Santa Barbara’s Police Chief Is Stepping Down

••• “Global Mutual, a London-based investment firm, bought [Amazon’s Santa Barbara office building] for close to its listed price of $38.4 million, making it one of the largest sales ever of commercial property in the downtown Santa Barbara commercial business district. The deal included both the building, located at 1001 State Street, and the acre of land under it.” —Pacific Coast Business Times

••• “Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnow made formal today what many City Hall insiders had been long expecting: that she will soon be stepping down as Santa Barbara chief. Luhnow, the city’s first female chief, will end her 32-year career in law enforcement and nearly five-year career in Santa Barbara on February 13. Replacing her on an interim basis will be Barney Melekian, a former undersheriff with the County Sheriff’s Department and now assistant county executive officer in charge of public safety matters.” —Independent

••• Life just got even harder for people house-hunting in Montecito, thanks to the Wall Street Journal‘s paean to the area.

••• As has been in the works for a while, Indio Muerto Street was officially renamed Hutash Street today. —KSBY

••• The tree of the month is the Brazilian pepper tree, which “puts on a dazzling show this time of year—not with flowers but with shiny green foliage and clusters of bright red fruit. This festive color combination has led to its use in home holiday decorations and to another of its common names, Christmasberry Tree.” —Edhat

••• 805 Living has a blurb on Solvang’s new Hotel Ynez, which “reimagines a classic California motor lodge in the 21st century.” Would anyone on earth call it a motor lodge instead of a motel? Anyway, rates are said to start at $209 and include breakfast.


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