On with the Show: Mesa Rivals Face-to-Face

The first of four Newsmakers TV special editions on Santa Barbara’s 2019 City Council races is now up on You Tube Channel. Contenders Tavis Boise, Brian Campbell, Luis Esparza, Mike Jordan and Teri Jory offer and exchange their views on political values and policy prescriptions as the five compete to replace termed-out council member Randy Rowse in District 2. We’ll also be up soon with our one-on-one interview with District appointed incumbent Meagan Harmon, who drew no opponent, as well as an upcoming sit down with Oscar Gutierrez, who is in the same happy position in the Westside’s District 3. The final program in our special election coverage will be a conversation featuring Jason Domin

TV Returns: First Meet for District 2 Hopefuls -- Plus 1-on-1 with Meagan Harmon

Newsmakers TV returns from summer reruns this week with two election shows: a conversation with all five candidates in the wide-open District 2 City Council race on the Mesa and an in-depth interview with unopposed incumbent Meagan Harmon from downtown's District 6. All the special guests were in the studio at TV Santa Barbara's fabulous World Headquarters on Thursday night for programs to be posted Friday and begin airing on Cox Cable Channel 17 over the weekend. First up: the quintet of hopefuls running to replace termed-out council member Randy Rowse sat down together for their first joint appearance of the November 5 election campaign - with several of the contenders meeting each other f

Capps Kickoff: 'Restore the Bonds of Trust'

Laura Capps formally announced her candidacy for the Board of Supervisors at the Mission Rose Garden on Tuesday, starting her challenge to incumbent Das Williams with a promise to provide “leadership that listens.” Speaking to a crowd of about 100 supporters beneath the baking afternoon sun, the Santa Barbara school board member did not mention her rival by name, but her 10-minute speech was replete with references to “trust” and “integrity,” at a time when Williams has been criticized for taking large campaign contributions from marijuana growers while writing the county ordinance that governs the industry. Introduced by her eight-year old son, Oscar (joined by a raft of third grade pals),

Behrens Lawyer: Ed Will Appeal New Ruling

The suits down at Santa Barbara school district HQ were doing touchdown dances late Friday, in celebration of their latest legal victory over Ed Behrens, the embattled ex-principal of San Marcos High School. "We are thankful that the court has ruled in our favor on all fronts in the Behrens case," Superintendent Cary Matsuoka said in a statement relayed through spokeshuman Camie (Cohee) Barnwell. "We look forward to a bright future at San Marcos High School under the leadership of Dr. Kip Glazer,” Cary added, twisting the knife into Behrens by referencing his permanent replacement. Not so fast, the blue-chip attorneys who have represented Behrens in his efforts to regain his job, and clear

Capps Sets Announcement of Das Challenge

Laura Capps, school board member and scion of Santa Barbara’s most prominent political family, plans a formal announcement of her candidacy for the First District seat on the Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, Newsmakers has learned. In challenging incumbent Das Williams, a fellow liberal Democrat, Capps will spark what is likely to be a bruising and bitter campaign in advance of the March 3 election, which will test and strain local political alliances, personal friendships and loyalties within the environmental, education and non-profit communities. The ongoing civic brawl over Williams’ much-chronicled crucial role in making Santa Barbara County one of California’s capitals of cannabis cu

Pot Foes Hit Das on Industry Campaign Cash

Topic A. Our spies say that Concerned Carpinterians, one of the key, um, grassroots groups fighting the county’s transformation into California’s capital of cannabis, is poised to fire a sizzling shot across the bow of Supervisor Das Williams’s re-election campaign. Within days, we're told, the group plans to bash Das for accepting at least $30,500 in recent months from 10 individuals and businesses who hold provisional pot cultivation licenses – and are now seeking the supes' approval for final permits to grow legal weed. The $30,500 in donations is nearly twice as much as was previously reported in total contributions to Williams from players in the local marijuana industry. Newsmakers con

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