Santa Barbara County Is Unlikely to Enter the Yellow Tier This Week

••• “As for moving into the least restrictive yellow tier, it is anticipated that this will not occur in the upcoming week, as the county’s current case rate hovers between 3.8 and 4. With the June 15 deadline of lifting all tier restrictions, [Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Dr. Van] De-Reynoso was unsure whether the county was on track to meet this date.” —Independent

••• “Walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations are now available at CVS and Walmart pharmacies, which also are offering same-day appointments.” —Noozhawk

••• “A massive house fire heavily damaged a residence on the Riviera in Santa Barbara, but proper vegetation clearance helped stop the blaze from spreading,” reported Noozhawk, with some great photos of the firefighters in action. I wouldn’t normally include a house fire, but the property in question was 1322 Dover Hill Road, a.k.a. the Slavin House (1956) by Richard Neutra. (An old Julius Shulman photo of the exterior is here.) It was never declared a landmark by the city.

••• The San Ysidro Ranch now has a dedicated building for spa and salon treatments, heretofore only available in guests’ cottages. “Imagine if the Queen’s Hamlet at Versailles had a salon and spa,” a hotel rep told the Montecito Journal. If I recall correctly, that story didn’t end well.

••• “The federal Department of Justice concluded the City of Santa Barbara’s historic downtown train depot fails to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, putting City Hall on notice that it will need to rectify the situation.” —Independent


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