Troublemaker Arrested at the Library

••• Caltrans reports that the Gaviota rest area on the 101 has reopened after repairs.

••• It would appear that the Arts Fund Gallery isn’t long for its Funk Zone space (at Santa Barbara and Yanonali). The asking rent is $3,000 per month. Here’s hoping the birdhouse stays.

••• The Santa Barbara Police Department occasionally sends out a press release via the city, and I can’t figure out what makes something worth announcing. Today’s was extra weird:

Monday afternoon at approximately 2:15 P.M., the Santa Barbara Police Department received a call from Santa Barbara Central Library staff requesting assistance with a male subject allegedly violating the Library’s rules of conduct.

At approximately 2:55 P.M., two Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to the site and contacted the subject who videoed parts of his interaction with the officers. The subject was arrested for trespassing and resisting or delaying an officer, both misdemeanors. After being medically cleared, the subject was transferred to the Santa Barbara County Jail.

The subject’s video was being live-streamed to social media and received an abundance of interest from social media followers. We ask members of the public who have any information regarding this incident to contact the Santa Barbara Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit at 805-897-2398.

The Santa Barbara Department is committed to continued openness and transparency with the public they serve.

Anyway, Edhat says the perp was a guy who goes by Johnny Five O; filming in the library without permission is against the rules. “The video was being live-streamed on social media causing an influx of views and comments from people throughout the U.S. with some prompting calls to the library and police department. It currently has over 36,000 views.”

••• The vacant lot at 1437 S. Jameson Lane has been put on the market: “Once part of the Esther Fiske Hammond ‘Bonnymede’ estate, this approx. 3.27-acre estate site is superbly located on the ocean side of the freeway in Montecito [between the Biltmore and the Miramar]. Never before built upon and with all utilities on site, this building site is ready to become someone’s new estate. Set behind private gates, this parcel offers privacy, sweeping mountain views and the terrain would afford ocean views from a second story window.” The asking price is $5.575 million.