Articles From : Melinda Burns

  • 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.

  • National Labor Board Wants Wendy McCaw to Pay $2.2 million

    Two former Santa Barbara News-Press employees explain how Wendy McCaw mistreated employees and how the Federal government wants her to pay.

  • Residents Object, but FEMA Recovery Map Will Stand

    The new FEMA recovery map for Montecito is designed to help property owners rebuild after the January debris flow, but it almost doubles the size of the flood plain, frustrating homeowners.

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