Baby Steps Toward Opening Hollister Ranch Beaches to the Public

••• The California Coastal Commission released a Draft Conceptual Program with “three main methods by which people might cut across the private [Hollister Ranch], a 14,000-acre working cattle operation and one of the last undeveloped sections of Southern California shoreline, to reach the public beaches below its steep coastal bluffs―by shuttle, car, or trail, all either independently or guided.” —Independent

••• As part of her recent $2.739 billion charity dump, MacKenzie Scott (who was formerly married to Jeff Bezos), gave $20 million to Santa Barbara City College. —Edhat

••• A Montecito man helped a duck and six ducklings make their way to the bird refuge. —Noozhawk

••• The Boat Launch Mini Mart at the Harbor has reopened after a fire last year, but with a new name: the Harbor Snack Shack. —Santa Barbara News-Press

••• “A grower’s proposal to build the most airtight cannabis processing warehouse in the Carpinteria Valley has exposed a growing rift between two citizens’ groups that for years have pressed the county to rein in the fast-expanding, foul-smelling cannabis industry.” —Newsmakers, Independent, Edhat

••• Another Edhat classic: “Female trying door handles on vehicles on Butterfly Lane when caught said she was looking for her cousin.”

••• Westmont College is cutting down the beloved redwood known as the Pickle Tree “due to the potential hazard of falling branches” caused by the drought. —KEYT


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