Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

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By Tom Modugno of Goleta History

The last large open space in Goleta, the parcel now known as Bishop Ranch has been the object of man's desire throughout Goleta's history. And it still is today!

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a-1613286156 Feb 13, 2021 11:02 PM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

If I remember correctly the Bishop Ranch sold their water to the Camino Real Shopping Center. Does anyone have any information on that?

Stuart Feb 14, 2021 02:22 PM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

From Goleta Bishop Ranch Study Filed page 23/114:
The 100 AFY water entitlement was transferred from the Thomas B. Bishop Company to Crown, when he purchased it in 1957 and was retained by UEC, as typically the rights to water are transferred with property. According to the Cachuma Exchange Agreement, the 100 AFY water entitlement could be used anywhere on the Corona del Mar land holding or Crown’s and then UEC’s other land holdings in the Goleta Valley, as the water transferred with the property. In 1979, Lester Girsh and Derek Westen purchased approximately 80 acres from UEC, the current site of Camino Real Market Place. Girsh and Westen and affiliates brought claims against UEC for certain deed restrictions affecting the 80-acre parcel in 1981(Santa Barbara Superior Court 2011 and American Title Company 2011). In 1986, UEC, Girsh and Westen settled their dispute (American Title Company 2011). As part of the settlement UEC assigned the 100 AFY water entitlement to Lester Girsh and Derek Westen.

Stuart Feb 14, 2021 02:24 PM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Page 24:
Goleta Water District WaterAs detailed in the Property Title Report (American Title Company 2011), in 1993, UEC ranch management gave up their rights to water service, as provided by the Goleta Water District (GWD) on the upper ranch (north of Cathedral Oaks Road). Instead, the upper ranch relied solely on water from wells located on the upper ranch and stream diversion (e.g., McCoy Stream Diversion). This action was memorialized in an agreement between UEC and GWD (Waiver of Right to Water Service 1993) to waive UECs rights to obtain future water service from GWD on any portion of the land owned at the time by UEC (American Title Company 2011). As part of the discontinuation of service to the upper ranch agricultural operations, GWD agreed to provide UEC with 250 AFY of water to use anywhere on UECs property, except the upper ranch. UEC transferred the rights to the 250 AFY of water it received from GWD to University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), along with some property, in 1994. UCSB assigned 50 AFY back to UEC in 1996. Since this 50 AFY of water could not be used on the upper ranch, per the original agreement between GWD and UEC in 1993, the 50 AFY is allocated only to the 240-acre property.

a-1613412764 Feb 15, 2021 10:12 AM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Thank you Stuart. Good information though I'm having trouble understanding if Bishop Ranch still has water to develop their land.

a-1613318708 Feb 14, 2021 08:05 AM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Very interesting. For us newcomers (arrived in 1998), nice to get filled in on some of the details as to why it is undeveloped.

Basicinfo805 Feb 14, 2021 11:56 AM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Thanks for making this great video Tom. I love reading and listening to your work. Goleta is the 'good land' not just because of its soil, location, etc. but because of people like you.

Stuart Feb 14, 2021 02:45 PM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Great video Tom. You put together another great historical piece showing why people settled here
years ago and still strive to make a go here. With such a large tract of undeveloped land and in direct proximity to Lake Los Carneros open space and the Stow House, Goleta Railroad Museum, it would be an amazing compliment to Goleta's Open space if somehow it could be acquired either through land trusts, or a wealthy benefactor. It would more than double the Parks acreage and create a variety of benefits that would last in perpetuity for future generation. Just a thought to consider.

EastBeach Feb 15, 2021 11:41 AM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Thanks Tom. Good stuff. Enjoyed the video about Gaviota Pass too (cool the "Indian Head" has been watching over the pass for so long).

Watcher237 Feb 15, 2021 11:48 AM
Goleta History Video: Bishop Ranch

Always hoped it would either be turned into a functioning organic farm, or left alone. The idea of it being acquired by land trust and preserved as parkland may be even better.

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