••• “Southern California officials on Tuesday took the unprecedented step of declaring a water shortage emergency and ordering outdoor usage be restricted to just one day a week for about 6 million people in parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. The outdoor watering restrictions will take effect June 1.” —Los Angeles Times
••• UCSB’s Daily Nexus got hold of photos of mocked-up interiors of the university’s monstrous Munger Hall.
••• “Santa Barbara will have a complete Fiesta this summer after nearly three years of cancellations and caution [….] One major change will be the historic horse parade, which will take place on Friday, August 5. This year, the route for El Desfile Histórico will run the length of Cabrillo Boulevard.” —Independent
••• “Pierre Lafond, the Montreal-born entrepreneur who ushered in the region’s modern era of commercial winemaking by founding Santa Barbara Winery 60 years ago, died on Sunday morning. He was 92 years old.” —Independent
••• “Free State Park Passes Now Available from Public Libraries in Santa Barbara County […] New program gives public library card holders free access to more than 200 parks and beaches throughout California.” —Noozhawk
••• “The State Lands Commission approved the first part of a decommissioning project Tuesday that will remove the oil pier infrastructure at Haskell’s Beach in Goleta [….] Exxon is responsible for paying for this portion of the project on public land and will be selecting a contractor to start work later this year [….] The second part of the project, which would remove an access road to the piers and underground pipelines, is unfunded and involves private land owned by the Sandpiper Golf Club.” —Noozhawk
••• Noozhawk has a report on the recent joint meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission and the De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Design Advisory Committee to discuss the overhaul of De La Guerra Plaza (rendering below). The plan to get rid of the grass is called “controversial,” but there seems to be only one person complaining.
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