Improvements to California’s Insurance of Last Resort

••• “At the November 7 County Planning Commission meeting, months of neighborhood backlash against [Patrick] Nesbitt’s helicopter landing application came to a head when the commissioners voted 3-1-1 (Commissioner Daniel Blough abstained, and Commissioner Larry Ferini voted against) to deny Nesbitt’s request.” Maybe they’re just jealous of his wealth, too. Nesbitt says he’ll appeal, of course. —Independent

••• The final city council election results are in: Alejandra Gutierrez won District 1 (by eight votes) and Mike Jordan won District 2. —Edhat

••• “Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered an update to the California FAIR Plan, the state’s insurer of last resort for homeowners. […] Lara’s action orders FAIR Plan to offer ‘basic property insurance’ that includes such traditional coverage as water damage, vandalism, and personal liability by June 1, 2020; currently FAIR only offers fire damage insurance for dwellings. The update includes an increase in the policy limit to $3 million from $1.5 million by April 1.” And there’s more. —Independent

••• “Southern California Edison settled public-entity fire claims today for $360 million, including lawsuits brought by Santa Barbara agencies for the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 Debris Flow. Altogether, the settlement incorporates lawsuits filed by 23 public agencies—including Montecito’s water and fire districts, the city and county of Santa Barbara, the county’s Flood Control District, and Carpinteria Fire—for the two local disasters as well as the Woolsey and Koenigstein fires. […] The County of Santa Barbara expects to get about $50 million of the total, County Counsel Mike Ghizzoni said. About $29 million of that goes toward the county’s costs for Thomas and the debris flow, while the rest would reimburse the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Office of Emergency Services.” —Independent

••• “Partners in Community Renewal, a new nonprofit group in Montecito, called RenewSB for short, […] has embarked on a $4 million, four-year study of the geology, hydrology, topography and violent history of debris flows in Montecito. […] RenewSB will design a masterplan for Montecito’s five main watersheds, encompassing Montecito, Cold Springs, Hot Springs, Oak, San Ysidro, Buena Vista, Romero and Picay creeks, showing how and where streams and bridges can be modified to reduce the future loss of life and property.” —Independent

••• Has Carpinteria’s cannabis industry bought favor with school officials? —L.A. Times

••• The city council voted against Anna Marie Gott’s attempt to force more parking at the restaurant under construction at 11 Anacapa. “Gott is a regular City Hall critic, and Tuesday’s appeal seemed to symbolize a collective swing back at the activist, with some of the council members mentioning her by name, and accusing her of being stuck in time.” —Noozhawk

••• Carp city council members voted in favor of creating a dog park. —KEYT

••• The country presented to the Montecito Association about the San Ysidro roundabout. I don’t think any news was broke, but it’s worth noting that the roundabout will be one lane, unlike the current roundabout at Coast Village Road/Hot Springs Road and the one planned for Olive Mill. —Montecito Journal (Nov. 14 issue; not online yet)