••• I got so excited about Austin/Aspen restaurant Clark’s opening an outpost in the former Cava space on Coast Village Road that I forgot all about the bank of 16 rooms/apartments located behind it. My understanding is that, for now, the deal with Clark’s owner, MML Hospitality, includes only the restaurant, with the hotel a possibility for later on. (MML has a couple of hotels already.) The old Cavita outbuilding, once the site of a pair of hotel rooms, sure would be a cute little lobby….
••• There’s a petition to save 63 trees slated to be removed to make way for the bike-pedestrian path along Modoc Road.
The current plan to spend $5.35 million to construct the Modoc Road multi-use bike path, a new 3939′ (.74 mile) off-road path which is in addition to the current existing bike path along Modoc Road in Santa Barbara, will result in the REMOVAL of a number of beautiful, mature, and distinctive Canary Island palm and Eucalyptus trees…as well as a number of native California Coast live oak. 63 trees in total.
We feel that the removal of the trees, and their shade canopy, will cause adverse environmental changes in this area, as well as negate the “distinctive visual character and park-like setting” to the Modoc Road area adjacent to the Modoc Preserve, as noted in the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration.
Keep this valuable natural open space undeveloped. Preserved in its natural state “in perpetuity” as signed by Deed of Conservation Easement in 1999, a battle that we fought long and hard to win. It’s not OK to cut down 63 trees and put in a 14′ wide bike path…that is equivalent to losing an acre to development!
••• On August 13, I’m finally getting my chance to explore the MOXI museum in a kid-free environment at its Afterparty party. See you there?
••• From Monday’s agenda of the city’s Architectural Board of Review: “a proposal from the City’s Arts Advisory Committee to install a bronze statue honoring the rich diving history in Santa Barbara. The project will be fully funded by the Santa Barbara Diving Monument Committee and provided as a gift to the City of Santa Barbara and Waterfront Department.” It’ll be 10 feet tall, as you can see from the rendering.
••• I loved Official Competition, which has been extended through Thursday at the Riviera Theatre. The big screen suits it. And Penélope Cruz is one of those actors worth watching in anything she does.
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