A Battle Is Brewing Over Mission Creek Bridge

••• “The City of Santa Barbara will revisit proposed changes to the historic Mission Creek Bridge and Mission Canyon Rd. for the first time in three years. […] In May of 2018, the Santa Barbara City Council gave the go-ahead to move forward on the Mission Canyon Bridge Project.” Naturally, a “grassroots group, Coalition to Preserve Mission Canyon, was already circulating a petition in an effort to stop work long before it ever began.” Here’s info on some of the options for a new bridge. —KEYT

••• More on the rise of ticks, including the ones that carry Lyme disease, in coastal California. —L.A. Times

••• An update on the human remains found on a property on Riven Rock Road: “‘During the preliminary investigation, Coroner’s detectives noted that the bones appeared to be from a non-recent death, were yellowing and in a state of decomposition and deterioration. Detectives also noted that the teeth appeared to have been worn down in a manner that is consistent with a much rougher diet that would cause that type of wear, similar to Native Americans,’ the sheriff’s office said in a news release. […] The remains are not a complete skeleton, the sheriff’s office said, as they are mostly fragments and most of the bones that make up the hands and feet are missing.” What a nightmare for the property owner…. —KEYT

••• An update on the push for a Coast Village Road business improvement district. —Montecito Journal

••• The Independent looks into “the art and science of a prescribed burn.”

••• I could nitpick much of Mansion Global‘s article on Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle, including the unfortunately timed mention of celebrities who just flipped their property. But first I have to digest the notion that the area’s western boundary is Buena Vista Drive. By this time next year it’ll probably be Toro Canyon.

••• “Seaside Makers Collective is expected to open at 727 State St. in July.” There’s no word on whether either of its other two locations—in the Funk Zone and Carp—will be affected. —Noozhawk

••• The Eucalyptus Hill Improvement Association is using sheep and goats to graze on brush that could fuel a wildfire. —Noozhawk

••• “John De Friel, the owner and CEO of Central Coast Agriculture, illegally ran highly polluting diesel generators as a primary source of power at both of his cannabis operations on Santa Rosa Road west of Buellton, beginning as far back as February 2020, the county Air Pollution Control District has found. […] Central Coast shut down 11 diesel generators in January and early February this year, on the heels of a district inspection in mid-December—but Central Coast employees immediately and illegally installed four more diesel generators in February, district records show. As of this March, district officials said, five diesel generators were still in operation at Central Coast.” —Independent


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