Public Affairs Directory

A short and handy guide to all the people and institutions you need to know.

Coast Village Business Association

This non-profit oversees an area that has more than 500 business licenses. It holds monthly meetings to discuss issues that affect the business sector and lobbies to elected officials. Contact the Association’s president, Danny Copus, at 969-7854, ext. 125, or dannycopus@aol.com.

County First District office

Because Montecito is an unincorporated area, it falls under the aegis of the First District, whose geographic boundaries extend from the eastern part of the city of Santa Barbara to the Carpinteria Valley at the Ventura county border. The top elected officer for the First District is Supervisor Salud Carbajal. He and his staff can be reached at 568-2186 or SupervisorCarbajal@sbcbos1.org.

County Public Works

If you need potholes fixed on your street or require flood management for your neighborhood, this is the place you need to contact. For more info call 568-3000.

County Vector Control Department

This government arm of the County is charged to provide multi-faceted health and safety protection by offering services such as mosquito abatement, roof rat control, stinging and insect control, disease surveillance and public health education. For more info call 969-5050 or visit www.sbcvcd.org.

Law Enforcement

The County Sheriff’s Department protects and serves every part of Montecito except for Coast Village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Montecito’s community resource deputy, Marty Rose, can be contacted at 684-5405, ext 436. The Sheriff’s Department Carpinteria station (5775 Carpinteria Avenue; 684-4561) has Monday through Friday office hours of 8 am to 5 pm. During after-hours, it can be reached at 692-5743 or for emergency dial 911.

Supervising the Santa Barbara Police Department’s Beat Coordinator division is Sergeant Dave Whitham, who can be reached at 897-3701 or dwhitham@sbpd.com.

For assistance from California Highway Patrol contact Don Clotworthy, public affairs officer, at 967-1234 or dclotworthy@chp.ca.gov.

MarBorg

Established by Montecito resident Mario Borgatello in 1936, this company is the county leader in garbage collection, waste management, recycling services and portable restroom trailers. For more info call 963-1852 or visit www.marborg.com.

MERRAG

The Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group is an all-volunteer, non-profit network of individuals trained to respond to an emergency crisis, especially during the critical first 72 hours following a disaster. This 20-year-old organization hosts regularly scheduled seminars to train personnel who might provide crucial assistance to emergency officials when disaster strikes. For more info, call Geri Simmons at 969-2537 or visit www.merrag.com.

Montecito Association

Founded in 1948, the Montecito Association has an annual membership of about 1,100 households. The homeowners organization acts as a sort of neighborhood watch – fielding comments and concerns from residents, studying and making recommendations on land use issues and organizing major events, amongst many other contributions. Bill Palladini is the organization’s president. Call 969-2026 or visit www.montecitoassociation.org.

Montecito Board of Architectural Review

Montecito is the only unincorporated area in the county to have its own architectural review board and planning commission. The seven members of MBAR, as it is better known, examine and make determinations on the design, size, bulk, scale and neighborhood compatibility of proposed buildings. Contact David Villalobos, the board’s assistant, at 568-2026 or dvillalo@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.

Montecito Community Foundation

Founded in 1966, the Montecito Community Foundation, a tax-deductible charity, grants funds for projects in Montecito, including the placement of wooded street signs. The Foundation’s president, Joan Wells, is joined by 17 other board members. Anyone interested in supporting the organization may send checks to the Montecito Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5001, Montecito, CA, 93150.

Montecito Fire Protection District

Often hailed as the “Cadillac of all fire departments,” the district has two stations covering nearly 22 square miles of terrain, though officials are working on establishing a third station. Chief Kevin Wallace leads a crew of approximately 40 full-time employees. For more info, call 969-7762 or visit www.montecitofire.com.

Montecito Library

In addition to its collection of books and reading room, the library has two Internet computers and another two with access to library catalogues, with wireless Internet services available throughout the building. Membership to the library gives access to books from Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties and even books across the country for a tiny fee. Check out the library’s database of audio books, which can be downloaded via www.sbplibrary.org. The library is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Visit the Montecito Library at 1469 East Valley Road or call Jody Thomas, the new branch supervisor, at 969-5063.

Montecito Planning Commission

Formed in 2002 at the same time as the MBAR, the Montecito Planning Commission has five appointed commissioners who hold monthly hearings to study and make decisions on land use projects. Contact Cintia Mendoza, board assistant supervisor, at 568-2058 or cintia@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.

Montecito Sanitary District

This independent special district was created by the residents of Montecito and is funded and administered locally. Tours of the district’s wastewater treatment plant are available to individuals or groups. Contact Diane Gabriel, the district’s general manager, at 969-4200 or dgabriel@montsan.org.

Montecito Water District

Serving more than 5,300 customers, the district covers an area of nearly 10,000 acres and obtains water supplies from four sources – the Lake Cachuma Project; Jameson Lake, Fox and Alder creeks and Doulton Tunnel; the local groundwater basin; and the State Water Project. Contact Bob Roebuck, the district’s general manager, at 969-2271.

Southern California Edison

This utility company provides electric service to residents and businesses throughout the county. Its website, www.sce.com, gives a complete rundown of Edison’s services. For more info call 1-800-655-4555.

South California Gas Company

The company has been delivering natural gas to Santa Barbara customers for more than 100 years. For more info call 1-800-427-2200 or visit www.socalgas.com.

Voices of Montecito

Self-styled watchdog and whistleblower of Montecito, this recently formed coalition has tasked itself “to ensure a fair, expeditious, legal and unbiased planning and development process in Montecito that recognizes the special character of the Montecito community,” President Michael Jaffe wrote on the group’s website, www.voicesofmontecito.com. Less than three months since its inception, Voices of Montecito has grown to about 200 members.