Panel: Supes Say No to Exxon; Racism Charges Again Roil SBUSD -- Plus, Rite Aid, Politics, Reform
Josh Molina and Nick Welsh join the genial host to break down Santa Barbara’s biggest local news stories, in a special week-in-review Mansplaining Edition of Newsmakers TV and podcast.
Nick explains that the big SB Board of Supervisors 3-to-2 vote, blocking Exxon’s plan to truck to Kern County massive amounts oil previously transported via the shut-down Plains All-American pipeline, was not unexpected -- but the company’s half-hearted effort to push the proposal through came as a major surprise.
Then Josh reprises this week’s stormy SB school board meeting, with administrators and trustees alike in a defensive posture amid the latest allegations of racism, following two recent troubling incidents involving Black students - and what some activists complain was an inadequate report on anti-Black bias in the system.
Also driving this week’s discussion: how the murder of a homeless woman, allegedly by a serial felon on the streets while awaiting sentencing, impact the county’s ongoing efforts at criminal justice reform; an assessment of how the sudden and unexpected closure of the State Street Rite-Aid will add to the city’s woes over downtown; and what the close of filing for the June primary portends for the level of local electoral excitement (spoiler alert: barely zero).
And don’t miss the Only-the-Angry Poodle’s rant comparing a certain local Republican candidate to an East Coast insect that only has sex every 13 years.
Cartoon of the Week
Cartoon credit: The New Yorker.