The Challenge of Finding a New Owner for Paseo Nuevo

••• “Paseo Nuevo mall is on the market, and there’s interest among national retail companies to purchase the property.” While you can’t blame Noozhawk for going with the sexy headline and lede, the situation is complicated because “the mall’s lease with the city began in 1990 and extends through 2065” and “any potential buyer will want an extended lease to ensure a return on its multimillion-dollar investment.”

••• “The Santa Barbara City Council on Thursday approved a rate structure for outdoor dining along State Street. […] The rates will vary widely, but a portable setup with a platform and no roof would cost $4 a square foot. Structures that are not portable, have no roof, but have a platform would be $4.50 a square foot, and structures not portable with a roof would be $5 a square foot. […] The idea is that the larger and more permanent the structure, the more time and resources it would cost the city to maintain.” —Noozhawk

••• “The federal tax deadline for residents in more than 40 California counties affected by the recent storms—including Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties—has been extended to May 15, 2023, according to an announcement from the Internal Revenue Service this week. Any individuals or businesses with a registered address in any of the 41 counties designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency qualify for the extension.” (The state did it, too.) —Independent

••• No word yet on when Highway 154 will reopen. —KCLU

••• “After 39 years of programming in the city of Santa Barbara, the San Luis Obispo–based KCBX public radio station broadcast on 89.5 FM, KSBX, has been taken off the air. The culprit? An atmospheric phenomenon known as ‘ducting.'” —Independent

••• The New York Times profiles the 1975 Conejo Road house that furniture designer Glenn Lawson and actor-producer Nima Dabestani stylishly renovated with help from Studio Preveza. (I’m feeling rather vindicated for writing that “the right designer could really transform the place,” although I suppose that’s arguably true of every house.)


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