The Santa Barbara Downtown Organization endorsed Measure D in its new form. Its president Marshall Rose said that the endorsement came in light of the measure’s potential to build up alternative forms of transportation that could offset the negative impact that commuters have on the downtown area.

The county will apply for state park funds to create a five-mile hiking and biking trail connecting the City of Carpinteria to U.S. Forest Service lands. The trail would use existing county easements. County staff will also look into the possibility of using the same funding source to extend the trail an additional two miles through federal land to East Camino Cielo Road, which traces the ridgeline of the Santa Ynez Range and provides access to the backcountry.

Valentine J. Martinez, 51 – who was hit by a van on Cathedral Oaks Road on September 1 –died of his injuries on September 9. According to CHP officials, Martinez was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he was struck by a Ford van driven by 76-year-old Patricia Ann Olsen. Olsen was cleared of responsibility for the collision.

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