Newsmakers with JR
Panel: Conservatives Eye School Board Seats, Hope District Weirdness, Plus - Parklets, Guns, Chicken
Updated: Sep 25, 2022
Less than 50 days before the Nov. 8 election, the latest bid for political relevance by South Coast conservatives focuses on a batch of seats overseeing public schools and educational institutions.
In a new episode of Newsmakers TV, Josh Molina and Nick Welsh join the genial host for some heavy duty punditry, surveying several key local races where right-wing candidates seek to consolidate support from parents unhappy about woke pedagogy and sex education, plus lingering frustration about pandemic shutdowns, mask and and vaccine mandates, to undercut the dominance of unionized teachers and left-wing Democratic values on allegedly non-partisan offices supervising public schools.
From the Goleta Union district (where Fox News favorite Christy Lozano and top-tier Trump fan Caroline Abate are running for an open school board seat and challenging a long-time incumbent, respectively) to Santa Barbara Unified (shout-out Efi Banales) and the Community College District (debate-shy Debi Stoker), along with several other contests, campaigns loosely allied with a grassroots coalition called the California Parents Union are reflecting national, conservative political efforts.
Not to mention this week's bizarre incident at Monte Vista Elementary, in the Hope School District, where administrators were forced to call the cops on a decidedly unprogressive trio of worthies handing out leaflets picturing various sex acts, taken from a library book, to protest Dems purportedly backing "child pornography" in teaching materials.
The Three Amigos also dissect Mayor Randy Rowse's frustration with the latest "decision" by his SB city council colleagues to kick-the-can-down-the-road on the future of State Street parklets, oh say, four or five or fifteen years, or at least until the (all rise) State Street Master Plan is birthed.
Plus: a land rush business in applications for permits to carry concealed weapons, a win-win in the city's battle with Chick-fil-A over drive-through traffic and the Angry Poodle's spirited takedown of Coors beer.
It's all here, right now on Newsmakers TV -- watch the new show via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here.