Mulling Alternative Uses for the Oil Platforms

••• The Los Padres Forest Association is seeking photos for its 2020 wall calendar. “If we use one of your photos we’ll of course credit you within the calendar and also send you a calendar to hang up in your kitchen, gear nook or office. If you have a photo you’d like to submit, please email [email protected] or you can [click here].” I sent in the one above….

••• As noted here, the updated Montecito Debris Flow Risk Map will be released at a community meeting on December 5 at Montecito Union School. Now we also know the time (5:30 p.m.) and that the meeting will be streamed at

••• The grand opening party for Rêver Atelier, inside Chateau Belle salon at 618 Anacapa, is this Saturday, 6-9 p.m. The store sells “women’s clothing, accessories, and curated goods,” and everything is 10% off during the event.

••• The city and county of Santa Barbara, along with Caltrans, are hosting an open house today regarding the Olive Mill roundabout, which is in “the concept design phase.” The open house is an opportunity to “learn about the project’s geometric design and traffic flow, and comment on landscaping, signage, and lighting.” It’s 3-5 p.m. at 1298 Coast Village Road, on the second-floor patio. Preliminary renderings are here.

••• On November 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is holding the Alternatives Uses of the Oil Platforms Expo. “The goal […] is to inform and educate the public about the different options available for creating alternative uses of the Santa Barbara Channel oil platforms as many of them head towards decommissioning. Vendors, including private enterprises and nonprofit organizations, will be presenting their ideas at tables throughout the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, and via 15-minute presentations inside our Munger Theater. Proposals may range from complete removal of the platforms, converting them into marine life reefs or protected areas, to converting them to renewable energy sources such as wind or wave power, to desalination plants or aquaculture facilities. There will also be a keynote speaker (to be announced) at 4:00 on the Museum’s main floor to close out the Expo. Vendor fees are $50 for nonprofit organizations and $100 for private enterprises.” Among the presenters: Bardex, Blue Latitudes, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Pacific Region, Environmental Defense Center, HUBBS SeaWorld Research Institute, and the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust. The event is free, but you need to register here.