Just weeks before developer Bill Levy’s drop-dead date for beginning construction on his Ritz-Carlton time-share condos at the base of State Street, Levy’s land use agents were seeking major modifications to the conditions of his permit. Appearing before the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission, Levy’s architects sought permission to tear down the Californian Hotel and reconstruct it entirely, rather than retrofit and restore it, as the Planning Commission had required. The commission members overwhelmingly rejected the request. If Levy doesn’t begin construction by December 12, his project is dead.
Members of the Santa Barbara City Council were asked to take the first baby steps toward passing a resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, but it’s not clear whether there’s enough council support to put the question on a future council agenda. Freelance documentary filmmaker Mark Manning recounted a clandestine visit to Fallujah, saying, “The people there constantly told me, ‘The American people will stop this.’ They didn’t say Al Qaeda would stop this, they didn’t say the insurgency would stop this – they said the American people would stop it. But where are the American people now?”