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Cross-County Housing Disputes; Gay, Trans Conflicts; Hidden Cameras, Falling Trees & Sex Therapy

Demands by state government that local jurisdictions build huge amounts of new housing have triggered debate and dispute over a host of projects and proposals, from Santa Maria, Orcutt and Goleta to Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carp.

On this week's edition of Newsmakers TV, Noozhawk's Josh Molina and Janene Scully, Montecito Journal Editor Gwyn Lurie and SB Independent staff writer Ryan P. Cruz join the genial host for a survey of how cities and towns throughout the county are dealing with development matters, not only their own -- but also their neighbor's.

(Watch to find out which local elected officials called out Supervisor Das Williams for his odious, preening attitude of moral superiority - finally someone other than Newsmakers says it).

The conversation also covers two incidents in which the nation's culture wars recently descended on the Santa Ynez Valley, where the Solvang City Council angered LGBTQ residents and merchants by rejecting efforts to recognize Pride Month with flags and painted crosswalks, while a school board meeting in Ballard was the setting for bitter argument over a little kid's desire to share his pronouns with classmates.

Seriously, uh, grownups?

Also a look at the big mystery of those hidden cameras on the Hot Springs Trail and the not-so-puzzling increase in falling trees. Plus: Josh visits a sex therapist.

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


Watch the show via YouTube below, or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here.

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