Imminent New Lockdown for Santa Barbara County

••• “Governor Newsom has enacted a new statewide stay-at-home order when regional areas experience low levels of hospital capacity. Residents will be required to stay home for three weeks when the hospital’s intensive care units reach below 15% capacity. […] San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties all fall within the Southern California region. State health officials are expecting this region to hit the ICU threshold this week prompting a lockdown. […] Bars, wineries, salons, and personal services would close. Restaurants would be required to close their on-site dining and could only serve takeout or delivery. Schools, however, would be allowed to stay open if they previously received a waiver. Retail would be reduced to 20% capacity and critical infrastructure would be allowed to remain open.” —Edhat

UPDATE 12/5: “A stay-at-home order was triggered Friday night for the Southern California Region after the area fell below 15% for intensive care unit capacity.” We’re just waiting for the county to release its health order. —KSBY

••• At a county Board of Supervisors meeting, Sheriff Bill Brown “waded into the proceedings with an unexpected, last-minute cameo during which he dropped the mic down hard on any optimistic hopes. Instead, he stood up for his department against the slings, arrows, and accusations of systemic racism. Brown weighed in mightily against the formation of a civilian review board, dismissing it as—among other things—’a solution in search of a problem.'” —Independent

••• “Santa Barbara’s parks department has indefinitely delayed a key hearing in its $14 million plan to remodel Ortega Park after opposition was raised over the intended demolition of the many historic murals that adorn its buildings and walls.” —Independent

••• The Coastal View News‘s recap of the meeting about the proposed Surfliner Inn in Carpinteria has a more thorough, less negative take than KEYT’s, noting that “while a handful of board members expressed general opposition to the concept, most expressed overall support for the project with modifications.” Thanks to T. for sending it over.

••• “The city of Santa Barbara has unveiled an improved online form that allows residents to report […] unhoused individuals in need in addition to just homeless encampments.” —KEYT

••• “The high number of Covid-19 cases in Santa Barbara County has blocked the [Santa Barbara Unified School District’s] ability to apply for a waiver to reopen elementary schools. The district has a waiver ready to go, but the California Department of Public Health won’t even review the application right now because the case count is too high.” —Noozhawk

••• “Santa Barbara’s Bucket Brigade and Montecito Trails Foundation team up for Hot Springs walking path.” —Montecito Journal (article not online yet)

••• “Leaky Summerland oil wells are now capped.” —Edhat

••• “A metal monolith that appeared atop a peak in Atascadero Wednesday was destroyed by vandals overnight. A video streamed online shows a group of young men who traveled from Orange County to San Luis Obispo County and destroyed the metal object, replacing it with a makeshift wooden cross. […] In the video, at least three of the men are seen pushing the monolith down and chanting ‘Christ is King’ and ‘America First.'” Some days it really does feel like the return of the Dark Ages. —KEYT

••• The Candy Land house on Foothill Lane is the home of artist Jane Gottlieb, who considers it her masterpiece. —KEYT


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