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October 31, 2019

As five well-spoken candidates compete for an open SB City Council seat representing District 2 on the Mesa, Newsmakers is offering three big prizes for predicting the correct outcome of this year’s most intriguing election contest.

All you have to do is send an email (...

October 31, 2019

Newsmakers TV returns with a special night-of-the-living-dead episode featuring a boiling cauldron of devil-in-the-details policy analysis and spooky prophecies guaranteed to trigger the most frightful nightmares of city council candidates running for their political l...

October 27, 2019

Update: Rep. Katie Hill announced her resignation on Sunday night, amid the scandal discussed in this piece).

Editor’s note: The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Rep. Katie Hill, a star of the Democrats’ red-to-blue class of 2018, had a sexual relationshi...

October 24, 2019

Topic A on a new edition of Newsmakers TV this week is the abrupt and startling decision by schools chief Cary Matsuoka to end his tenure in Santa Barbara – and the personal, policy and political context in which it was made.

Josh Molina, Delaney Smith and Nick Welsh jo...

October 24, 2019

(Editor's note. On Tuesday night, Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka offered a surprise announcement at the school board meeting: He plans to retire at the end of the school year in June, a year before his contract was to end. Despite re...

October 22, 2019

Under oath, Santa Barbara school Superintendent Cary Matsuoka changed, on two key points, his previous account of what happened in the hours and days after discovery of online threats posted by male students at San Marcos High School in 2018.

In a sworn deposition taken...

October 19, 2019

In the most extraordinary collection of political talent since Thomas Jefferson dined alone, more than two dozen current, former and wannabe SB and Goleta elected officials last Saturday trooped to the Dem Women club's bash featuring Congresshuman Katie Porter....

October 17, 2019

Democrats grabbed an astonishing 41 House seats from Republicans in the 2018 elections, and one of the more unlikely victories came in Orange County, in the person of law professor Katie Porter.

“Orange County is a place where you can ask people if that’s their real hai...

October 17, 2019

In a victory for his critics, SB Schools Superintendent Cary Matsuoka has decided not to ask for an extension of his $354,000 contract, the school board president announced Wednesday.

Matsuoka “has not asked for an extension to his contract, and he has informed us that...

October 16, 2019

For more than a quarter-century, Andy Caldwell has represented North County political, business and cultural interests and values as a pull-no-punches advocate for the Coalition of Agriculture, Labor and Business before the Board of Supervisors.

Now he’s taking his...