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Santa Barbara Pride
updated: Jun 26, 2014, 8:53 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What makes you proud about Santa Barbara?

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

 COMMENT 530990 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-26 09:47 PM

The Courthouse: US National Register of Historic Places, US National Historic Landmark, California Historical Landmark. And it is beautiful inside and out!


 COMMENT 530996P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-26 10:04 PM

Ummmmmmm........nothing. Mostly just disappointment.


 COMMENT 531001P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-26 10:40 PM

I'm proud that the SB City Council and other petty bureaucrats enact plastic bag bans, construct traffic-boggling bulbouts, and pretty much disregard everything that they SHOULD be doing, apparently just because they like dancing to the beat of their own accordions. Congratulations, City Council and other city planners, for sticking by your guns and completely ignoring the wishes of your constituents. We're proud indeed that your claim to fame is that you're completely out of touch with reality.


 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-26 11:24 PM

Tonight I was at the County Bowl, enjoying the Maxwell concert, and looking over the venue, the ocean, and mountains, there was a feeling of pride, luck, and unbelievable-ness that I live here.


 COMMENT 531015P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 12:40 AM

Me, and people like me. I don't have a problem finding happy, friendly, caring people. As just one example, I apologized to a woman in TJ's parking lot for tapping my horn at her before I saw she had a handicapped license. We had a wonderful conversation, and she told me about a driver she encountered a few minutes before who blocked lanes and whom she tried to help, who cursed her. SB has really good people, in general. I meet people every time I go out. (not looking for a mate, so I don't know about that.)
Proud of: SBCC, our non-profits. Proud that it is my home.
"Proud" is not quite right for me, I'm not really proud of anything, just content. Imagine living elsewhere. If you can do so, please do so. Personally, and politically, I must live on a coast and am not leaving the west or my home!


 COMMENT 531016P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 12:55 AM

Well said, GREG.

I'm proud of my parents for moving here and proud of my Mom that she was smart about real estate, back in the 50s.

It makes me proud that a lot of Santa Barbarans think the same way I do, which is that we should try to keep our town as beautiful and charming and enviro as we can, for as long as we can.

I think the City Council passing the single-use bag ban has got to be one of the greatest and most environmentally progressive things the Council has done in donkey's years. They finally did something about which I could feel proud.

One thing that makes me proudest is that our town is a place where people smile at each other on the streets and on the beach and up in the mountains. And I love that we are friendly to each other and to the tourists.

There is a common bond that unites us: our happiness that we have the great good luck to live in such a beautiful place. I am proud that we all have the good sense to appreciate Santa Barbara and that there are many of us who strive to keep our home one of the best places to live on the planet.


 COMMENT 531021 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 04:17 AM

I'm with 16p. Although the plastic bag ban seems mostly a symbolic move, it's nice to already see much less of them(bags) blowing in the wind, snagged in trees, on the beach, wherever. Also knowing that we are not wasting much needed petroleum on single use bags that end up in the landfill. Santa Barbara continues to be one of the most beautiful places in the world to live, and we prove it every time we are eager to get home and see it after traveling.


 COMMENT 531022P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 05:24 AM

001P: what he said. That and the humble nature of so many of the people-ha.


 COMMENT 531023 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 05:34 AM

The Pacific Ocean and our incredible beaches, the mountains and parks. Green to concrete ratio is just right!
Love love love the Riviera and all it's quirky and historic architecture. The many philanthropic entities here


 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 06:09 AM

Some years ago the Los Angeles Times had an article on how much of the population in Santa Barbara volunteers.
Many volunteers provide time, care to help have this place be a community which is a little more personal than many similar sized cities.


 COMMENT 531044P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 07:21 AM

Sorry if I sound like a self-congratulating. non-humble donkey, but after all the criticisms here directed toward people in general in Santa Barbara, I spoke up for what I experience every day. -- 015


 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 07:22 AM

The community involvement.


 COMMENT 531057P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 07:37 AM

I too am proud of my parents, who left another country in their 40's to pursue a better life (and climate) and kept moving until three years later came to Santa Barbara in the 1960's. Thanks to them I went to school here, raised my kids here, have a house here.
We all stand on the shoulders of our forebears and for that I am grateful.


 COMMENT 531059P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 07:54 AM

There's pride knowing that residents from the past have worked to maintain the beauty of this city, instead of just having it grow in haste and without grace. They were good stewards of Santa Barbara and similarly we must be good stewards of this town for the future.


 COMMENT 531065P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 08:06 AM

Yes! Another reason to say Alice Keck Park Park! And all the other preservationists, like Pearl Chase. And our amazing volunteers and philanthropists. Not just the big-name ones! (I spent most of my career in local non-profits. Our city is AMAZING.)


 COMMENT 531071P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 08:36 AM

Nice observations! Sure we have issues that need attention like all cities and towns, but SB is still a lovely place. Given the question, I suspect that those griping in this thread are people who have to find something to complain about every day. Meanwhile, I'm glad I can find so many things to enjoy every day as a citizen of this city.


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 08:45 AM

Proud isn't the word that works for me, love is. There are great people here, and awful people too--name a place where that isn't true! What you look for is what you will see. I love the land and all the flora and fauna, my friends and family, the beautiful architecture, the harbor and beaches and the islands just a stone's throw away, the creeks and the trails and the parks, the access to art and theatre and music, the library, the low buildings, the Farmers' Markets, the climate that allows growing food and flowers year-round, and a million other things--e.g. I Madonnari, the Solstice weekend, the Film Festival, and including local government, which is not corrupt and is filled with people who also love this place, whether I agree with their decisions or not.


 COMMENT 531080P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 08:51 AM

And I say Thank goodness for the complainers! Without them, women and African Americans would not be allowed to vote and gays would still be hiding in the closet somewhere. I think it's healthy to shed the rose colored glasses occasionally.


 COMMENT 531082 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 09:01 AM

Yes sir! That good old plastic bag ban is the most wonderful accomplishment of the city. I hope they can get serious and ban bags in hardware and clothing stores next year. And then we can get the homeowner garbage bag.


 COMMENT 531086 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 09:13 AM

I do a guided bike tour of the wine country, and our guests from overseas often comment how friendly and helpful Santa Barbarans are. I am proud of the welcoming nature of our city. Let's never lose that.


 COMMENT 531087P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 09:13 AM

I'm proud that people still enjoy life so much. Here, what you do for others is more important than how much stuff you own. That's the original Santa Barbara ethos and it's survived an influx of people, like me, from other places. I've lived in very racist, xenophobic areas and also in big cities with corrupt governments. Santa Barbarans work toward creating a clean, honest community that everyone can enjoy. No selfish libertarian fantasies here. It's not perfect, but it is orders of magnitude better than other places that I've lived.


 COMMENT 531091P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 09:25 AM

531087P - well said. So much so, that I have saved it to my drive to read again.


 COMMENT 531093 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 09:34 AM



 COMMENT 531095 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 09:35 AM

I first came here in 1993. I'm still here. That should be self explanatory.


 COMMENT 531112P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 10:32 AM

Though some people may scoff or think it's too cute, but am proud that this community will support either with donations, pictures, postings, or good thoughts for EDHAT.


 COMMENT 531113 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 10:39 AM

I was raised in Montreal. Every day I wake up here I appreciate this town.


 COMMENT 531115 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 10:46 AM

Our heritage, volunteers - give a shout out for them!, weather, our colleges and university.


 COMMENT 531144P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 11:56 AM

Some of the businesses here have been good about helping our community. A shout of thanks to those businesses. Some local businesses of over 20-25 yrs have never (publicly) contributed to a fund raiser or non-profit, or museum. Am proud of the companies that recycle funds locally. By the way, we would be REALLY PROUD if someone sponsored renewal of the Big Dog Parade.


 COMMENT 531157P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 12:55 PM

The long History, the ocean, the buildings, the beauty, the traditions... and some of the people!


 COMMENT 531194P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 02:35 PM

Great schools. Actually, I'm in Goleta.


 COMMENT 531197 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 02:41 PM

The dog beach. One of the nicest in CA and almost everyone picks up after their pooch. It was even better with the dog wash station, hope that comes back some day.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 03:39 PM

Will good for you 203..lol I'm proud that I'm not the only nut in Santa Barbara..:)))))


 COMMENT 531244 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 05:41 PM

The homeless.


 COMMENT 531248 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-27 07:08 PM

I love so much about Santa Barbara!
*Our (usually) mild sunny Mediterranean type climate. No hurricanes/tornadoes/blizzards/freezing temperatures.... (except when we have that darned fog, low cloud and bone-chilling wind!)
*Beautiful mountains and coastline, parks and beaches. *Big enough for city facilities, not too big to feel impersonal
*Relatively easy parking
*Fine restaurants
*Farmers markets
*Super festivals - Summer Solstice, Earth Day, I Madonnari, SBIFF, the Oak Park series.
*Very friendly and "arty" city compared to so many places I've lived.

Gripes? Too much gentrification, massively inflated property costs, 101 freeway becoming like a parking lot on account of over-development....

But hey, it really doesn't get much better than this.


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