••• “Warm weather in the San Francisco Bay Area [and beyond] has extended tarantula mating season—a surprisingly public affair that has led to advisories from officials to be on the lookout for thousands of giant male spiders. The spiders aren’t dangerous to people, in fact it’s the other way around.” The one pictured above was spotted in the hills above Montecito the other day. —Wall Street Journal
••• In advance of the Coast Village Association’s Transportation and Traffic Symposium on Wednesday, the Montecito Journal spoke with the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department about the kidney-shaped roundabout coming to San Ysidro Road and North Jameson Lane. “It will likely be built between 2023 and 2027, prior to the 101 widening through Montecito.” More renderings will be unveiled at the event, which is at 8 a.m. on October 16 at the Montecito Inn. Email [email protected] to RSVP. (The article, in the issue with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the front page, isn’t online yet.)
••• “County regulators are bracing for a new onslaught of interest in the cultivation of hemp, which the federal government legalized for commercial purposes a year ago. […] As a designated agricultural product, hemp is not subject to the same oversight and restrictions as cannabis. To date, 77 would-be operators have already expressed interest in obtaining county approval to grow hemp on an industrial and commercial scale. […] The big question the supervisors wanted to know was how much hemp stunk. ‘It’s nowhere near as pungent as cannabis,’ their ag commissioner told them.” —Independent
••• “Impact Hub Santa Barbara is changing its name to Kiva CoWork [….] For people who use the Impact Hub, ‘Nothing will change except for the name,’ Dan Ferrick, co-founder, told Noozhawk. ‘Under the new branding, however, Kiva will break away from the corporate ownership and partnership with the global Impact Hub, and expand into property management services for entrepreneurs.'”
••• Don’t rock the paddleboard….
Two paddle boarders encounter two sharks off the coast of Carpinteria and capture it on video. They say sharks were curious but not aggressive. pic.twitter.com/xQhKaLecmF
— Alys Martinez (@AlysMartinezTV) October 10, 2019