Montecito Montage

Romero Canyon Fire Under Control

A brushfire broke out in the Montecito foothills on Thursday, but was quickly controlled. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

When Oprah Met Obama

Montage this week takes a photographic tour of who's making news around Montecito, from Oprah and Obama to the Coral Casino, New Zealand lottery, and construction projects all over town. Read story.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jonathan Winters Thanks Zaca Firefighters

The comedian toasts an outgoing crew, plus news on the Miramar's plans, the Coral Casino's soft opening, resignations at the Montecito Association Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Successful Backfire Strategy Cools Zaca Fire

The backfiring operation was put into action when, yesterday [August 17], the fire became established on the southern flank in both Agua Caliente and Diablo Canyons and an increased threat to our densely populated areas. Tonight officials from the incident command post said today's back firing strategies went according to plan. Read story.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

UPDATE: "Evacuation Warning" Issued for Camino Cielo Road

The Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department and fire authorities have issued an "EVACUATION WARNING" for East Camino Cielo Road from Gibraltar Road east to the Ventura County Line including Gibraltar Reservoir and Jameson Lake. Residents of these areas should consider what they need to take and be prepared to leave upon notice of the Sheriff's Department, as they may not be able to come back to retrieve personal items due to potentially rapidly changing fire conditions. Read story.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Chief Kevin Wallace Talks Zaca Fire

J'Amy gets the latest on the blaze and meets the new community cop. Read story.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Zaca Fire Concerns Smolder in Montecito

With southern progression of blaze, awareness level is elevated and crews start to work in Romero Canyon area. Read story.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Preparing for the Zaca Fire

No evacuation order yet, but Montecito grows nervous as fire expands. As of Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 p.m., the fire had not yet reached the Santa Ynez River. Read story.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Zaca Fire Information Meeting for Montecito

Montecito Fire Department calls for Monday night Town Hall meeting to present facts on current fire status and prepare for potential emergencies. Read story.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

County Reviewers Meet the Miramar

Not enough info, but a lot of support for the Miramar. Not so much for foothill Largura residence. Read story.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Man Who Would Remake the Miramar

Rick Caruso, L.A.'s bling-mall developer, is gambling millions that he can do what Ty Warner and Ian Schrager failed to do: Get the Miramar Hotel up and running. Last January, Caruso reportedly paid Warner $50 million for 14 acres in Montecito, some dusty permits, and broken-down cottages near the water's edge-even after Warner warned everyone within John Davies's reach that Montecito's exacting building policies and process cause exasperation and exhaustion. Read story.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Murder, Museums, and Media Blackouts

Montage takes in a speaker whose gang violence talk couldn't have been more timely, as well as Nights at the Santa Barbara Art Museum, Nancy Pelosi and how not to electrocute yourself. Read story.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Dr. Gayle Beebe Named Westmont's Eighth President

Plus, Christine Todd Whitman visits in support of the Republican party, rumors fly about Tom Cruise's alleged property purchase, and the widening of the 101 begins. Read story.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Plans Unveiled for San Ysidro Pharmacy Property

Montage reports on the unveiling of plans for the San Ysidro Pharmacy location and gets the skinny on Highway 144 and the Coral Casino. Read story.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Caltrans Locks Sycamore Canyon Again

This morning Caltrans relocked the gates on the Montecito portion of State Highway 144 in Sycamore Canyon, just a couple days after it was opened due to high fire danger. Read story.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
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