Mountain Lion Spotted in Elings Park

••• Now available for rent for $19,500 per month: 184 Middle Road in Montecito. According to the listing, it was “the original Santa Barbara Polo Club built by the famous designer, Francis T Underhill (Main House) and Herbert Beyer (1,200-foot Artists Studio) one of the founders of the German Bau Haus [sic] School. The club was converted to a house in 1929 and totally remodeled in the last 2 years.”

••• A mountain lion was spotted in Elings Park. Photo courtesy Elings Park.

••• In an end-of-year email, the Montecito Trails Foundation says, “We’ve started to clean up the slide on Cold Springs West Fork and are making plans for Upper San Ysidro. Both of these projects will continue into 2020.” Also, the MTF “envision[s] walking paths on Olive Mill Road from North Jameson Lane. These decomposed gravel walking paths help improve pedestrian access for our daily walkers and students in Montecito. We will be working on the final phase of this project which will rebuild a bridge that connects the Olive Mill walking path to the Peter Bakewell trail system. More to come on that.”

••• There’s going to be a town hall meeting about safety on Highway 154, which is good, because someone crashes on it every other day. “Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Highway 154 Safety Committee is hosting a Town Hall on December 16, 2019, at Solvang Veterans Memorial Building, 1745 Mission Drive in Solvang. The town hall will feature the latest information on Highway 154 traffic safety and efforts to improve safety. The public will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from Caltrans, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, and local/state elected officials. At 6:30 p.m., there will be an open house with state and local agencies, followed by the first meeting of the Highway 154 Safety Committee at 7 p.m. […] The public is encouraged, not required, to register to attend the town hall. Registration can be done online, or by phone to Santa Barbara County Association of Governments at (805) 961-8900.”

••• From the city of Santa Barbara: “Eastside Library’s getting a new layout, fixtures, paint, flooring, furniture, and more open space. It will be closed for construction Jan. 5-11. Some work has already started, impacting access to books and some spaces in the Library. Regular programming is canceled thru Dec.”