With the public comment period set to close in early December, resistance is forming in Summerland over the large-scale luxury home planned for the blufftops overlooking the popular local beach Loon Point. The 7,551-square-foot home – and its nearly 2,200 square feet of guesthouses, pool cabanas, and garages – is being built as a speculative home for Los Angeles lawyer Baret Fink. Fink also built the massive, stone-fronted house across from the Loon Point parking lot, currently on the market for $35 million. Citing concerns about beach access, the geological risks of building on the blufftop, and the general destruction of one of the South Coast’s last unspoiled stretches of sand, locals have begun an Internet-driven letter-writing campaign.
UCSB student activists were outraged last Thursday when the Goleta Valley Water District shut off the water at the now infamous Cedarwood apartment complex because the landlords did not pay the bill. The families were evicted last August, but have since acquired a court order allowing them to stay in the apartments until November 30. Activists saw the water stoppage as an act of intimidation by Conquest Student Housing, which evicted the families to make way for higher-paying student tenants. The water was turned back on later that same day and UCSB administrators gave the families a check for $11,465, or $665 for each of the 17 families. Advocates hope to eventually provide $5,000 in relocation funds to each family.