Rep. Salud Carbajal's passage in the House of "red flag" legislation, a gun safety prescription now included in the Senate framework for the first federal gun control measure is 30 years, is the most appreciable accomplishment of his three terms in Congress.
As Nick Welsh explains in this week's edition of Newsmakers TV, the Santa Barbara Democrat's bill would offer incentive grants to states that adopt "red flag" laws, which allow law enforcement and families to petition a judge to take away for a year the firearms of an individual who poses a risk of deadly violence. That's if, and it's a big if, a bipartisan group of Senators can reach final agreement on a bill.
Josh Molina drops in to analyze the latest controversy at the Santa Barbara Unified School District, a new equity program that will greatly expand the number of students in Honors classes, a move opposed by some parents who fear the studies of their high-achieving offspring will thereby become less rigorous.
With KEYT's Jade Martinez-Pogue disappointing legions of 'stans, who've clamored for her return, by going AWOL at the last minute to chase a vegetation fire in SLO (sheesh) , the genial host was forced to soldier on with a mansplaining episode that also breaks down several consequential new housing projects -- and the possibility that the city of Santa Barbara could use some of its increasing bed tax revenue to stand up a new middle class housing fund.
Plus: amid an otherwise tiresome political season (at least so far - we can always wish for a couple of knockdown school board contests), a Goleta city council race, featuring a bright young challenger to a longtime incumbent, may emerge as the most interesting and entertaining contest for the November election; the latest on that big City Hall blow-up over a civilian review authority for the SBPD; and a fond farewell to a local broadcast legend.
It's all here right now, on Newsmakers TV.
Check out the new show via YouTube below or by clicking through this link. If it's Friday, it's Newsmakers TV.