••• “The end of an era begins on Monday at Haskell’s Beach, as the State Lands Commission in collaboration with the City of Goleta starts work to remove the pier and caisson structures known as PRC 421-1 and 421-2. It’s a process that will take up to six months, during which time sections of the beach may close temporarily to keep the public safe during the operations. The beach will remain open otherwise.” —Edhat
••• The 36-unit apartment complex at 425 Garden Street was discussed at the same meeting: “Though the board did approve of the redesign efforts, there were still concerns over the ‘scale of the project relative to the site,’ and the project was continued for its next concept review with the city’s Planning Commission on September 15, where it is expected to receive additional comments on what needs to be addressed before the project can move forward.” —Independent
••• Surfliner Inn “developers Witt Hollis and Jeff Theimer […] confirmed revised plans for the controversial proposal will no longer cut into the community garden,” reports Coastal View News. “The developers plan to hold public office hours at the lot itself on Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., to allow community members to look at updated plans and ask questions. The lot is located at 499 Linden Ave.” My two cents: Carpinteria residents should vote no on Measure T, which would preserve the space as a parking lot. The Surfliner Inn would only be good for the town, and putting this kind of decision to a popular vote, instead of letting experts do their thing, is misguided.
••• “The Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute [has been] ‘inundated’ with reports of sea lions in distress. The calls started about a week ago and the CIMWI volunteer team has been working from sunrise to sunset to respond to each report, estimating 50-100 calls a day with multiple reports on individual animals. ‘It appears Domoic Acid poisoning is the cause. Domoic Acid is a potent neurotoxin naturally produced in phytoplankton (tiny floating plants) by the algal diatom genus Pseudo-nitzschia,’ CIMWI stated.” —Edhat
••• Change of some kind is finally coming to the Hotel Santa Barbara, says John Palminteri. The property was purchased by Geronimo Hospitality Group in December for $41.9 million. I went inside for the first time a few weeks ago; it’s pretty
grim ripe for renewal. Imagine what a good hotel would do for that part of State Street (at Cota).
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