The County Is Now Urging Everyone to Get Tested for Covid-19

••• “Campgrounds, day-use areas and trails in Los Padres National Forest, along with seven other national forests in California, will [now] remain closed until Sept. 21.” —Noozhawk

••• “Based on the fluctuating availability of supplies, Santa Barbara County health officials have flip-flopped in their messaging on mass Covid-19 testing. […] They made another about-face and announced that all members of the public―regardless of their potential exposure or symptoms―should get screened for the virus. […] By simply conducting more tests, explained Nick Clay, director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, the county can help pull itself down from the dreaded purple tier of the state’s new color-coded monitoring system.” —Independent

••• Remember how Westerlay Orchids promised to donate a week’s worth of retail sales to Carpinteria students in need? The total was nearly $24,000. —John Palminteri of KEYT

••• “The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously during a virtual meeting on Thursday to approve the new fire station project planned for western Goleta.” —Noozhawk

••• Noozhawk takes a look at the seven candidates for three seats on the board of the Santa Barbara Unified School District, while the Independent profiles the five candidates vying for Goleta’s two open city council seats. And then there’s also an Independent Q&A with Santa Barbara school-board candidate (and incumbent) Jackie Reid.


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