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Gandrud Wins Key Spot as State GOP Retools

Veteran Santa Barbara conservative activist Greg Gandrud won election as treasurer of the California Republican Party over the weekend at a rowdy convention featuring bitter debate and demonstrations over how closely to embrace Donald Trump. “The party delegation reflects a range of views on the president,” Gandrud told us, in the understatement of the week. When the dust settled in the Sacramento Convention Center, 1,500 Republican delegates chose their first-ever woman chair in a victory for elected officials and the party’s business wing: Jessica Patterson, a millennial Latina mother of two from Simi Valley, allied with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, defeated Travis

Forget Oscars, TVSB Awards Show Rocked

TV Santa Barbara celebrated in grand style Saturday night, hosting a sold-out awards gala at the Alcazar Theatre that honored nearly a half-century of enabling and empowering ordinary people to tell extraordinary stories on television. From red carpet interviews to big screen, slick clip highlights of the winners, TVSB’s 45th anniversary party was an entertaining and high-energy production, saluting past and present personalities and programs from the rich history of the non-profit, community media access station. The event drew a crowd of 200 to Carpinteria’s classic, 1928 theater, a cross-section of local media, arts and political types that included Mayors Fred Shaw of Carp and Cathy Mu

New TV: WTF is Going On at City College?

Delaney Smith, editor-in-chief of The Channels news site, joins the panel this week to shed light on the maelstrom of controversy over race, gender and culture conflicts at Santa Barbara City College. Amid the ongoing turmoil, President Anthony Beebe abruptly announced his impending resignation for health reasons recently, capping more than a year of unrest on campus. Delaney and The Channels have pursued the SBCC news aggressively, resourcefully and thoroughly, stomping other local media organizations, and she breaks down for the Newsmakers community the multiple chapters in what has become the biggest story in town. Josh Molina (whose many journalism hats include that of faculty adviser to

SB Authors: Vicki Riskin's Hollywood Memoir

The multitalented Victoria Riskin is out with “Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir,” a behind-the-scenes tale of movie-making’s Golden Age, told through the heady lives and devoted marriage of her famed parents. Wray starred in more than 120 films during a 65-year career, playing opposite Gary Cooper, William Powell and Spencer Tracy, among other legendary leading men, and will be forever remembered perched atop the Empire State Building with a giant ape in 1933’s “King Kong.” Riskin was a seminal, Academy Award-winning screen writer and playwright who invented the screwball comedy genre and brought forth a steady stream of enduring classics, from “It Happened One Night” and “Mr.

Millennial Meagan Joins Council: 6 Takeaways

Six members of the City Council picked a seventh in a relatively painless process on Tuesday night, selecting Meagan Froemming Harmon, an impressive 32-year old corporate attorney, as their new colleague. Harmon emerged from an estimable group of 10 applicants for the gig, besting county transportation program manager Brittany Oderman Heaton by a 4-to-2 vote to win the appointment. Amid the endless debate about millennials, housing, transportation and Whither State Street in the Post-Amazon Economy, Harmon seems a very solid choice for the downtown 6th District, not only via demographics but also because of the private sector sensibilities and financial acumen she brings to a council that ne

TV: Politics, Pot, Schools and Scandal!

The panel chews over, hashes out and kicks around Santa Barbara’s most timely political and policy issues in a pugnacious, rambunctious and hyper-caffeinated new edition of "Newsmakers TV." There were no injuries. In front of a vast, first-ever live audience, Josh leads off with a rundown of the city council’s open audition for an appointed member to replace the departed (if only to the Board of Supes) Gregg Hart, and Jerry pins everyone down on a prediction of who will win out in the end. Nick weighs in on the combative protests of residents throughout the county over the new cannabis ordinance – and its accompanying atmospheric waves of stinky pot – and what it means for the political fort

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