Update on the Case of the Murdered Montecito Resident

••• One full year after Violet Evelyn Alberts was found murdered in her Montecito home, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced that “a suspect vehicle [was] seen entering and leaving the property during the time of the murder. The public is encouraged to help identify the owner or occupant in the included photos of a mid-sized SUV. […] The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is also announcing a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her murder.” —Edhat

••• Someone stole the Burton Mound plaque at Ambassador Park. —John Palminteri

••• “Costs and wildfires have reportedly caused Allstate to stop offering new property insurance to Californians after State Farm made a similar decision.” —KSBY

••• The developers of the 30-unit apartment complex proposed for 1609-1615 Grand Avenue “have had a very public and often controversial presence in California involving their past liposuction and cannabis-related enterprises.” And the Independent is surprised that “there are no policies in place which would deny applicants with any type of history—whether it be a loss of a medical license, previous arrests, or bankruptcies. As far as the law is concerned, anybody can apply to build in the city, as long as they have all of their documents in order.”

••• The plan to expand outdoor seating at the Coast Village Walk strip mall has changed, and will now only involve the Sakana and Drybar storefronts (farthest from Coast Village Road). —Montecito Journal


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