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Panel: Sudden Hope on Vaccines for Schools, Mixed Reviews on Cop Shop & 711 Milpas - Politics Gossip


Nick Welsh and Josh Molina join the host for a special Mansplaining Edition of Newsmakers TV, as the intrepid trio dissects some rare good news about the pandemic, breaks down the state of play over two big Santa Barbara building projects and mongers the latest gossip buzzing among the political cognoscenti.


Moments before the show began, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that 10 percent of California's supply of Covid vaccine will be reserved for teachers and other educators, beginning in March, breaking a political logjam in Sacramento over the issue and lending hope to teachers in the Santa Barbara Unified and Goleta Union school districts, where elementary students are slated to return to classrooms in coming weeks.


The trio discusses the effort by the Santa Barbara Teachers Association to convince county public health officials to depart from their paint-by-numbers roll-out of vaccine distribution to provide inoculations for teachers and school staffers who will nurture and handle the returning K-6 kids as well as the bold initiative by Goleta schools to return to five-day-a-week classes.


Then the gang reviews the Architectural Board of Review's review of the latest designs for the city's long-awaited new police headquarters building and for the controversial 711 N. Milpas housing project, speculating on the post-hearing thought bubbles of architect Brian Cearnal on the former and Uber-developer Ed St. George the latter.


Then it's a fast-paced round of gossip about the SB mayor's race, with incumbent Cathy Murillo trumpeting her fundraising, as newcomer challenger James Joyce gets a boost from former Alcalde Hal Conklin and Deborah Schwartz fights to emerge as the chief foil to Her Honor.


If it's Friday, it's Newsmakers TV - all here, right now.


JR


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