••• United Airlines announced daily service between Santa Barbara and Chicago O’Hare starting June 3. (That’s way better than American’s seasonal weekly service. The question now is whether Southwest will follow suit, as rumored.) “One attraction of O’Hare compared to United’s Denver service is that Chicago is one of the nation’s major gateways for travel to Europe; pre-pandemic European visitors to the Central Coast played a small but important role in tourism year-round. —Pacific Coast Business Times (photo courtesy Choose Chicago)
••• Newsmakers remembers former Santa Barbara mayor Hal Conklin, who died last week: “Hal Conklin was a great man—a gifted political leader, passionate environmentalist, dedicated champion of the arts, economic visionary and true community hero. His love for Santa Barbara and concern for its future were constant and authentic, and the lasting influence of the former Mayor and longtime City Council member may be found throughout the city, from Stearns Wharf to Paseo Nuevo and the Arts District to the Granada Theatre, not to mention Common Table community dinners on State Street and beyond.” Noozhawk and the Independent have more.
••• “It appears that Anthony Wagner, the embattled public engagement officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department, won’t be returning to his job with the city. His $130,0000-a-year position is not included in next year’s proposed budget.” —Noozhawk
••• “MarBorg Industries has been cleared to expand its operation near Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, notwithstanding a spirited appeal from a nearby business owner to block the trash-hauling company.” —Noozhawk
••• This was news to me: A new low-cost airline, Avelo, is using Burbank as a hub: “In addition to Sonoma, Avelo’s California destinations include Redding and Arcata-Eureka. The airline also reaches into Oregon with flights to the Rogue Valley (Medford), Eugene, and Bend; southeastern Washington (Pasco Tri-Cities); Bozeman, Montana; Salt Lake City, Utah; Grand Junction, Colorado; and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona.” —SF Gate
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