••• Someone was caught after trying to cut down Santa Barbara Junior High School’s wooden (!) flagpole with a saw. The pole was damaged badly enough that it had to be removed. —from a SBPD press release on Nextdoor
••• Having recently sold a house on Padaro Lane for $23.5 million, Lynda Weinman was identified as the buyer of 350 Ortega Ridge for $7.95 million. Of course, she and her husband, Bruce Heavin, are also building a fantastical house on Pepper Hill. —Dirt
••• Changes are proposed for Hollister Avenue in Goleta: “Up for discussion at City Council next Tuesday is the addition of bicycle lanes, the reduction to one driving lane in each direction, and a hope for more parking in Old Town in 2022. The city intends for that project’s traffic impacts to be alleviated by the twin roundabouts set for either side of the 217 overpass at Hollister circa 2022-2024, which should keep traffic moving and end the long wait at the traffic signals for Highway 101. The second element is the creation of another through road from Fairview to Kellogg avenues by joining Fowler and Ekwill streets in the industrial section of Old Town.” —Independent
••• “The Carpinteria City Council has taken the next step toward gaining control of the city’s branch library, which currently is operated by the Santa Barbara Public Library System. […] The City of Goleta went through a similar takeover process to create an independent branch in 2018 [….] Back in September, [Carp] council members indicated they also were open to considering taking on operation of the Montecito Library, at 1469 East Valley Road, through an agreement with the county, should that be desired.” I wouldn’t have minded an explanation as to why the municipalities would rather go out on their own. —Noozhawk
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