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Panel: How Meagan Outfoxed Das for Coast Panel Seat -- Plus: Covid, VRBOs, Hero Pay, Wildfire Season


The supply of Covid vaccines outstripped demand in Santa Barbara this week, as public health and elected officials struggled to overcome vaccination hesitancy and anti-vaxer sentiment in a bid to reach herd immunity.


Jade Martinez-Pogue leads off this week's edition of Newsmakers TV with an update on the local stats and status of the pandemic, along with a reminder that walk-in vaccination appointments are available and can be found via publichealthsbc.org/vaccine


In local political circles, Topic A is the successful, behind-the-scenes campaign SB City Council member Meagan Harmon waged to win appointment from Governor Gavin Newsom to a seat on the powerful California Coastal Commission, skunking a bid by Supervisor Das Williams.


Nick Welsh and Josh Molina explain how Das's efforts were doomed by his close ties to Axiom Advisors, the high-powered Sacramento lobbying firm at the center of Prince Gavin's French Laundry, which played a major role in helping Das secretively craft the county's awful cannabis ordinance; along with his pay-to-play reputation, he carried other political baggage from six years in the Assembly, and it didn't help that hundreds of current constituents, appalled by his actions in transforming Santa Barbara into command central of California's pot industry, conducted a robust Anybody But Das letter-writing campaign against him.


The gang also breaks down the city's costly legal defeat, after five years of litigation, in its failed attempt to beat back a challenge to its ban on vacation rentals; the council's approval of shoddy legislation that seeks to order big grocery chains to pay their workers "Hero Pay"; and the formal announcement by firefighting officials of an early start to wildfire season.


Plus: a fond farewell to two, only-in-Santa Barbara Elvis characters and another Hitchockian cameo from Henry the Dog.


It's all here, right now on Newsmakers TV. Watch the show via YouTube below by clicking through this link. The podcast version is here. If it's Friday, it's Newsmakers TV.


JR



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Credit: The New Yorker.

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