What Does “SBTP” on This Post Mean?

I saw this post on De La Guerra Street and I can’t figure out what “SBTP” stands for. Can you help? —A.

As you undoubtedly know, a quick Google search leads nowhere. Because the post has electrical wires plugged into it, I tried asking the Santa Barbara Public Works Department (no response), and Southern California Edison (which said it’s probably not their post but they couldn’t say for sure). So I reached out to the nice folks at Allen Construction: “SBTP most likely stands for Santa Barbara Temporary Power, a local company we use during construction. The poles are temporary during construction until we can move power to the new location on a building or underground.”

And Santa Barbara Temporary Power is also known by its parent company’s name, Owens Electric. According to the bio on the Owens Electric page on the SantaBarbaraYP website—the company’s most robust online presence—Santa Barbara Temporary Power was founded in 1994. “When an electric panel is not on a residence yet or has been removed for a remodel,” explained a representative, “we put in a pole that Edison puts a meter on, so contractors can do construction.” As for the number on the post, it’s the company’s phone number, minus the area code and with quirky spacing.

P.S. Now that you know what SBTP means, you’ll probably start to see the posts everywhere, like the Hot Springs Road building site pictured below.

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