••• An update on the repair of the Thousand Steps Beach stairs: “Construction is expected to last about eight weeks. It is unclear when it will begin, but it must be completed before the summer. The California Coastal Commission won’t allow the key access way to be closed during the summer season.” —Noozhawk
••• “The first significant storm of the season is headed for Santa Barbara County this weekend, but rainfall amounts are not expected to cause serious problems in and below the Alisal Fire burn area. […] Rainfall totals should be in the 1- to 2-inch range, with most of the precipitation occurring during a six-hour period after midnight Sunday.” —Noozhawk
••• “The privately held water company that supplies Santa Barbara’s Hope Ranch community is floating a unique idea. La Cumbre Mutual Water Company […] is considering purchasing water produced by an offshore desalination plant contained within a buoy.” —Independent
••• “More than 70% of eligible county residents are now fully vaccinated against the virus and just over 59% of all county residents were considered fully vaccinated as of Sunday, according to Santa Barbara County’s Community Data Dashboard.” —Noozhawk
••• The Independent ripped the Bellosguardo Foundation a new one for hosting another party while making no progress toward opening to the public in any capacity. “I thought back to the beginnings of this great Bellosguardo Boondoggle, back to 2014, when our mayor at the time, Helene Schneider, appointed her then-lover, Jeremy Lindaman, to lead the organization, despite his shocking lack of qualifications. Lindaman had previously worked as a political consultant and before that for his family’s print shop. He’s since been paid a six-figure salary to run a nonprofit with millions in assets―doing what, exactly, is hard to say, though he’s rumored to live there full-time.” Perhaps it’s time to ask our mayoral candidates what they’re going to do about it.
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