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H.S. Kids vs. Hilda in Teacher Pay Fight; Behind Supes' Surprise Vote on Pot Odor; City Taxes Slump

Hundreds of Dos Pueblos High School students marched out of school on Friday morning, protesting on behalf on their teachers, who are seeking substantially higher wages from the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

On this week's edition of Newsmakers TV, Josh Molina and Callie Fausey report that students shouted chants calling out Superintendent Hilda Maldonado by name on the march to Girsh Park, an indication of how far and wide the dispute between the district and the Santa Barbara Teachers Association has spread - and how personal and rancorous it has become.

Melinda Burns returns to the show to reprise her reporting on the breakdown of an agreement between Carpinteria cannabis growers and neighbors, fed up with the inescapable skunky odors from cannabis cultivation -- and to break down a new political alliance at the Board of Supervisors that suddenly has put county pot ordinance masterminds, and Supervisors, Das Williams and Steve Lavagnino on the defensive.

And Ryan P. Cruz has the latest from City Hall on Santa Barbara's plans to meet state mandates for new housing, as well as the most recent report on bed taxes collected from tourists staying at hotels, which once again came in under forecast.

Plus: details of a novel new program to learn practical techniques for helping to cope with climate change, questions over the sudden resignation of an SBUSD school board member; and the genial host's modest proposal for filling the unexpected vacancy.

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


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

Next best thing to a Pulitzer. Many thanks to the Santa Barbara Independent for including Newsmakers on this year's list of honorees for its Local Heroes Awards.

Hap and Jerry felt privileged to be included along with such an outstanding roster of individuals and organizations providing community services, from college assistance to first generation students and coaching for girls playing to flag football, to rescue operations for cats and a publishing outlet for local poets. Also: Susan Rose and Roger Durling!

Much gratitude to Marianne Partridge, Brandi Rivera, Sarah Sinclair, Nick Welsh and the rest of the gang at the Indy.


Images: Newsmakers photo by Ingrid Bostrom for the Santa Barbara Independent; Cartoon by Corey Pandolph for The New Yorker.

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