••• “Here’s the bad news: Santa Barbara County faces a [possible] return to the more restrictive purple Covid tier because case numbers rose dramatically this week—76 new cases today. The good news: the county’s health officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg, announced the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine could come as early as late December.” —Indepdendent
••• “We appeal to entrepreneurs, hedge fund guys with their own jets who have access to all the great things in the world,” said Oliver Caldwell, cofounder of the new Caldwell Snyder gallery on Coast Village Road, to the Montecito Journal, as part of an explanation as to why they chose Montecito and not Laguna Beach, La Jolla, or Sausalito. The paper, meanwhile, claims that the gallery “cements Montecito’s credentials as a West Coast art destination,” which will undoubtedly be news to galleries up and down the coast.
••• “The victim in Thursday’s ‘suspicious death’ at UC Santa Barbara’s Campus Point reportedly was a university staff member who was walking with his wife and dog when he was pushed over a cliff.” The police have not confirmed it. —Edhat
••• I didn’t think it was all that newsworthy that The Lark and Loquita are using a UVC lamp to kill microorganisms in unoccupied spaces, but the Independent put it on its cover, so I feel remiss in not mentioning it. “Not only is Santa Barbara one of the first placers to adopts this technology, but R-Zero’s cofounder and president, Eli Harris, was born and raised and, after a decade of work in China, today resides here again.”
••• Progress for the Carpinteria Rincon Bluffs Preserve, 21.6 acres overlooking Rincon Point: “The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County transferred the Rincon Bluffs Preserve to the city of Carpinteria. The city council also authorized a contract to come up with design plans. […] The Land Trust expects a design in the spring or summer of 2021. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2025.” —KEYT
••• “Permits to be issued for [a 44,000-square-foot] Buellton entertainment center that includes 18 lanes of bowling, a video arcade, and dining.” —KSBY
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