LA Times on Gaviota Coast Conservancy and community coastal preservation

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Gaviota Coast Conservancy past president Phil McKenna and legal counsel Marc Chytilo were interviewed and featured in the LA Times piece (on 8/11/16) by columnist Steve Lopez, "Between Hollister and Gaviota, fighting to keep rural beaches rural — and public". Here's Steve's blogpost, that discusses the role community groups like Gaviota Coast Conservancy play in guarding precious coastal resources, as a pdf. Marc and Phil took the the reporter with LA Times photographer Allen J. Schaben to the stunning Naples coast. "We want to be able to save this stretch of coast as a wild and rural area for our children and our children's children to explore," said Chytilo. "We want it to serve as a refuge for wildlife and nature... and serve as an example of how people can protect the character of their own community."

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Scenic Highway Hearing

Santa Barbara County planners are holding a meeting (Thursday, August 18 at 6pm) on a proposal for a Gaviota Coast Scenic Highway Designation. Their invitation is below. See you there!

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Good afternoon,
 
Santa Barbara County Planning & Development invites you and other interested persons to a public meeting on August 18, 2016 at 6pm, to discuss the Gaviota Coast Scenic Highway Proposal. The County is completing an application to CalTrans to designate 21 miles of Highway 101 on the Gaviota Coast as a State Scenic Highway. The State Scenic Highway Designation will apply to the section of Highway 101 from the City of Goleta’s western-most boundary to Route 1 at Las Cruces.
 
The purpose of the proposed Scenic Highway Designation is to recognize the scenic and visual qualities along the Gaviota Coast Highway 101 corridor. No new land use policies or ordinances will be adopted in association with the Proposed Scenic Highway; existing policies are sufficient to protect the corridor’s natural and aesthetic resources.  
 
 
Staff will be holding a public meeting to provide information to all interested parties; please pass along this information to others that may be interested in attending this meeting. The meeting is scheduled as follows:
 
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Goleta Union School District
Jack Kramer Administration Center
401 North Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
 
For more information, Please contact Alyssa Krag-Arnold, akarnold@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or call (805) 884-8060.
 
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Sherpa Fire

Gaviota Coast Conservancy will be posting fire updates on the #SherpaFire that began on Wednesday, June 15, on the Gaviota Coast (El Capitan, Las Flores and Venadito Canyons) by social media. Check our Twitter (@GaviotaCoastC ) and Facebook (@GaviotaCoastConservancy) for the latest posts from Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations and local media outlets.

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