The Future of Paseo Nuevo Is Unclear

••• This is from August 10, but I lost track of it: “What’s It Like at the Most Expensive Motel 6? Actually, Pretty Nice […] The first Motel 6 charged $6 a night when it opened in Santa Barbara 60 years ago. That same place is charging more than 70 times that [$426 before taxes] this summer.” It’s the East Beach one, which recently sold for $14 million; new owner Sanjay Patel doesn’t have plans to change all that much. (P.S. Calling Reunion Kitchen + Drink a “gastropub” is a stretch.) —Wall Street Journal

••• More on Pacific Capital Retail’s transfer of Paseo Nuevo and the Macy’s building to its lenders, first reported here on July 29, and what might happen with the property in the future. Noozhawk‘s article says the mall is about 90 percent leased, but a fair number of tenants don’t exactly seem long-term.

••• “Sheriff’s Office to Install License Plate Readers Throughout Santa Barbara County […] In a one-year trial, data from the 25 cameras will be used for criminal investigations, but not for traffic enforcement or facial recognition.” —Noozhawk

••• “In an effort slow the spread of Mpox, formerly referred to as Monkeypox in California, the Biden Administration is making vaccinations available at Pride events like […] the one coming up in Santa Barbara on Saturday.” —KEYT

••• “Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is suing a commercial real estate brokerage [Radius] and a development firm [Presidio Capital Partners], claiming the developer bought the nonprofit’s Santa Barbara property promising to lease it back, but instead flipped it to a buyer who is forcing Girls Inc. out of the location.” —Pacific Coast Business Times

••• “A nine-hole disc golf course has been installed at Elings Park, thanks to the efforts of avid players and donors. It is free to play, and the course has been designed to be suitable for beginners and family friendly. […] For more information, including an overview of play and a glossary of disc golf slang, visit [this page].” —Noozhawk


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