Failed Rocket Launch Sent Debris Raining Down

••• “Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium—with its towering, 84-step concrete bleachers and view of the Pacific Ocean—had a much-needed facelift this summer with a $2 million upgrade on the 11-year-old turf field and the damaged drainage system underneath. […] But for now, school officials say, the stadium is closed to the public, as it has been since the school first locked down in March 2020.” The school blames Covid, of course. —Independent (photo courtesy SBCC)

••• “FireFly Aerospace confirmed on Twitter that its Alpha rocket experienced an anomaly during the first stage ascent, resulting in a dramatic, mid-air explosion and the loss of the vehicle. […] Vandenberg released a warning later Thursday night advising residents to watch out for debris falling from the sky,” and debris there was. Might want to start wanting people before launches…. —KEYT

••• “The Trek Foundation, a new nonprofit established by Trek Bicycle, will pay for improvements to trails at Elings Park and two other locations in Santa Barbara County and Ventura County [Larsen Meadow and Harmon Canyon Preserve].” —Pacific Coast Business Times

••• “Ty Warner’s Ex Alleges Abuse, Sues for Half of $400 Million Montecito Estate […] Kathryn Zimmie, 85, Also Claims the Billionaire Stole Her Identity to Hide His Assets.” And there are other allegations in the Independent‘s article, if you’re into that kind of thing.

••• “6 Takeaways from First District 6 City Council Candidate Forum.” That’s the one with Meagan Harmon, Nina Johnson, and two guys. —Newsmakers

••• “Maison, a vintage home decorations store that features antiques from estate sales,” opened in the Paseo Nuevo mall. It has a one-year lease. —Noozhawk

••• “City’s Closure of Figueroa Street Paseo Causes Rift with Historic Landmarks Commission […] Two HLC members write a letter expressing opposition to the decision by Santa Barbara Public Works to put up fencing in response to nuisance problems.” —Noozhawk

••• This happened last week but I forgot to mention it: “A Montecito house was upped and moved […] to a neighboring lot [….]The house will be raised 200 feet above where it was during the mudslides.” It’s on East Valley Lane, by the Ennisbrook Open Space. —KEYT


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