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Power tools may have sparked Jesusita Fire

Fire investigators announced May 10 that power tool equipment used to clear vegetation likely sparked the 8,700-acre Jesusita Fire. On May 8, Westmont College was ordered to evacuate for the second time in six months. In November, the Tea Fire scorched several parts of campus and burned down several of its structures. more

Who's Who in Advertising, Marketing & PR

Scott Craig, Westmont College manager of media relations, has been the face and voice of the Montecito college for nearly four years. Craig, a Santa Barbara native, worked long, hard hours during the November 2008 Tea Fire, updating local and national news organizations while flames destroyed eight structures  on the Westmont campus and 15 nearby faculty homes. more

Westmont plan approved

California’s Second District Court of Appeal unanimously supported Westmont’s plan to update its campus facilities, reaffirming a December 2007 Santa Barbara County Superior Court ruling that upheld unanimous approvals by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and the Montecito Planning Commission. A three-judge panel issued its finding after hearing arguments in Santa Barbara Oct. 22. more

Alum reflects on Westmont

As diverse as Los Angeles is, there is one thing all good Angelinos do. We wait. We wait in our cars, stuck in traffic on the 10, the 110 and the 405. We wait in line to get into a club, a bar, a concert venue. We wait for a table at one of our favorite restaurants. As busy as this city is, we spend a lot of time waiting. This past Thursday night I was doing exactly that. While waiting for a table at a popular pizza place in Eagle Rock, my friend Kris called me. Westmont College, my alma mater, was on fire. Students were being evacuated from their dorms. It was not looking good. more

Westmont: Juggling Plan A and Plan Tea

The Tea Fire caught Westmont College in the middle of its largest construction project in decades, and the devastation wrought by the blaze actually could speed the campus makeover even as it causes some vexing problems for officials. The private, Christian-oriented college for some 1,200 students had pulled building permits for two brand new buildings just 48 hours before the fire broke out Nov. 13. more

Tri-Counties offer reporter several lessons to live by

At the Pacific Coast Business Times, there has never been a shortage of opportunities for me to learn something new, meet someone interesting and take on a new challenge. Faint heart never won fair lady. As Westmont College and developer Rick Caruso know well, if you want to do business amid the mansions of Montecito, better bring some flowers and chocolates and put on your best suit … of armor. And don’t forget to have a bit of cash on you for the legal bills. more

College to build 2 structures

Groundbreaking ceremonies are planned for 10 a.m. Oct. 23 for the Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics at Westmont College. The college board  Oct. 9 approved groundbreaking for both buildings. The ceremony will be at Porter College on the Montecito campus. more

Farr seeks key post on Santa Barbara Co. board

Doreen Farr says she’s a Democratic environmentalist and a seasoned business owner. The former Santa Barbara County Planning Commission chairwoman is the frontrunner for the hotly contested 3rd District seat on the board of supervisors. She has been a Westmont College financial-aid counselor and a City of Goleta, planning consultant. more

Banks playing it safe in real estate lending

Kenneth Jacobsen, vice president and the newly appointed Santa Barbara and Ventura county market manager for Rabobank, N.A., said his company is “being selective and cautious” about the deals it is making right now, both “to protect the bank and to protect our clients’ interests.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Westmont College. more

Small Westmont group tilts toward Obama

Fearing the Lord and voting Democrat may no longer be seen as a contradiction. A group called Evangelicals for Obama met on June 28, including several employees of – but not representing – Westmont College. more