••• KEYT reports on the changed atmosphere of the swath of State Street that’s closed to cars through August, but says that it “was done without much or any review or public input and that’s led to emails and calls to City Hall.” The only non-politician named in the piece as having issues with it is Anna Marie Gott, who famously resists change of any kind. Still, the point holds that the city has to figure out a way to deal with aggressive bicyclists and come up with rules about exactly what space shops and restaurants can co-opt.
••• “Semana Nautica Sports Festival, Reef & Run Series Canceled by Pandemic [….] Nite Moves weekly run-swim series hoping to start up in July.” —Noozhawk
••• “Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said his administration will release guidelines ‘in a week or so’ for allowing gyms, yoga studios and other fitness facilities to reopen, though stringent safeguards will need to be adopted to protect customers from the Covid-19 pandemic. Newsom cautioned that the state directives will be tailored to the unique characteristics of each business, from large fitness chains to small studios, and will rely heavily on the advice of public health officials in each county.” —L.A. Times
••• “On Tuesday (June 2), the [county Board of Supervisors] will consider a 5-0 recommendation from the county Planning Commission to require stricter zoning permits, known as conditional use permits, or CUPs, for all cannabis cultivation and processing. The supervisors’ decision is significant because, at least in theory, conditional use permits would set a higher bar for cannabis operators, requiring them, for example, to avoid pesticide conflicts with neighboring vintners and avocado growers and prevent the eye-watering, skunk-like stench of marijuana plants from drifting into homes and wine tasting rooms.” This industry has to be stopped before it ruins the county. —Newsmakers
••• “Bossie the Cow is preparing to see about her 80th graduating class of Santa Barbara High School. Generations of Dons have painted her as a prank to celebrate big wins or special events at Santa Barbara High School. Wednesday a couple of SBHS faculty broke the mischievous tradition, and asked for permission from Bossie’s newest owners, Bossie’s Kitchen. They climbed to the top of Milpas and Canon Perdido Streets on Santa Barbara’s Eastside and painted the cow gold with green spots.” —KEYT
••• “The Ventura City Council unanimously voted to ease limited closure restrictions, which includes access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, Pier, public restrooms, and select parking lots. For the last several weeks, Ventura’s parks and beaches have been open for active recreational use, like walking, swimming, and surfing. Beginning on May 29, these areas will open for passive use, such as sitting and sunbathing.” Maybe that’ll help ease the situation here. —KEYT
••• “California Mid-State Fair board decides to cancel this year’s fair.” —KEYT
••• “Aera Energy announced May 27 that it would abandon plans to develop hundreds of new wells in Northern Santa Barbara County at East Cat Canyon. The Bakersfield-based company’s application would have re-established oil production at the field using cyclic steam and horizontal drilling techniques.” —Pacific Coast Business Times
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