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SB Myths
updated: Feb 18, 2013, 7:33 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What is a myth about Santa Barbara that you know isn't true?

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:35 PM

It's a big city.

 

 COMMENT 375896 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:36 PM

State Street is a clean, safe, & very tourist friendly area.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:40 PM

All bicyclists are law abiding.

 

 COMMENT 375900P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:43 PM

It's like heaven on earth.

 

 COMMENT 375906 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:01 PM

Home of newly wed and nearly dead.

 

 COMMENT 375908 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:09 PM

That the pronunciation of "Refugio" is, "Refu-Fio." It is, Refu-hio.

 

 COMMENT 375909P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:10 PM

Everyone who lives downtown is "car-free" and walks or bikes everywhere,

 

 COMMENT 375912 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:15 PM

Expensive but worth it.

 

 COMMENT 375913P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:15 PM

City officials are effective about protecting the public from gangs, graffiti vandals, and annoying beggars.

 

 COMMENT 375916 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:19 PM

lol love it!

 

 COMMENT 375917 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:19 PM

That myth that they sent the homeless here on buses from other states? That's a big one.

Also, as 908 said, Refuhio. That's a good one.

And the idea that gangs and crime are new in town.

(Not a myth....Charles Manson lived on Bath Street. The Black Dahlia lived on Olive Street and was once arrested for being underage with a fake ID at El Paseo.)

 

 COMMENT 375920P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:26 PM

That people who live here appreciate how special it is.

 

 COMMENT 375923 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:32 PM

That everyone that lives here is rich. Far from it.

 

 COMMENT 375924P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:33 PM

That all homeless are harmless, and that there's no gang problem here. This is a wealthy community. Locals know best. Democrats are for the people, especially the poor people. A car-free society is desirable and achievable. Marijuana is harmless. Our city personnel are not really overpaid. There are more, but that's a start...

 

 COMMENT 375928 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:41 PM

1) Living in paradise, everyone should be happy/easygoing/friendly, right?

2) Home of the rich and famous... More like home of the tourists hoping to see someone rich and famous! Or, home of the investment properties of the rich and famous!

3) Surf town.

 

 COMMENT 375930P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:42 PM

@923 got mine.

 

 COMMENT 375931 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:43 PM

It's the "American Riviera"

 

 NATURE BOY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:55 PM

Ok, for the only one that's an actual answer to your query: That there are secret tunnels underneath downtown.

 

 COMMENT 375938P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:10 PM

Not strictly Santa Barbara, but I heard several years ago that Isla Vista represents 1% of the United States' beer consumption.

 

 MACSCIDOR agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:29 PM

That we have a bridge-to-no-where._(It actually has a beautiful destination -- at the San Marcos Preserve and Open Space.)

 

 COMMENT 375943P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:52 PM

@917 -- do you know where the Black Dahlia lived on Olive Street?

 

 COMMENT 375945P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 09:58 PM

There are tunnels under the city, that's a fact...

 

 COMMENT 375946P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:04 PM

That Reagan lived in the city.

Also overheard a tourist at Stearns Wharf tell a friend (while gazing at the Riviera neighborhood) that it is so steep all the houses have to be on stilts. Since I had a house there at that time I really got a good laugh.

 

 COMMENT 375947P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:10 PM

Apparently more than a few people believe that there's a specific STD unique to Isla Vista and UCSB.

 

 COMMENT 375949P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:20 PM

That fourth or fifth generation Santa Barbarans are superior people.

 

 COMMENT 375950P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:21 PM

That Edhat is going out of business soon.

 

 COMMENT 375951P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:25 PM

Fiesta has so many drunks and out of control people that it's unsafe during this time to walk downtown streets at night. Not true.

 

 COMMENT 375952P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:26 PM

That Santa Barbara is where the billionaires push out the millionaires, uhmmm..... or could that be true?

 

 COMMENT 375953 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:42 PM

@947P: There is--it's called Goletarrhea.

 

 COMMENT 375954P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 10:52 PM

There are tunnels underneath downtown - not a myth.

Those cylindrical metal grates with holes around town are "inhaling" and provide ventilation.

I knew a man that worked for the city that had access down there and he invited me to check it out, but I never took him up on it. He said it was pretty interesting.

 

 COMMENT 375958P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:11 PM

Cam's dad is Gepetto Schneider. No. Not true at all.

Our elected/appointed officials are professionals and make sound decisions without bias.

Santa Barbara is a warm, laid-back seaside community.

 

 COMMENT 375960P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 11:23 PM

My two favorites are (1) It never rains in Santa Barbara and (2) The temperature never goes over 80°F.

I have to add this one: Fess Parker "donated" a Youth Hostel to Santa Barbara.

AND: that the Cabrillo Beachway is a bike path only, and people aren't supposed to walk on it.

Last: You can't take your own bags when you go shopping because you have to have the plastic/paper bags from the stores to use as trash bags.

 

 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:37 AM

Goletarrhea , that's funny, when you get it do they hook you up to an IV or do you get it when you hook up in IV ?

 

 COMMENT 375976 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 06:17 AM

hahaha Shakey good one!

 

 COMMENT 375977 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:02 AM

that there is a hope ranch annex and a mesa annex

 

 HEATHER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:18 AM

That there were ghosts at St. Francis Hospital.........

 

 COMMENT 375982 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:22 AM

Kasi Beutel was treated unfairly by the News Press.

 

 COMMENT 375990 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:29 AM

1) That Santa Barbara has the best weather in the country. In reality it is not much different from coastal cities to the south of us. 2) That we are a liberal city. In reality there are many conservatives here but they are not as vocal and don't tend to run for office. 3) That the soap opera "Santa Barbara" was about Santa Barbara. It was about Montecito. 4) That UCSB is in Santa Barbara. 5) Speaking of tunnels, not a myth: for many years the U.S. nuclear weapons library was housed below the El Paseo mall. Now it's just office space.

 

 COMMENT 376000 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:50 AM

Isla Vista is the most populated square mile this side of the Mississippi. That one always makes me laugh because it's so easily unsubstantiated.

 

 COMMENT 376004 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:03 AM

@375990

Not as vocal? Maybe you don't read many EdHat comment threads (including this one). Don't tend to run for office? Tell that to Dale Francisco, Frank Hotchkiss, Michael Self, and many others.

 

 COMMENT 376010 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:12 AM

I`ve heard 99% of these "myths" while riding our local tour-guides vehicles!!..

 

 COMMENT 376013 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:13 AM

That many republicans live here. To 990's claim that there are many conservatives here: wishing for it doesn't make it so. Fact: this city votes for Democrats 3 to 1.

 

 COMMENT 376015 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:18 AM

That bulb-outs make intersections safer by depositing pedestrians immediately into an active traffic lane in the path of moving vehicles instead of the area of relative safety that used to exist next to the old standard curb configuration!.

 

 COMMENT 376019 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:23 AM

The chromatic arch is beautiful.

 

 COMMENT 376020 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:25 AM

That people are nice and friendly . They're not. They're insular, standoffish and very self centered (clicky).

As much as I'd like to say this isnt true, after 12 years of living here and having lived in a dozen other cities, people here are without a doubt, less friendly than almost every other city/town...yet they think they're not.

And that sums up SB - people think they're something that their not.

 

 JMAC agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:37 AM

re: "Refu-Fio" vs. Refu-hio: If it's important to use the "correct" pronunciation, you'll need to start calling Isla Vista, Ees-lah Vee-stah. Also, everyone should stop saying San Andreas Street. It's spelled, San Andres (only two syllables in Andres, not three). Of course, no one would have a clue what you were talking about, but you'd be correct.

 

 COMMENT 376032 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:44 AM

MACSCIDOR: The bridge to nowhere is over 154, off of Via Chappareal, off of Cathedral Oaks. There is a piece of a road off of the bridge. Goes nowhere. Great place to watch the toy planes flying, and it was a great place to keep an eye on the local fires. MYTH: Santa Barbara is a clean city.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:52 AM

Realtors have people believing all 93108 zip houses are in Montecito; totally not true but it brings a higher price. All Montecito homes are 93108, but the zip extends far beyond Montecito. While it's a myth the Black Daliha never lived here, she was busted for something here and my Mom's friend who worked for the Sheriffs Dept. let her spend the night at her home.

 

 GRANNYFRANNY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:03 AM

that Santa Barbara is a hotbed of great restaurants

 

 COMMENT 376047 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:04 AM

I read someone on Trip Advisor telling a potential female visitor that it is perfectly safe to walk anywhere in SB even the bike path at night alone and that he would not worry at all if his wife walked in the beach area at night. Used to be true, but is now a myth.

 

 COMMENT 376051 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:08 AM

That people who came here recently from New Jersey and other points East, North or South all know more about what is or is not good for Santa Barbara and consider themselves far more knowledgable than those people born here and who grew up here or who's families have lived here for decades and who built this city. Their view of a perfect City is more like Newark, New Jersey, Chicago or maybe South Central Los Angeles and other places from which they bring their ideas and "refined" visions to Santa Barbara and promptly run run for political office or get appointed to various commissions to make sure they set all us bumpkins straight. (lucky us!)

 

 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:29 AM

That everyone's rich.

 

 COMMENT 376061 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:32 AM

That there is Spanish treasure buried under Dela Guera Plaza. Actually this is true - I heard it is something life the San Felipe treasure. The missionaries had the Chumash look for it - Ishi actually helped find it and gave it to his family who buried it in the area that is now DLP.

 

 COMMENT 376069 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:41 AM

They say Santa Barbara tap water is filtered........

 

 COMMENT 376073 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:47 AM

That SB has a daily newspaper.
Oh wait - we do have Noozhawk - so we do have an e-newspaper at least.

 

 COMMENT 376074 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:48 AM

947P for the WIN! HAHAHA HA HA!

 

 COMMENT 376079 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:53 AM

That the people are friendly

 

 COMMENT 376080 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:54 AM

That Coast Village Rd is in Montecito rather than in SB city limits. Though the prices in the stores & restaurants there would make you believe you're in Montecito.

 

 PITLOCAL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:57 AM

That Brinkerhoff Avenue is haunted. But, I think it might actually be haunted....

 

 COMMENT 376095 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:12 AM

prius drivers never hog the fast lane.

 

 COMMENT 376107P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:34 AM

That Santa Barbarans are unusually good looking, apparently in good health.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:37 AM

That the Monticito Country Club is in Monicito. RE 020. I hate to say it, but I agree.

 

 COMMENT 376116 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:59 AM

That Santa Barbara City/County employees are overpaid and living cushy lives. The majority are living paycheck to paycheck. While some are comfortable, others are barely comfortable and many are truly struggling to get by.

 

 COMMENT 376124 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:15 AM

051: Or the myth that the locals are open & accepting of people who move here. Total myth. The SB Natives can be downright rude to us "foreigners" (not all, but some, unfortunately, think they have some sort of odd claim to SB because they were born here. Even more odd, they're always white! Guess they forgot about the Chumash.). And your comment about Jersians is just ridiculous. No one in their right mind likes Newark. ;)
(PS: anyone who refers to SB people as country bumpkins needs their head checked.)

 

 COMMENT 376131 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:25 AM

Question: How do you tell someone is a multi-generational Santa Barbarian?

Ans: Dont worry, they'll tell you.


Also - That anyone but a few of the aforementioned locals and real estate agents care whether something is technically in SB or Montecito... no one cares because its completely irrelevant to anything and everything.

Also - that an old house in the ghetto or out there in track home land (AKA Goleta) is worth what people pay or say it is... who on earth is going to spend upwards of $1m to live in a crime infested or dilapidated neighborhood?

 

 COMMENT 376133 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:29 AM

Great place to open a business !

 

 COMMENT 376139 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:35 AM

MYTH: If you stand underneath the Rainbow Arch facing the mountains with your arms outstretched and your head back and your eyes closed and you repeat three times (very loudly) "There's no place like Santa Barbara", you will, when you open your eyes and turn around, see a vision of our patron saint hovering over East Beach.

In fact what you will see are three bums laughing at you.

 

 COMMENT 376148 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:47 AM

051 confirms what 020 said!!! Perfect example!

 

 COMMENT 376152P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:49 AM

That shoppers at Trader Joe's are cool, zen and altruistic; that all Prius drivers are cool, zen and altruistic; that all people who practice yoga, eat a macrobiotic diet and are concerned about the environment are cool, zen and altruistic; that all animal lovers/members of PETA are cool, zen and altruistic.

 

 COMMENT 376162 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:59 AM

The 99cent store is a perfect addition to State Street and that we need a Target.

 

 COMMENT 376176P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:36 PM

Myth: Irascible, four-hundred year old aspiring nouveau somethings are viewed as a hot commodity in GeezerAge- the exclusive Santa Barbara magazine for aftermarket Chav.

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:58 PM

You can't buy your name onto the airport terminal. Big myth.

 

 COMMENT 376199P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:22 PM

That those who rent a room or apt/home do pay local visitors accommodation taxes and do declare it on their federal income taxes.

 

 COMMENT 376207P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:40 PM

That Cox Cable is your friend in the digital age?

 

 COMMENT 376214P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:51 PM

We needed a much larger airport.

 

 COMMENT 376218P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:03 PM

Don't know what is the truth - have been told more than a few times that the average lifespan of a restaurant in Santa Barbara is less than two years. True?

 

 COMMENT 376221P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:05 PM

Huh? 032. As noted (and the County of Santa Barbara states) that over that bridge is the 200 acre San Marcos Foothills Preserve, dedicated on 10 Jan 2007. DIRECTIONS (from a website) Entrance to San Marcos Foothills Preserve is at the end of Via Gaitero, just north of Santa Barbara. From Cathedral Oaks Road, near the Highway 154 intersection, turn onto Via Chaparral. Take the next right onto Salvar Road, taking **the BRIDGE** going across Highway 154. Turn left onto Via Gaitero. Park along the shoulder and proceed to the gate at the top of the hill. Search Edhat for 'San Marcos Foothills' and see a super Edhat-post by Aquaholic. (I can see the bridge and Preserve from my home! _and it is *a unique destination*!)

 

 COMMENT 376228P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:11 PM

Is it a myth, dunno, that an ocean view plot at the cemetery costs more?

 

 COMMENT 376235P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:24 PM

Santa Barbara is good for business and business is good for Santa Barbara.

 

 COMMENT 376258 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 03:12 PM

221...I don't know...it's just always been called the bridge to nowhere. It just has that name. And you have to admit...a huge expensive bridge that was intended to go to a poplulated area that never happened, and essentially goes nowhere...is well named.

 

 COMMENT 376265 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 03:37 PM

On a clear day up Gibraltar Rd you can see all the way to Tijuana.

 

 COMMENT 376270 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 03:50 PM

Land of the free, Home of the brave! I am going straight to the deleted comments section for this one!

 

 COMMENT 376293 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 04:31 PM

That if we keep adding lanes around Santa Barbara, eventually we won't ever have any bad traffic on the freeway.

 

 COMMENT 376302 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 04:47 PM

That La Cumbre Plaza is haunted!!

(I actually don't "know" that this is untrue, but it's been a Santa Barbara rumor for as long as I can remember!)

 

 COMMENT 376340 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 06:13 PM

That the police are not liars, crooked, and don't use drugs. The court system is honest, truthful and fair. You are "innocent" until proven guilty. ... Oh wait that's everywhere. My bad.

 

 COMMENT 376356P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 06:56 PM

Mission Terrace is thought of as a unsatisfactory convalescent hospital - but we monitored operations daily and found the care good. Just received notice today that my long term care premium is going up 85 % but am lucky that I've been able to have it thus far and not use it.

 

 COMMENT 376381P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:45 PM

That all the hedge funders and private equity types moving in are "job creators."

 

 SHAKEY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 01:52 AM

That Google caught a picture of bigfoot in front of circle k on Milpas St.

 

 COMMENT 376525 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:52 AM

That the news really reports all of the news. Thank god for Edhat !

 

 COMMENT 376538 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:11 AM

That it's a small town.

 

 COMMENT 376540 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:14 AM

All people in SB are beautiful.

 

 COMMENT 376780P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 04:50 PM

Wendy McCaw is above the law.

 

 COMMENT 377564 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:14 PM

The bridge to nowhere is Salvar Rd. off Via Chaparral.

 

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