••• “Santa Barbara County is joining forces with Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties in asking the state to separate the three counties from the larger Southern California region and instead assess them as a smaller Central California region. […] The large region, which includes more than 23.1 million people and 11 counties, goes under a shutdown every time the intensive-care-unit capacity falls below 15 percent. If the three counties separated from the larger Southern California region, the smaller Central Coast Region would include approximately 1.5 million people.” The Central Coast region’s ICU capacity is currently 32 percent, versus 10.9 percent for the Southern California region.
••• From a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office press release on Edhat: “At approximately 12:43 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, deputies in the Isla Vista area saw a Dodge Charger Hellcat peel out in front of pedestrians near Camino Del Sur. […] A search of [Kyle] Dodge’s vehicle revealed over 90 grams of methamphetamine and 22 firearms, 12 of which were loaded. […] The case was then forwarded to Sheriff’s detectives who conducted a follow-up investigation including authoring a warrant for Dodge’s residence. Detectives served the warrant on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at an address on Vega Drive in Goleta. As a result of the search, they seized 70 additional firearms and approximately 50 containers of ammunition and magazines.”
••• “Southern California Edison has pleaded no contest to a criminal violation of the California Water Code and will pay $3.5 million in civil penalties after dumping massive amounts of dirt and rock into Mission Creek during an unpermitted grading project along Spyglass Ridge Road.” —Independent
••• “Los Padres National Forest closes overnight camping. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Pacific Southwest Region issues an order prohibiting overnight camping in developed campgrounds in Los Padres National Forest and four other So Cal national forests. Dec. 8 through Jan. 6.” —John Palminteri / KEYT
••• “The Chumash Casino Resort will continue to operate during the Regional Stay-at-Home order. Tribal government operations are recognized by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and are included in the Governmental Facilities Sector, one of the 16 sectors deemed essential.” Ludicrous. —KEYT
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