Governor Newsom Backed Down on Threat to Close Our Beaches

••• “Housing Project With 84 Rental Apartments Proposed for State Street in Santa Barbara […] Development behind old Staples building on the 400 block would include stacked parking and reach 52 feet high.” —Noozhawk

••• After threatening to close beaches statewide, Governor Newsom backed down and only closed them in Orange County. —L.A. Times

••• “Hospitals and surgery centers in Santa Barbara County are getting ready to resume performing elective procedures and surgeries, which have been postponed or canceled in the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic response. Some local facilities expect to start scheduling procedures next week.” —Noozhawk

••• Newsmakers interviews Santa Barbara police chief Lori Luhnow.

••• A long look at the war between winemakers and cannabis farmers. —Newsmakers

••• More on the juvenile great white sharks spotted off Carpinteria. —Edhat

••• Santa Barbara County is looking for volunteers for civil grand jury. —Noozhawk

••• “The Santa Barbara Foundation announced April 29 that Jackie Carrera has been named its new president and CEO. Carrera took over as interim CEO of the 92-year-old community foundation in January, succeeding Ronald Gallo, who led the foundation for 11 years and continues to serve as CEO emeritus. […] Carrera, who has 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, has been with the Santa Barbara Foundation for almost two years as its chief revenue and business development officer.” —Pacific Coast Business Times

••• The Music Academy of the West “plans to reconstitute itself as the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute for at least the first month of its season. There will be an announcement on May 15 as to whether conditions have been met that would allow at least some of the planned public concerts and in-person instruction scheduled for the program’s second four weeks to go forward.” —Independent