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Time To Prepare For The Upcoming Winter Rainy Season

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SANTA BARBARA - The City of Santa Barbara, in cooperation with the County of Santa Barbara, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Red Cross, invite you to attend an informational meeting regarding the upcoming winter rainy season and associated flooding potential in the aftermath of the Tea and Jesusita Fires. Due to the watershed damage in the foothills above the City, flooding will likely occur this winter in various areas within the City.  City and County agencies have been planning for anticipated rains and flooding since mid-July.  

The public can choose to attend a meeting from the following dates and locations over the next four months.  Meetings will start at 6:00 PM. 

Wednesday, September 23rd, Santa Barbara County School Auditorium, 4100 Cathedral Oaks Road;

Thursday, October 15th, Rockwood Woman’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Road;

Wednesday, October 28th, American Red Cross, 2707 State Street;

Thursday, November 12th, Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 East Montecito St.;

Thursday, November 19th, Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 East Montecito St.;

(Spanish translation will be available at this meeting)

Thursday, December 10th, Downtown Library Faulkner Gallery, 40 East Anapamu St.


Agenda items include:

NOAA –Weather Forecast

City / County OES – Planning Efforts

Flood Control – Watershed Status

City Creeks – Creeks Status

Reverse 911 / Evacuations

American Red Cross – Shelters


Please join local agency representatives to learn about the City and County planning efforts and how you and your family can be prepared for flood emergencies.  For additional information visit the Office of Emergency Services web site at


Thank you to deanj for use of his excellent photo of flooding at Olive & Gutierrez in 2008.

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Homeless Man Killed by Train Near Brewhouse

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I wasn't really prepared to see a dead body tonight.  

I was rushing to a meeting when I got stuck on Montecito St. at the tracks, waiting for the crossing lights to end.  

After a few minutes (and noticing that there were a few guys in orange vests and shop owners peering a few hundred feet down the tracks) I  realized that the reason the gates weren't coming back up was because something terrible had just happened.  

By the time I got out of my car to take a look and talk to a few people, squad cars, firetrucks and and ambulance were there.

According to a witness and a Santa Barbara Police officer I spoke with, a homeless man (who appeared to me to be in his mid-40s) was killed by a train behind the do-it-yourself carwash (across from the Brewhouse) near Montecito St.  

A neighborhood shop owner who had been peering around the fence towards the body (which I wasn't at all expecting or prepared to see) said "this is like the third one this year man, and they're all homeless dudes".  


 *** UPDATE***  The Indy just posted a piece about this, and another similar death by train just a day later. CLICK HERE FOR STORY

Here's is a list of more past headlines from City2 relating to the search terms 'train': LINK

Here is an Article from NoozHawk: LINK




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