••• “A busy SpaceX soon will be even busier with the addition of a second launch pad and a heavy rocket at Vandenberg Space Force Base, where the firm’s yearly liftoff rate could reach 100 in a couple years. […] From one launch four years ago to three the next year and 12 the following year, SpaceX expects about 30 liftoffs by the end this year. […] ‘Next year, we’ll be launching about once a week, but the plan, in about two years, is about every three to four days,'” said Nate Janzen, SpaceX manager of launch pad systems and operations. —Noozhawk
••• “It’s been more than two years since the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis signed a peace treaty with a leading growers’ organization in the Carpinteria Valley. Today, the coalition says, that agreement is in tatters. […] However, as the private agreement breaks down, the politics of public policy may be shifting in favor of requiring the use of scrubbers in cannabis. For the first time, during an impromptu discussion at the county Board of Supervisors meeting this week, three out of five supervisors signaled that they were open to the idea.” —Newsmakers
••• “Monarch Butterflies Return to Goleta’s Ellwood Main Grove in Droves [….] Visitors can view the monarchs now through February at the Ellwood Mesa Open Space.” —Noozhawk
••• “More than three years after it was closed to the public, one of Goleta’s most treasured attractions remains in limbo. The footbridge over the wetlands at Lake Los Carneros is fenced off and there’s little hope in sight for a repair.” —Noozhawk
••• “Of the 80 Tipuana trees planted in the parking lot of [Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta], 50 were removed as they were causing breaks in the concrete and asphalt with their aggressive root systems. Taking the Tipuana tipus‘ place are Australian willows, a tree with a similar large canopy to provide optimal shade and with less invasive roots.” —Independent
••• The recent Walk With Me post about an industrial/commercial corner of Goleta included an energy storage substation near M. Special. Apparently, it just opened: “The new energy storage system uses 44 Tesla batteries and is the biggest of its kind in Santa Barbara County. Chris Taylor, the CEO of GridStor, who developed and own the 25,000 square foot facility, says it will be able to store enough power to supply the equivalent of all of Goleta’s residential customers for up to four hours in a black out.” —KCLU
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