••• “Reports were circulating Sunday night that Gov. Gavin Newsom was preparing to lift his Covid-19 stay-at-home order that has kept most of California locked down for nearly seven weeks. […] The California Restaurant Association emailed an announcement that Newsom would issued the order Monday, which would return all 58 counties to the colored-tier system for reopening the state. The move presumably would allow a return to outdoor restaurant dining and indoor services at hair salons throughout California.” —Noozhawk UPDATE from KEYT: “Public health officials said Monday the state will return to a system of county-by-county restrictions intended to stem the spread of the virus. Local officials could choose to continue stricter rules. The state is also lifting a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. […] The lifting of the order is based on projections that the state says show improving ICU conditions, but officials have not disclosed the data behind the forecasts.”
••• “Leaders from the Santa Barbara County Fire Chiefs Association came together recently to create three workgroups with the goal of addressing major fire safety concerns on a regional level. […] Workgroups are formed to tackle three main issues: parking at trailheads and beaches, dispersed camping, and safety of homeless encampments.” The photo at right, by Santa Barbara County Fire Department division chief Rob Hazard, is a painful glimpse at what life in an encampment must be like. —Noozhawk
••• Newsmakers chats with city council member Meagan Harmon: “Along with District 4 representative Kristen Sneddon and District 5’s Eric Friedman, Harmon forms a trio of incumbents seeking a return to council, while Cathy Murillo is seeking re-election as mayor, the only City Hall office elected citywide. In the Nov. 2 election, all are seeking five-year terms—a one-time anomaly brought on the the city’s transition from odd to even-year elections.”
••• “Kellam de Forest, one of the most dogged, determined, and recognizable of Santa Barbara’s dwindling cadre of historic preservationists, died this week of Covid-19. He was 95. De Forest struck an unmistakable figure in town the past 15 years, impish, slight of build, rumpled of hair, slow of speech, and even slower of gait. His mind, however, was quick, sharp, and always precise, as anyone listening to his frequent testimony before the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission could attest.” —Independent
••• Food + Home Magazine is one of those freebie publications with an uncomfortably large overlap between who advertises and what gets covered editorially, but I enjoyed the profile of Santa Barbara Forge—a metalworking company run by brothers Dan, Joel, and Andy Patterson—and I didn’t see an ad for it. The article is on page 20, if you want to deal with the Issu online interface.
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