Hollister Ranch Public Access Delayed by 18 Months

••• “Effort to Implement Hollister Ranch Public Access Program Delayed—Again […] Four state agencies decide to conduct an environmental impact report, which is expected to take about 18 months.” —Noozhawk

••• “The Hollister Fire that ignited on Saturday morning reached 90% containment as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. […] The fire had grown to roughly 120 acres as of Monday night.” —KEYT

••• From a press release on Noozhawk: “The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation has reached its final $5 million fundraising goal, allowing construction to begin on the new Michael Towbes Library Plaza this year, with groundbreaking set for May 4. The new plaza includes 10,000 square feet of programmable space in downtown Santa Barbara between the Main Library and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.”

••• “Timeline calls for 2026,” tweeted John Palminteri about new Santa Barbara Police Department headquarters (and presumably referring to the completion date). It’ll be at Santa Barbara and Cota, and the Saturday farmers’ market is likely moving to the intersection of State and Carrillo.

••• “The Carpinteria City Council voted unanimously to award a $2 million construction contract to Lash Construction, Inc. for a new skate park. Lash Construction’s $2,089,242 bid — nearly 50% over the original engineer’s estimate of $1.4 million—first came to the City Council at its Feb. 14 meeting as the only bid submitted.” —Noozhawk

••• “Four Santa Barbara County cities will head to mediation with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office over cost proposals. The cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta and Solvang […] are aligned in their position that the cost increases proposed by the Sheriff’s Office in the last two years of the agreement are not justified or sustainable nor are projected costs for the future.” —KEYT

••• Gabe Escobedo suspended his campaign for state assembly. —Noozhawk

••• “Westmont College announced that it will reopen its Observatory to the public on Friday, March 18, for the first time in two years.” —KEYT


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