••• “Thousands of central and Southern California grocery workers have voted to authorize their union to call a strike against several major supermarket chains. About 47,000 workers at more than 500 Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores started voting last week and the results were announced Sunday. No strike date was immediately set and negotiations resume on Wednesday.” —KSBY
••• “Vera Cruz Park on Santa Barbara’s Eastside is now the permanent home to the Santa Barbara Trapeze Co. The Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday unanimously supported a one-year contract, with an option for up to three years. About 60% of the park will be occupied by the trapeze company and the rest will be open space.” —Noozhawk
••• Peter Sullivan, founder of a software company called Jackpocket, “launched Silicon Riviera on March 9 […] with the Santa Barbara Foundation. Sullivan said Silicon Riviera will be ‘highlighting Santa Barbara as a place where you can live an amazing lifestyle, but also be part of a thriving tech community. We want to be rebranded externally to the rest of the world.” —Pacific Coast Business Times
••• Santa Barbara magazine’s new issue showcases some neat houses, including the latest makeover by Xorin Balbes, who calls it his forever home. But can a “master flipper” really resist such a hot market? (Full disclosure: I wrote an item for the issue about Galerie XX and Indian Pink.)
••• “Red Tail Multifamily Land Development, The Towbes Group and the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara are behind the [proposed] Heritage Ridge Project slated for a 17.36-acre vacant site north of Camino Vista and east of South Los Carneros Road. […] A two-acre public park is proposed as part of the project. The project would include 228 market-rate units and 104 affordable units.” —Noozhawk
••• “Hearst Castle to reopen May 11. Ticket sales begin March 31.” —KSBY
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••• Letter Perfect stationery shop has left Coast Village Road for a temporary showroom near the Funk Zone; owner Leslie Person Ryan “is actively in negations to reopen a larger store by April.” (Last we had heard, the shop was being sold.) The Montecito Journal thought the Montecito Deli—soon to be under new ownership—might be expanding into the space, but the “for rent” sign outside implies not.
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