Yearly Archives: 2008

Actor on destroyed home: ‘It’s amazing, it’s just gone’

The “Tea Fire” which started at the privately owned Tea Garden Estate, about a mile north of Santa Barbara’s Westmont College, ripped through an area that Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe and other celebrities call home. more

Grandmother of Arroyo Grande boy hit by bullet is thankful he's alive

Cherie Crockett of Shell Beach, whose grandson was shot in the arm Saturday after a stray bullet pierced a window of his parent’s home near San Luis Obispo, said she has a lot to be thankful for this year. Just two weeks before, her son, who lives in Montecito in Westmont College faculty housing, was evacuated with his family during the Tea Fire. more

Westmont readies for students' return : Classes resume Dec. 1 after extended break caused by Tea Fire

Since the Tea Fire leveled a slew of academic and residential buildings at Westmont College on Nov. 13, administrators have been focusing on making the campus ready for its 1,200 students to resume classes one week from today. The fire, which began at the nearby Tea Gardens, gutted 15 faculty residences and nine other structures: four buildings that make up Clark Halls, Bauder Hall, the physics building, the old math building and two Quonset huts. Fourteen of the faculty homes that were destroyed were located in Las Barrancas, an area that’s adjacent to the campus where the college built 41 homes for its professors. more

Westmont's win provides hope for all

The Westmont men’s soccer teams’ 3-2 double-overtime win over Holy Names meant more than just advancing to the second round of the NAIA playoffs. It gave the students and faculty who lost everything they had in the destructive Tea Fire a reason to smile. more

Hill plays role in healing process

Westmont College sophomore Harrison Hill doesn’t usually plan his celebrations for scoring goals. Hill would rather remain modest and not draw attention to himself. But the Westlake Village native made an exception last Monday. 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

Tremblay Bowl Kicks Off Saturday at La Playa Stadium: THANKSGIVING SATURDAY

Admission will be free to Saturday’s NAIA Men’s National Soccer Championship first-round game between Westmont College and Holy Names at UCSB’s Harder Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. Westmont plans to honor the firefighters, officials and volunteers who came to the aid of the school and the communities of Montecito and Santa Barbara during last week’s Tea Fire. more

Police Verify Fire Suspects Go to SBCC

Local authorities have confirmed that the nine of the 10 individuals involved in the bonfire that sparked last week’s Tea Fire are students at Santa Barbara City College. The fire also torched numerous buildings on the Westmont College campus. In a statement, Scott Craig, manager of media relations at Westmont, said the college is working to reopen the campus in wake of the fire, amid rumors of student involvement. more

From Fire Storm to Storming the Field

Dave Wolf, Westmont head men’s soccer coach, has already begun creating new memories after losing his home in the Tea Fire. Less than four days after his family’s home in the Las Barrancas neighborhood was reduced to ashes, Wolf led the Warriors to a stunning 2-0 upset victory over #5 Azusa Pacific Nov. 17 to capture the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship. more