UCSB Students Blocking County From the Next Reopening Tier

••• “Santa Barbara’s new Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences offers hands-free interactive exhibits to keep the community connected. The museum, also known as Miss Me, opened its doors on Oct. 17. Located in La Cumbre Plaza […] the museum was created in about seven months with hopes of targeting young adults and teens. […] Filled with pieces created mostly by local artists, the museum features a series of artwork that uses thermo energy and projections to portray visitors’ body movements or vocal tones on screens in a series of different fashions.” —Noozhawk

••• The Covid-19 outbreak among UC Santa Barbara students in fraternity and sorority houses in Isla Vista—and in other communities—will likely keep Santa Barbara County from advancing in California’s weekly tier assessment. Public health officials had hoped the county would transition Tuesday into the second-lowest tier of the state’s new four-tier system. ‘We were very, very close,’ Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso said of the orange tier during Friday’s press briefing. ‘We were on the edge. Now, we are solidly in the red.'” —Noozhawk

••• “There are 462 students who have left the Santa Barbara Unified School District since July 1, according to district officials. Of those, nearly half are white, despite the fact that they make up only about a third of the population in the district.” —Noozhawk

••• From a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office press release on Edhat: “A burglary suspect has been arrested after he was briefly stranded by rising tide on the beach in Isla Vista. At approximately 7:17 a.m. today, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 6500 block of Del Playa on a report of a burglary that had just occurred with victims following the suspect. As deputies responded, the suspect made his way onto the beach where he became cornered by the tide.”

••• “With a dearth of affordable housing options in Santa Barbara, City Council and the city’s Planning Commission considered different solutions during a special meeting Thursday. […] One of the new amendments discussed Thursday would establish three Floor-to-lot Ratio tiers, placing affordable housing in the largest buildings. If developers can incorporate affordable housing or other housing that benefits the community into the plans, they could also begin constructing taller buildings, up to the city’s 60-foot maximum. […] Leaders also plan to incentivize more small studio units (around 200 square feet each), known as ‘micro-units.'” More like nano-units. —KEYT

••• “Carpinteria Is Super Close to Getting Its Own Skatepark,” says the Independent‘s headline. However, the article—by a park proponent—says that “the Carp Skatepark Foundation has raised $450,000 of the $850,000 needed” for the 30,000-square-foot facility.


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