increases scheduled for the state ballot. The change in timing, however, means that the ballot reforms would go on the ballot at the same time that Schneider is up for re-election, a fact that Schneider said she wanted to avoid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My original proposal was that I thought it would be a benefit to keep it out of the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s race,â&#x20AC;? Schneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Invest in Santa Barbara will be part of what I did as mayor whether I did it this year or next year.â&#x20AC;? She is grateful for of all of the support and excited about the relaunch of her reforms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really do appreciate the thousands of voters who signed petitions,â&#x20AC;? Schneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They wanted to see it on the ballot, and they will, just in 2013.â&#x20AC;?

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From left: Heidi Holly, Executive Director of Friendship Center; Rona Barrett, Founder, the Rona Barrett Foundation; Susan Weber, Board Vice President, The Rona Barrett Foundation: Detty Peikert, Peikert Group Architects.

Nearly 100 community leaders in the Santa Ynez Valley were introduced on June 7 to a housing project for seniors in need. The proposed project, The Golden Inn and Village, has been in the planning process for more than a decade. The property is in escrow in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Golden Inn and Village is the brainchild of senior advocate Rona Barrett, founder of the Rona Barrett Foundation. Barrett introduced the Housing Authority

of the County of Santa Barbara, the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project development partner, and Detty Peikert/ Peikert Group of Architects. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;why, what and whenâ&#x20AC;? was explained to attendees. Coffee and pastries from El Rancho Market were served during the presentation. A full-size sunflower was given to each attendee, symbolizing Barrettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream for seniors in need to have a chance to enjoy their â&#x20AC;&#x2122;golden years.â&#x20AC;?

More than 5,000 people over the age of 75 are living on Social Security alone in the Tri-Counties, Barrett said. Project partners are encouraging the community to show support for the Golden Village & Inn by attending the County Planning commission hearing that will take place in Santa Barbara on June 20. For more information: Contact: www.ronabarrettfoundation.org


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It’s been 24 years since longtime Montecito resident Susie Bryant opened her doors to toddlers at her home. Known affectionately as “Miss Susie,” the aptly named Joyful Noise Preschool has been home away from home for many a 2 year old. She has seen a plethora of families come and go, and marvels at bumping into some of her former students, some now over 20 years old and in college. I interviewed her in the glass rotunda in her backyard about her retirement and fond memories she will take with her. When did you start Joyful Noise and why? I started in 1988 with myself and 6 kids. A few months later, I found my first assistant, Nicola Ghersen, and grew to 12 kids. There wasn’t any other place for toddlers, ages 18 months to 2 and a half years, and it seemed like a wise business decision. I didn’t know a lot about toddlers as my background was elementary teaching. The idea scared me at first, but then I quickly found out how much fun toddlers were. I figured I’d eventually go back to elementary teaching in a few years when my own kids, Josh and Noah, were a little older, but it just never happened because I found I loved my job. So I tailored it to fit my schedule: 9am to 1pm, summers off. What is your educational background? I attended Westmont and graduated from Cal Poly SLO See BRYANT, page 13

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Some people worry about the “terrible twos.” Not Susie Bryant. Bryant, an owner of an early educational preschool the last 25 years, said “two-year-olds rock.” Bryant and her staff held a graduation party for students and their families on a recent Thursday morning. It was also a goodbye party. Bryant is retiring after 25 years to spend more time with her family. My youngest child Lizzy attended the school so I was in a nostalgic mood when I stopped by Joyful Noise to watch the current kids take a last ride down a beloved slide. Bryant talked about each child and what she would be remember most about them. I enjoyed hearing the children’s stories.

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with a degree in English. After teaching elementary school in Santa Ynez, I started Joyful Noise Preschool. I returned to school and got a graduate degree in Early Childhood Education and started teaching part-time at SBCC. It is a nice change to teach students who don’t make faces and keep their fingers out of their noses! Can you share some funny memories? Well, there are definitely too many to mention! I have been asked by a two-year-old if we are having red wine with our lunch. I have also been told by a two year-old that her diaper is "degusting." Once a toddler said to me that "Mommy said Daddy is a jerk." One day, when unveiling a new hairdo I had, I was told, "Miss Susie, I think you forgot to comb your hair." There was also a two-year-old that I recall who refused to answer to his given name and insisted on being called "Batman." One time when changing a diaper, I discovered that a two-year-old had slipped on his dad's blue bikini briefs over his diaper. Then there was the time how I was reminded that

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“my mommy is coming back!” That lasted for a few months and then one day it ended and the trip to Bryant’s was a joyful one. The sound of children’s voices is music to Bryant’s ears. I am sorry for this next generation of parents who they will miss the joyful and comforting experience that was provided to so many families the past 25 years. She will be deeply missed. Miss Susie, you made the terrible twos terrific!

these are Montecito kids when a two-year-old thought the toy drill press was a cappuccino machine! Sometimes when I run into my young charges, they don’t recognize me and just stare. I think they can’t believe I shop and eat out like everyone else. Its fun to run into “graduates” of Joyful Noise, some now in their mid-twenties. They usually don’t remember their time here, but I remember them.

Why retire now and what will you spend time doing? Well, it makes sense to retire now because both my married sons will be having their first babies in 2012. I look forward to being a grandma. They both live in Texas, so I want the freedom to travel. My husband, Dan, retired two years ago after 36 years in education. For now, I’m just looking forward to getting my backyard cleared of climbers and dump trucks and swings, and spending lots of time gardening and reading. Twenty-four years of hugs, runny noses and sweet memories. I have never regretted not going back to my old job teaching fifth grade. Two year olds rock!

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FRIDAY, 6/15 telling on Saturday, June 16, at Red’s This event is sponsored by the Rotary Bar and Tapas (211 Helena). The $35 Club of Goleta, whose members will Back to the Future: La Cumbre ticket price will spay or neuter one shel- assist with rides. Plaza’s Family Flick Night series con- ter cat. MONDAY, 6/18 West With the Hollisters: J.J. Hollister and Sara Pelton will present Patrick Swayze Film Fest: Enjoy the Hollister family and how they set- wine, snacks and Dirty Dancing, startled on the Gaviota Coast at an SB Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday, June 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in First Presbyterian Church. The presentation traces the path of Colonel William Welles Hollister’s ancestors from Glouchestershire, England in approx. 1636 to the Conneticut Colony and through the Northwest Territories in the early 1800s;

SUNDAY, 6/17 ring Patrick Swayze on Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Oreana Winery tinues on Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. with Beginning Harp Workshop: Learn (205 Anacapa). Back to the Future. to play some simple tunes at a harp TUESDAY, 6/19 Spirit of the Garden: New Yorkbased ensemble, Rose & the SB Little Gardens Club: Meet at the Nightingale, will perform a program SB Museum of Natural History at 2 around “Spirit of the Garden” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, for a program p.m. on Friday, June 15. This performtitled “Gardens of Santa Barbara,” preance occurs amid the blooming wildsented by landscape architect Sydney flowers of the Meadow Section at SB Baumgartner. Botanic Garden. Rose & the Nightingale will include classical and Swazzle Puppets: Swazzle Puppets world music, jazz, spoken word and present Court Jester and the Story poetry with garden-inspired themes. Dreamers at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the Carpinteria Public Library Third Friday Swing Dance: Meet (5141 Carpinteria). for swing dancing and music by Stompy Jones at the Carrillo Rec. workshop on Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m. Center from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Folk Note Music (1034 Santa Barbara) will demystify this unique instrument in SATURDAY, 6/16 a free workshop open to the public, age six and up. The Art of Blueberry Growing: Musical Fireworks! A 3:30 p.m. Tour a Gaviota blueberry farm at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, with the performance at Trinity Episcopal California Rare Fruit Growers. Learn Church presents organ and piano duets how to grow acid-loving blueberries in featuring Willi Rose and including alkaline soil before picking some blue- Kevin Rose and David A. Gell, with a capella quartet Lux. berries at Restoration Oaks Ranch. Get Organized, Stay Organized: Discover the underlying reasons for chronic disorganization on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Carrillo Rec. Center.

The PussyCat Chronicles: To celebrate Nation Shelter Cat Month, the Animal Shelter Assistance Program will celebrate the lives of shelter cats by sharing an evening of music and story-

Rotary Day: The 12th Annual Rotary Day at the South Coast Railroad Museum will take place on Sunday, June 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. All visitors are invited to ride the train and handcar without charge as often as they like during the event. The “Goleta Short Line” miniature train travels around the museum grounds. Handcars are powered by the passenger who pumps a lever with gears that are connected to the wheels.

WEDNESDAY, 6/20

Our Divided Political Heart: E.J. Dionne Jr. will discuss her latest book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, at the Lobero Theatre on Wednesday, June 20, at 8 p.m. In Our Divided Political Heart, Dionne Jr. argues for a lost sense of national balance that reflects a loss of historical memory.

THURSDAY, 6/21

CALM Open House: Child Abuse Listening Mediation invites the community to visit their SB headquarters at 1236 Chapala St. on Thursday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the staff, learn about CALM’s programs and services and tour therapy rooms, arts and crafts spaces and CALM’s facilities.

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1-4. 234 Los Alamos Ave. $749,000. 3BD/1BA. Scott Williams, 805.451.9300 1-4. 288 Calle Esperanza. $769,000. 2BD/2.5BA. The Santa Barbara Group, Joe Parker, 805.886.5735

10-5. 601 E Micheltorena Street 84. $870,000. 3BD/2.5BA. Ken Switzer, 805.845.9277

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Montecito, Caltrans fight gets ugly Local officials, state agency disagree on Highway 101 plans BY NICK C. TONKIN Montecito Messenger

With the public comment deadline less than a month away, the Montecito Association is preparing to call on Caltrans to revisit its Draft Environmental Impact report for the 101 carpool lane project. The Association has come under fire for a perceived unwillingness to take a hard stance on the build options for the 101. While voting to send a six-page letter to Caltrans at a Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, Association president Richard Nordlund maintained that the problem is with Caltrans’ EIR, not with the Association’s attitude. “It’s been presented as though the Montecito Association is kind of out on the gangplank with [SBCAG Public Information Officer] Gregg Hart sawing it off,” Nordlund said. “But he may find himself on the gangplank and we’d be on the boat, so give us a little time.” To deal with a projected increase in commuters in the upcoming years, Caltrans has been circulating plans to widen the 101 Freeway with a High Occupancy Vehicle lane, better known as a carpool or diamond lane. The project has stirred up controversy as it eliminates all left hand freeway ramps and potential traffic congestion in the Montecito area due to alterations to the Cabrillo Boulevard/Hot Springs Road interchange. The Association’s letter to Caltrans outlines what it perceives to be weaknesses in the draft EIR that call for its revision and recirculation. It also criticized Caltrans for outright dismissing any

The Montecito Association and Caltrans are fighting over the future of carpool lanes an fast lane exits on Highway 101.

options that called for acquiring additional property and to appease some residents, opposed any options that make Hermosillo Road the primary northbound exit. Caltrans has maintained that the left hand ramps will become more unsafe as time goes by. The EIR outlined five alternative configurations, known as F, F modified, J, M, and M modified, for the Cabrillo Boulevard/Hot Springs Road interchange. But the Association believes that the EIR put forward by Caltrans falls short of the California Environmental Quality Act requirements by not including enough information. As one example, the letter pointed another alternative, known as J modified, which had been dismissed simply because it retained one of

the left hand ramps. The letter asserted that other factors, such as reduced construction time, less visual impacts, and lower costs should have been factored in. Board representatives had already made similar arguments before the Santa Barbara Planning Commission two weeks ago. The Association’s comments had been well-received by the commissioners, who later expressed their own concerns over the EIR’s contents, though they could not take any action at the time. The commission is due to have another hearing on Thursday where it will be examining the five alternatives. At a previous meeting city staff had hinted that F modified, which eliminates the left hand ramps but builds a new northbound off

ramp, might be the city’s best option. As it’s also an option favored by Hermosillo Road residents, who feel it’s the only one that doesn’t dump traffic onto Coast Village Road, the board had come under pressure at its last meeting to endorse it. The Association has held firm though. Members said it would be at the meeting, but stated that its stance will still be that Caltrans needs a new EIR, not endorsing any alternative and pointed to the warm reception their previous comments had received. The letter also outlined an alternate plan, drawn up by architect and board member Tom Bollay, to have a northbound off ramp connect to an expanded Hot Springs Roundabout. Some in the audience

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questioned whether an agency like Caltrans would even consider the design given that it would involve obtaining additional right of way. Caltrans has been leery of obtaining additional space to work with after right of way issues killed an effort to widen the freeway in the 1990s. Bollay said the design had been an “idea” and Association vice president Bob Short said the money involved would catch Caltrans’ attention. “When they realize it saves them five to eight million dollars they’ll take a look at it,” Short said. Board member Tom Schleck asked about including language concerning the potential Miramar project. With a July 9th deadline for public comment, Schleck asked if all the concerns

need to be aired in the letter. “Once the draft period closes, like anything with the government, you’re done,” Schleck said. While plans to reconstruct the Miramar haven’t surfaced yet, representatives of Rick Caruso have assured the Association that the developer is prepared to pull down the buildings if county supervisors pass a series of tax incentives for hotels. The board agreed to clarify the language more. A final EIR must address concerns brought up during the public comment period. Caltrans had scheduled the public comment period to end May 25th, but extended it to July 9th to allow for more public input. Nordlund added that there’s still a ways to go before anything is final and patience is important.


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four minutes for a fire in the corner of the room to get out FROM PAGE 8 of control. Again, a minute can be the difference ties. In 2004 the board between losing a carpet and authorized the chief to begin losing a home. looking into the process of “If we don’t get there and starting up a new station. get a quick knockdown then The district has a little over the chances of that being a $8 million set aside for a much larger issue is a probnew station. lem,” Hickman said. The district tries to set a A similar principle five-minute response time applies to wildland fires, one goal for any area. Most of of the bigger threats to a Montecito enjoys this community like Montecito. response time. But parts of Being able to hit a fire hard the Eastern area near and fast can be the differSheffield and Romero ence between a few acres Canyon don’t enjoy that and a few thousand acres, same response time. A 2008 though in some cases such study estimated response as the 2008 Tea Fire, the distimes to be closer to nine trict wouldn’t have enough minutes. Hickman said to begin with. And Hickman there’re about 385 residents pointed out that parts of living in that area. underserved area have not Hickman said that’s too burned for 80 years. long for any situation. After “It’s not ‘If,’ but ‘When,’” a heart attack or stroke, the Hickman said. brain gets stuck on a spiral The Montecito Fire towards death after four District has mutual aid minutes without any aid. A agreements with other agenminute can be the difference cies, such as Santa Barbara between life and death. County, Santa Barbara City, The same is true for struc- a n d ture fires. Depending on Summerland/Carpinteria. material, it can take three to But those agencies have

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response times five minutes longer than the Montecito stations. Safety standards within the industry have also increased over the years. A response team for a building fire often needs two people on the inside, two on the outside, plus four people with ventilation issues, and four handling the utilities. Combined with many of the large homes that populate Montecito, and the district could come up short on staffing. “All of the sudden four engines doesn’t look like a whole lot,” Hickman said. Finally, the new station offers a training building for the district. Personnel often have had to do training outside of the district for low frequency, high-risk procedures, like collapsed bridges, or urban search and rescue. To do any training in the district, the department has had to use parks, parking lots, and even had to borrow churches and homes. “We’re dependent on that to do the standardized evolutions that we need to prac-

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tice in order to be effective, efficient, and safe,” Hickman said. The district has spent much of the last year taking conceptual designs to the various committees. But even as the story poles on the site have gone up, so has the chance of controversy. Cole said many of the studies done, including the initial study calling for a new station, are years out of date and the data may not apply. He, along with some other residents, filed a lawsuit in May alleging that the

Environmental Impact Reports don’t conform to the California Environmental Quality Act requirements. The proposed site is on historical agriculture land on the Palmer Jackson ranch and he thinks sites closer to population areas would be better for a station. “If you think you need to have a new fire station, have it closer to where everybody lives,” Cole said. He also said consideration needs to be given about whether the money for a sta-

tion might be better spent hiring more firefighters or acquiring new technology and equipment. “I have to ask the question, are we in a commando era and we’re just building big forts instead?” Cole said. Montecito Fire public information officer Geri Ventura said the district believes the suit is without merit, but is still going through the process and they haven’t gone to court yet. “It hasn’t gotten to that point yet,” Ventura said.

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