Bacara Wants to Move Its Beach Bathrooms to a Chumash Burial Site

••• “A strange dance is going on between the Bacara hotel and Chumash tribal members whose forebears’ graves could be affected by the move of the resort’s beach house bathrooms. Bacara’s design team has twice met with the City of Goleta’s Design Review Board to discuss the look of the new building; each time members of Chumash tribes have protested its site. On Tuesday, Ernestine Ygnacio-De Soto, whose mother, Mary Yee, was the last native speaker of Chumash, asked them, ‘Would you like me plopping my whatever on the cemeteries of your ancestors?'” —Independent

••• Noozhawk profiles the candidates running for Santa Barbara City Council’s District 2 spot, “which primarily covers the Mesa.”

••• From a press release on Edhat: “Join the City Public Works team at a workshop to plan for the future of Cliff Drive. At this workshop, we will discuss potential approaches to address safety concerns in the Cliff Drive Corridor, from Las Positas Road to Loma Alta Drive, based on input received from Mesa residents over the past few years. The Approach Workshop will be held on Thursday, October 17, at 6-7:30 p.m. at Monroe Elementary School.”

••• Edhat‘s tree of the month is the Australian willow. “There is an unusually large specimen of Australian willow growing in the courtyard of the Goleta Community Center – it is almost 50 feet tall and spreads over 60 feet, with a trunk circumference of 82 inches! […] Australian willows can also be seen, as smaller—but just as fine—street trees, in the 400 Block of West Gutierrez Street, the 1100 Block of East Haley Street, the 900 Block of Laguna Street, the 00 to 200 blocks of East Micheltorena Street, the 1300 and 1900 Blocks of Mountain Avenue, and the 100-200 Blocks of East Pedregosa Street.”

••• From a press release on Edhat: “Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s legislation to assess the eventual price tag of shutting down and cleaning up California’s oil and gas infrastructure. Senate Bill 551 directs the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to develop a process for assessing the costs of decommissioning all oil and gas infrastructure within its jurisdiction, and requires operators of an oil or gas facility to report its total liability for plugging and abandoning all wells and other facilities beginning in July 1, 2022 and at least every five years thereafter.”