Partying in Isla Vista Continues Unabated

••• The bad behavior continues in Isla Vista: “On Friday, Oct. 9, about 500 people, many of whom travelled together in large groups without masks, were seen on the streets of Del Playa Drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. Some parties spilled into the street, while others took place out of sight behind fenced-off properties. The presence of law enforcement was minimal.” —UCSB Daily Nexus (photo by Max Abrams/UCSB Daily Nexus)

••• Jim Knell of SIMA, the developer of a big mixed-use project downtown (710, 714, 716, 718, and 720 State Street, along with 15 E. Ortega), says he’s not going to proceed because the city council wants to force developers in the area to include more affordable housing. This would be great news for the Press Room bar, which would otherwise be demolished. —Independent

••• “Santa Barbara School Board Considering 2 Dates for Return to In-Person Class Schedules […] Trustees to vote Tuesday on plan for elementary schools to reopen Nov. 9 with secondary schools returning Jan. 19.” —Noozhawk

••• Noozhawk heard that the buyer of 237-acre Rancho San Carlos—the biggest-ever real estate deal in Montecito history—”is Riley P. Bechtel, a billionaire businessman who is the retired chairman of Bechtel, the giant international construction company that was founded more than 100 years ago by his forebears, but that could not be confirmed.”

••• Design upgrades could be coming to the State Street Promenade. —KEYT

••• From a press release on Edhat: “The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network has seen a disturbing trend of animals that have been shot by pellet guns throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The impact of these pellets often proves deadly.”

••• Cottage Health “is now allowing a limited number of visitors into its facilities to support hospital patients. Most units, depending on location, will allow one or two visitors to stay with the patient during the day and one to stay overnight by request.” —KEYT

••• Noozhawk profiles Greg and Samantha Eatwell of Eco Friendly Cleaners.

••• One of the grand Italian stone pine trees on Anapamu fell over. —Edible Santa Barbara

••• The tree of the month is the holly oak. —Edhat

••• Q&A with Santa Barbara school-board candidate Jackie Reid. —Newsmakers


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