The New State Law on Accessory Dwelling Units

We want to alert you to a new state law which may affect your property.  The new law mandates and overrides cities and counties in allowing second living units without discretionary review such as that now conducted by the City of Santa Barbara’s Architectural Board of Review or Planning Commission. Such units can be up to a […]

Permanent Fire-Fighting Helicopter Organization Formed

One of our members, Larry Thompson, an architect and long time resident, has worked for over four years with County Fire to organize and gain approval for a private fire helicopter service to serve our area.  Realizing that county fire helicopters based in Santa Ynez can take over 30 minutes or more to mobilize and […]

Roam the Riviera

On this 3.5 mile walk, you’ll visit a historic garden, pass a world-renowned resort and the beautiful homes perched on “America’s Riviera,” discover a stair-step street, glimpse a hidden fountain and even walk along an Indian path. It’s a walk that gives a very special view of Santa Barbara’s best-kept secrets. On this walk, the […]