••• “A plan to build 78 rental apartments behind the old Staples store in downtown Santa Barbara received mostly positive feedback in its latest appearance before the Historic Landmarks Commission. Developer Peter Lewis, working with architect Brian Cearnal, wants to build the four-story building on the parking lot at 27 E. Gutierrez St. between the former Staples building and Reid’s Appliances at 409 Anacapa St.” I think the rendering above is new. —Noozhawk
••• The Montecito Journal‘s Bob Hazard kicked off a series about the dire water situation.
••• “Carpinteria’s California Avocado Festival has been cancelled until 2022 due to the rise in Covid-19 cases.” —Edhat
••• “City of Santa Barbara Announces Retirement of Longtime Transportation Chief Rob Dayton […] He had been on leave after filing a complaint with the HR Department claiming that he was denied promotions because of his religious beliefs.” —Noozhawk
••• Newsmakers analyzed the debate between city council candidates Kristen Sneddon and Barret Reed.
••• The Andrée Clark Bird Refuge smells because of the lack of rain runoff. —KEYT
••• Cox Communications is going to put a bunch of gas-powered generators all over town but there seems to be no word yet on exactly where they’ll be. —Montecito Journal
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