Santa Barbara County Is Pausing Its Reopening

••• “When the Santa Barbara Zoo reopens next week, visitors returning to the grounds will be greeted by two new zoo residents: African lions.” Their names are Ralph and Felicia. —KEYT

••• “Santa Barbara County is putting a pause on reopening efforts. […] This means nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage services and other personal care industries that were expected to reopen this Friday will have to continue waiting for the green light to reopen.” —KEYT

••• Newsmakers and the Independent each interviewed Hilda Maldonado, incoming superintendent of the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

••• “The Drum Fire, which burned more than 600 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley, has been 100% contained. The fire began Sunday afternoon near Highway 246 between Lompoc and Buellton.” —KEYT

••• “The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve $249,563 in design services for the Vision Zero Eastside Green Lanes and Bicycle Boulevard Gap Closure Project. Plans call for a bike boulevard on Alisos Street to provide an alternative to riding on Milpas Street. […] The new bicycle boulevard will connect to new Cota and Haley streets buffered green bicycle lanes and a new on-street bike lane along Ortega Street connecting Santa Barbara Junior High and High schools and downtown.” —Noozhawk

••• “A 29-unit studio project could be coming to downtown Santa Barbara. The city’s Housing Authority wants to build the project at 110-116 E. Cota St. [east of Anacapa Street], which would house formerly homeless individuals, and provide wrap-around supportive services. The city’s Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a $2 million loan to the Housing Authority, from the city’s Housing Asset Fund, to help buy the property for the $14.8 million project. The Housing Asset Fund can only be used for affordable housing projects. The site is currently vacant.” —Noozhawk