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Minutes: Trains and Highways (07/23/2015)

July 22, 2015

Visiting Rotarians: Marilyn Berman, Barbara Muller, Sig Wathne

Guests: Lisa Osborn, Charlie Ebeling, Matt Maechler,


  • Golf Tournament: We still want sponsors, golfers, and auction items. Current sponsors include: Arlington Financial Advisors, Nasif, Hicks and Harris, Smith & Ortiz, American Riveria Bank, the Bank of Santa Barbara. Foursomes from Sandy O’Meara, the Rothchilds, the Burns, the Nortons, Gaeden. Please donate silent auction items to Bill Boyd. Thanks to all the golfers and sponsors!
  • Fiesta Float building begins on Saturday. The first round of building is for people with some basic carpentry skills. As the parade gets closer, less skilled volunteers will be useful for painting, flower application, and more. Contact David Velarde if you have questions.
  • Sig Wathne said it’s been a pleasure to host Charley. Charley shared a monthlong presentation about the monthlong Rotary Youth Exchange USA Train Tour. More than 47 students from 17 countries participated.
  • The Rotary Group 8 Social will be Sunday, September 13 at 12:45 PM at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The cost is $45, which includes lunch, wine tasting, and one drink ticket. There will be matches at 1 and 3 PM.
  • Steve Kally won the raffle, which was 3 bottles of Zaca Mesa wine. Thanks to Tom Heath for the wine.

Program: Joanne Schoenfeld Orenstein introduced Charlie Ebeling, of the Department
of Public Works, who has been involved in the Highway 101 widening project.

  • The 101 widening project between Santa Barbara and Ventura has 4 phases. Phases 1 and 2 are complete. Phase 4 will likely have sub phases, take 10 years, and cost a half billion dollars.
  • Phase 3 is the Linden Avenue/Casitas Pass Road Interchanges Project and is estimated to take place between 2017 and 2020. It is in the permitting stage, which requires approval from at least eight agencies.
  • Flood plains, flood plans, and FEMA decisions matter.
  • Matt Maechler described some of the other projects within Carpinteria.
  • In honor of our speakers, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to third graders in Santa Barbara County.
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