Governor Newsom Is Ignoring the County’s Request

••• Governor Newsom has yet to respond to the request by Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties to be considered as a separate region from the rest of the huge Southern California region. And there’s more in the Independent‘s article about the Covid situation, including the state of ICU beds in this area.

••• “Solvang’s newly seated mayor and city council members reversed the previous council’s decision to not follow state stay-at-home orders, citing that the decision put the health and safety of the public at risk.” —Santa Barbara News-Press

••• “Planning Commissioner Deborah Schwartz said Wednesday that she is a candidate for mayor of Santa Barbara” in 2021. “Without attacking [incumbent Cathy] Murillo by name in the interview, Schwartz nonetheless offered a stinging, two-track critique of her leadership: as a substantive matter, she spotlighted the absence of clear and cogent long-term plans by City Hall for economic development, affordable housing and homelessness; as a matter of political style, she called out a perceived lack of ‘civility…collegiality and mutual respect’ among and between City Council members, which she cast as a failure of the mayor.”

••• “Technological advances—combined with a groundbreaking odor control agreement between one of Carpinteria’s oldest farming families and several members of citizens’ groups that have fought for tighter regulation of the cannabis industry—are upping the ante for future [cannabis] projects. The pact between Cindy and David Van Wingerden of CVW Organic Farms and members of Concerned Carpinterians and the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis goes well beyond what’s required under the county’s lenient (some would say, grossly lax) cannabis ordinance.” —Edhat

••• Another Edhat classic: “A nude male is lying on the sidewalk near Castillo and Cota Streets.”

••• “The Santa Barbara Zoo welcomed its two newest family members, white-faced saki monkeys Penelope and Calabaza, to the zoo on Tuesday. The pair are the first white-faced saki monkeys to live at the Santa Barbara Zoo.” —Independent


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