Improvements Proposed for the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge
Other recent news: Wider vaccine eligibility, but supplies remain limited; Santa Barbara County's Covid-19 spread is highest in the state; city council moves forward on banning natural gas in new construction; an educated guess about which cities Southwest Airlines might serve; Goleta is testing new streetlights; the argument for keeping Ortega Park's murals; Paso Robles is subsidizing gift cards to help local businesses. 1
Another $75 Million in Real Estate Changed Hands This Week
The residential market remains on fire, with notable sales including Hope Ranch oceanfront for $25 million, a Mediterranean sprawler that went for nearly $6 million off the initial ask, a midcentury fixer that sold for $1 million over the listing price, a Birnam Wood chateau, the Park Lane conundrum, and many more.
Why Is Franceschi House in a Holding Pattern?
"My fiancée and I think that it would be wonderful to see Franceschi House restored," emailed N., "but it seems that efforts over the last 20 years have been unsuccessful. We'd love to understand in more detail what has caused the house to get stuck."
Innovative Food Concept to Open on State Street
More food news: Jeanine's outpost in La Arcada has closed; La Paloma is now serving lunch; chicken-wing chain opening at La Cumbre; Panera Bread closed; Bell's confirmed its expansion into the vacant lot next door; Mosby Vineyard and Winery is for sale. 1
Santa Barbara’s Electric Bikes Should Be Rentable Within Weeks
Other recent news: Who'll get vaccinated after healthcare workers; the buyer of Ellen DeGeneres's East Valley Road house; a new group hopes to revitalize downtown; the Pea Soup Andersen’s building in Buellton is for sale; Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County chair will step down; school district votes to pause failing grades; the tree of the month.