The County Decided Not to Ratchet Up Covid-19 Rule Enforcement

••• “Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided to table an ordinance to allow increased enforcement of coronavirus mandates during their Tuesday meeting.” —Edhat

••• “According to a recent national survey of nearly 8,000 cops across 54 cities and counties, only 27 percent said they have ever used their service weapon on the job. Yet in just 15 years of working for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jeremy Rogers has been involved in three shootings, all of them fatal. The first resulted in a wrongful-death lawsuit. The second prompted allegations of excessive force. The third remains under investigation.” —Independent

••• “Some Santa Barbara school board members on Tuesday night indicated that they are not comfortable reopening schools this year even as Santa Barbara County has completed applications for waivers for K-6 schools to reopen.” —Noozhawk

••• “Goleta School District Won’t Apply for Waiver to Return to In-Person Learning Amid Covid-19 […] Students will continue with distance learning, possibly through at least the end of the calendar year.” —Noozhawk

••• The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara held “a one-way conference call between staff and corporate executives a week after the protest. No questions were taken. Staff were told they could continue to collect unemployment but would not be offered any benefits. They are being allowed, however, to accumulate a week’s worth of vacation time during the closure.” And regarding the forthcoming renovation, the hotel’s media representative said that it “will see many areas of the hotel completely transformed, offering a new design, ambience, and facilities.” If you see a notice of development posted at the property, please let me know. —Independent

••• The county answered questions about its use of Roundup herbicide in the San Ysidro Creek debris basin. —Montecito Journal (not online yet)

••• From a press release on Edhat: “The California Coastal Commission will consider the long-awaited Western Goleta Fire Station 10 project at their virtual video and teleconference meeting on September 10. […] The Fire Station 10 project consists of the design and construction of a new three-bay, single-story fire station, approximately 11,600 square feet in size, with associated landscaping and appurtenant facilities on a City-owned parcel located at 7952 Hollister Avenue, across from the Sandpiper Golf Course.”