••• In an article about how the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City never reopened, despite chatter otherwise, the New York Post found out the reason for the bad blood between owner Ty Warner and the Four Seasons management company, who are also in a standoff over the Four Seasons Biltmore resort. “At issue is the fact that the hotel has been losing money for years—even before the pandemic struck, according to property records. Warner […] has balked at the stiff upkeep fees demanded by the Four Seasons, the sources said. In response, the hotel chain has rebuffed his request that it adjust its fees to be commensurate with the hotel’s profitability or lack thereof.” It gets increasingly hard to imagine that any management company will want to get in bed with Warner once this is all settled.
••• Noozhawk got to see UCSB’s Munger Hall mockup. And “environmental report for the estimated $1.4 billion project is nearing completion; if approved, construction could start as early as summer 2023.” And then there was this: “Students who toured the mock-up were surveyed by the university. Before viewing the facilities, 80% of students reported negative feelings towards Munger Hall, [retired UCSB executive vice chancellor Gene] Lucas said. After touring the mock-up, 50% of students felt positive toward the plans, 25% felt neutral and 25% were still unsure.” So that means not one person felt anything negative? Or was that not even an option on the survey?
••• SFGate looks at why change is so hard to effect in Solvang—i.e., the old-guard “Danish mafia” that likes things exactly as they are.
••• “10 candidates for five seats in two local school districts shared their views Monday night about literacy, sex ed, pandemic learning loss and a host of other issues facing public education. A partnership of community groups […] sponsored a campaign forum featuring competitors for both the Goleta Union and Santa Barbara Unified district boards of educations.” —Newsmakers
••• “After vetoing similar legislation a year ago, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that no longer criminalizes jaywalking. […] The new law stipulates that a jaywalking offense will be only be enforced when there is ‘an immediate danger of a collision.'” —KSBY
••• Dirt identified Larry David as the recent buyer of a house in the Hedgerow.
••• From a Goleta press release on Noozhawk: “A public hearing on the San Jose Creek Bike Path Project will be held at 4 p.m. [today]. The project has reached the end of the environmental review phase and staff will be returning with additional information regarding impact to trees in the project area and the overall cost of the project.”
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