Santa Barbara County Moves Closer to Banning Natural Gas in New Buildings

••• “County supervisors took the first step toward banning the use of natural gas in new residential and commercial developments in hopes of lessening the county’s cumulative greenhouse-gas footprint. […] The supervisors’ action puts the county on track to get ahead of new state rules and regulations soon to take effect, but only by a few years. The real fight will be over possible exemptions.” —Independent

••• From the intro to a Newsmakers interview with congressperson Salud Carbajal:

At a time when 7 of 10 GOP voters do not regard Joe Biden’s presidency as legitimate, nearly 70 percent of the party’s House members voted not to certify the 2020 election, and November’s midterms may well hand control of Congress to GOP majorities even more deeply committed to Donald Trump’s fake narrative of a stolen election, Salud’s senescent bromides about “collaboration,” “bipartisanship” and “working together to solve problems” can register as dewy-eyed echoes of a long gone era. […]

The Democratic congressman discussed in depth and detail how he tries to square that political circle in Washington—a case study of striving to employ venerable legislative tools like persuasion, compromise and good faith negotiation, in an era of toxic, zero sum power struggles shaped by grievance, menace and rumblings of civil war.

••• This New York Post rehash of stories about Biltmore owner (and “accidental billionaire”) Ty Warner is proof you never want to get on the paper’s bad side. One tidbit: “In sharp contrast to his success with stuffed animals, Warner has lost so much money on his hotel and resort business that he went 12 years without paying a dollar in federal income taxes, ProPublica reported last year.”

••• “Hillside House hosted a garden party friend-raiser to introduce the nonprofit, which is a residential facility for 59 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to more community members and to share more details about its plan for a 168-unit integrated, mixed-abilities development […] on its wholly-owned 24-acre property in Hidden Valley […] which will include 6 duplexes for 60 adults living with I/DD. The remainder will be a variety of market rate, low-income, and senior housing. The 168 units are allowed under current zoning and bonus density allowance provisions. HH is presently working with architects and developers and anticipates revealing more details early next year.” —Independent

••• “Reggae on the Mountain Is Coming to Santa Barbara County’s Live Oak Campground […] Three-Day Music Festival Brings Reggae Legends and New Artists Together.” It’s November 18-20. —Independent

••• The candidates for the Santa Barbara Unified School District board debated again. —Newsmakers

••• “Contenders for Cold Spring School District Board Talk Finances, Facilities and Political Factions.” —Newsmakers

••• “Supervisors Approve Cannabis Cultivation Permit Near Cate School in Carpinteria Valley [….] Since county odor control rules address odor only in residential zones, Cate School, which is a private boarding school located in an agricultural zone, could file endless odor complaints and operators technically don’t have to take action under their odor abatement plans.” —Noozhawk


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