Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Finally Sold

••• “Michael Jackson’s onetime Neverland ranch has sold for $22 million to billionaire Ron Burkle, a onetime associate of the late pop star and co-founder of the investment firm Yucaipa Companies, according to public records and three people familiar with the deal. The property, located about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, had been on and off the market for years, first listing for $100 million in 2015 and undergoing several price cuts. […] The Los Olivos property spans about 2,700 acres and includes about 22 structures.” Love that second “about,” as if no one is sure how many buildings are on the site. —Wall Street Journal

••• “The Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that it would be pursuing criminal and civil cases against a Riviera neighborhood homeowner who chopped down four trees […] after park rangers approached the workers and told them they weren’t allowed to cut down the trees without a permit. […] The city filed three counts of unlawful tree removal at parkway, and one count of unlawful tree removal at setback. The maximum punishment for the misdemeanor charges, if found true, would be six months in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 for each one.” —Noozhawk

••• The Independent has a much more thorough article on one Montecito man’s quest find out why an electric current is running through his home.

••• “Despite the regional stay-at-home order, some local gyms are continuing indoor operations.” —Santa Barbara News-Press


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