To Members of the Riviera Association and Neighbors
Santa Barbara has been through a very trying time, and our hearts and prayers are with those who have suffered and lost during the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudslides.Our own neighborhood largely escaped the worst, but we are citizens of the whole community and as such there are things we can do to help with the recovery everyone wants and needs.
We spent our Board of Directors meeting this month reflecting on how a neighborhood association can learn from loss and be mutually helpful to all as we learn again what it is to live in this very beautiful but very fragile environment. We intend to devote our next general meeting, Sunday, May 20, to hearing a few speakers who will have reflected on the events of the last two months and have wisdom to share. And we will leave time to hear from you about how we can be most helpful and effective as an association.
For now, we urge each of you to do what you can:
• Buy local whenever possible and dine out, especially in locally owned places.
• Get to know your neighbors and help them when need or danger arises.
• Give to the recovery efforts and to those who have suffered and lost. (See links below.)
Some of the ongoing concerns in our neighborhood will necessarily feel less urgent just now, but you can be sure that items we monitor and advocate for — parks, streets, utilities, zoning, safety — are still things we stay informed about on your behalf.
You can keep up with our work at rivieraassociation.org where you’ll find names and contact emails of our board members. We are always glad to hear from you.
With every good wish for 2018,
President, Board of Directors
Suggested ways to help: