City Hall: Winner and Loser of the Week

The big news at City Hall this week was the delivery of an expensive consultant's report examining Santa Barbara's seemingly most intractable economic, political and sociological problem: What Should Be Done About State Street? Here's how it landed. Winner: Hal Conklin. Eighty-four thousand. That’s how many dollars Mayor Cathy and the City Council Sextet funneled to a buzzword-brandishing consulting outfit (Omnichanneling! Blended Use! Embrace Connectivity!), called Kosmont Companies, to tell them what every sentient being who doesn’t breathe the rarefied air of City Hall somehow had already managed to grasp: a) Santa Barbara sucks as a place to do business; b) Panhandlers with vicious dogs

Notebook: Latest on the Das & Laura Show

Take it to the bank: She’s running. Laura Capps is telling friends and political associates that she has decided definitely to challenge Das Williams in his bid for re-election as county supervisor in Santa Barbara’s First District. “She’s 100 percent in,” one of multiple sources, who have spoken directly to the SB school board member about her commitment to the race, told Newsmakers. The Capps backers expect her to make a formal announcement sometime next month, confirming an open secret in political circles. Das won the endorsement of the Democratic county central committee on July 11, and Laura’s bid to take him out -- amid the roiling controversy over his central role in establishing San

Mr. Cranky Pants Takes a Holiday

The Newsmakers blog is headed off on a much-needed, if not particularly well-earned, sojourn to an appropriately bleak and remote location. Please send tips, behind-the-scenes revelations and word of urgent affairs via email to: See you soon.

Critics Bash Das -- Williams Answers Them

(Today Newsmakers presents two sides of the controversy over marijuana cultivation in Santa Barbara County: A group of “Concerned Carpinterians” wrote the first piece, originally published by the Coastal View, sharply criticizing Supervisor Das Williams’s role in the situation; Das’s office sent the second piece when we requested a response). Carp Needs a Supe Who Listens to All. Submitted by Concerned Carpinterians: Robyn Geddes, Joan Esposito, Robert Lesser, Maureen Claffey, James Clafffey, Llewellyn Goodfield and Marilyn Goodfield. Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams’ comments at the Carpinteria City Council’s special meeting concerning cannabis activity in the Carpinteria Valley

Calbuzz: Hold Off on Statues of Kamala

Amid the Kamala Harris triumphalism now reverberating through the Beltway echo chamber, Calbuzz interrupts this program to bring Democrats a public service reminder: The 2020 presidential election is about three states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. For every lefty hipster lighting up the Twitterverse with joyful, if thoroughly ageist, denunciations of Joe Biden, it’s worth remembering yet again that the campaign is not a national popular vote but 50 state elections – and asking a crucial question raised by NBC’s First Read: “Can a private-insurance-eliminating, decriminalizing-border-crossings Democrat win outside of California and New York?” The truancy and death penalty conundrum

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