President’s  Message

Spring 2016

El Nino

We were all hoping for the El Nino the experts had been talking about but it seems to be falling far short of their expectations, at least in the south.  So we still need to remain vigilant about conserving water and making sure we are ready for fire season as we remain in High Alert status.  Be sure to review your evacuation plan, create or update your emergency kits and trim all trees & bushes away from your home.  Defensible space for fire is defined as a perimeter 100 feet from your house.

Block Captains

We want to give a special “Thanks” our volunteer Block Captains as they are the backbone of our Emergency Preparedness Program.  Thirty (30) of our Block Captains have been provided with Wireless Emergency Radios and we plan to purchase another 10 to distribute to other block captains.  In addition, over the last few months the EHIA board purchased and distributed Emergency Kits to all Block Captains. Our association becomes more effective as we incorporate more Block Captains into our neighborhoods so, if you have an interest in becoming a Block Captain to support your street, please contact Frank Randall,  for all details.

Stay Informed

New this year is the FREE internet emergency notification service called “Aware & Prepare” which will be replacing the current notification service; NIXLE.  To subscribe or to find out more information, go to Aware& (even if you are already signed up for Nixle) which will send you instant emails & text alerts to let you know about local emergencies, road closings, bad weather, etc.

Annual Meeting

Please join us for our informative and festive Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 15th from 3 – 5pm at  815 Cima Linda Lane.  Come and experience an afternoon with your neighbors, meet EHIA Board members, Block Captains and enjoy the ample appetizers, scrumptious  delicacies, desserts, wine, margaritas and other beverages.

This year, our guest speaker will be local author & historian, Hattie Beresford who will be joined by other informational speakers discussing issues like “Reverse 911”, water conservation and emergency services.


Hope to see you there,

Sue Burk



President’s Message – Progress Report                      Winter 2011-12


Greetings to all the residents in the area served by the Eucalyptus Hill Improvement Association. Since our last newsletter we have had a successful Annual Meeting attended by 100 of our residents, and have continued working to enhance our neighborhood. It has been an active year for EHIA as highlighted in the following activities and accomplishments.

  • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - We continue to have emergency preparedness as a main focus since it benefits everyone in our neighborhood area. In the event of a major natural disaster we have established an emergency radio network with 15 handheld emergency radios distributed strategically throughout our neighborhood with volunteers who will be able to communicate with each other and with emergency services in the City and County. We have established a close working relationship with City and County Fire Departments and Montecito Emergency Response (MERRAGE) by providing emergency communications and resources when power for cell phones and landlines are not available.

Each month radio checks are conducted to ensure the system is working.

  • RED FLAG ALERT SIGNS - New Red Flag Alert Signs have been purchased to be available to warn residents when the fire danger is extreme . When the SB Fire Department issues a red flag alert notice we will post the signs on major streets in our neighborhood.

  • ALSTON ROAD SPEED CONTROL – Working with the City Traffic Engineer to devise ways of slowing speeding on Alston Road through techniques that will not hinder normal driving traffic flow.

  • ALSTON ROAD WALKING TRAIL - Board members and residents on Alston Road have started work to improve the trail along the south side of the road for the safety of our neighborhood walkers.

  • NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH – With the increase in auto burglaries and vandalism, we have contacted the Police Department for Neighborhood Watch signs and organized watch groups on participating streets.

  • SMART METERS – Board member Homer Smith researched the installation of Smart Meters and issued an informational letter for our web site and newsletter.

  • ANNUAL CHIPPING PROGRAM – Organized a program for volunteers to assist homeowners in cutting and stacking brush for the Fire Dept. annual brush chipping.

  • WEB SITE – The work on improving our web site ( is continuing with the goal of making a valuable resource for our residents.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhood. To accomplish this we rely on the participation and input from the residents in our area. If you have a neighborhood concern or want to participate in our activities, please contact me or one of the board members. You are welcome to come to our monthly board meetings which are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at a Board member’s home.

Thank you to all of our Dues paying members who help make all of our work possible. If you not yet paid your annual dues of $35, please do so now and mail your check to: EHIA, P.O. Box 40182, Santa Barbara, CA 93140.


David Gress, President