20,000 Honeybees Colonize State Street Office Closed for Covid-19

••• “The three-story headquarters of Invoca, an artificial-intelligence software company [on lower State Street] has been empty since March, when Invoca sent employees home to shelter from Covid-19. Well, not quite empty. […] 20,000 honey bees were hard at work, building a hive filled with 10 gallons’ worth of honey, beeswax, and pollen, as Invoca’s leadership learned in January, much to their surprise.” Photo courtesy Super Bee Rescue & Removal, which relocated the bees. —Quartz

••• “Last Week’s Storm Boosted Rainfall Totals but Did Little for Santa Barbara County Water Supplies […] Soil conditions remain relatively dry, and Santa Barbara County reservoirs did not receive much runoff.” —Noozhawk

••• “After nearly three years, the Santa Barbara City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a Sea Level Rise Adaption Plan.” —Noozhawk

••• The Santa Barbara City Council also approved the expansion of BCycle’s bikeshare program into the Waterfront area. —Noozhawk

••• “Caltrans officials say landslide repairs will keep [23 miles of] Highway 1 south of Big Sur closed for months [….] The biggest problem is a 150-foot-long chasm where the highway used to run at Rat Creek, two miles south of the Esalen Institute. […] In addition to the Rat Creek damage, authorities said about 60 points along the highway suffered damage.” —L.A. Times

••• 805 Living says that the six-room Inn at Zaca Creek in Buellton opened in December; the property’s website says it’s only taking reservations from essential workers, but it’s possible-to-likely that no one asks. The rooms sure look like you won’t hear your neighbors.

••• A profile of furniture maker John Spivey. “Much of the work is inspired by his time in a Japanese calligraphy class, during which he was exposed to the art of sumi-e, an ancient East Asian style of ink wash painting.” —Independent

••• “Over the next two weeks, until Feb. 12, military fighter jets will be conducting training. The jets are taking off from the Fresno Air National Guard Base in Fresno, Calif. to different training airspaces. The Central Coast region is one of those being used for air combat training. F-15s, F-16s, F-35s, and T38s are some of the aircraft involved.” Photo by Master Sgt. Charles Vaughn. —KSBY


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