Indio Muerto Street Is Finally Being Renamed

••• “The Santa Barbara City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to change Indio Muerto Street to Hutash, which means ‘earth mother.'” —Noozhawk

••• “The Apple Store [on State Street] is back open for business following a six month long closure prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.” —KEYT

••• “Santa Barbara to Replace Parking Kiosk Workers with Automated License Plate Readers […] City officials say the technology, expected to cost about $500,000, will mean contactless interaction, a reduction in wait times and fewer lost tickets.” I’d feel better about this if I hadn’t just received an erroneous FasTrak bill for some bridge in the Bay Area. —Noozhawk

••• “Complaints are surfacing about the process by which Santa Barbara County election czar Joe Holland winnowed 170 applicants down to a pool of 45 qualified prospective candidates for the new 11-person redistricting commission. ‘It definitely skews white, old, male, and Republican,’ objected Mary Rose, a longtime political consultant.” —Independent

••• “The first significant peace treaty was signed in the years-long Carpinteria Odor Wars this week. Carpinteria cannabis grower Pacific Grown Organics reached an agreement with the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis, a community-based advocacy and education organization [….] The main points of the agreement require scientific odor testing at or near the grower’s property, wind and weather monitoring to measure and predict how weather patterns affect odor migration, and the promotion of this information to other growers and neighbors.” —Independent

••• “Applications for cannabis storefront retail licenses are now available in Santa Barbara County, and applicants have just over a month to prepare. […] Only one storefront will be allowed in each of six communities—Orcutt, Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, Isla Vista, Toro Canyon, and the Eastern Goleta Valley.” —KEYT

••• “Tarzan actor and Hope Ranch resident Ron Ely has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for the 2019 deaths of his wife, Valerie, and their son, Cameron. The lawsuit claims that the five deputies who responded to a 911 call at the Ely residence the night of October 15 neglected to give timely medical aid to 62-year-old Valerie, whom authorities say Cameron had stabbed, and then shot 30-year-old Cameron 22 times as he attempted to surrender to them unarmed with his hands in the air.” —Independent

••• From a press release on Noozhawk: “The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation has announced the start of a critical conservation project for the Great Arch of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. […] Conservation experts will selectively remove the blanched coating without harming the sandstone. Conservators will also use water and gentle cleaners to remove other surface deposits, including dirt, bird guano, and biological films such as mold and algae. The work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 2.”


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