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November 28, 2019

President Lincoln first declared the final Thursday of November to be a national holiday in 1863, in a proclamation that included an ask for Divine intervention to “heal the wounds of the nation” amid the horror of the Civil War.

Though the "Proclamation of Thanksgiving...

November 23, 2019

(Editor's Note: Today Newsmakers presents an opinion piece from Supervisor Das Williams about political ethics and campaign finance reform. Laura Capps, Das's challenger in the First District, wrote on the subject earlier this week).

Action speaks louder than proposals....

November 21, 2019

(Editor's note: Today Newsmakers presents an opinion piece by SB school board member Laura Capps, who is challenging First District Supervisor Das Williams in the March 3, 2020 election, elaborating on her proposal for local campaign finance and ethics reform, on which...

November 21, 2019

A new episode of Newsmakers TV premieres this week as the panel takes on two of the most schismatic and intractable policy problems facing Santa Barbara’s cities and county government: housing and cannabis.

Nick Welsh leads off with his own special b...

November 20, 2019

In the 1950s, Long Beach was known as “Iowa by the Sea,” thanks to multitudes of Midwestern emigres who called the place home.

Last weekend, as thousands of delegates descended for the California Democratic Party convention, the town had a decidedly different buzz.


Six in 10 voters likely to cast a ballot in the California Democratic primary on March 3 support one of the moderate candidates for president – with former Vice President Joe Biden leading at 24%.

This compares to four in 10 voters who support a progressive — with Sen....

November 15, 2019

Jason Dominguez’s excruciating 8-vote loss to Alejandra Gutierrez in the Eastside city council race is this week’s lead story as Newsmakers TV returns with analysis of the biggest stories in local news. 

Shortly before we went into the studio, the ousted incumbent confi...

November 7, 2019

Laura Capps called out First District Supervisor Das Williams on Wednesday for taking $62,000 from pot growers while crafting Santa Barbara County’s cannabis ordinance, as she proposed a broad package of campaign finance and public integrity reforms.

“I’m raising the ba...

November 6, 2019

More than 1,500 ballots remain to be counted from Santa Barbara’s vest-pocket election on Tuesday, but Newsmakers refuses to let a small thing like mathematical certainty stop us from limbering up for some serious punditry.

Three quick takeaways:

Our money's on Alejandra...

November 5, 2019

All you need to know about Tuesday's high-stakes, low-information mini-election in Santa Barbara emerges from the comments below Edhat’s morning post about this singular exercise in local representative democracy:

“What election?” barked one of a number of readers...