November 17, 2022
Tag: Ortega Park
The Ortega Park Redesign Is Close to Finalized
Other recent news: Election results trickle in along expected lines, but the Surfliner Inn contest remains close; why Aloha Fun Center fizzled; 332-unit apartment complex in Goleta moves forward; new Santa Barbara High School building approved; Sears signs removed; pushback for the two-room Funk Zone hotel.
August 4, 2022
Should the Parklets on Coast Village Road Be Removed?
Other recent news: Carpinteria is considering a permanent parklet program; first case of monkeypox in Santa Barbara County; new Ortega Park renderings; a new school that lets children decide what to learn; the Montecito Fire Protection District approved an evacuation study; turmoil at Clay Studio; Goleta bike path up for review.
July 19, 2022
Santa Barbara’s Police Headquarters Could Be Done by Mid-2026
Other recent news: Living Vehicle's new sustainable camper; jury to decide Birnam Wood golf dispute; grand opening of the Carpinteria Community Library; the argument for a better pool complex at Ortega Park; the U.S. Navy will expand weapons testing off the coast; Solvang Festival Theater has reopened; the tree of the month is the dragon tree. 2
January 8, 2022
A New Chapter for the Santa Barbara Public Market
Other recent news: Ortega Park renovation is in limbo; did a YouTube personality intentionally crash a plane near New Cuyama?; Santa Barbara Unified School District makes Covid testing mandatory and pauses all extracurricular activities; company found financially liable for 2016 Sherpa Fire; old trolley tracks uncovered; two new ventures for Acme Hospitality; Gaviota's Dos Pueblos Ranch sells for $25.5 million.
September 18, 2021
Governor Newsom Signs Housing Bills That Could Make Neighborhoods Much Denser
Other recent news: The renovation of Ortega Park finally moves forward; unanticipated drop in cannabis-tax revenues; county considers more stringent cannabis permitting; the rumored settlement for Santa Barbara's transportation chief; the unvaccinated dominate local Covid hospitalizations; Goleta formalizes in-lieu fees for affordable housing; Carpinteria is shifting to electing its city council by district; new water stations at Alameda and Shoreline parks; dangerous citrus pest found in Santa Barbara County; 82-unit apartment complex on Milpas gets approved.
September 12, 2021
The Story Behind Eight Jeff Shelton Buildings
Plus: Ortega Park redesign; Planned Parenthood book sale is coming up; Hacienda by Bonita Lifestyle's Summerland shop is closing (and everything is on sale); disrespectful hikers; Charles Arnoldi show at Caldwell Snyder Gallery; the city's odd bingo game. 1
August 9, 2021
Signs of Life at State Street’s Toy Train Museum
Plus: A new home for the Vintage Fox antiques store; the latest on Ortega Park's murals; another push for landmark designation for the Bungalow Haven neighborhood; a neat new residence proposed for downtown; the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments seeks committee members. 2
January 31, 2021
January 17, 2021
Improvements Proposed for the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge
Other recent news: Wider vaccine eligibility, but supplies remain limited; Santa Barbara County's Covid-19 spread is highest in the state; city council moves forward on banning natural gas in new construction; an educated guess about which cities Southwest Airlines might serve; Goleta is testing new streetlights; the argument for keeping Ortega Park's murals; Paso Robles is subsidizing gift cards to help local businesses. 1
December 3, 2020
Imminent New Lockdown for Santa Barbara County
Other recent news: County sheriff dismisses idea of a civilian review board; Ortega Park renovation held up over murals; more on the Surfliner Inn meeting; Hot Springs Road walking path; leaky Summerland wells capped; Atascadero monolith destroyed by vandals; the artist behind the Candy Land house.