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Harbor & Seafood Festival Coming Soon to Waterfront

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – 9/23/2010 Join us Saturday, October 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 2010 Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival.  The event showcases a variety of regional seafood, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, maritime education, children’s activities, free boat rides, tall-ship tours, a kayak raffle, and more.

Enjoy lobster and crab fresh from the boats, plus prawns, albacore, clam chowder, oysters, lobster bisque, seafood gumbo and seafood paella provided by local fishermen and waterfront restaurants such as The Endless Summer bar-café and Brophy Bros.  On the music stage, enjoy return performances by Spencer the Gardener and San Diego-based Fish and the Seaweeds.

Free boat rides aboard the Double Dolphin (Santa Barbara Sailing Center) and Harbor Queen (Captain Don’s Pirate Cruises) will offer harbor views from the water, while  dozens of arts and crafts booths offer something for everyone, including  limited-edition festival posters by local artist Janice Blair.  And don’t forget to include a docent-led tour of the Maritime Museum and tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, a Harbor Patrol fireboat, the tall-ship Bill of Rights and NOAA’s research vessel Shearwater. 

The Harbor & Seafood Festival is presented by the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc., Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants Association and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Proceeds from the kayak raffle benefit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.  For complete details, visit www.HarborFestival.org or call (805) 897-1962.  

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Cliff Drive Underground Utility District Project (Update)

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via Kathleen Kefauver/Jim Britsch - SANTA BARBARA, CA - The Cliff Drive Underground Utility District (UUD) Project remains on schedule for completion in the spring of 2011.  The Project is located on Cliff Drive from Salida Del Sol to approximately 400 feet west of Mesa Lane, including surrounding streets, and when complete, will place all existing overhead wires and facilities that supply electric, communication, or similar services, underground.

Phase I of the project is complete with the installation of new underground conduits and other infrastructure.  Phase II is currently in process with Southern California Edison (SCE) contractor crews working in the neighborhood to install underground wiring in the new conduits.  This work will continue through the fall of 2010.   Verizon and Cox Communications will complete their conversion work this winter through the spring of 2011, prior to the utility poles being completely removed during Phase III of the Project.

The Cliff Drive UUD Project is a joint effort by SCE, Verizon, Cox Communications, and the City of Santa Barbara, and is funded predominately by SCE rate-payer fees. 

For additional information, please visit the (PDF) Cliff Drive UUD Project  website, here.  Or contact Jim Britsch, Underground Utility Neighborhood Coordinator for the City of Santa Barbara, at (805) 729-4629

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Portesuello Ave. Natural Gas Leak

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by Hank Homberg - SANTA BARBARA, CA –  9/13/2010 – At 9:55AM. Engines 5, 1 and 6 along with Truck 1 and a Battalion Chief responded to Crestline Drive and Portesuello Ave. 

Upon arrival of Engine 5’s crew, it was determined that a 1 inch residential feeder line had been severed by a fiber optic communications company which was doing some excavation work.  

Engine 5 cancelled the remainder of the initial assignment and cleared the work area.

Due to the location of the natural gas leak and the breezy conditions on the top of the hill side, Captain Frac Chacon had residents in the immediate area close all windows and “shelter in place” until the Southern California Gas Company could shut down 1 inch distribution line. 

Natural gas is lighter than atmospheric air and will usually dissipate when conditions are favorable. The natural gas utility companies inject “mercaptan” into the odorless and colorless gas, which gives a “rotten egg” smell when there a natural gas leak.

Interstate transmission lines carrying natural gas can be pressurized up to 1500 p.s.i. When the natural gas arrives at neighborhood distribution networks, pressure is usally below 5 p.s.i. and as low a ¼ p.s.i. at your house service meter.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department urges anyone doing significant digging to “call before you dig”. The number to call is 800-227-2600, Underground Service Alert will come out and mark underground utility locations at no charge to homeowners, excavators, and professional contractors.


 

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