Cold Spring School Tea Fire Center Closes

Mountain Drive Association Gives Out Awards to Contributors

The temporary Tea Fire Relief Center that was set up at Cold Springs School as a satellite for the primary downtown center closed on Wednesday, April 1. The center was set up in the weeks following the Tea Fire to allow victims of the blaze to find help without having to drive downtown.

At a ceremony in honor of the center’s final day of operation, “Phoenix Awards” were given out by the Mountain Drive Community Association recognizing the unprecedented joint effort between government, a public school, and private citizens to give aid to those in need. Those receiving awards included Dr. Bryan McCabe, superintendent of the Cold Spring School; Salud Carbajal, 1st District Supervisor for Santa Barbara County, who accepted on behalf of County CEO Mike Brown; John McInnes, assistant county CEO and coordinator of Tea Fire Recovery; Scott McGolpin, the county’s director of public works; Tony Nisich, Tea Fire ombudsman and a liaison for county relief center staff; Tony Spann, managing principal, Harrison Design Associates, which provided relief center staffing; Adele Goggia, Harrison Design Associates, relief center temporary planning staff; and Eric David Greenspan, founder and CEO of Make It Work, which provided the relief center with computers and technical support.

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