Cosmetic Improvements to the State Street Promenade

••• The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday approved spending $250,000 to pay for 50 terracotta pots and strings of lights to help decorate State Street’s downtown promenade. […] The new State Street structures will serve as barriers and traffic delineators at the intersections. The city also plans to paint green bike paths toward the beginning of the intersections, guiding bicyclists toward the middle and pedestrians toward the sides. The new structures will replace the wooden palm tree planters currently in the road.” —Noozhawk

••• Montecito Journal profiles Tobias Pohlmeyer, the estate manager of Sotto Il Monte, which just came on the market for $39.75 million.

••• “Santa Barbara Unified School Board votes to wait until January 19 to begin hybrid model in K-12 classes.” —KEYT

••• “First 5 Members Selected for Santa Barbara County’s Independent Redistricting Commission […] Those chosen at random will pick the remainder of the 11-member panel.” —Noozhawk

••• “The Foundation for Girsh Park is hosting multiple community workshops to gather public input on the new design and recreation elements for the outdoor facility in Goleta. […] The foundation is designating up to an acre of land to develop recreation elements that will be open and free to the public.” —Noozhawk

••• Montecito Bank & Trust opened a Mesa branch. —Noozhawk