Newsmakers with JR
Panel: James Joyce is Having a Moment in SB Mayor's Race -- City Hall Campaign Fines; New Vax Data
James Joyce III got a major boost to his lagging campaign for mayor this week, when he captured the endorsement of the Santa Barbara Independent, one day after winning the enthusiastic editorial nod from the Montecito Journal.
Amid the flurry of media backing for the entrepreneur and former Hannah Beth Jackson aide, Joyce now has the opportunity to surge in the final three weeks of the campaign -- if he can turn the endorsements into a burst of fundraising to push out a well-crafted message that defines him as a viable third choice in a race so far dominated by incumbent Cathy Murillo and former council member Randy Rowse.
Noozhawk's Josh Molina and Jade Martinez Pogue join the genial host to break down the winners, losers and political implications of the new developments, including strong performances by Joyce and Deborah Schwartz in Wednesday's debate, moderated by Indy columnist and editor Nick Welsh, who was the biggest star of that show (even though he bailed on ours on Friday).
The gang also goes behind the scenes on those big campaign fines handed down by Acting City Administrator Rebecca Bjork, updates just-release key Covid data and discusses the latest on vaccine mandates in public schools, including SB Unified superintendent Hilda Maldonado contacting interim Police Chief Barney Melekian for help with a wave of threats and intimidation aimed at school board members and district employees by anti-vax protesters.
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