Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

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Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning
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Update by SBC Office of Emergency Management

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the majority of Santa Barbara County starting late Monday night (January 18) through Wednesday morning.  Wind speeds of 20-35 mph with 35-50 mph gusts are expected for the central coast and Santa Ynez Valley. For the mountains, 30-50 mph winds with damaging gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, especially Tuesday afternoon and night.

Damaging winds could blow down large objects such as trees and outdoor furniture. Unplanned power outages are possible. Take caution when outdoors and when driving.  Avoid hazardous activities that may cause sparks or start a wildfire.  For more information, visit

Source: APCD

Public Safety Power Shutoff Events and Emergency Generators

Your electrical utility company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. Utility companies are referring to this as public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). If you plan on using an emergency generator to power your home or business during a PSPS event, see these postcards for tips for staying safe and compliant with State rules and requirements administered by Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD).

Planned Power Outage for South Coast

By an edhat reader

SoCal Edison is monitoring areas of Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, and Gaviota for a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) late Monday evening into Tuesday due to high winds. 

Call SCE directly at 800-655-4555 or visit

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edney Jan 19, 2021 12:37 PM
Red Flag Warning Through Wednesday Morning

No offense meant to anyone personally, but if a person can afford a home in Santa Barbara, put solar panels up with back up batteries, buy an electric car or two.... they are too rich to be given a 26% subsidy (down to 22% to 2021). We also forget that we live in a south facing place with 283 sunny days a year It is also easy to forget that the amount of cash it takes simply affording a home here, makes a person a very wealthy American. Not many Americans can afford the $23,000 avg. cost of solar plus $11,000-18,000 for the batteries. For example, New Mexico has plenty of sun down south and median income is $52,000. The median value of a home in the middle tier is $224,000. Exclude Albuquerque and it is below $200,000. In our own state, some of the areas with tons of sun are some of the most economically depressed areas of our country. Imperial County, Eastern San Bernardino, Kern and Riverside Counties have many towns where few can afford solar.
Again, no offense meant, but the subsidy is backwards. The 22% should be used to subsidize the poor and people above an income threshold should not receive any solar or EV related rebates, deductions or incentives.

pstarSR Jan 19, 2021 05:15 PM
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Edney, wouldnt the tax break help the "poor" get solar? and they didnt drop the tax break this year. its still at 26% they decided to keep it there. Like I said in another post. I installed solar and batteries in 6 homes a couple years ago. 90% were middle class, small families. from carp to goleta, to santa barabra. it didnt differentiate. so your idea of only the rich can do this is false. stop fitting things into a box, it isnt that way.

PitMix Jan 19, 2021 02:11 PM
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Edney, they have figured out that taking money from middle to upper class people and subsidizing poor people with it creates class warfare. Allowing everyone access to the same programs makes people feel like we are in this together. That's partly why they gave everyone the same stimulus check up to some cutoff level, that and the fact that the states didn't have computer systems that could handle the calcs to adjust the checks according to your salary. So some people get a break that they don't really need but they don't have to resent their poorer neighbors. I'm for it if it helps us all get along.

Voice of Reason Jan 19, 2021 01:55 PM
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So for the past 20 years in California we've had the resources to provide the best public school education in the US, to provide programs to lift the addicted and mentally ill out of homelessness, to eliminate homelessness, and provide health care for all but we just haven't prioritized it? And for some reason in CA the majority keeps voting for the same party year in and year out while that same party continues to ignore these priorities? (unless it's an election year, then they'll tell you they care then go right back to not caring once elected). "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result" - not Albert Einstein.

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 01:46 PM
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Edney, thanks, no offense taken. Personally, I think your take is short sighted.

As I stated in another post, we have the resources to do everything we need to do--it's a matter of priorities.

a-1611126557 Jan 19, 2021 11:09 PM
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I got solar for free by making a power purchase agreement.
I did it because it was the right thing to do and aligns with my beliefs.

Purchasing outright may have been better from a legal and business view, but honestly? I'll be dead before it's an issue; the system and agreement will sell with the house. If you're settled and able, look into it!

I definitely need storage capability.
I get a yearly rebate from SCE. I don't have it at hand, but I spent less than if I didn't have the panels.
Last month's bill was $7 each from solar company and SCE. Of course it's usually larger. But again, I get a yearly rebate.
Look into it.

Alexblue Jan 19, 2021 10:41 AM
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Have you run the numbers on how much this type of system costs, how much it costs on a monthly basis to borrow the money to do it, and how much it can save you in electrical bills over time?

If you factor all of those things in plus the tax credit, it can be a wash after a number of years (depending on the capacity of the system).

I'm going to make a CRAAAAAZY assumption, VOR, that you have not actually done the research on the cost/savings question.

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