••• Changes to the entrance to the Mission are on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission: “Proposal to construct an ADA and building code compliant access ramp to the main doors.” The agenda says that two options will be presented, but I think only one is included in the materials submitted in advance.
••• De La Guerra Plaza is also on the HLC’s agenda: “This meeting will be for the Commission to hear a more thorough presentation on the project design features and why the proposed design is the way it is.” I think this rendering is new.
••• Kickball has returned to Elings Park, but in an informal way: “10 weeks of free, co-ed, pickup games starting Friday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Softball Field 1. Open for ages 18 and older, the games have no set teams and no umpires. Interested players simply come to the field with a photo ID and sign a waiver form.” If it’s popular, the park will consider a more organized program.
••• The Montecito Association is looking into an ordinance limiting “formula retail” in the Upper Village: “Concerns with Restoration Hardware moving have led to conversations with Supervisor [Das] Williams, who expressed interested in adopting such an ordinance. Grandfathered banks and gas stations would remain, of course. The intent is to prevent chain businesses that displace local businesses.” Hmm. I like small, independent shops as much as the next person—when they’re good, anyway—but part of me thinks the market should decide. And no one complained when Jenni Kayne (22 stores nationwide) opened either of her two shops in the Upper Village, so perhaps only certain chains are objectionable…?
••• The Moving Mountains Resale Shoppe has either opened or is coming soon—the sign in the window sends mixed signals—on E. Haley (State/Anacapa). I stopped by to check it out, but its hours are Friday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
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