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Father and Son Team Try to Save Santa Barbara Electronics Store

A Santa Barbara father and son team is looking to save the local electronics supply and parts industry from Amazon. Ken Alker and his son Andrew own Santa Barbara Electronics Supply, an electronics repair and parts store. … The company services businesses such as MariPro, Reson, airport tenant Electronics Parts Center, Sonatech, David Love Partnership, Hackerspace on AeroCamino (now Thornwood), Raytheon, Santa Barbara Airbus, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Sonos and Westmont College. more

Gen. Hayden to Speak at Westmont Breakfast

Gen. Michael Hayden, an expert on cybersecurity and a retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will speak at the 12th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast, 7-9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. more

David Kim: Santa Barbara Strong

Our beloved Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have endured an unrelenting few weeks. … This last weekend, the Thomas Fire moved dangerously close to homes in Montecito, encroaching on the boundaries of the San Ysidro Ranch and Westmont College. more

LIVE: Thomas Fire Incident Commanders to Lead Town Hall Amid Firefight in Montecito

Fire officials announced at Saturday’s daily briefing that the Thomas Fire had charred 259,000 acres. It was 40 percent contained. At 4 p.m. the fire was near Westmont College, working its way down to Parma Park. “It hasn’t passed Gibraltar Road, but it is definitely headed in that direction,” said Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson. more

‘Worst Day Yet’ on the Thomas Fire as Firefight Continues in Montecito

Today marked the toughest day so far in the battle against the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, as the blaze flared up early this morning under heavy, steady, and predicted winds. … As of about 5 p.m. the most active front of the Thomas was above Cold Springs Road and Westmont College. “It’s working its way down toward Parma Park,” Peterson said. “It hasn’t [reached] Gibraltar Road, but it’s headed that way.” more

Thomas Fire Pushes South and West into Montecito Foothills, Triggers Evacuations in Santa Barbara

Sheriff’s deputies are reporting fire around Ashley Road in Montecito, directly south of East Mountain Drive and east of Westmont College. Despite fire burning in that area, throughout the Montecito foothills, and now towards Gilbraltar Road, County Fire spokesperson Dave Zaniboni is reporting that no structures have been lost in this morning’s firefight. “It’s been a true firefight out here today,” Zaniboni said. more

Santa Barbara Mobilizes Buses to Shuttle Eastside Evacuees to Shelters

As the Thomas Fire continues to burn above Westmont College, Spanish-speaking city workers are informing Eastside residents about evacuating warnings in areas east of Salinas Street and north of Highway 101. In the city, 20,000 residents are under mandatory evacuation orders. more

Volatile Winds Whip Thomas Fire Into Burning Frenzy, Putting Firefighters to a Severe Test

At the end of what clearly was a difficult day for firefighters tasked with halting the monstrous Thomas Fire raging in the mountains above Montecito and Santa Barbara, there seemed to be a consensus Saturday night that things could have been a lot worse. … The blustery conditions came up earlier than expected shortly after dawn, driving the flames west and threatening Westmont College and foothills homes in the area of East Mountain Drive. more

Fanned by Gusty Downslope Winds, Thomas Fire Roars to the West

Fanned by gusty north winds, the Thomas Fire was challenging firefighters in multiple places on Saturday afternoon, and continuing its march to the west. … County Fire Chief Eric Peterson said Saturday afternoon that the fire made a significant run west and was burning above Westmont College and into Parma Park that afternoon. more

Thomas Fire Friday Morning Update: Slow Growth Overnight but Bad Winds on the Way

Considering the low humidity and the terrain in the hills above Montecito — steep, craggy, and loaded with boulders and thick chaparral — the fact that firefighters, both on the ground and in the air, have been on the offensive against the Thomas Fire the past couple days is just shy of miraculous. … Major staging areas at Westmont College, Manning Park, and the polo fields east of Summerland have been busy with engines and crews regrouping for rest, sustenance, and updated attack plans for their next shift in the mountains. more