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Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide

Natural disasters such as wildfires and floods can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents.  Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster by reviewing the attached information.


Geology Lecture at Franceschi Park for Riviera Association members

This May, Riviera Association members enjoyed a fascinating local geology lecture and Franceschi Park walk, with our City Council Representative and Environmental Geologist Kristen Sneddon.  Topics discussed included how our topography continually changes, the faults in our area, debris flows, coastal wave action and more.  There will be more walks with Kristen in the future!   GeologyMay

Join Your Neighbors at the Riviera Association Spring Gathering!

Sunday, May 7th

4:00-6:00 PM

Riviera Ridge Campus

Upper Campus > Access @ 911 Tremont Road

Celebrate Spring with other Riviera families while enjoying live music, delicious local wines, gourmet appetizers by Omni Catering, an art display by local artist Laurie MacMillan, plus a chance to win a Spring Bouquet by Hogue & Co. or a Complimentary Spa treatment at The El Encanto.

 Ray Ford, Keynote Speaker

Ray is the author of several guides to Santa Barbara foothill trails and a contributor to Noozhawk.

RA Spring Meeting 2023 – Save the Date Invitation – Final with RA Letterhead

About the Riviera Association

About the Riviera Association

Founded in 1930, the Association is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that works to maintain and enhance the distinctive character of the Riviera and quality of life of its members. We educate and engage with our members on ways we can collectively improve our neighborhoods and increase public safety, focusing on areas such as zoning, density, policing, roadways, utilities, traffic safety, fire protection and land use.

The Association is primarily focused on addressing Riviera-specific needs and issues, but in some cases, we also work to educate our elected officials and advocate for Riviera interests at the City level. Following are examples of some of our recent accomplishments:

  • Worked with SB City Parks and Public Works to arrange for clean-up at Franceschi Park and for clean-up and beautification of the medians on APS.
  • With the help of our District 4 councilmember Kristen Sneddon, educated SB City Council and City Fire on the need for increased fire mitigation efforts on the Riviera, which led to decisions and additional resource commitments that were adopted and formalized in the updated Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
  • Gathered and disseminated to our members important information on home hardening and other opportunities to reduce wildfire risks, including the benefits of forming Firewise Communities to better protect our neighborhoods.
  • Along with Councilmember Sneddon, worked to educate City leadership about the wildfire-related risks of allowing State Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) lot splits and duplexes on the Riviera, which helped to influence the Council to prohibit SB 9 in our district.
  • Organized and moderated a City Council District 4 candidates forum.
  • Host in-person Spring and Fall meetings each year, and held virtual meetings during the pandemic. Recent speakers have included Jill Zachary of SB Parks and SBIFF executive director Roger Durling.
  • Surveyed association members on key issues facing the Riviera and our city, drawing on the 140+ responses in our discussion with City leaders to advocate for improved fire safety, more affordable workforce housing, and preservation of our downtown character and aesthetic.
  • Continue to monitor Riviera parks and other public spaces for graffiti, and follow up with the City as needed to effect removal (usually within 1-2 days).
  • Recruited 8 members to serve 3-6 year terms on the Association’s Board. If you are interested in serving on the Board or its associated committees, please contact our president Shelley Bookspan at shelley@rivieraassociation.org.