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May 31, 2019

This just in: Gina Fischer, warp speed Dem activist and county supe’s aide, has made it official: she’s not running for the SB city council District 6 seat now held by appointed incumbent Meagan Harmon.

“Dear friends and loved ones, it pains me to write this email,...

May 30, 2019

We hear that outgoing MAD Academy Director Dan Williams was not on campus Wednesday, one day after the Santa Barbara school board ordered their lawyers to bar him for what’s left of the school year.

Although the decision does not end the controversy that’s plagued...

May 29, 2019

In a surprise move, Santa Barbara’s school board last night ordered its lawyers to alter the terms of the district’s settlement agreement with embattled MAD Academy Director Dan Williams to force his “immediate removal from campus.”

The board’s action, announced as they...

May 28, 2019

(Editor's note: Today Newsmakers presents an op-ed by former Santa Barbara Council member and Mayor Hal Conklin outlining a community-based, strategic approach to economic development that recognizes the crucial importance of cultivating and nurturing the city's future...

May 27, 2019

Newsmakers has learned that in the past 24 hours the Police Department received a copy of a private investigator’s report prepared for the Santa Barbara Unified School District about the MAD Academy controversy and now will look into the information it contains.

“The co...

May 26, 2019

Neither the Santa Barbara Police Department nor the District Attorney’s office is investigating parent and student allegations of wrongdoing at the MAD Academy -- nor has either agency received a private investigator’s report commissioned by the school district on the...

May 25, 2019

The Santa Barbara school district has informed the police department and district attorney's office that it has conducted its own investigation of alleged improprieties by leaders at the MAD Academy, Superintendent Cary Matsuoka said late Friday.

“The investigation...

May 24, 2019

The Oxnard pest control companies that spray avocados in the Carpinteria Valley have pulled out of a proposed agreement with cannabis greenhouse operators.

The sprayers say they can’t risk contaminating the marijuana crop.

Under the deal, cannabis growers in the valley w...

May 23, 2019

A nationally prominent law firm that represents victims of sexual abuse confirmed on Wednesday they have been contracted in connection with allegations of improper conduct by leaders of Santa Barbara High School's Multimedia Arts & Design Academy.

“We have been ret...

May 19, 2019

In the end, the lawsuit by Ed Behrens to regain his job as principal of San Marcos High School was doomed by one simple but stubborn legal fact: 

Behrens was an “at will” employee of the Santa Barbara Unified School District – so Superintendent Cary Matsuoka and the sch...