Should the Parklets on Coast Village Road Be Removed?

••• Coast Village Road businesses and landlords would like restaurant parklets to revert to parking spaces: “We, the undersigned, are writing in support of restoring equity to all businesses on Coast Village Road and Coast Village Circle. The rationale for this is simple; the conditions that created parklets’ temporary existence, namely, indoor dining restrictions, haven’t been present since June 15, 2021, and thus are no longer required. […] Removing 20% of the available public street parking spaces on CVR, to build a handful of ‘temporary’ outdoor parklets, was never sustainable.” —Edhat

••• “Carpinteria Considering Permanent Parklet Permit Program for Downtown Businesses […] The permit initially would be for a three-year term and would require that the parklet is open to the public during nonbusiness hours.” —Noozhawk

••• “First Case of Monkeypox Confirmed in Santa Barbara County […] The adult resident was exposed to the virus outside of the county and is recovering at home in isolation.” —Independent

••• “Santa Barbara’s Parks & Recreation department unveiled the latest renderings for the proposed $14 million Ortega Park Master Plan last Thursday, revealing the suggested locations for the 12 reenvisioned, re-created, and relocated murals, along with an already controversial steel-and-concrete gated fence surrounding the park. […] Several members of the public have started a petition asking the city to rethink the design for the pool and pushing for a larger competitive-sized model, even suggesting the planners remove the proposed skate park to create more space for a full-sized pool.” That part of town could use a real pool. —Independent

••• “A school that allows students to choose what they learn is coming to the Central Coast with Santa Barbara Free School starting this September. [… Founders Jesse Resnick and Madeline Kimlin] said they are frequently asked about how students will learn the basics or core topics. They said that students will naturally pick up those basics as a byproduct of following their interests or passions.” —Noozhawk

••• The Montecito Fire Protection District approved a new evacuation study. —Montecito Journal

••• “The executive director of Clay Studio, Patrick Hall, has taken a sabbatical from his position at the nonprofit ceramic arts studio in Goleta after a letter signed by more than 15 employees was sent out expressing their discontent with Hall and threatening to strike if he did not step down.” —Independent

••• “A bicycle path connection is up for review in Goleta, this one to connect bikeways on the north and south sides of Highway 101. The public has until August 1 to weigh in. The San Jose Creek Bike Path Project is nearly done with environmental review. It will add two pieces to the Goleta bike-path puzzle and connect Calle Real to the Atascadero Creek Bikeway—a popular byway that runs from the City of Santa Barbara to UCSB.” —Independent


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