Biden Moves Toward Banning New Offshore Drilling Here

••• “A pair of major steps were announced Wednesday at the top levels of American government to temporarily halt―then perhaps permanently ban―new oil and natural gas leases in federal waters off the West Coast.” —Independent

••• The Santa Barbara City Council “voted 6-1 to approve a controversial project labor agreement that would require some contractors who do business with the city […] to use unionized labor on construction projects valued at $5 million or more.” —Noozhawk

••• If I read the op-ed-ish article correctly, the Montecito Journal (article not online) seems to be arguing that pharmacies should vaccinate people over 65 who have comorbidities, thereby flouting county regulations. The more useful takeaway is that Ralph’s supermarket downtown (and “other pharmacies, I’m told”) often has extra doses at the end of the day for people over 75.

••• “The Santa Barbara Police Department wants to move toward body-worn cameras. The City Council is scheduled to formally vote to purchase the cameras at next Tuesday’s meeting.” —Noozhawk

••• From a City of Goleta press release on Edhat: “The City of Goleta has learned that there have been a number of catalytic converter thefts from vehicle exhaust systems in the Goleta area over the past several weeks. The theft of catalytic converters is popular because they can be easily removed, they do not have identifying marks like serial numbers, and the components are made up of precious metals that can be resold to recyclers.”

••• “Nora McNeely Hurley and her husband, Michael Hurley, have served up a real ace in the form of a grant to renovate the tennis courts at Summerland School. The courts won’t only be for students—Summerland residents will also be able to volley around on weekends and after school hours.” —Montecito Journal (not online)

••• The Independent profiles talented artist Andrew Leonard (on Instagram at @digital_sunsets) who generally chooses off-the-beaten-track parts of Santa Barbara as subjects, La Super-Rica notwithstanding.


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