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Fed Cuts Hit Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence Shelters; Conflicts Roil Goleta Housing Sites; Airbnb Strike Force Hailed

Updated: May 10

An unexpected decline in funds flowing from Washington to local victims' service groups threatens operations of rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and child abuse programs in Santa Barbara County.

Callie Fausey returns to Newsmakers TV this week, to reprise her reporting that examines how reductions in a special U.S. Victims of Crime Act fund, financed by penalties in white collar cases, has set the stage for nearly half-a-million dollars in cuts for the North County Rape Crisis Center and Standing Together to End Sexual Assault.

The decreases come at the same time as demand for the intervention and counseling services of the organizations increases.

Josh Molina and Ryan P. Cruz join the panel to update all the latest in the fast-moving and complex story about the push to build more housing on the South Coast, especially the political and policy cross-currents that swirl around two blockbuster projects in Goleta -- The Orchard and the Glen Annie Golf Course site.

The gang also looks at the state of play for proposals to build affordable housing for teachers and other employees of the Santa Barbara Unified School District; a surprise, 11th hour objection from the fire department about the new location for the city's Farmer's Market; and an unusual new alliance between environmentalists and professional fishing outfits to clean up local beaches.

Plus: A report from the front about City Hall's Vacation Rental Strike Force -- could a Hollywood movie be next?

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


Check out the new episode via YouTube below, or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here. TVSB, Channel 17, airs the program every weeknight at 8 p.m. and at 9 a.m. on weekends. KCSB, 91.9 FM, broadcasts the show at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

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