Bacara Pollution

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By Tom Modugno

We were down at Haskells Beach last Saturday and took a walk up towards the pier. A beautiful afternoon, the beach was crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the day. As we passed the beach access for the Bacara, we noticed all this ugly debris in the embankment, so we took a closer look.

There's a lot of black tarp that looks like a plastic liner, probably a failed attempt to retain the hillside. There's also several black plastic irrigation lines and white PVC piping that was surely installed by the Bacara and now is being washed out to sea. (When they built the hotel they put irrigation all over the grounds to maintain the "native landscaping", still visible on the public access trail.) 

There's also quite a bit of old steel piping that's probably remnants of the oil processing days.(Why weren't they required to clean all that before they built a hotel on top of it?)

All in all, an eyesore. Yet, there were guests all around taking photos and even a wedding happening right in front of the mess. 

Seems to me, the Ritz Carlton would have a little concern about their reputation and the  cleanliness of their fine resorts. And how about their guests' safety? Rusty pipes sticking out of the hillside can't be safe.

Maybe they haven't noticed? A friend said he called the Bacara a week ago and spoke to the manager about it, and the manager told him "he would talk to the grounds people". So far no change. Not sure if the Coastal Commission would be able to help here? Maybe if enough concerned citizens call the Bacara they'll clean it up?

Should we just look the other way and ignore it?

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SBSand Sep 25, 2020 12:39 PM
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I hope that you informed hotel management so that they know about it and address it. Just on the off chance that they DIDN'T know for some reason.

a-1601065201 Sep 25, 2020 01:20 PM
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Getting Coastal Commission permission to do anything even remotely in their jurisdiction is vastly and costly. Government over-reach, even when well-intended often cuts off common sense responses.

tagdes Sep 25, 2020 01:33 PM
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SB sand...just on the off chance you didn't bother reading the post...Tom said his friend DID know, so you can rest assured that the Bacara has known.

SBSand Sep 25, 2020 07:42 PM
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I saw that but they should still notify them because clearly their friend didn't tell the right person

CoastWatch Sep 25, 2020 03:53 PM
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The Bacara has dirty secrets that their guest invariably find out about during a stay... The air stinks from the processing plant near the Haskells parking lot. The Train makes a lot of noise. The beach is full of tar and trash. The ocean is not a clear and pristene as their brochure deplicts, and is cold during the summer( most East Coast Visitors are shocked it's not like Hawaii! :)

tagdes Sep 25, 2020 04:13 PM
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So other than the stink from the processing plant it's just like the Biltmore , Hilton, Montecito Inn, the Miramar and a plethora of others. Luckily as a mid-west visitor I knew after over half a dozen island trips that it's not like Hawaii here but the island fever has kept me here for over 55 years so I just make do.

a-1601076087 Sep 25, 2020 04:21 PM
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It’s nothing like the others you mentioned. The Biltmore and Miramar are in vibrant communities where restaurants and other activities are available within walking distance.. The Bacara is in BFE Goleta. There is nothing close by and you are essentially stuck there, which would be fine with great restaurants, shops and walking trails. The Bacara has been polluting and screwing locals since it opened. It never should have been approved.

a-1601078043 Sep 25, 2020 04:54 PM
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COASTWATCH - I'm at Haskells almost weekly and it is NOT "full of tar and trash." It's one of the cleaner beaches around I think. You'd be hard pressed to find the kind of trash that you see at downtown beaches. We Goletans take pride in our beach.

sandy1 Sep 25, 2020 04:57 PM
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lol 4:21 "BFE" I haven't used that term since Beirut, Lebanon 1983.

tagdes Sep 25, 2020 06:13 PM
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Excuse me 4:21, but it's exactly like I mentioned. Maybe I should have stated that in my 55 years from San Roque while surfed, scuba dived and beached combed from Hollister Ranch ( my own dive boat ) to past Hammond's. Yep, trains, tar and trash, I sold my dive boat due to too may 0-5' vis trips to Refugio and cold...I shudder to remember, skins in Hawaii and full 1/4' wet suit here. Alas

a-1601093289 Sep 25, 2020 09:08 PM
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I think I misunderstood your comment. I meant the location wasn’t right for a hotel. It should have been left as it was for surfers and local beach bums.

biguglystick Sep 26, 2020 10:42 AM
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100 agree, it should never have opened and I was one of the locals rallying against it. BAD idea all the way around.

biguglystick Sep 26, 2020 10:44 AM
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YES, it should have been left as it was. They RUINED what was once one of the best beach spots around. Now it's OWNED for rich tourists. So so so disappointing.

Getoffmylawn Sep 25, 2020 05:07 PM
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Hugeee problem. Next time your berks fall off call the police

surfergirl69 Sep 26, 2020 01:26 AM
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Sure is different than the good ol' days. Those days were worth a lot more than what the Bacarra has to offer. The company was much better too.

RonnieB Sep 26, 2020 07:44 AM
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A magical place! Back in 1960 when I was still at UCSB friends lived in one of the old houses up on the bluff where the Bacara is now. They built a shelter from driftwood down on the beach and found artifacts from the Chumash that once lived along the creek. Drums, wine, pot and peyote were a part of the scene. Once we harvested gallons of amazing honey produced primarily from eucalyptus flowers by a huge bee colony that had settled into an abandoned wooden box that had once been for electrical power. Oh, to be young again!

a-1601131520 Sep 26, 2020 07:45 AM
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Well, regardless of whether the Bacara should be there or not; they should definitely clean up the mess. That black plastic will degrade and fall into the ocean - to combine with the rest of the degrading plastic in the ocean. I'm calling the management today to ask what they're going to do about it. I would encourage others to call too. The fact is that it ISN'T the good 'ol days - but this is something you can do today.

NostraChumash Sep 26, 2020 08:05 AM
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I know my comment will be unpopular, but the truth cannot be denied..
that those places of significance to the Chumash, which have been developed upon or are continously desecrated, often have a negative reaction about them.
Unfortunately (not for us), there are few places where this influence does NOT exist..
meaning, the entire area has an "energy" that can't be toyed with...ie: Travis Hudson et al.

Grabber Sep 26, 2020 09:08 AM
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Don’t know if your comment is unpopular, but for me it is certainly unintelligible. What are you trying to say?

Rinconer Sep 26, 2020 09:43 AM
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Agreed Nostrachumash, do you attribute that to basic Karmic Law,
or is there something else at work...

a-1601139315 Sep 26, 2020 09:55 AM
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The land under the Bacara contained multiple burials which were removed before the site was graded and developed. It was a sacred site, and what was put on top will be remembered as part of the desecration of a cemetery. It may be legal but why would the descendants of those buried every forgiveor forget what happened? Over the years the developers/owners have suffered bad luck or loss. The owner who sold the land to the first Bacara developer lost money (and would have profited if he had sold it to the State of California who offered enough for him to profit). The Bacara has since been sold at least three times (but I am losing count). Bad karma indeed. Not surprised at the latest owners' disregard for the community with t the dismal maintenance of the "beach house" area , This area was part of the agreement with the County and Coastal Commission as a minor "give back" to those who have used the beach for thousands of years.

biguglystick Sep 26, 2020 10:50 AM
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It's a SHAME and a stain on our area that this was ever allowed to be built. It should be demolished and returned to the Chumash people and made into a park site where NO ONE can ever develop it again.

CoastWatch Sep 26, 2020 08:57 AM
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I don't understand why the CHUMASH don't take over the Barcara (eminent domain) and make it a CASINO ON THE BEACH! Way better place for a Casino than the SYV....

biguglystick Sep 26, 2020 10:51 AM
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Casinos should stay in Vegas. Every area that has a casino has traffic and lots of problems that come along with casinos. Trashy, too.

PitMix Sep 28, 2020 03:34 PM
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Forget the Tsumas, convert Earl Warren into a Casino. If we have decided that we will allow gambling in our state, then it should be fine for SB and provide more tax money than pot, without the smell.

sbbulldog Sep 26, 2020 09:03 AM
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I totally agree that the hotel is the responsible party. To be fair, due to the pandemic, hotels everywhere are scrambling to survive. It's truly shocking that so many businesses have no plan to survive catastrophic events. I guess cash reserves are not what most businesses want to have.

Byzantium Sep 26, 2020 09:12 AM
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Labor unions hate cash reserves. Or putting building and maintenance needs over personnel demands. Fact of life in employee-management negotiations. Do you care more about buildings than you do people? Employee morale becomes a factor of cash incentives, rather than individual work ethic.

biguglystick Sep 26, 2020 10:52 AM
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Well, we still need labor unions or else we'd all be making 2 bucks an hour!!! Capitalism has its downfalls.

vvorker Sep 27, 2020 09:10 AM
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That beach house there is one winter storm away from being washed into the sea,

Becky Sep 30, 2020 10:29 AM
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I’ve lived in Goleta for 5 decades, & Winchester Canyon for 3 of those, so this is my local beach. I was vehemently opposed to a resort there, but somewhat mollified by the requirement to have public access via a public parking lot & public bathrooms. It’s obvious that the Bacara is not honoring the spirit of the agreement, with them regularly taking up spaces in that too small parking lot (full at every low tide), and them not more promptly moving the public bathrooms (the beach house) farther back from the encroaching sea. And of course they should immediately clean up any and all plastic sheeting, PVC pipes, or other unnatural crap that is littering the beach or about to. Call or write the hotel management *and* The Coastal Commission. Let’s insist that our local beach not be further trashed.

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