On Monday, District Attorney Joyce Dudley said it "hurts my heart" to witness the lack of concern shown for crime victims during a contentious budget hearing over Santa Barbara County's $400 million criminal justice system.
Dudley's words cut to the core of the local version of the national debate that has raged and roiled since the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis nearly a year ago.
On this week's edition of Newsmakers TV, Nick Welsh details the policy and politics behind the conflict, as Dudley and Sheriff Bill Brown pushed back against liberal supervisors Gregg Hart, Joan Hartman and Das Williams and their demands for cuts and redirection of vast sums in their budgets.
Josh Molina sheds light on a new controversy in the Goleta Union School District, where some parents are outraged over the sudden, and very mysterious, reassignment of three popular elementary school teachers by the district's outgoing superintendent.
Jade Martinez-Pogue updates developments in the pandemic, as the county is poised to move into a less restrictive tier for business activity -- and also talks about her personal reaction to the sudden halt in the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as a member of the high-risk group for a new safety concern who recently received the shot.
Plus all the latest on housing, with good news in the rental market and money madness in the sales market --- along with our usual ration of political gossip, trash talk, cheap shots and bon mots. All here, right now on Newsmakers TV.