••• Jeff Shelton’s redesign of the State Street/Highway 101 undercrossing passed the Historic Landmarks Commission, and “construction is set to begin by Labor Day,” reports Noozhawk. Check out the many renderings here.
••• “A consultant to help redesign State Street in downtown Santa Barbara could cost as much $800,000, double the $400,000 that was originally floated by city staff.” —Noozhawk
••• “For more than 30 years, the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network has been saving and helping wild animals from all over Santa Barbara and Ventura counties—with limited resources and in cramped facilities. The nonprofit’s job just got a lot easier. In February, SBWCN had a soft opening for the 5,400 square-foot Wendy McCaw Wildlife Hospital.” —Santa Barbara News-Press
••• Santa Barbara County sheriff Bill Brown is running for a fifth term; lieutenant Juan Camarena is running against him. —Independent
••• “After initially selecting a a final draft for a new city election redistricting map, Carpinteria City Council took back its decision and brought forward another option that would straighten out a few boundary lines that one councilmember said ‘looked like gerrymandering.'” —Independent
••• “The Santa Barbara Kite Festival announced it will return to the Great Meadows for its 36th festival in the spring after a two-year-long hiatus. […] The Kite Festival will take place at the Great Meadows from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. The Great Meadows are located on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College, next to the Garvin Theatre at 721 Cliff Drive.” —KEYT
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