County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

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County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants
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By the edhat staff

The County's Community Services Department is seeking to hire two trail assistants at Hot Springs to communicate rules and contact authorities for any emergencies.

This position is important in promoting better relations between trail users and residents near the trail, and a part of the County’s responsibility protecting the public safety of both groups, according to the County.


It's a non-permanent position established on a temporary basis to meet peak loads, unusual work situations, seasonal and recurrent work, intermittent assignments, or emergencies. It pays $23.00 - $25.00 per hour.

Other examples of duties include notifying visitors of high fire risks and parking restrictions, monitoring the trailhead, giving warnings and the option to issue citations after receiving the appropriate training, complete incident reports and track trail use data, and remove debris and litter.

More details on the position can be found here.

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paglinsb Aug 11, 2022 08:36 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

If we grow up near the ocean, we learn to respect its dangers; likewise if growing up using fire. Those who are raised in hiking, hilly or mountainous areas also learn to respect those dangers. Lately there have been many rescues of apparently inexperienced hikers . So, in that regard, guides seem to be good idea.
That said, public right of way needs to be honored and impediments removed to allow for access . Even with that there will probably always be a parking issue. Look at Hendry’s Beach. “Build it and they will come.”
So it’s seems good to try having someone there to keep things harmonious and safer.

CanyonKid Aug 11, 2022 08:33 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

Robert, sorry, but there is no county right of way that allows the public to simply park cars on someone's private property. That is hilarious. If your hypothesis were true, does that mean I can park on someone's front yard (within the right of way easement) when I can't find a regular parking spot...say, downtown or when I'm grocery shopping and the lot is full?

The trails are open! Ride your bike, walk, run, car pool. If the available spots or full, find somewhere else!

mm1970 Aug 12, 2022 11:05 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

The reason for the problem here is that homeowners have placed boulders on the PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY, which is actually COUNTY property, not personal property. Personal property abuts the public property. It's not an EASEMENT, it's public property.

a-1660234622 Aug 11, 2022 09:17 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

If homeowners are putting boulders in the street, that should be easily rectified (if the authorities are being honest and fair). If the boulders are in an easement, I suppose one would have to look at the terms of the easement. But property lines and easement status can be clarified. If that’s not happening, trail users shouldn’t stop fighting until it does.

Bluedog Aug 11, 2022 07:40 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

Back in my home country - Switzerland - we are lucky to have an abundance of
hiking / walking trails, which we call Wanderweg. They are clearly marked and well maintained. Just about everybody takes time off to get outdoors and exp erience the wonderful scenery. In all the time I've spent hiking there, I've never seen - or felt the need for - an "assistant"! One thing I can't understand here is why the trails are marked in miles and tenths of miles. Over there, all the Wanderweg are marked by the time it takes an average hiker to get to the destination shown . . . in minutes and hours. So much simpler and more practical! No "assistance" required. :-)

Lina24 Aug 11, 2022 12:54 PM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

You're comparing apples to rocks. Switzerland is cooler than Santa Barbara and doesn't have the same fire dangers we do here. People have lost their lives hiking these trails due to dehydration during our excessive heat waves. We're also experiencing higher fire dangers than usual. I'll bet Switzerland has not had nearly the amount of fires we've experienced in the last decade, much less in the past few years. I hope you realize that next time you go on a hike here in the summer, or you may end up a statistic, too.

Ahchooo Aug 11, 2022 08:43 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

Marking trails by the time it takes to walk them is a much better idea. Maybe the powers that be could add that info, to help hikers make choices in line with their abilities and schedules.

ParvoPup Aug 10, 2022 09:00 PM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

Hello, and welcome to the Hot Springs Adventure Experience brought to you by the City of Santa Barbara.
My name is Trevor, and this is my partner Tiffany, and we will be your adventure escorts for today.
I notice you have shoes, that's so totally thoughtful of you.
Oh, and water too - Evian!
And a whole bottle of it!
How chic in a retro kind of way.
Bet you were really into the '90s huh?
I know, Blink 182 fer sure.
No judgements, no judgements.
So, tell me about yourself, what do hope to achieve today?
Are you here to engage with Naturrrrrr?
Seeking a pure Instagram moment?
Not to be too forward, but you do have that influencer air about you know.
It is?
I so knew it - you want that sunset pic with your hair all aglow.
How wonderful of you to think about your followers so deeply.
Okay, next question - do you really really need to actually, you know, walk up there what with dirt and rocks and sticker bushes and all that nature stuff?
Or, would it be better if Tiffany and I carried you up on this hammock and we'll even hold the light ring for you while you shoot your selfies!
Oh goody!
We'll do it!

sbrobert Aug 10, 2022 03:03 PM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

Well-intentioned, but misses the key points.
1) Property owners have illegally placed boulders in the public right of way, creating a hazard
2) Law enforcement refused to do its job of enforcing the public right of way
3) The fire chief lied and claimed that certain parking spaces created a fire access hazard.
4) A judge lied and claimed that the County was creating a "parking plan" that needed environmental review. Another judge backed up this lie with more lies.

There are already volunteers who keep the area clean and safe. The solution is simple: Remove the illegally placed boulders that have created a hazard. Send the bill to the property owners. Fine them for their ongoing illegal behavior.

Problem solved. Net income instead of expense to the County. Oh. We also need to get rid of all judges and officials who seem to be bowing to moneyed special interests.

Hurray for Das Williams for standing up for the public interest.

Lina24 Aug 10, 2022 02:17 PM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

One of the first things I learned while working for the Government is that no matter what you do, somebody will complain.
Bottom line, to err on the side of caution is best. Every life saved matters. The disgruntled naysayers in this thread need to realize that not everyone thinks the same nor has the same knowledge that others do. That's why it's so important for us to educate them when it could be a matter of life and death. Our Government is here to help make our lives better. It's not a business or a money making enterprise. People come first.

a-1660326314 Aug 12, 2022 10:45 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

A matter of life and death? That's extreme. Has anyone EVER died on these particular trails due to something that could have been avoided by a trail monitor? I seriously doubt it.

Lina24 Aug 11, 2022 08:43 PM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

Signs aren't nearly as effective. If even one life is saved, or one fire averted, the money spent on these positions is much less costly than the multi million dollar cost of fighting a fire or being sued by the family of the person who perished. Think about it.

Transparent Aug 11, 2022 02:23 PM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

I agree that it's good generally to "err on the side of caution" a bit, but the question is to what extent? Every hour of time for these proposed new roles could fund (roughly) two spots in an hour long swimming class for low-income kids who might otherwise drown sometime in their life.

If we aren't diligent stewards of our public expenditures, and just always err on the side of spending more because we can, you'll accidentally be making the anti-government faction right. Better signage is a fine solution, although don't get me started on why even a few signs will end up costing 10x what it should!

Chevy67 Aug 10, 2022 11:38 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

So our tax dollars will be paying two people $25/hour to tell hikers about common sense? Ridiculous. I don't like all the parking and illegal dumping on my street too, can the county hire someone to sit there and write citations too?

chico berkeley Aug 10, 2022 10:42 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

What a waste.
More local tax money going to a problem that only exists because tourists want a view without the responsibility.
What happens the first time someone is hurt or worse?
Ae they supposed to stop people from going into the front country when there is not enough time to go up and back?
Are these 2 people supposed to judge someone's fitness and timing for said hike?
I see water stations at first and then like very other feel good project, the promises will never be fulfilled long term.
This is a no going back kind of thing.
If the average person is to stupid they can't figure figure out what they for need hiking, then they should not take it on.
"Last hike of the day" with a loudspeaker?
Seems they are taking on a large problem and trying to fix it bureaucrat style.
Lawsuit against the county, that's what will happen.
These first 2 employees will just be the the start.
Why don't we just pay someone to escort tourists to the look-outs?

montecito_matt Aug 10, 2022 09:46 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

This is just to satisfy a few residents in the area that are mouthing off and getting heard, I agree, I don't want my tax dollars going toward a ridiculous trail monitor. This is a Das Williams stopgap, to try and keep his Montecito monsters at bay.

KarmaSB Aug 10, 2022 09:29 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

wow...what a massive waste of time, money and resources. trail guides? so we pay some people out of our tax dollars to stand around at a trail head. lol just stupid....

KarmaSB Aug 11, 2022 09:09 AM
County Seeks to Hire Hot Springs Trail Assistants

funny, clearly the same persons downvoted all of us. I bet its some whiner that lives near the trail. let me be clear. the trail has existed centuries prior to your home being purchased next to a popular trail that is used by anyone and everyone. but yet you still bought it thinking you could roll boulders in the way of parking and trail access. you still cry foul when people legally hike the trails and park on streets paid for and owned by all of us. you still complain with dozens of people show up on a sunny saturday morning to hike with their families and dogs. but you bought the property knowing this. sounds like a YOU problem and not a ME problem. I'll continue to hike that trail as much as i like. i've hiked that trail and biked it since 1982.

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