••• “Santa Barbara County remains in the red Covid-19 tier. The county’s adjusted case rate recently went from 5.3 up to 6.9. […] In order for counties to move into the orange Covid-19 tier, a few criteria have to be met. Santa Barbara County currently meets everything except for the adjusted case rate being below 5.9.” —KSBY
••• “California is aiming to fully reopen its economy June 15 [but] the date isn’t set in stone. And officials emphasize that getting to the point where California can widely reopen for the first time in more than a year will hinge on two factors: a sufficient vaccine supply to inoculate all those who are eligible and stable and low numbers of people hospitalized with the disease. June 15 also won’t bring a full return to pre-pandemic life. Notably, California’s mask mandate will remain in place for the foreseeable future.” —Los Angeles Times
••• “173 years ago tonight [on April 5], five Barbareños—Jose Antonio de la Guerra, Jose ‘Chato’ Lugo, Jose E. Garcia, Jose Dolores Garcia, and Pacifico Cota—decided to steal and hide a cannon that was lying on the beach awaiting shipment to Monterey. Things did not go exactly and as easily as planned, but their efforts have been memorialized on three of our street names as well as the first official seal of the City of Santa Barbara.” —Edhat
••• “Dennis Miller sold his custom Cape Dutch–style Montecito compound for a whopping $49 million to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. […] Records reveal Miller and longtime wife Slim Paley have plunked down $16.3 million for another Montecito property that not only lies on the same street, it’s almost directly across the road from the DeGeneres-de Rossi complex.” —Dirt
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