Deborah Schwartz: Challenger, Mayor, Santa Barbara
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

With more than a decade served on Santa Barbara’s Planning Commission, Deborah Schwartz has navigated plenty of tough decisions, aiding in projects such as affordable housing and local economy relief. It’s all been good practice for her latest venture: running for mayor. It’s here that she will be faced with not only affordable housing and […]

Meagan Harmon: Incumbent, District 6, Santa Barbara City Council
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

The race for the District 6 seat on Santa Barbara City Council is a four-person race, with incumbent Meagan Harmon being challenged by Jason Carlton, Nina Johnson, and Zachary Pike. Harmon, also a representative on the California Coastal Commission, is facing her first election, as she was appointed to council in 2019. Each of the […]

 

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Alum Returns as Doctor of Health Center
By Scott Craig   |   October 5, 2021

Dr. Rob Hughes ’04 has wanted to direct student health services at Westmont since he worked in the Health Center as a student. Now, more than two decades later, he accepted this position following Dr. David Hernandez’s retirement at the end of spring. “I appreciate the care that me and my student colleagues received there,” […]

Barrett Reed: Challenger, District 4, Santa Barbara City Council
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

With Coast Village Road’s well-being at the heart of the race for the District 4 seat on the Santa Barbara City Council, the two candidates have shown polar opposite tactics in portraying their vision for the corridor. Challenger Barrett Reed has been outspoken about the leadership style stemming from City Council, including that of his […]

Redistricting Will Impact Montecito
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 5, 2021

The Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission, which is comprised of 11 commissioners representing all five supervisorial districts in Santa Barbara County, is seeking input from the public regarding redrawing our district map, which will be in place for the next 10 years. “We’ve been working on this for over a year, and we are now at […]

Beyond ‘Fun’: 911 At Ease International Offers Community Chance to Save Lives
By Sara Bush   |   October 5, 2021

The annual Fun with the Force is more than just another fundraiser. It is an opportunity to support the men and women who risk their lives for the communities they serve every day. Money raised at this year’s event goes directly to the rapidly expanding 911 At Ease International (911 AEI), a nonprofit that offers […]

Mark Whitehurst: Challenger, Mayor, Santa Barbara
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

A native of Iowa, Mark Whitehurst has made his impact on the Santa Barbara community through the use of his VOICE – the newspaper publication, that is. Whitehurst is a man of the world, having taught in Australia, while also working in Oregon at his brother’s newspaper before relocating to Santa Barbara some 27 years […]

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Zachary Pike: Challenger, District 6, Santa Barbara City Council
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

Zachary Pike is the “everyman” in the race for the District 6 seat on Santa Barbara City Council, as he will take on incumbent Meagan Harmon, City Hall insider Nina Johnson, and local business owner Jason Carlton in the 2021 Election. Pike has made a conscious decision to not chase endorsements of organizations or other […]

Matt Kilrain: Challenger, Mayor, Santa Barbara
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

If you’ve driven around town over the past six weeks, it’s been hard to miss the posters calling to elect “Boat Rat Matt” as Santa Barbara’s next mayor. It’s a moniker that Matt Kilrain embraces, and one that will take him to the November 2 ballot as he takes on incumbent Cathy Murillo, as well […]

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Laguna Blanca School Opens New Science Center
By Joanne Calitri   |   October 5, 2021

It’s open – and it’s beautiful. On Monday, September 27, there was a ribbon cutting and VIP guest reception for the new 5,500-square-foot Center for Science and Innovation at Laguna Blanca School’s Hope Ranch campus, which houses the Nakamura STEM Research and Innovation Lab, the updated Jackson Physics Labs, the Mosher Foundation Outdoor classroom, Gainey […]

How to Vote in the 2021 Election
By Nick Masuda   |   October 5, 2021

As October approaches, you will start receiving mail-in ballots for Santa Barbara’s mayoral race, and if you live in Districts 4, 5, or 6, you will also receive a ballot for those City Council races. While the rest of this section previews the candidates, the logistics of voting is just as important so you can […]

Great Mayoral Debate, On Demand: Watch the candidates face off on key issues
By Nick Masuda   |   September 30, 2021

Did you miss the The Great Mayoral Debate hosted by the Montecito Journal Media Group and Sonos? Don’t fret, we recorded it all, as we believe it is critical to arm voters with as much information as possible this election season. The debate featured incumbent Cathy Murillo and five challengers — James Joyce, Matt Kilrain, […]

Could it be Carlos the Bear? Sighting creates a bit of Thursday chaos, and we’ve got video
By Nick Masuda   |   September 30, 2021

Carlos, is that you?! What appears to be a black bear was on search for some honey early Thursday morning, caught on camera by a Montecitan in their backyard. Check out the video: The appearance created quite the stir at both Montecito Union School, as well as Laguna Blanca’s Lower School, where a fence appears […]

It’s Debate Night!!
By Nick Masuda   |   September 29, 2021

Tonight, we let the six mayoral candidates take to the Zoom stage to debate why they are the person for the job. The event, brought to you by the Montecito Journal Media Group and Sonos, will feature James Joyce, Matt Kilrain, Cathy Murillo, Randy Rowse, Deborah Schwartz and Mark Whitehurst. It’s not too late to […]

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