May 8, 2022
Tag: Das Williams
Pay-By-Phone Now Available at Downtown Parking Lots
Other recent news: Groundbreaking for the Michael Towbes Library Plaza; county Covid-19 cases are rising but hospitalizations are stable; Chick-fil-A's traffic-mitigation plan got sent back to the drawing board; updates on the Hot Springs trailhead parking brouhaha.
March 4, 2022
An Update on the City’s Bikeshare Program
Other recent news: A positive L.A. Times review for the Van Gogh show; board of supervisors gives in to the cannabis industry once again; county district attorney won't seek re-election; call for exhibitions at the upcoming Santa Barbara Fair & Expo; healthcare company signs big lease downtown; the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf reopens March 12; more changes in state mask guidelines.
May 6, 2021
More Than 40 Percent of County Adults Are Fully Vaccinated
Other recent news: Santa Barbara loses fight over regulating short-term vacation rentals; more on the state bills that would allow rampant construction of housing; dogs sickened by county mulch; cannabis farm in wine country agrees to odor controls; Meagan Harmon appointed to California Coastal Commission; city grocery workers to receive "hazard pay." 3
March 9, 2021
Santa Barbara County Is Getting Close to the Red Tier
Other recent news: Santa Barbara's mayor wants to create official homeless encampments; stylish hotel and intriguing restaurant opening in Ojai; how one organization would address the homeless situation; more on the cannabis operators hoping to open shops in the county; the push for a State Street master plan; local politician could be appointed to the California Coastal Commission.
July 13, 2020
California Is Shutting Down Various Industries Again
Other recent news: New design for big beachfront hotel; the county is looking into using the old Sears store as a Covid-treatment facility; small earthquake outside Carpinteria; Das Williams responds to damning Grand Jury report; courthouse plaque celebrates white people.
July 7, 2020
July 2, 2020
County Beaches Limited to Active Use for the Holiday Weekend
Other recent news: Massive spike in new Covid-19 cases; the city of Santa Barbara will close many beach parking lots and forbid barbecues and hammocks; rumors that the Four Seasons Biltmore is getting sold or renovated; Bob Hazard on the water deal.
May 19, 2020
The County Is Said to Be Loosening Some Restrictions Tomorrow
Other recent news: The state released new criteria for reopening—which San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties meet but Santa Barbara does not—and agreed not to count the Lompoc prison; haircuts might be possible in a few weeks; Carpinteria now requires face masks; July 4 fireworks show canceled.
March 10, 2020
March 5, 2020
Architects on How to Fix Downtown Santa Barbara
Other recent news: Election results; Cottage Health opening two urgent-care centers here; local virologist on pandemic survival tactics; Funk Zone restaurant complex approved; Craftsman house on W. Valerio; new shop selling seashell art; parking spat turns ugly.