••• “Santa Barbara County’s Covid-19 health officer order will expire at 11:59 p.m. Monday [i.e., yesterday], and the Public Health Department will defer to state orders starting [today]. The change comes as California eliminates the reopening tier system and updates mask guidance to no longer require face coverings for fully vaccinated people in most settings. Covid-19-related workplace protections are still in effect.” —Noozhawk
••• “Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman Anthony Wagner is seeking “$4.6 million for legal fees and damages to [himself] and his family” from Los Angeles magazine (because of this article, which proved to be inaccurate on key points). “Wagner said the letter is the first step before he files a lawsuit against the magazine.” —KEYT
••• The Santa Barbara News-Press on the four women—Nancy Tubiolo, Samantha Eddy, Dani Lynch and Julia Laraway—who started the quest to save a portion of the San Marcos Foothills from development.
••• A summary of the Historic Landmarks Commission’s discussion last week about the Mission Canyon Bridge. —Noozhawk
••• “Barrett Reed, a Santa Barbara businessman and Planning Commission member, is running for the City Council.” He wants the District 4 seat—which stretches across the north of the city, from Eucalyptus Hill to San Roque—currently occupied by Kristen Sneddon. “Reed, 36, grew up in Santa Barbara [and] is co-founder of Miramar Group, an investment company focused on renovating and revitalizing declining buildings on the Central Coast.”
••• Stewart Copeland of the Police bought in the Coast Village part of Montecito. —Dirt
••• The fire near Lake Casitas burned around 188 acres. —Noozhawk
••• “The City of Santa Barbara has hired Santa Fe’s Planning and Land Use director […] Elias Isaacson to take over as City Hall’s community development director, a high-level managerial leadership position whose occupants are forever on the hot seat when it comes to issues of zoning, land use permits, growth, development, housing, and the economic vitality of downtown. […] Isaacson, who is 41 years old and an architect and land-use consultant by profession, served as land use director only since 2019 and has worked for the City of Santa Fe since 2018.” —Independent
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