A new edition of Newsmakers TV focuses this week on a puzzling homicide in Montecito - plus politics and pot.
Nick Welsh reprises his scoop (and tells the tale of how he got it) in the mysterious killing of 96-year old Violet Evelyn Alberts in Montecito last spring, as new details emerge about a previously unreported case of identity theft by a now-jailed real estate flipper.
Josh Molina, breaking down the top local races in the November election, explains how Santa Barbara Democrats are trying to make use of a national political narrative, by tagging all the opponents of their candidates for school board seats as pro-Trump MAGA extremists.
And the genial host goes full Mr. Cranky Pants with a rant about the latest stench of scandal coming out of county government involving the - what else? - cannabis industry; one Dennis Bozanich, last seen on the public payroll "serving" as the county's pot czar and guiding creation of the warped and faulty weed ordinance, suddenly and conveniently returns as a lobbyist on behalf of a business operation trying to open up a controversial retail outlet in Carp under said ordinance. The sleaze never stops with these grifters.
Plus: the latest on the litigation in the Conception dive boat tragedy, an intriguing new report on local housing costs -- and why Mike Stoker refuses to appear at a campaign forum moderated by the Angry Poodle.