State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara City Council decided to remove two fountains on State Street due to dilapidation and misuse.

The vote was unanimous on Tuesday with Councilwoman Kristen Sneddon absent. 

Two blue-tiled and star-shaped fountains flank either side of Hotel Santa Barbara in the 500 block of State Street. They were installed in 2007 and included flowing water, however, due to the drought the water was turned off in 2014 and replaced with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants. 

Labeled as an "attractive nuisance," the proposal to remove the fountains was originally submitted to the Santa Barbara City Historic Landmarks Commission in December who rejected the request. That decision was appealed to the City Council who ultimately approved the removal.

Supporters of the removal claim transients use the fountains as bathrooms and storage while others damage it with skateboards, on top of them being dry for many years. Those against the removal of the fountains claim they are pieces of local art making Santa Barbara unique and shouldn't be removed for other people's misuse. 

The removal of the two fountains is expected to take place in April.

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a-1558756300 Mar 15, 2019 11:05 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Good idea. They have artificial rain in movies all the time. You could even recycle the runoff in Z's tile lined channels . Wakeup to freshly washed streets and rainbows every morning. (sarc).

a-1558756300 Mar 15, 2019 08:57 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I have to wonder how seven individuals who are the city council unanimously made a decision to remove the fountains when clearly the majority here have a very different opinion and approach. There is something wrong here.

Factotum Mar 15, 2019 04:12 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Everyone on city council wanted to prove they "did something" about the vagrancy mess. So they all voted to take out the fountains. See, they did something.

a-1558756300 Mar 15, 2019 08:11 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Another BIG City blunder-Who's paying for this EXPENSIVE BIG MESS? OH YA THE TAXPAYERS LIKE USUAL-SAME WITH THE DE LA GUERRA FOUNTAIN AND THE TILE BENCH SCULPTURE IN FRONT OF THE HABIT

a-1558756300 Mar 15, 2019 07:52 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Why isn’t the City maintaining them properly, like all the other fountains? If the tile is damaged, fix it. City leaders must lead! Clean up downtown and come up with some useful solutions soon, not just react to complainers and ask for everyone’ else’s ideas.

Z Mar 15, 2019 03:06 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Instead of just two derelict fountains, how about a nice tile-lined channel down one side of State Street with grills for traffic to pass over. Flowing water could carry noxious substances downhill. Collect it at the freeway and pump it over to the sewer plant for treatment and disposal in the ocean.

a-1558756300 Mar 15, 2019 09:43 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Rex speaking of toilets have you noticed KEYT has nixed their comments section ? Looks like Edhat is last man standing. Spring. Using the Fountain as a Bidet, priceless ! lol

REX OF SB Mar 15, 2019 09:01 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I believe what you're describing is a huge toilet—which might actually be appropriate, considering out streets and sidewalks are already being used as public toilets.

420722 Mar 14, 2019 10:24 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Too bad we have to remove a friggin planter/fountain because the city refuses to get aggressive with the obvious homeless problem. What else are we willing to give up so they can roam free, stay drunk and high, beg, steal, harass passerby’s and piss and poop all over the place? At what point do we say enough?

DontWorryAboutIt Mar 14, 2019 11:59 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I agree ... I used to like downtown now I can’t stand to go down town to park and get harassed every block by aggressive transients that urinate in public without a care ... but yet the po po buggin the common folk with some rims and some tints - the city looove to look the other way to the homeless problem

a-1558756300 Mar 14, 2019 09:39 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I am a former downtown State street business owner. Happily retired from retail (I think I got out just at the right time) However I do miss some things about my business, I will never miss having to hose down the front and side entrances of my building because of urine and feces.

LocalMatt Mar 14, 2019 07:29 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I asked a homeless lady why are you panhandling on the freeway offramp? I said this town has plenty of services and shelters. She said oh! No! I'm not going there. She said you cant sleep at night with the crazy loons at the shelter. She would rather sleep in a tent in the bushes. She can make money waving to people who feel sorry for her. She said she plays the game

mattyboy Mar 14, 2019 07:53 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

At freeway offramps, specifically Carrillo southbound, I've watched the panhandlers nonchalantly & subtly sidle up to the crosswalk button and press it to enable the crosswalk in order to delay the offramp traffic further. They may be mentally ill, but they're also gaming the bleeding hearts...

a-1558756300 Mar 14, 2019 06:38 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Remember when there were picnic tables and benches at Chase Palm Park? Those were removed over a decade ago because of the homeless. The lot across from Five Points shopping center (at the 101 offramp) used to be lovely, lush with flowering shrubbery. Same with many other101 Freeway offramp areas------plants and even trees obliterated. It's appalling that we, the taxpayers, are losing not only conveniences but the beauty of our City because, seemingly, the only solution enacted is removal of benches and removal of green growth. What to do?

a-1558756300 Mar 14, 2019 05:54 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I do not believe they should be removed. I think they are attractive and add to the charm of State St. What doesn't add to the charm are the homeless. I see Caltrans removing all the landscaping from the 101. Why? To clear out the homeless who like to camp under bushes. Please SB. Get this under control. Why should we remove benches and fountains and our greenery because of the homeless? It would be a better investment to deal with the homeless issue. Take them one by one and figure out what to do with them, be that drug intervention, contact with family, whatever. I want my city back. I want my grandkids to live safely. I want to go to bed at night and know my house won't be burnt down because of a homeless warming fire.

bigone Mar 15, 2019 05:07 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Better be careful what you say, FACTOTUM, or you will get deleted like anyone who disapproves of our Mayor, and other elected officials and politicians, for that matter.

Factotum Mar 15, 2019 11:27 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Murillo only answers to the city employee unions, who fund her campaigns. Who also make sure she has more union friends sitting on council with her -Freidman and Gonzales for sure. TheDCC/unions are already lined up to oppose the new city council Distrct 6 appointee, since she did not get the local Democrat Central Committee/union nod. This self-interest group wants a solid four votes on council; even better if they can get a super-majority number five who are union friendly and union dependent members..

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 15, 2019 08:18 AM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I'd like to hear from our mayor on this issue. I do not recall anything from Murillo on the issue of homeless and derelicts that plague our city. I watch KEYT, I read all the local news outlets. She is all but absent from the public unless its a ribbon cutting or some other token appearance with the rest of her progressive lady friends who just happen to be protesting some national or international policy they disagree with. Seriously, where the heck is the leadership in this city on the homeless issue? We need real leadership, someone who is capable of enacting change.

Factotum Mar 14, 2019 09:22 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

ACLU and courts claim we must individually house each one of the vagrants, which also includes hiring a team of 5 more government workers to oversee each of their 24 hour management demands. Thank the ACLU for letting this very selfish group of people destroy vast parts of this town and destroy both tourism, property and retail sales tax revenues that are the sole support of our very top-heavy city government.

sbpajuco108 Mar 14, 2019 04:53 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Sorry to see the fountains go it’s a Santa Barbara tradition to see all the tiles around the town. Is there anyway if they remove the fountains can someone use the old tile for a art project? Bummer to see them go!

a-1558756300 Mar 14, 2019 04:44 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Since when are fountains, now planters, attractive nuisances? That is absurd! Attractive nuisances are things like unboarded up old houses and pools that kids might be attracted to and you don't remove them you fence them, but a fountain? Who pees in fountains except the derelicts and disrespectful? That is totally abhorrent abnormal behavior. Maybe they should remove all of State Street since it appears to be an attractive nuisance in general. Especially the store fronts where they sleep once the stores close.

a-1558756300 Mar 14, 2019 06:29 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

My housemate and I were just talking (10 minutes ago) about the homeless sleeping in doorways of shops no longer open for business. It's disgusting that such vagrancy is allowed. I hope most sincerely that a solution is found to this problem and soon.

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 14, 2019 04:55 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

I don't disagree with your post but I'd recommend that you go take a close look at these. They're faded, cracked and out of character of the architecture and colors of the buildings the sidewalk and the street in general. Filling them with half grown succulents and trash in stead of flowing water, makes them nuisances I suppose.... Besides, this is what our city leadership does. They ignore real problems and instead spend their time and our money on fixing the easiest, least controversial issues. All other issues are passed along to consultants so they can avoid tough decisions, or they're just kicked down the road... What do you expect from the most ineffective mayor in our town's recent history? Actual hard decisions and real change? Murillo is a wet noodle, not a strong leader.

a-1558756300 Mar 14, 2019 04:20 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

The removal doesn't really bother me, but does the City think that the homeless are going to stop urinating and defecating on State St just because these are removed? It's pathetic that this is the __only__ thing that has been done to try to deal with the problem...Chief Lori Luhnow, please. This being marketed as a step toward a solution (it's not) is a HUGE red flag that the police are not doing enough re:homeless on State Street. Enough with the hands-off policing, please take action.

Factotum Mar 14, 2019 03:26 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

Good. Didn't work. One can design for better pedestrian conduct than we we got from our former benches and fountains -which proved to be nothing more attractive nuisances. Who couldn't see that one coming It takes realistic urban designers; not idealistic unicorns to make city streetscapes work for both businesses and the shopping public.

REX OF SB Mar 14, 2019 05:00 PM
State Street Fountains to be Removed Next Month

SPRIGOFSAGE: I read somewhere that due to the crumbling condition of the fountains, they can't be moved. It's really too bad, because they were originally very attractive.

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