••• From the Channel Islands National Park: “[The park] is soliciting proposals with the release of a Request for Expressions of Interest for a potential business opportunity at the historic Main Ranch on Santa Rosa Island. The business leasing opportunity includes rustic lodging, food and beverage services, campground management, and related visitor services within the Main Ranch at Bechers Bay. The Main Ranch spans over 32 acres of corrals, pastures, historic structures, and scenic beauty. Leasing opportunities may include occupancy of ten structures and land areas, including the historic Ranch House, Old Schoolhouse, Horse Barn, Generator Barn, and the non-historic Bunkhouse. The park is also receptive to proposals that include providing vehicle transportation for visitors to access hiking trails and backcountry areas.” Photo by Tim Hauf.
••• The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has reopened with timed entry and limited admission. Also, “the Museum is also now dedicating the first two hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 9-11 a.m.) to serve seniors over the age of 65 and or those who may need additional time/space in the galleries. Tickets for early entry can be found here.”
••• Occhiali is closing is downtown store on November 30; all frames there are 50% off. The Montecito store will remain open.
••• The Thousand Steps beach access on the Mesa is getting an upgrade, slated to be discussed at this Thursday’s meeting of the city’s Planning Commission: “The project includes the demolition and reconstruction of the lowest 24 steps, installation of 10 additional concrete steps extending approximately 14 feet seaward with decorative columns and a new landing apron, installation of new stainless steel handrails from the street level to the beach, construction of a new concrete guard rail at the mid-level landing, installation of a drain to capture and redirect groundwater, re-pouring of the concrete at the mid-level landing, and repair of minor surface cracks where needed. Other improvements include new trash and recycle receptacles, and new bicycle racks at the street level.”
••• Also planning to have work done: the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge. “The project proposes to improve water quality and restore habitat for aquatic and avian wildlife through the replacement of the Andrée Clark Bird Refuge Lagoon weir and weir gate, removal of approximately 23 non-native trees, recontouring portions of the lagoon shoreline, recontouring the mouth of the lagoon on the beach side (adjacent to the volleyball courts), seasonal lowering of the sand berm at the mouth of the lagoon on the beach side, and installation of native plants and rock clusters along the margin of the lake, islands and mouth of the lagoon. Construction of a bio-retention basin would also occur at the Municipal Tennis Center property, located at 1414 Park Place.”
••• From the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis: “This is the time of year when the cannabis odors are most prevalent. We are getting reports from across the county of odor nuisances that are affecting the day-to-day lives of people. We have also heard from a number of residents that they have been experiencing heightened allergies, asthma and respiratory issues. If you have been experiencing these issues, please note it in the comments of your odor complaint. These issues are real and the County must be made aware of them.”
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