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How Vitamin K(etamine) Can Ease Depression; Dark Cloud Grows Over SBUSD; Trains, Bikes &Tiny Homes!

Mega-kudos to Callie Fausey for her terrific, affecting and intriguing cover story in this week's SB Independent, a deep dive down the rabbit hole on the promising usefulness of ketamine in counteracting treatment-resistant depression.

Framed around her recent first-person therapy session with ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic with psychedelic properties now used legally for mental health treatments, Callie's piece is vulnerable without becoming treacly, laudatory without being rapturous, and thought-provoking without slipping into evangelizing -- all of it wrapped in solid reporting and evocative, insightful writing.

Newsmakers says check it out.

Speaking of depression, Josh Molina checks in with the latest in the slow-moving train wreck that is the state of labor relations at the Santa Barbara Unified School District, as Superintendent Hilda Maldonado and the school board chose National Teachers' Appreciation Day to announce $2 million in personnel cuts, amid ongoing toxic negotiations with the teacher's union that increasingly seem to be pointing to a possible strike at the start of next school year.

Playing against type, Nick Welsh provides this week's supply of good news, reprising his reporting on the positive impact three "tiny homes" projects appear to be making on the scourge of homelessness throughout the county, operations that address both the housing and treatment aspects of the crisis.

The gang also has the latest on the head-scratching controversy and conflict swirling around the downtown Boys and Girls Club and the 879th iteration of the promise by locomotive heads to institute commuter rail service between Ventura County and Santa Barbara and Goleta, any day now

Plus: don't miss Nick rhapsodizing about the Board of Supervisors proclamation of National Bike Month in the county.

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

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