Emergency Campus Closures

Emergency Campus Closures

Last Updated:12:15 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018

Directions to Carpinteria For The Weekend Of January 18-22

From the south: you will have no problem getting to Carpinteria via 101 North. You will exit at the 150(also called Rincon Road, headed to Ojai) and turn left. Your next right will be Carpinteria Avenue, and you will take that road to the Best Western Hotel. – 4558 Carpinteria Ave.

**Please leave your car at the hotel and take the Pacifica shuttle into Lambert campus. There is no parking available at Lambert campus. There is only enough, assigned parking for staff and faculty. If you do drive in, you will be asked to drive back to the hotel and shuttle in. **

SHUTTLE Driver #1: 805-896-1887 and SHUTTLE Driver #2: 805-896-1888

From the north: you have a few options to get into Carpinteria.

Best Western Hotel. – 4558 Carpinteria Ave

Option 1. – Take highway 5 south to highway 126 west, into Ventura. Take 101 north and follow above directions to Carpinteria.

Option 2. – Drive 101 south to Santa Barbara and take the Surfliner train into Carpinteria. Pacifica shuttles will pick up from the train station and take you to Best Western. The surfliner train schedule is here: https://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak

Option 3. – Drive 101 south to Santa Barbara and take the ferry (Island Packers) to Ventura and make your way up to Carpinteria via rental car or Uber. http://islandpackers.com/ventura-santa-barbara-emergency-shuttle-information-page/

**Please leave your car at the hotel and take the Pacifica shuttle into Lambert campus. There is no parking available at Lambert campus. There is only enough, assigned parking for staff and faculty. If you do drive in, you will be asked to drive back to the hotel and shuttle in. **

SHUTTLE Driver #1: 805-896-1887 and SHUTTLE Driver #2: 805-896-1888

Please take into consideration your route and your hotel stay. If you need to add Thursday or Sunday night to your stay, please email Nicole Kitzmann ASAP, so she can see if the additional night is available.

Updated:5:49 pm Sunday, January 14, 2018

Greetings from Pacifica and some very good news: on Saturday January 13th the County of Santa Barbara lifted the evacuation order for the area including the Lambert campus. It was a real relief and a pleasure to be back in my office and now able to send email out from the Lambert campus. The Ladera campus, however, remains in the evacuation zone because of road conditions there, so we must wait to reopen that campus. Throughout this time we have carefully monitored and adhered to the frequently changing County of Santa Barbara warnings, as safety for faculty, staff, and students is our number one priority.

The Lambert campus will fully reopen this coming Wednesday, after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday. During this time of grief and loss, and now recovery, we may draw support from his many reflections such as: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Access to and from the Lambert campus is now restored from the south, including from Los Angeles through to Carpinteria; internet services have also been restored throughout the area. From the north it is possible to get to Lambert by train from Santa Barbara, though it is crowded, by ferry from Santa Barbara to Ventura, and by driving—you need to use US 5, drive below the Santa Barbara region to highway 126 and back over to 101 where you can gain access through the southern route in. This is a fluid situation as repair crews are working day and night and more access may open up this week.

While the power, electricity and gas, are fine at Lambert, the water is not yet suitable for drinking—the water in Carpinteria remains fine and potable, but not in Montecito, which is where Lambert’s water supply comes from. Running water is available but only for showering and bathroom purposes; it should not be used to drink, to brush teeth, to clean or prepare food. Signs will be posted to this effect and ample supplies of bottled water will be available throughout the campus. Our food and beverages will continue to be prepared by our catering service (Omni), but now off campus in an area with safe water and brought in to campus.

The Thomas Wildfire was the largest in the history of California and the resulting mud flows are unprecedented in Santa Barbara. During this time of crises we have developed a number of contingency plans that protect the continued integrity of our programs. We have been in regular contact with the U.S. Department Of Education and WASC to ensure that these plans are in accord with applicable regulations so that all coursework and degrees are fully validated. We have also been working with the U.S. Department of Education to likewise ensure that Financial Aid remains intact for all students who use it—this has required a few new procedures that are working well.

Our home region also meets the Department of Education and other governmental criteria for a disaster area. All of our contingencies and any variations from policy are tailored exclusively for this situation – hopefully a “One Time Only” situation that will end when both campuses have reopened. Such plans include the use of electronic communications, including Zoom sessions, and moving locations for housing, especially for those staying at Ladera, as well as the physical location of some classrooms.

We do regret and take very seriously the unavoidable missed time for several of our tracks; including one track that had to be rescheduled twice, due to the fire and the mud flows, something that had never before happened in the 42 year history of Pacifica, certainly an archetypal moment. We are therefore developing additional plans to make certain that the curricula for all programs we have offered will be adequately delivered.

Our success to date since the Thomas Fire approached us on December 6th would not have been possible without incredible teamwork by numerous Pacifica departments and faculty – people who are experiencing their own personal difficulties in dealing with the impacts from the fire, evacuations, road closures, and communication disruption. I am both proud and grateful for their dedication and service.

The Executive Emergency Response Team is continuing to hold daily special session and I will send you additional reports about the actions that will enable full restoration of all Pacifica activities as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pacifica. Until then,

Best wishes to all,

Joe Cambray, Ph.D.

President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Updated:9:13 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dear Pacifica Community,

Since accessibility to our campuses cannot be guaranteed for this upcoming weekend, we have rescheduled the classes for track I (Myth) and track D (Counseling). While we have confirmed reports that the Lambert campus is unharmed, we still do not know in detail how the Ladera campus is, though we have some observations that it did not have widespread damage. Please know that there are many variables that we considered when making this decision, including unchanging road closures, a “boil-water” notice for both campuses, a potential lack of power and Internet at Ladera, and law enforcement personnel still cordoning off the roadways which pass by each campus.

Please do not come to either campus until we make an announcement that conditions are safe to do so. Unfortunately, we cannot definitively say when due to this fluid situation.

Please also check the resources listed below (from the posting on Tuesday, January 9th) for updated Santa Barbara County information on this situation.

Be safe, and we will be in touch.

Updated:9:42 pm Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Dear Pacifica Community,

Both Ladera and Lambert campuses will remain closed tomorrow, January 10th. We ask that you please do not come to either campus because both are still in evacuation zones.

We are continuing to host students and guests (only those who were already present at the time of the storms and flash floods) in the Carpinteria area, away from our campuses. We have been able to locate alternative classroom spaces, food, and lodging for them.

We continue to monitor the situation and assess our contingency plans. We will also provide more updates as this situation resolves. Many thanks for your understanding during this time. As noted below, all off-campus email communication and electronic systems are still up and running.

For more information on the situation in Santa Barbara County, please see:

  • KEYT Storm Coverage
  • Road Closures (provided by KEYT)
  • Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
  • Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page
  • County of Santa Barbara

  • Updated:12:00 pm Tuesday, January 09, 2018

    Dear Pacifica Community,

    This has been an extraordinary and elemental time. Having come through the Thomas fires without damage, we are now undergoing a period of danger due to intense rain with flash flooding.

    Due to the flooding and extreme weather conditions caused by storms the night of January 8th and today January 9th, the Ladera campus is under mandatory evacuation warning, and the Lambert campus is also under voluntary evacuation. Please do not come to either campus until we make an announcement that conditions are safe to do so. Please know that all electronic systems are still working for off-campus use, including:

    • Student, faculty and staff email
    • Power Campus Self-Service
    • My Financial Aid system
    • Library catalogs
    • Library databases, ebooks, and journals
    • DocuTek

    This weather system is expected to pass by tonight and we will provide more updates as the situation resolves.


    Joe Cambray, President, Provost & CEO