••• “UCSB Divulges New Details on Munger Mega-Dorm […] The massive 11-story building would provide housing for nearly 5,000 undergraduate students” but the design “does not include windows for most of the dormitory’s single-occupancy bedrooms.” Boy, that’s grim. Above: a rendering of a courtyard. —Independent
••• Meagan Harmon, city council member for District 6, will likely face two challengers: “Jason Carlton, owner of an SB electrical contracting company,” and someone named Zachary Pike. And “in District 5, Eric Friedman now faces a potential contest with John Foran, a UCSB sociology professor.” —Newsmakers
••• Also running against Harmon: “Nina Johnson, the 25-year Santa Barbara city employee and current senior assistant to the City Administrator.” —Noozhawk
••• “The Board of State and Community Corrections [has] informed county leaders that, despite repeated statements to the contrary from their sheriff and staff, Santa Barbara [is] not legally obligated to renovate and add rated beds to its Main Jail as a condition of receiving $80 million in state funding to construct the new North County Jail.” —Independent
••• A month old, but relevant: “The Air Force signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration designed to eliminate red tape affecting commercial rocket launches at U.S. Space Force ranges. […] Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Vandenberg Space Force Base each have four FAA-licensed commercial launch providers operating on-site. Together, the two ranges supported 24 of the 39 commercial space launches licensed by the FAA in 2020.” —C4ISRNET (via REACH)
••• From a press release on Noozhawk: “The Coalition Against Gun Violence, the city of Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Police Department will host the 6th Anonymous Gun Buyback at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 21. Donors will receive a $100 Smart & Final Gift Card for each handgun or rifle and $200 gift cards for an assault weapon. […] Participants will be asked to place firearms in the trunk of their car and enter the queue. Police will contact drivers, remove the firearms, and provide a chit under the windshield wiper to exchange for the appropriate value in gift cards.”
••• “New interactive maps released by the California Geological Survey outline the Santa Barbara County areas that could be exposed to the risk of tsunami hazards.” Below: a screenshot of the main Santa Barbara area.
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