Front-Country Trails Included in Statewide Forest Closure

••• From a city press release on Edhat: “Due to local increased Covid infection rates, the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department will be continuing the suspension of all cruise ship visits to Santa Barbara, until March 1, 2022.” Don’t worry, yachts are still OK.

••• “With fires raging across the state, the U.S. Forest Service is closing all 20 million acres of California’s national forests to public access for two weeks beginning Tuesday. In an announcement Monday, the Forest Service said the closure, which includes Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, will extend through at least Sept. 17.” And yes, this includes front-country trails, says the Montecito Trails Foundation. (Update: Here’s where you can still hike.) —Noozhawk

••• “Pallet Houses for Homeless People Set Up in Lompoc; Similar Project Coming to Santa Barbara […] The units are designed to serve as a stepping stone toward permanent housing while the residents work with case managers and receive needed services [….] A press release from DignityMoves said the [33] units will be designed to ‘fit in with the look and feel of the Santa Barbara community,’ and will be located in a parking lot between Garden and Santa Barbara streets for two to three years. After that time, they will be relocated to another site in Santa Barbara.” —Noozhawk

••• “In a joint effort to address cannabis odor in the Carpinteria Valley, the main industry and community groups working on the issue say they’ve reached an agreement that ensures cannabis growers will cooperate with local residents to control the crop’s smell. […] This agreement, which applies to all [Cannabis Association for Responsible Growers] member farms, would hold the farms accountable for a detailed odor abatement plan outlining a new expanded odor resource process and a program to develop next-generation odor control technologies. The coalition and the cannabis growers also agreed to be receptive to the Carpinteria community, which will be encouraged to report and investigate cannabis odor incidents.” —Pacific Coast Business Times

••• “Two Masai giraffes at the Santa Barbara Zoo are pregnant.” —KSBY

••• The Give 2 Pets Foundation has opened a thrift store at 31 Parker Way, across from Yoga Soup. —KEYT

••• The Montecito Journal has an article about the “newly completed Hot Springs Neighborhood Trail, which connects Olive Mill Road from Casa Dorinda to East Valley Road. […] The completion of the Hot Springs path marks the creation of more than two miles of new routes that aim to safety connect all six schools in Montecito. […] The long-term goal is to have an eight-mile Montecito Neighborhood Trail Network that connects the six local schools, the community churches, the two business villages, and offers a clear path from the mountains to the beach.” Leaving aside entirely whether this is a worthwhile endeavor, I do think it’s a tad disingenuous to call them trails and not the sidewalks they clearly are—but then sidewalks don’t jibe with Montecito’s avowed dedication to semi-rural life. (Also, anyone know why they’ve just started getting ripped up again?)


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