County Approves Vaccinations for Age 65 and Older

••• “Beginning February 16, Santa Barbara County residents 65 and older will get their first opportunity to schedule a Covid-19 vaccination,” but the number of vaccines is limited so don’t get too excited. “In addition, the state announced Friday that people between the ages of 16 and 64 who are disabled or are at high risk of death or serious illness if they contract the virus will be eligible to receive their vaccines March 15 as vaccines become available.” —Independent

••• “Santa Barbara Police Headquarters Project Draws Mixed Reviews from Architectural Review Board […] Members question the Cota Street view and the siting of the parking garage” (as seen at top). The article says that “despite their overall concerns with aspects of the architecture, the ABR voted 4-2 on some technical matters,” but whether the project has cleared the ARB is left unclear. —Noozhawk

••• There are “Coast Village Road business owners who want to form a property business improvement district to raise money annually for enhancements to Coast Village Road. The Coast Village Association on Tuesday asked the City Council for $30,000 to kickstart the effort to form the district. The group is willing to put in $30,000 of its own money, too.” The city council said yes. —Noozhawk

••• “UCLA Health has opened a new cancer care clinic near Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. The new clinic, at 309 W. Quinto St., will expand treatment options for residents of Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas, as they will be able to get regular treatment and participate in more than 600 UCLA cancer clinical trials without having to make the journey into Los Angeles.” —Pacific Coast Business Times

••• “Sara Gehris, the original owner of Punch, plans to open the Santa Barbara Urban Flea Market at the site of the old Pascucci restaurant, 729 State St.” in the Paseo Nuevo mall. “The shop will feature multiple vendors selling their items and crafts.” —Noozhawk

••• “Juvenile Gray Whale Lures Onlookers with Visit to Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara […] An expert deems the mammal to be healthy, and most likely was taking a break for a snack during its migration.” —Noozhawk

••• “Two more outdoor cannabis operations, one of them slated to be the county’s largest, were approved for the picturesque Sta. Rita Hills wine region. How and whether the county requires odor controls on these early projects—SFS Farms OpCo 1 at the western end of the Sta. Rita Hills and Central Coast Agriculture at the eastern end—will set a precedent for nearly 800 acres of outdoor ‘grows’ that are proposed and in various stages of county review here, critics say. In all, the county has received 24 applications for cannabis cultivation in the Sta. Rita Hills, a federally designated American Viticultural Area between Lompoc and Buellton.” —Edhat

••• “The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is bringing back a popular dinosaur exhibit [and] animatronic dinosaurs are being set up in the wooded area across Mission Creek.” —KSBY


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