••• I have to admire In-N-Out’s new fry boat pool float, even if I’m one of those people who love the burgers, hate the fries, and would prefer not to see Bible verses (Proverbs 24:16, in this case) where I don’t expect them.
••• Crush Bar & Tap, the new beer-and-wine bar from the Crushcakes folks, has opened in the former Armada Wine & Beer Merchant space off State Street (Anapamu/Figueroa).
••• The Independent‘s cover story is an in-depth follow-up report on White Buffalo Land Trust’s purchase of Jalama Canyon Ranch and its plans for regenerative farming there.
••• “Liquor stores and mini-markets throughout Santa Barbara would be affected by [a] proposed ordinance to regulate alcohol sales. […] Current businesses would be grandfathered in, but they would be required to maintain their businesses in a lawful manner or risk fines, or suspension of their alcohol sales. […] New businesses would need to get a conditional use permit to sell alcohol, as determined by the Planning Commission.” If that sounds like an overreach for the Planning Commission, get this: “Assistant City Attorney John Doimas said that once the city figures out an ordinance for liquor stores and mini-markets, it would then move to places that serve alcohol for on-site use.” Making life harder for businesses will only continue to hobble downtown’s recovery. —Noozhawk
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