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How Tea Fire Terror Changed Emergency Strategies; SBUSD Conflict, SBPD, Ring Nets; Sojourner RIP

Lily Dallow was in fourth grade when the disastrous Tea Fire broke out 15 years ago this week, destroying her family's home, along with 209 others in Montecito and Santa Barbara, and forcing them to flee the ferocious flames with little warning.

Now the Digital Content Director for KEYT, Lily recounts the personal terror of that November evening on this week's edition of Newsmakers TV, and reprises her reporting on the aftermath of the blaze, including improvements in emergency communicatitons strategies in the city and county of Santa Barbara.

Josh Molina returns with an update on the latest public demonstration of anger by teachers in the Santa Barbara Unified School District against Superintendent Hilda Maldonado and her executive cabinet, following another stormy school board meeting which included a thwarted bid to roll out a controversial new buy-out program.

And Nick Welsh has the latest on efforts to team police officers with mental health professionals, in an effort to prevent law enforcement encounters with troubled people on the streets of Santa Barbara from escalating, along with a small measure of good news about the county's supply of psychiatric beds for those in need of emergency care.

Plus: more on that City Hall dispute over banning citizens from offering public comment remotely; the bitter feelings left behind after the removal from Montecito creeks of protective ring nets installed after the deadly 2018 debris flow; and how the owners of one downtown restaurant got royally screwed by the city.

And the panel remembers former Santa Barbara poet laureate, and longtime social justice advocate, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, who died this week at 80. RIP.

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


You can catch the new edition via YouTube below, or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here. TVSB, Channel 17, broadcasts the program at 8 p.m., Monday-Friday, and at 9 a.m. on weekends. KCSB, 91.9 FM, airs the show at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.

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