••• The former Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel (134 Chapala) across the tracks from the train station “has reportedly been purchased by the County of Santa Barbara and will be transformed into transitional bridge housing for people living on the streets. Title to the building will be transferred to the Santa Barbara Housing Authority, which enjoys an exemplary reputation in managing similar projects.” —Independent
••• In Isla Vista, part fo a bluff collapsed onto the beach. The rule of thumb is apparently to stay away one-and-a-half times the height of the bluff. —Noozhawk
••• “The annual dredging of the Santa Barbara harbor has begun with a stream of silty water shooting out from a location halfway down the beach front. The process involves the dredge boat doing its work in the harbor entrance where currents dump tons of sand each year. […] The clearing operation moves the water and sand through a large black pipe visible from West Beach to a site nearly at East Beach.” —KEYT
••• Formerly only for horseback riders, “the Live Oak Recreational Trails in the Santa Ynez Valley are opening to hikers and trail runners and others for the first time this weekend. What this means is that 3,000 acres of the most beautiful part of the north side of Cachuma Lake will now be accessible for hiking, trail running, photography and other passive activities.” Dogs are not allowed. —Noozhawk
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