Articles From : Melinda Burns

  • Montecito Takes A Step Toward Recycled Water

    On the heels of a severe drought and years of water rationing, a longstanding plan to provide recycled water for the vast lawn at the Santa Barbara Cemetery is finally gaining some momentum.

  • Goleta Water Moratorium Continues

    Despite winter rains, the Goleta Water District can’t lift its ban on new water meters.

  • Does Montecito want greater self-governance?

    County Supervisor Das Williams agrees to start “a conversation" over Montecito's self-governance

  • Montecito Water Rate Study Gets Delayed

    A deal to buy a long-term share of Santa Barbara’s water is now 32 months in the making.

  • Goleta Valley Grassroots Organizer Dies at 96

    Lifelong activist and grassroots organizer defending the Goleta Valley, Harriett Phillips, died at age 96 last month.

  • No Truce in Montecito’s Water Wars

    The plans for a new operations building at the Montecito Sanitary District – a project 15 years in the making – are suddenly in limbo, a potential casualty of Montecito’s divisive water wars.

  • Major Prehistoric Debris Flow is Found on Montecito Creek

    A major debris flow that's at least 1,000 years old was found on Montecito Creek, and that’s reassuring, UC Santa Barbara geologist says.

  • Commercial Sprayers Pull Out of Carpinteria Cannabis Deal

    Oxnard pest control companies that spray avocados in the Carpinteria Valley have pulled out of a proposed agreement with cannabis greenhouse operators, saying they can’t risk contaminating the marijuana crop.

  • Bob Sollen Passes at 97

    Bob Sollen, the dean of local journalists and the Boswell of the environmental movement, passed away on May 10.

  • The Unintended Consequences of Cannabis

    Can avocado and marijuana growers peacefully coexist in Carpinteria? Melinda Burns investigates.

  • Water Recycling Stalls in Montecito

    After promising wastewater recycling program, the Montecito Water Board is stalling while reviewing one project that would cost $31 million.

  • Montecito Journal Editor, Public Officials Get a Lesson in the Brown Act

    The Montecito Sanitary District lawyer has told board members they are violating the state Brown Act by engaging in group emails with a columnist for the Montecito Journal.

  • Outcomes of a Wet Winter

    Ring nets are set to go in on Montecito creeks, just as the burn areas are turning green.

  • Offshore Oil: The Long Goodbye

    In the Santa Barbara Channel, the 2020s will be a decade of decommissioning.

  • Survivors Featured in Montecito Debris Flow Documentary

    A local documentary features survivors of last year's January 9th debris flow in Montecito on its first anniversary.

  • To the Rescue on San Ysidro Creek

    Santa Barbara County is seeking up to $25 million with FEMA money to buy land for a new debris basin on the San Ysidro Creek in Montecito.

  • The Doldrums of Drought

    Water managers and Santa Barbara County wrangle over Lake Cachuma's dwindling water supply.

  • The $120,000 Campaign for Montecito’s Water Future

    Wealthy donors bankroll a five-member slate against incumbents in a bid for control over the Montecito Water and Sanitary District boards.

  • Saving Mountain Dwellers from Wildfire

    Will more fuel breaks on San Marcos Pass protect mountain dwellers from wildfire? Melinda Burns investigates.

  • La Casa de María Needs More Than Devotion

    Rebuilding La Casa de María's "sacred space" will require $30 million in donations, directors say.

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