Mobile Workshops - Tuesday, September 17



Mobile Workshop 8
Ellwood-Devereux Open Space: Multi-Jurisdictional Planning,  Management, and Restoration

8:00 am - 11:30 am
Additional $45 fee applies

The Ellwood-Devereux Coast Open Space is the result of a multi-jurisdictional effort to relocate development to preserve 665 acres of coastal open space for habitat, passive recreation, and public access. Ellwood-Devereux is host to many sensitive species including the Monarch butterfly which overwinters in the drought-stricken eucalyptus groves. Join the planners and open space managers on a walking tour of the North Campus Open Space Restoration Project, part of the Ellwood-Devereux Coast, currently in Year 2 of its transition from a golf course into 53 acres of wetland and upland habitat and walking trails.  Participants should be prepared to hike approximately 3 miles in comfortable shoes with little shade and flat terrain. Light snacks and water will be provided. 

Mobile Workshop 9
Ventura Wellness District

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Additional $65 fee applies - Lunch is included

What is a Wellness District? Find out in this tour of the nascent Midtown Ventura Wellness District: an area anchored by Venturas two largest hospitals Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) and Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC). Participants will take a bus from the conference in Santa Barbara to CMH, where a City of Ventura representative will meet us on Main Street near CMH and discuss plans for streetscape and other improvements along Main Street and the synergy between those improvements and the new CMH project. We will then take a brief tour of the recently-completed new CMH hospital building, including public-private open space amenities, and meet with representatives from CMH, the City, Cal Poly students, and others who helped develop this concept for Ventura. Next we will emerge from CMH onto Loma Vista Road and hear from City representatives about public improvements planned for that corridor and the improvements carried out at VCMC. We will end with lunch at a local restaurant (provided as part of the registration fee)  where we will be joined by local economic development gurus from the City and the local business community to discuss how the hospital projects and other public improvements in the area may affect local businesses on Main Street and Loma Vista and the Citys economy at large.

Mobile Workshop 10
Santa Barbara Desalination Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant

8:30 am - 11:30 am
Additional $35 fee applies

Walking tour of the Santa Barbara Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant, and the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant.  During Desal tours, participants will learn about the process of turning seawater into high quality drinking water, including the plant's industry-leading technology, significant energy saving techniques, and the plant's role in securing Santa Barbara's water future. During tours of the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant, participants will learn about the Citys wastewater treatment plant, and the Citys commitment to protecting our environment and public health and safety by maintaining an efficient and effective wastewater treatment facility.  

Mobile Workshop 11
Urban Bike Tour

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Additional $45 fee applies

Navigate the challenges of bicycle commuting in Santa Barbara, while observing infrastructure deficiencies, assets, and opportunities. Take a 3 hour tour (mostly flat) on a rental bike around the City of Santa Barbara (approximately 7.5 miles). Highlights include Haley/Cota Street bike lanes, BIciCentro, Alisos Street Bike Blvd (future), Micheltorena St, Rancheria St. extension.

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