December 4, 2021
Roller Skating and Laser Tag Are Coming to the Old Macy’s Store
Other recent news: Carpinteria city council approved the Surfliner Inn; Santa Barbara County extended its indoor mask mandate; false alarm about local Omicron cases; elected officials are said to be considering a vacancy tax; redistricting narrowed down to three maps; an interview with Jeff Shelton; eight former University of California architects call the proposed Munger Hall a "disaster in the making."
November 30, 2021
What It’s Like to Live in a Windowless Dorm
Other recent news: The county redistricting process continues; outgoing mayor proposes two-percent cap on rent increases; Garden Street apartment complex sent back to the drawing board; update on the Highway 101 wildlife corridor in Gaviota; Santa Barbara will have holiday events in lieu of a parade; the tree of the month is the windmill palm; "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl" creator sells in Hope Ranch.
November 20, 2021
Bellosguardo Released Specifics About Proposed Tours and Events
Other recent news: American Indian Health & Services makes progress on the old Army Reserve Center; Athleta opening date; preliminary maps for state redistricting; the Natural History Museum's Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace is coming up; a new yoga studio in Goleta; Hitchcock Cinemas reopens next week; the Four Seasons hotel in New York City is said to be reopening, so maybe there's hope for the Biltmore.
November 11, 2021
33 Tiny Cabins for the Homeless Will Be Installed Downtown
Other recent news: Santa Barbara County bought an Isla Vista building for the homeless; county Sheriff's Office patrol deputies are resisting vaccination and testing; a survey of hitching posts in Santa Barbara; a 32,000-square-foot bowling alley is opening in Oxnard.
November 7, 2021
More Fallout from the UCSB Dorm Debacle
While the university explained the rationale for its proposed Munger Hall and benefactor Charlie Munger compared the bedrooms to basement restrooms, students protested, architecture history professors started a petition, and local architects blasted the design. Other recent news: Goleta will sue UCSB over the lack of student housing; Carpinteria High School's Warrior statue will not be redesigned; the Rincon Multi-Use Trail moves forward; more study approved for floating wind farms.
November 4, 2021
The County Has Extended Its Health Order Requiring Masks Indoors
Other recent news: Randy Rowse and the three city council incumbents were declared election winners; an interview with Rowse; why Santa Barbara needs a runoff or ranked-choice voting; Charlie Munger defends his depressing UCSB dorm design; county Planning Commission formally rejected ExxonMobil's trucking proposal; the former Nordstrom building has new owners wary of big-box retail.
November 2, 2021
Low Voter Turnout Expected in Today’s City Election
Other recent news: Drama at the election's finish line; monarch butterflies are slowly returning to Goleta, but in low numbers; Morro Bay's power plant stacks are to be demolished; an increase in women board members at the region's publicly traded companies.
October 28, 2021
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Bought Twice More in Montecito
Other recent news: Progress for 14-room hotel on State Street; the rain did little to alleviate the drought; the state attorney general classified the Bellosguardo Foundation as delinquent; mayoral candidate Deborah Schwartz vs. the local Democratic establishment; Alisal wants to annex 10 acres for glamping; the restoration of UCSB's North Campus Open Space.
October 21, 2021
What the Heck Is Going on With Bellosguardo?
Other recent news: The season's first real rainfall is expected on Monday; more than 70% of eligible county residents are now fully vaccinated; Thousand Steps construction to happen before next summer; Hope Ranch mulls offshore desalination. 2
October 17, 2021
The Alisal Fire Is Now 53% Contained
Other recent news: Costly damage to the county landfill's new recycling facility; how the Arroyo Hondo Preserve fared in the fire; Cottage Urgent Care to open on Coast Village Road; two friends opened a barber shop; the christening of the USS Santa Barbara; the Australian flame tree is the tree of the month.