Cannabis Tax Revenue Continues to Decline

••• The Montecito Board of Architectural Review sent the Montecito Family YMCA back to the drawing board: “The proposed project would include several renovations to the facility, including the addition of about 3,674 square feet to the main building, replacing the locker room with a 2,510-square-foot building, adding two lanes to the pool as well as an outdoor patio area with a small cantina, and the construction of a 9,170-square-foot multipurpose building.” The main objection was to the size of the multipurpose building, which “would include a full-length basketball and volleyball court and two shortened basketball courts.” —Noozhawk

••• “First-quarter revenue from county taxes on the sale of legal cannabis this fiscal year — $3.1 million —was 17 percent less than it was the previous quarter and 25 percent less than it was the same time a year ago. The culprit, county supervisors were told, is rampant overproduction and a lack of legal retail outlets. With high taxes burdening sales of legal weed, law-abiding producers are finding it harder to compete with black-market operators, who typically can sell for roughly half the price charged at legal dispensaries.” —Independent

••• The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is getting the technology that scans your ID and lets you skip showing a boarding pass to TSA agents. The airport is hoping to have it this spring. —Santa Barbara News-Press

••• “Laguna Blanca School was sent a notice of violation last week for enrolling [around 25] more students at its Hope Ranch campuses than are allowed under its conditional use permit, according to the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Department.” —Noozhawk

••• The Independent sifted through scoping documents for UCSB’s proposed Munger Residence Hall, “which, at 1.68 million square feet, would qualify as the largest dormitory in the world. They also offer insight into the challenges the project will likely face when it goes before the UC Regents and California Coastal Commission for approval.” Also, when the newspaper filed a public records request for a copy of the agreement between UCSB and Charlie Munger, the university responded that “a ‘preliminary agreement’ between the University and Munger exists ‘that is conceptual in nature.’ It is therefore not releasable.”

••• “Goleta Planning Commission Supports Ordinance to Add Conditions to SB 9 Housing Law Lot Splits […] The proposed city rules would allow lot-split applications only from individual owners, not corporations, and require owners to reside on site in some cases.” —Noozhawk

••• “The former Sizzler building in Old Town Goleta is now the AREA 44 gym. […] AREA stands for Aggressive Resistance Exercise Association, and the gym is offering new memberships for $44 per month for the first 200 members, through the end of 2021. There’s no contract involved. Personal training sessions are available at an additional cost.” —Noozhawk


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