••• “Recall Update: Nearly Half of Ballots Mailed to Santa Barbara County Voters Returned […] Voting Ends in S.B. County at 8 p.m.” tonight. Please vote! It matters! —Independent
••• “The Santa Barbara Planning Commission on Thursday said that developers of the first condo project [at 533 E. Micheltorena, and pictured at top] proposed under the city’s high-density housing ordinance approved in 2013 need to redesign and ask for fewer modifications. […] The proposal is to construct a seven-unit, four-story condominium project at the site of a surface-level parking lot. […] ‘It’s really taken eight years for the project to get to this point,’ said Jane Gray, an environmental planner at Dudek. ‘I think that really underscores the larger issue here.'” Amen. —Noozhawk
••• Santa Barbara County Fire Department public information officer Mike Eliason watched live over his security cameras as (a) his Mesa house was burglarized and (b) the police apprehended the burglar. Of note: “Eliason was able to remotely open the window blinds, which aided officers in tracking the suspect’s whereabouts in the residence.” (Update: A. pointed out a great line from the article that I missed: “the suspect, who in the meantime had gone into a bedroom closet and donned one of Eliason’s Fire Department uniforms….”) —Noozhawk
••• “More than three years after developer Ed St. George illegally buzzsawed Santa Barbara’s largest monarch grove at his Beach City apartment complex, and despite extensive restoration and replanting efforts to bring the migratory population back, the butterflies have still not returned. […] Migratory monarchs have all but disappeared from Santa Barbara and Goleta’s eucalyptus groves, part of a dramatic decline in numbers across the country.” —Independent
••• Noozhawk looks into how Plaza de Vera Cruz has been fenced off so that Santa Barbara Trapeze can use it, essentially turning a public park private. Randy Kohn, a co-owner of the trapeze company, said that only 40 kids participated in the summer program, and that “anyone who wants to enter the park is welcome.” I’m sure it would go over great if a solo adult male asked to hang out and watch the kids learn trapeze….
••• “The Unity Shoppe will hold an estate sale of items once belonging to founder Barbara Tellefson on September 25 and 26. […] from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be at 679 Mission Canyon Road.” —KEYT
••• “The grassroots campaign to prevent Bailard Farm—a seven-acre rural property located at 1001-1003 Bailard Ave.—from being developed has collected nearly 1,800 signatures, as locals continue to campaign against the proposed development, arguing that it goes against Carpinteria’s General Plan and the best interests of the city. […] Because the property is located just outside city limits, control over its development falls under the control of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, even though the entrance and exits to the proposed residential development would go through the city of Carpinteria.” —Coastal View News
••• “The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission is scheduled to hold hearings on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 for ExxonMobil’s proposal to restart oil production at its Santa Ynez Unit, which includes plans to truck oil to Santa Maria and Kern County receiving sites by way of Highways 101 and 166. […] Under the plan, as many as 70 trucks a day would transport oil seven days a week for up to seven years or until a new pipeline becomes available, unless the county extends the project.” —Noozhawk
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