Indoor Mask Mandate Extended to November 5

••• “The Santa Barbara County Supervisors voted this Tuesday, October 5, to extend indoor mask mandates for another month or until new Covid infections drop to six per 100,000 people and stay there for two weeks. Currently, the countywide infection rate is 17.8 per 100,000. For those vaccinated, however, it’s only 7.9; for the unvaccinated, it’s closer to 30.” As tired as I am of the masks, whenever I start to complain, I remember all the people who have to wear them all day long. —Independent

••• “Cannabis shop Coastal Dispensary in downtown Santa Barbara is mired in a contractual dispute between its owners over a pending $56 million sale of the company to California marijuana conglomerate The Parent Company [….] Coastal is the second of Santa Barbara’s three marijuana storefronts to be sold.” —Independent

••• Newsmakers has a rundown of winners and losers in the recent mayoral debate (skip down to the “power rankings” graphic), but more of interest might be the look at what kind of the mayor actually wields. (Not much but it’s still important so please vote.)

••• “Santa Barbara to Join Other Agencies in Creating Regional Fire Communications Facility […] The council votes to proceed with a five-year contract to be part of the system, under which the closest crew will respond regardless of jurisdiction.” —Noozhawk

••• “Finalizing the big dig on Randall Road [in Montecito] looks to be delayed as one property owner has filed for a change of venue in the county’s attempt to take her property, and Judge Thomas Anderle agreed on Tuesday morning to move the case to Ventura County Superior Court.” —Independent

••• “Two Bennett’s wallabies have arrived at the Santa Barbara Zoo. They’ll be a part of the zoo’s new 15,000-square-foot Australian Walkabout exhibit [which] is in the final stages of construction and is scheduled to officially open in early January 2022.” —KSBY


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