••• “UC Santa Barbara will start its winter quarter with at least two weeks of online classes due to concerns about the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus causing a surge in cases and hospitalizations.” —Noozhawk
••• More analysis of the county’s recent redistricting, both the process and the political ramifications: “You might say the cards got seriously shuffled, the eggs scrambled, and the furniture rearranged. As undeniably heroic as the commissioners’ exertions were, they demonstrated how, under even the most pristine conditions, the art of sausage-making ain’t for the faint of heart.” —Independent
••• “Over 15,000 monarch butterflies have returned to […] Goleta’s Ellwood Mesa Monarch Butterfly Grove. […] They will be there until February.” —KEYT
••• Goleta History rang the alarm that Goleta’s historic Ellwood Ranch is in escrow, causing fear that a giant gum tree was in jeopardy, but “the purchaser, David Radan of Orange County, told the Independent he had no intention of changing anything at the property other than to ‘clean it up a little bit. There are some things on the other side of the property like junked cars that I’d like to remove,’ he said. Though Radan is in construction, he said he didn’t do developments and his plan for the property was for it to be his vacation home.”
••• “Private Investigator and TV Personality Craig Case Accused of Conspiracy and Fraud.” The story gets worse as it goes on. —Independent
••• The recent buyer of an $11 million Sea Meadow house was billionaire Charlie Munger, who developed the community in the late 1980s. “As for Munger’s newly acquired home in Sea Meadow […] the place has four bedrooms and five baths spread across 4,657 square feet of open-concept living space on two levels. […] Walls of glass doors open seamlessly to outdoor environs ideal for entertaining and relaxing.” Makes a stark contrast to his proposed dorm, doesn’t it? —Dirt
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