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Amid IV Eviction Shocker, SB Council Hits "Renovictions," STRs; SBUSD Literacy Surprise, DPHS Kudos

Suddenly and shockingly, more than 500 tenants in three I.V. apartment complexes received eviction notices this week, bringing sharp and urgent focus to landlord-tenant issues across Santa Barbara County.

On this week's edition of Newsmakers TV, Nick Welsh, Josh Molina and the genial host go behind the scenes on the plight of scores of Latino families, as well as UCSB students, who live in the apartments but now are being forced out by Core Spaces, a Midwest real estate partnership of three greed-head bros, backed by money from a venerable Chicago investment firm.

Landlord-tenant relations also was Topic A at Santa Barbara City Hall, where the City Council voted unanimously for a measure to make it at least marginally more difficult for building owners to carry out "renovictions," by requiring construction permits to be in place before tenants may be booted out because of renovations, real or alleged.

At the same time, the council's Finance Committee voted to move ahead with a program aimed at filing criminal charges against landlords who violate the city's widespread ban on short term vacation rentals, a prohibition that currently has toothless penalties, fueled by the still-unproven theory that doing so would convince such landlords to use their properties for long-term rentals and help eased the 1.4 percent vacancy rate in residential rentals.

The Three Amigos also break down a big story from the Santa Barbara Unified School District, where new administrators, brought in by Superintendent Hilda Maldonado, have taken the first steps in rebuilding English Language Learning curriculum on a foundation of the phonics-based "Science of Learning" theory, replacing the once-trendy "Balanced Literacy" approach favored by key former executives of the district, along with educrats across the nation.

Plus: A big week for activity clubs at Dos Pueblos High School, led by Josh spawn, Jacob Molina, who won a top statewide award in California's Mock Trial playoffs among California high schools.

All this and more, right here, right now on Newsmakers TV.

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