Red-Tier Reopenings Are Expected to Happen This Tuesday

••• “‘Whale Safe’ Unleashed to Protect Cetaceans from Ship Collisions […] Santa Barbara Channel Site of New Whale Detection System.” Photo courtesy Benioff Ocean Initiative. —Independent

••• “Santa Barbara County Public Health officials have determined that the county is on track to advance to the less-restrictive red tier under the state’s Covid-19 system, a move expected to happen after a special Board of Supervisors meeting set for Tuesday [….] Retail could increase indoor operations to 50 percent capacity. Personal care services could open indoors with modifications, and museums, zoos and aquariums could open indoors with modifications at 25 percent capacity. Movie theaters and restaurants could open indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is greater. Places of worship could reopen with modifications at 25 percent capacity, and gyms and fitness centers also could open indoors, at 10 percent capacity.” —Noozhawk

••• In July, the Santa Barbara Grand Jury chastised the Board of Supervisors for the way it has cuddled up to the cannabis industry. In their response, “the supervisors report agreed with just two of the grand jury’s [12] findings and agreed to implement just one of its [18] recommendations.” —Independent (and also Newsmakers, which is justifiably outraged)

••• The Montecito Journal has a handy rundown of all the local candidates (not online yet).

••• Reviewing how the school board candidates fared in a recent forum. —Newsmakers

••• “Temperature Screenings, Outdoor Classrooms Await Students Returning to South Coast Schools […] Twenty-one local elementary campuses have reopening waivers, and some have already welcomed back students.” —Noozhawk

••• Planning commissioner Sheila Lodge explained at length the commission’s rejection of the Paseo Nuevo lease extension. —Newsmakers

••• “Doug Kern, director of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, sounded the alarm bell Monday that Vandenberg Air Force Base is in the final stages of negotiations with a private development company to lease and build five new golf courses in environmentally sensitive habitat of Santa Barbara County that is home to four endangered species and a monarch butterfly migration site. […] Vandenberg Dunes would also include reception facilities, a driving range, a two-story hotel, 50 stand-alone cottages, a 215,000-square-foot maintenance facility, and 25 acres of access roads and utility corridors.” —Independent

••• “The city is currently taking applications to form the Community Formation Commission or CFC. The CFC will then help the city create a civilian review system that will represent the community in police investigations. The city hopes to find a diverse group of applicants from all backgrounds, including those who are experiencing homelessness and non-U.S. citizens.” —KEYT

••• “Santa Ynez Valley residents have called on Caltrans to protect or at least replicate ‘a truly historic bridge’ built more than 100 years and used by pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists in Los Olivos to avoid Highway 154.” More on the Alamo Pintado Creek Pedestrian Bridge here. —Noozhawk


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