Airport Noise Complaints Have Doubled This Summer

•••  The Lobero, Granada, Center Stage, and the New Vic theaters “announced a joint policy for all indoor performances effective immediately. The policy requires that proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result from within 72 hours be presented along with a photo ID.” And everyone must wear a mask while inside. —Independent

••• “With more flights landing at the Santa Barbara Airport, there’s even more noise for nearby neighbors. […] The airport’s passenger count has now exceeded 2019 levels, with nearly 24 flights each day on average. […] Between June and July, the number of documented complaints doubled to nearly 600.” —KEYT

••• “With county Covid numbers moving decidedly in the wrong direction, county supervisors got a sobering earful from their own public health authorities and medical doctors from Cottage and Marian hospitals this Tuesday, August 17. When it comes to the number of hospital and intensive-care beds now available for patients with Covid, County Public Health czar Van Do-Reynoso said Santa Barbara County ‘is in the cusp of the red zone.'” —Independent

••• “The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced a settlement with 805 Agricultural Holdings, LLC for alleged Fish and Game Code violations. Allegations state that the cannabis grower removed vegetation from a stream, graded a road through the stream and constructed hoop houses in the stream. Additionally, the company allegedly polluted the stream with diesel fuel, hoop houses, pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fertilizers, unconsolidated soil, and plastic irrigation pipes.” The fine is a measly $40,000. —KEYT

••• “ExxonMobil’s plans to truck oil out of its Las Flores facility along the Gaviota Coast hit a major roadblock this week with the release of an environmental impact report finding that the risk of spills caused by trucking accidents qualifies as a Class I environmental impact, no matter what safeguards and mitigations are imposed. Legally and politically, this means the Santa Barbara Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors would have to make findings of ‘overriding considerations’ to allow ExxonMobil to begin trucking up to 70 truckloads of oil a day to move forward.” Underline mine. —Independent

••• “uBreakiFix, a new technology repair shop that specializes in quick fixes, has opened on State Street” at S. La Cumbre. —Santa Barbara News-Press

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