••• More on the sale of the QAD campus (on the bluff between Montecito and Summerland) from Pacific Coast Business Times: “UC Investments purchased the property as an investment. UC Investments manages the University of California’s investment funds and provides fiduciary oversight for an investment portfolio that totaled $168 billion as of June 2021. […] Peter Rupert, a professor of economics at UC Santa Barbara and the director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, told the Business Times that […] the University of California doesn’t have any plans yet for the property.” Because who wouldn’t drop $104 million on land with no idea of what to do with it? Anyway, here’s hoping it ends up being open to the public. P.S. I must say I was disappointed that neither the Business Times, Independent, nor Montecito Journal felt obliged to cite where they learned of the sale.
••• The Santa Barbara city council rejected the proposed moratorium on new hotel development. —Noozhawk
••• “New outdoor dining facilities must be portable, but everything else related to the future of the State Street promenade, the City Council ‘kicked down the road.'” —Noozhawk
••• “The battle between Santa Barbara County and Montecito homeowners near the Hot Springs Trailhead erupted into full-scale legal and political warfare this week,” reported Noozhawk. “County Public Works Department employees placed signs at 11 properties on East Mountain Drive threatening fines and jail time if the residents do not remove rocks, boulders or other “unpermitted” obstructions—including a bank of mailboxes—in the public right of way, within 10 days.” But a judge subsequently forced the county to remove the signs, according to the Montecito Association.
••• “A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday night on a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly stalking singer Ariana Grande and breaking into her Montecito home.” —Noozhawk
••• Designer Jenni Kayne “has debuted her second experiential showcase property—an idyllic retreat nestled on a hillside in Santa Ynez. […[ The serene 20-acre Jenni Kayne Ranch will be a hub for branded and invitational events. Plus, fans can enter a forthcoming social media giveaway that will allow members of the community to stay at the abode and fully immerse themselves in the Jenni Kayne world.” Maybe you can even get “JK” branded on your body…. —Santa Barbara Magazine
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