August 3, 2021
Update on the Changes to Dwight Murphy Field
Other recent news: Carpinteria's skate park is near the fundraising finish line; Santa Barbara's first newspaper has been digitized; pushback on the Neighborhood Clinic's proposed Westside building; coffee table book about Carp artists; sleazy cannabis dealings in San Luis Obispo.
July 29, 2021
Most Bedrooms at UCSB’s Proposed 5,000-Student Dorm Won’t Have Windows
Other recent news: Challengers emerge for city council members Meagan Harmon and Eric Friedman; the county is not required to enlarge its jail after all; commercial rocket launches made easier at Vandenberg Space Force Base; anonymous gun buyback; updated map for tsunami risk. 1
July 25, 2021
A Step Forward for Carpinteria’s Surfliner Inn
Other recent news: Remains found of debris-flow victim Jack Cantin; Santa Barbara has banned natural gas in most new construction projects; debate over solar panels atop a downtown garage; the redistricting process for the county's Board of Supervisors; interview with District 4 candidate Barrett Reed; La Cumbre Mutual Water Company seeks deal with Santa Barbara's desalination plant.
July 22, 2021
Paso Robles Light Show Is Morphing Into an “Outdoor Museum”
Other recent news: Santa Barbara's transportation guru claims his religious activities have been held against him; researchers are looking into why California bluffs collapse; electric-vehicle charging lot proposed for Chapala and Cabrillo; members appointed to the State Street commission; East Beach Inn wants a variance; mountain lion spotted in Samarkand.
July 19, 2021
Santa Barbara’s City Administrator Is Stepping Down
Other recent news: Los Angeles County now requires masks indoors; the University of California system will insist students and staff get vaccinated; new recycling plant; the push for more large-scale solar; an increase in stingray stings; more thefts of catalytic converters; monarch butterflies skipping this area. 1
July 15, 2021
UCSB Wants to Build an 11-Story Dormitory
Other recent news: Biltmore owner Ty Warner is now using the Four Seasons New York as leverage; Deltopia movie causing consternation in Isla Vista; Montecito lingerie store to be replaced by new lingerie store; California's updated Covid-19-related guidelines for schools; interview with architect Jeff Shelton; the latest head of Santa Barbara City College has resigned; the case against fake grass.
July 11, 2021
Travel In and Out of Santa Barbara Is Way Up
Other recent news: The Planning Commission insists on changes from the Montecito Club; a new location for this fall's California Avocado Festival; Marymount School has changed its name; Floyd Mayweather boxing studio opening here; two brothers have picked up tons of garbage this summer; News-Press rebuked by the National Labor Relations Board; the restoration of All Saints-by-the-Sea church is complete.
July 7, 2021
Should These Old Hangars Be Preserved?
Other recent news: Inflatable elephant spotted around town; Montecito Club's fight for as-built approval; water supplies and the drought situation; rapid Covid testing for travel and events; Circus Vargas opens this week; improvements to a Hope Ranch pedestrian bridge; new boat hotels in the Ventura harbor; Ojai home store; Solvang has been called an “adult Disneyland." 5
July 4, 2021
California Moved Closer to Decriminalizing Psychedelic Drugs
Other recent news: Parking issues at Santa Barbara Airport; tax increase on gasoline; Santa Barbara City College faculty is upset that the college won't insist on vaccinations; Montecito Fire Department's vent retrofit program; new luxury horse facility in Santa Ynez.
June 30, 2021
Countrywide’s Former CEO Is at War With the Montecito Club
Other recent news: Biltmore employees and Four Seasons head back to mediation; Santa Barbara man accused of running a Ponzi scheme; Riviera homeowner who illegally cut down trees now faces felony charges; UCSB has failed to build promised housing; homeless to be moved to motel for fire season; new home for at-risk young adults; L.A. County wants people to wear masks indoors because of the Delta variant of Covid-19. 2