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The State Street undercrossing of Highway 101 is getting a major facelift, as the Vision Zero State Street Undercrossing Project is set to begin Monday, October 2. The Project connects the City’s two most active transportation-oriented…
All sewer lateral repairs require a permit, including lateral lining and backwater valve installations. Sewer Lateral Inspection Program (SLIP) participants must provide a copy of their permit(s) (some repairs require both a Public Works…
The City Downtown Team is thrilled to announce the launch of its spooktacular new community initiative, the Halloween Adopt-a-Block Program. The Adopt-a-Block Program invites residents, businesses, and community groups to adopt a block of…
The City of Santa Barbara’s Downtown Team is thrilled to announce the launch of its spooktacular new community initiative, the Halloween Adopt-a-Block Program!   The Adopt-a-Block Program invites residents, businesses, and…
The State Street undercrossing of Highway 101 is getting a major facelift, as the Vision Zero State Street Undercrossing Project is set to begin in early October. The Project connects the City’s two most active transportation-oriented…
The Milpas Street Crosswalk Safety and Sidewalk Widening Project is kicking off the design phase this fall. Community input is needed and the City has two upcoming opportunities to get involved. Consider attending the webinar on Wednesday…
Sharyn Alexander was recognized as the 2023 winner for her vibrant garden. Sharyn and her husband, Clifton, began their landscape transformation seven years ago. Together, they overcame obstacles ranging from sandy soil and creative…
The City Street Operations Production Paving Crew will be closing Cliff Drive to traffic between Alan Road and Marina Drive (see map) from Monday, August 28 through Thursday, August 31. City crews will be grinding and repaving the road…
The City is currently conducting repairs to uplifted and uneven sidewalks on Milpas Street between Anapamu Street and Cabrillo Boulevard through early September. This area will be open to traffic, but please expect disruption to traffic…
August 16 is National Backflow Prevention Day. Water distribution systems are designed to deliver water safely from the treatment plant to the customer. Unless protected with a backflow prevention assembly, unintentional water…
Backwater valves protect your property from costly and unpleasant damage by preventing sewage from re-entering your home. To ensure your backwater valves continues to function properly, it is important to check and maintain your backwater…
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is available to City customers in need of bill assistance. LIHWAP is a federally funded program offering a one-time benefit of up to $15,000 per household for past-due or current…
The Westside Community Paseos Project (Project) is funded primarily through Active Transportation Program grant funds and will provide walking and biking connections within the Westside and from the Westside to Downtown.  Construction…
Many cleaning products and baby hygiene products are labeled as disposable and flushable. While these products are convenient, they can lead to costly blockages in homes, businesses, and wastewater systems, ultimately leading to sewer…
July is Smart Irrigation Month! Check your aim: make sure sprinklers are only watering your garden and not the sidewalk or house. Check to see if you have the correct arc or if sprinklers have been twisted. Learn how to check your…
City laboratory staff conduct more than 12,000 water quality tests each year to ensure safe drinking water for our community. As in past years, the City outperformed every state and federal regulatory health standard for water quality.…
As part of the Westside Community Paseos Project, new safety features are being installed on Gillespie Street including traffic diverters, a raised crosswalk and more. Read more to learn about how the Project creates safer crossings for…
As part of the Westside Community Paseos Project, a landscaped traffic diverter will be constructed at the intersection of Gillespe and Valerio Streets. This feature will reduce overall vehicular traffic volumes and speed on Gillespie…
The Westside Community Paseos Project will provide strong walking and biking connections within the Westside, and from the Westside, to Downtown. Construction began and will continue into mid-July on Gillespie Street. Work will begin on…
The City will resume assessing late fees for past due water, sewer, and trash bills starting July 2023. Beginning September 2023, utility bills that are 60 days overdue are subject to service disconnection. To avoid paying late fees or…
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