Travel In and Out of Santa Barbara Is Way Up

••• “The Transportation Security Administration is encouraging Santa Barbara Airport travelers to arrive to the airport early. […] Passenger screening volumes at SBA are currently more than 125% of 2019 levels.” —KEYT

••• Local tourism organization “Visit Santa Barbara is seeing record high hotel occupancies. In a June 30 press release, they wrote, ‘More hotel rooms were sold in the [Summerland to Gaviota] region in the past four weeks than during the same time in any other year on record, averaging 80% occupancy.'” —KEYT

••• The Santa Barbara Planning Commission “voted to give the Montecito Country Club 120 days to perform a noise monitoring plan and make several other tweaks to the sports complex that the private club built without permits. […] In the next 120 days the Montecito Country Club must analyze potential alternative locations for the elements of the sports complex, particularly for the baseball batting cages. The commission also said the sports complex can be used only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earliest. No activities can take place while other special events are going on. In addition, there can be no temporary or permanent lighting.” —Noozhawk

••• Mayweather Boxing + Fitness will open in La Cumbre Plaza in September. “The Santa Barbara gym is one of about 50 set to open across the country. About 30 already have opened. [Boxer Floyd] Mayweather owns a majority of the company but is offering franchises.” It’s more of a fitness studio than a boxing gym. —Noozhawk

••• “This year’s California Avocado Festival will begin on Oct. 2 in Linden Field, a change from the typical bustling fest down Carpinteria Avenue. Organizer Mike Lazaro said the switch to Linden Field was made with social distancing measures in mind.” —Coastal View News

••• Let’s have a round of applause for Santa Barbara High School students Noah and Ramon Wang: “Since June 7, the twin brothers have collected more than 112 bags of trash—over 540 lbs—and have walked more than 170 miles, over 175 hours, across the beaches and popular trails in Montecito, Carpinteria and Summerland. They have been working almost every day, including weekends.” —Coastal View News

••• Marymount School has changed its name to the Riviera Ridge School. “The Head of School, Christina Broderick, said the new name was selected for future generations and puts the campus on the map, so to speak, as the new name clearly reflects where the school is located in Santa Barbara. […] Broderick explained that the Religious (Sisters) of the Sacred Heart of Mary sold the school in 1972 to the board of trustees. She said the new name better reflects what the school is today.” —KEYT

••• “The National Labor Relations Board observed the 15th anniversary of the newsroom meltdown that shook the Santa Barbara News-Press to its foundation by charging its parent company—Ampersand Publishing Inc.—with contempt for failing to bargain in good faith with the union representing its editorial employees. More specifically, Nicole Lancia, the trial attorney representing the NLRB, accused the News-Press—owned by Wendy P. McCaw—of ‘engaging in dilatory tactics that frustrate and delay the bargaining process’ from 2017 to 2020.” —Independent

••• The restoration of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal church on Eucalyptus Lane in Montecito is complete. —KEYT


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