The City Has Called a Meeting About Coast Village Road’s Parklets

••• “City officials will hold a meeting Friday in Montecito to garner public input about the ongoing parklet/parking controversy” on Coast Village Road. It’s “scheduled for 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Coast and Olive, ‘to solicit public input’ from customers, retail business owners, landlords and restaurant owners.” Liquor and Wine Grotto Brian Brunello co-owner has this tale to tell about trying to get the city council involved: “He said he contacted Councilmember [Kristen] Sneddon by email after sending her the petition and set up two site visits for which she failed to show up. Nor did she cancel or postpone ahead of time, he said. After her first no-show, he emailed her again, and her response was ‘Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry. How’s Friday sound?’ He said it sounded good, but the result was the same.” —Santa Barbara News-Press

••• The regulatory and sheer physical complexity of decommissioning oil rigs leaves their future uncertain, but the marine and reef ecosystems on and around them remain. What it will take to preserve these biological systems.” —Montecito Journal

••• The Independent has an update on why the Aloha Fun Center, on the ground floor of the old Macy’s building on State Street, is delayed: “The hybrid roller rink, laser tag, and arcade ran into a major snag when it discovered that city code required additional restrooms triggered by the change of use from ‘retail’ to ‘large assembly.’ Construction plans were resubmitted for review this week, city officials said, and staff anticipate finishing their review by early next week. Aloha representatives said it will take roughly one to two months to complete the restroom work once the permit is issued.”

••• New start dates for the construction of the Olive Mill (November) and San Ysidro (spring 2023) roundabouts. —Montecito Journal

••• “Developer Ed St. George’s efforts to clean up the 300 block of W. Montecito Street [between Castillo and Bath] picked up momentum on Monday. The city’s Architectural Board of Review gave mostly positive comments to his latest hotel project at 311 W. Montecito St. It’s the third parcel on the block that St. George hopes to develop as a hotel. The primary hotel, which has already received approval from the City Council, will be at 302 W. Montecito St.” —Noozhawk

••• “Career educator Kate Ford has decided not to run for re-election to the Santa Barbara Unified School District board of education.” —Newsmakers

••• “Santa Barbara Panel Approves Tree Removal for Modoc Road Bike Path Connector […] City will chop down 34 trees for the project that will connect to the more-controversial county bike trail project” along Modoc Road. —Noozhawk

••• “Local ocean hero Hillary Hauser of Heal the Ocean has published a book [Dancing on Waves: A True Story of Finding Love & Redemption in the Ocean] on her experience working in conservation and making our local waters a cleaner place for all.” —Edhat

••• The recent buyer of a prominent Hot Springs house—and current seller of a Toro Canyon farmhouse—is Paramount CEO Brian Robbins. —Dirt

••• “Controversial Forest-Thinning Project Requests Public Comment […] Los Padres Proposes 235,000-Acre Tree-Health and Fuel-Break Project.” —Independent


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