••• “Year of the Dragon Mural Celebrates Asian Culture in Downtown Santa Barbara […] S.B. Trust for Historic Preservation and Artist DJ Javier Debut New Mural for Lunar New Year Festival/Exhibition on February 10.” It’s on the side of the Pickle Room building. —Independent UPDATE: BW asked how long the mural will be up. The submission to the Historic Landmarks Commission was for 12 months, and I’ll try asking the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation whether that’s what was approved. Next up is the Year of the Snake, so perhaps we’ll get a new mural in early 2025…. UPDATE: Yep, it’s up for a year.
••• “Fundraising Gaps Separate Incumbents, Challengers in Santa Barbara County Supervisor Races […] Speculation swirls around Frank Troise’s low numbers, and Das Williams is criticized for taking donations from the cannabis industry.” —Noozhawk
••• From a press release on Noozhawk: “Rich Block, president and CEO at The Santa Barbara Zoo has said he intends to conclude his tenure and retire at the end of January 2025, the zoo announced.” He has served “as the zoo’s leader since 1998.”
••• Robb Report identified the buyer of a $46.9 million Padaro Lane estate last September as “billionaire Ivanhoe Mines magnate Robert Friedland and his longtime wife Darlene.”
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