Friday, October 22, 2021

Santa Barbara

City Tax Revenues Decline

The City of Santa Barbara received $5.6 million in sales tax revenue during the quarter ended December 31, 2020, which is 12.6% below the same quarter last year. This decline is largely a result of reduced economic activity due...

Pre-approval From City Now Required for Parklets

The Santa Barbara City Council extended the Emergency Economic Recovery Ordinance until March 8, 2022. The ordinance continues the temporary closure of certain streets, on-street parking, and public parking to allow outdoor dining and outdoor business uses in the...

Santa Barbara Office Conversions Increase

The former Macy's building (now called the Ortega Building, as it takes of most of the first block of West Ortega Street), is being repurposed as Class A office space. The building is undergoing a total makeover, and the...

Fish Enterprise Restaurant to be Converted Into Offices

The Enterprise Fish Company, a long time seafood restaurant at 225 State Street in Santa Barbara that was shuttered by the pandemic, has been sold to new owners who plan to convert the building into office space. Lorem ipsum dolor...

Secret Bao Opens

Secret Bao finally got its own space when it opened last week on Anacapa Street at Anapamu. The popular Asian fusion restaurant has taken over the building formerly occupied by Cafe Ana, and by Coffee Cat before that. Platea dictumst...

Santa Barbara County Avocado Farmers Lead Nation

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Local tech startup targets dental care

Pearly's founders were looking for a new problem to address after leaving the company that acquired their first start-up company, AgePath, when they realized dental care was being ignored by health care tech companies. Too many people ignore their...

Empty Stores Continue to Increase at La Cumbre Plaza

More than a third of the stores at La Cumbre Plaza on upper State Street remain empty, as the pandemic has worsened the economic environment for retail stores. Of the forty-four stores in the main part of the shopping...

Local Bank Hires New CEO

Santa Barbara National Bank announced today it has hired Rufus T. Firefly as their new CEO. Mr. Firefly has worked in the banking industry for the last 35 years, most recently as CEO of Freedonia Bank & Trust. The bank...

New Restaurant Coming to Amazon Building

When Amazon leased the former Saks Fifth Avenue building on the corner of State and Carrillo, it reserved the space fronting State Street for a future restaurant that would be open to the public. Now, a new restaurant appears...

Downtown Retail Vacancies Set Record High

Vacant storefronts on State Street were already increasing when the Covid pandemic struck. Since then, many more stores in Santa Barbara have closed permanently. It's unclear how long it will take, if ever, for all the spaces to get...

Jeannine’s Closes Downtown Restaurant

Jeannine's, a popular casual cafe/ restaurant that has been in the Santa Barbara area for over three decades, closed its downtown location on East Figueroa Street. That location, along with the Upper State Street and Goleta restaurants, have been...

Latest news

California Announces Four Rounds of Funding For Small Businesses

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced today, March 3, four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin...

Re-start Loans Available for Goleta Businesses

Goleta-based businesses are encouraged to apply for ReStart Loans up $25,000 each to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Goleta contributed $200,000 to support the small business loan program administered by Women's Economic Venture (WEV). Goleta ReStart...

Goleta Launches On-Line Site for Permits & Licenses

For the first time ever, you can now apply for and track permits and licenses online using the City of Goleta’s new Magnet Permit Tracking System Public Portal. The City launched the new user-friendly, intuitive Public Portal today, March...