Some of Oprah Winfrey's neighbors are raising questions, not to mention holy hell, over the installation of a boulder wall on her property, along the bank of San Ysidro Creek, fearing how it may alter water flows in future flood events.
In this week's episode of Newsmakers TV, Josh Molina reprises his scoop about the conflict over the circumstances of an emergency permit being granted for the work on the Ennisbrook manor of Montecito's most famous, if insular, resident,
The Indy's Callie Fausey returns to the panel to break down developments in a couple of important local stories on the education beat - some serious weirdness accompanying Santa Barbara City College's latest search for a new Superintendent-President (fifth in five years), as well as early contract negotiation rumblings from the SB Teacher's Association, which wants substantial salary increases for its members from the cash-strapped Unified School District.
And, better late than never, Nick Welsh parachutes in, to weigh in on the gang's discussion of that 250-room hotel project proposed for the Funk Zone -- and the military junta-like behavior of some members of the city Planning Commission in their treatment of the developer, insisting he should build housing even as he holds a Specific Plan authorizing a... 250-room hotel on the site. Oh we forgot, history begins today.
Plus: A supermajority of the panel calls out Supervisor Das Williams for a) his stunning hypocrisy in blaming environmentalists for a dearth of housing construction in recent decades; b) his repulsive, holier-than-thou rhetoric and framing of every issue, as he seeks to cast anyone who disagrees with him as unethical or immoral; c) both of the above.
Newsmakers' take: Having lost all moral authority as an elected official because of his sleazy kowtowing to special interests and special pals on the contentious cannabis ordinance, Williams now is trying to portray himself as the self-righteous hero of a housing crusade, which has the added benefit of changing the subject from the pot scandal, as he eyes a re-election race next year.
All this and more, right here, right now on Newsmakers TV.
Image: Oprah Winfrey, interviewing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Vulture).