••• “Santa Barbara’s cherished World of Magic Halloween store is closed this Halloween season for the first time since its opening in 1985, and its owners are looking to pass on the shop’s haunting legacy to another local for the 2021 spell.” —Noozhawk
••• No surprise here: “UC Santa Barbara released an Emergency Notification Friday evening regarding two separate clusters of Covid-19 cases identified in Isla Vista. The university said 13 individuals who lived in two separate privately-owned fraternity and sorority houses in the Isla Vista community recently tested positive.” —KEYT
••• “In the only debate in this election for the 24th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic incumbent Rep. Salud Carbajal and Republican challenger Andy Caldwell engaged in a lively exchange during a virtual forum on Saturday.” The nice thing about voting early is you can ignore this. —Noozhawk
••• “The reconstruction of Santa Barbara High School’s Peabody Stadium is finally coming full circle. Workers have begun laying down the track oval—the last major hurdle to completing the $39 million project.” —News-Press
••• “The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is on the cusp of a historic $6.75 million expansion into a purpose-built facility just across the street from that century-old home housing the Westside Clinic.” —Noozhawk
••• “Ventura County voters will be asked to approve cannabis growing through Measure O, an initiative in the Nov. 3 election. It would allow the indoor commercial production of marijuana in limited areas of unincorporated Ventura County. […] Measure O would allow up to 500 acres of cultivation in greenhouses and 100 acres for propagation of seedlings in nurseries in certain unincorporated areas. Sales could only occur between licensed distributors, and the measure would not allow the retail sale of cannabis to the general public within the unincorporated area.” Amazingly, the Pacific Coast Business Times article barely acknowledges the huge quality-of-life downside to growing marijuana.
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