••• “City of Santa Barbara Ready to Move Forward to Replace Sycamore Creek Bridge […] The 95-year-old span on the 1200 block of Carpinteria Street on Santa Barbara’s Eastside needs to be replaced due decay and structural deficiencies [….] Plans also call for new sidewalks, channel walls, revegetation of creek banks, street and pedestrian lighting, and fencing. […] Construction is expected to begin in 2024.” —Noozhawk
••• The L.A. Times has a clear explanation of the two new state laws, SB 9 and SB 10, about how people can build on lots zoned for single-family use.
••• Update on the Randall Road Debris Basin in Montecito: “Construction on this project is expected to finish by the end of the year. [Jon Frye of Santa Barbara County Flood Control] explained that he has been working with FEMA regarding updated maps that will take into account the improved basin network in Montecito; those maps will not be completed for another 30 months.” —Montecito Journal
••• “Union Bank’s nearly 30-branch network in the Tri-Counties will become part of U.S. Bank in an $8 billion deal that will give Union Bank’s Japanese parent a nearly 3% stake in Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp.” —Pacific Coast Business Times
••• The tree of the month is the Nile tulip tree, which “explodes with a dazzling display of yellow flowers from July through September. […] Each is large (up to 3 inches long) and has five bright-yellow petals. These petals are fused together into a funnel shape, are slightly ruffled along the edges, and are streaked with red or maroon stripes down in the throat. The flowers occur in panicles (clusters) at or near the branch terminals. These clusters stand out brilliantly against the dark-green leaves.” —Edhat
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