••• From the Independent: “The Santa Barbara City Council will decide this Tuesday whether to schedule a hearing that could potentially declare the Chick-fil-A drive-thru on upper State Street a public nuisance” because of customers clogging up on State Street while they wait. “Officially designating the drive-thru a public nuisance would grant city officials the legal authority to shut it down.” One hesitates to defend Chick-fil-A, but how is this the company’s problem and not an enforcement issue? The SBPD says it has tried ticketing, but clearly not enough; negative reinforcement is the way to change this behavior.
••• “A Santa Barbara woman has filed legal papers against Ritz-Carlton Bacara and a masseur she charged sexually assaulted her there during a massage.” According to the Independent‘s article, the resort was extremely unhelpful with the woman and, subsequently, the police.
••• Noozhawk followed up on the report here two weeks ago that Miss Daisy’s Consignment & Auction House is moving into the former Sears building at La Cumbre Plaza. Of note from the article: the store will just be on the 17,000-square-foot first floor; the lease is for at least seven years (and not temporary, as I imagined); and owner Glenn Novack “plans live music with wine and seating. People can sit in consignment couches or special seating for events. […] ‘It’s going to be a professional entertainment venue,’ [Novack] said.”
••• “In a surprise move, the owners of El Dorado Farms on Highway 246 west of Buellton recently withdrew their proposal for 35 acres of cannabis under hoop-houses next to the Pence Vineyards & Winery, county records show. The project had generated bitter opposition from some vintners and residents in the region.” —Newsmakers
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