••• The tree of the month is the marvelous Bunya-Bunya: “If you want to feel what it must have been like to live in the age of the dinosaurs, just stand underneath a Bunya-Bunya and look up. It fits naturally into a prehistoric Jurassic Park setting, precisely because it is the last remaining species of the Bunya Section of the genus Araucaria. This was the predominant conifer genus on the single supercontinent, Pangaea, during the Jurassic era—199.6 to 145.5 million years ago.” But be careful in August and September, when the 20-pound seed cones might fall and beanya-beanya. —Edhat
••• “Are Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines thinking about trading in their life on the farm in Waco to be closer to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood?” Honestly, who could blame them? “The HGTV couple has been teasing the idea of ‘expanding their property portfolio’ to Montecito.” —Closer
••• “The City Council will discuss restriping the [Chapala Street] where it is two lanes, down to one lane. The area would be from Arrellaga Street up to just before Mission Street where it will then widen out to two lanes again at the signal light. A new signal light is also proposed at Arrellaga Street.” —KEYT
••• “The former Carrows and Denny’s building at 5677 Calle Real [in Goleta] will soon be home to Coast Supply Company. The store provides flooring, windows, kitchen, and other home products.” —Noozhawk
••• “Cresco Proposes State-of-Art Carbon Scrubbers for Giant Pot Greenhouse in Carpinteria […] Indoor Filtration System Could Prevent Fugitive Odors from Becoming a Neighborhood Nuisance.” —Independent
••• “The city of Port Hueneme […] is proposing a new change to Hueneme Beach, reflecting perhaps that it does have some very good surfing opportunities.” Apparently there’s some confusion between Port Hueneme and the nearby Port of Hueneme. Residents will vote on the matter. —Pacific Coast Business Times
••• “A cleanup effort was underway in Toro Canyon Creek after natural seepage from a 19th century oil well affected the waterway and led to the rescue of oiled wildlife in the area,” reports Noozhawk. According to the county press release, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response “is currently working to confirm the amount of oil that leaked from the pipe, but preliminary estimates indicate between 420-630 gallons reached the creek. While an EPA study in late 1990s determined it would be unfeasible to cap the well, County officials are working with federal and state officials on long-term system improvements.”
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