••• “Starting [this] week, educators and childcare workers, grocery store workers, and agricultural workers will be eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine in Santa Barbara County.” This really should’ve been done by age, not occupation, or people will just find ways to jump the line. —Independent
••• “American Airlines plans to start seasonal, nonstop service to Chicago this spring.” Don’t get too excited: “The flights […] will be on Saturdays and Sundays between May and September.” —Noozhawk
••• “Goleta, Carpinteria, Solvang and Buellton all contract with the [Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department] to act as their police departments. However, the bills seeking additional money owed from a prior year and a peek at the proposed rate for 2021-22 have prompted city leaders to each file a notice of contract dispute. […] All four cities have questioned the methodology used to arrive at the increases, ranging from 27% to 45%.” —Noozhawk
••• “Eight public water agencies from Carpinteria to Santa Maria import water from the California Aqueduct, shown here in Kern County. They want the right to sell some of their surplus state water outside Santa Barbara County.” —Melinda Burns for the Independent, Edhat, and probably Newsmakers at some point
••• More on the push to force property owners on Coast Village Road to contribute to a business improvement district, so the medians can be made nicer, among other improvements. I’m not sure anything will change on that stretch until the 101 gets widened. —Noozhawk
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