The Empathy Center Is Opening Soon

••• Santa Barbara Magazine showcased a Hope Ranch house decorated by House of Honey. Photo by Mellon Studio.

••• As reported here in December, Charles Rutsch bought the former St. Mary’s seminary compound at 1964 Las Canoas Road with the intention of working with his brother, Edwin, on “a retreat center around religious, educational, and personal growth issues.” Now Montecito Journal has more on their plans: “Called The Empathy Center of Santa Barbara, this facility will offer workshops and events focused on promoting empathy as a core value. The possibilities cover a wide range of offerings, including empathy facilitator trainings, conflict resolution, personal growth, visual arts, dance, music, and yoga. […] Over the past few months, the Center’s facility team has been working hard to take care of deferred maintenance and get everything ready to go. Truly a work in progress, the next iteration is opening the doors in September.”

••• The Rite Aid on Linden Avenue in Carpinteria is closing on September 19. —Coastal View News

••• “El Capitan Canyon Campground Granted Preliminary Approval of Expansion Plans […] Project calls for adding 22 RV cabins, 17 yurts, support and services buildings, and a barn.” —Noozhawk

••• A profile of “Patrick Melroy, a multidisciplinary artist to the nth degree.” —Independent

••• A profile of ceramic artist Burt Horowitz, who makes pieces that look like luggage. —Independent

••• “The crude oil pipeline between western Goleta and the Gaviota Coast formerly operated by Venoco Inc. has been decommissioned, and it is part of a larger effort to decommission offshore and onshore oil and gas production infrastructure in southern Santa Barbara County.” —Noozhawk


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The linked article explains, “Venoco declared bankruptcy in 2017, two years after the Plains All American transportation ruptured and caused the 2015 Refugio oil spill. Venoco and other companies used the pipeline to transport oil and gas from offshore platforms to refineries, and production stopped when the pipeline ruptured and was shut down.”

And, “Other oil production infrastructure being decommissioned in the Santa Barbara Channel includes Platform Holly — located in state waters 2 miles from Goleta — and onshore processing facilities in Carpinteria, both owned by Venoco before its bankruptcy. The state and its taxpayers are on the hook for decommissioning wells when no other financially responsible party can be found. Companies can be held responsible for previously owned assets, which is why ExxonMobil is paying to decommission Platform Holly and Chevron is paying to decommission Venoco’s Carpinteria-area infrastructure. The State Lands Commission also said in June that it has plugged the 30 wells on Platform Holly and eliminated the hydrogen sulfide risk from those wells.”

I mean, the article explains it.


Thank you for posting the House of Honey project.. They sourced locally! Most furniture was from Garde, and the art (Martha Sturdy & Bobbie Burgers) was from Caldwell Snyder Gallery.