••• “The Santa Barbara City Council voted Tuesday against an attempt to open six blocks of State Street to vehicles, and instead directed staff to pursue a plan that would include bikes, a transit service and pedestrians on the State Street promenade. The council also agreed to a plan for vehicular drop-off service in front of The Granada Theatre.” —Noozhawk
••• Sansum Clinic and Sutter Health have started the process of merging. —Montecito Journal
••• The trial involving Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, and 1-800-Flowers founder Carl Westcott is underway in L.A. —People
••• “By this time next year, work should begin on an in-between portion of a Class 1 pathway for bicyclists and pedestrians along Modoc Road, which will connect a sequestered bike path from Goleta, UC Santa Barbara, and Isla Vista to Santa Barbara’s Cliff Drive. A few hurdles remain—in large part, a negotiation with the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County to use part of the Modoc Preserve it controls—but a lawsuit was recently settled with neighbors concerned about the 1,600-foot segment of the path that will run along the preserve.” —Independent
••• “The Santa Barbara Unified School District is looking to partner with the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara to build up to 45 apartments on land the district owns on the Eastside. The apartments are proposed for 915 E. Montecito St. and would be for school district employees only.” —Noozhawk
••• During a hearing about the plan for a 66-room hotel at State and Ortega, Santa Barbara Planning Commission chairperson Roxana Bonderson ripped into the city council: “I don’t know what it is going to take and how much more dire the housing crisis has to get before our council is motivated enough to take effective policy action [….] Most of them are on their second term with nothing to show on their résumés to demonstrate the realization of increased housing in the city that they serve.” —Noozhawk
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