Progress on the Las Positas/Modoc Road Multiuse Path

••• “Santa Barbara Expects Several More Years of Streets Construction: Flurry of pavement maintenance and other capital projects are all attributed to 2017 voter-approved sales tax hike [….] Current construction projects expected to be completed this fiscal year include the De la Guerra Street bridge replacement over Mission Creek, at $5.7 million, and water main replacement, at a cost $4.7 million. The city is also nearing the end of the design phase of the $18.4 million Las Positas/Modoc Multiuse Path, which will run from Modoc Road at Calle De Los Amigos to Las Positas Road and Cliff Drive.” The rendering is of the Cliff Drive/Las Positas roundabout. —Noozhawk

••• A reader of the Montecito Journal wrote in to complain about the slow pace of construction of the Montecito Creek bridge on 192 and the Ashley Road bridge. The former was recently said to be opening this month, but the Santa Barbara Public Works response seems to indicate that it’ll be “early 2020 if the weather cooperates” (although it’s unclear whether that’s about both bridges).

••• The U.S. House of Representatives passed “a ban on new offshore oil and gas leasing off the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines.” Whether the Senate will pass it—and Trump won’t veto it—remains to be determined. —Noozhawk

••• The Montecito Journal history columnist looks back at when people wintered in the area.

••• Edhat‘s Tree of the Month is the Island Oak, a.k.a. the Channel Islands Oak, which can be found “at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Santa Barbara Mission, in West Alameda Park, in the 300 block of E. Pedregosa, and other places.