Praying for Rain Not Good Enough
By Woody Barrett   |   September 13, 2018

We should thank Judith Ishkanian and Bob Williams for their service to our community as appointed board members of the Montecito Sanitation District (MSD) for the past 12 and four years, respectively. I also want to thank the employees of the MSD who worked long and hard hours to restore our systems after the debris […]

Montecito Citizen: Called to Serve
By Judy Ishkanian   |   September 6, 2018

Judith Ishkanian here, candidate for re-election to the Montecito Sanitary District (MSD). Thank you all for the wonderful responses to my article last week (MJ #24/35). Many of you suggested that I say more about myself. Okay… But first, let me state that I am not going to defile our wounded community with yard and […]


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By Dick Shaikewitz   |   August 30, 2018

This November, three seats on the five-member Board of the Montecito Water District (MWD) will terminate, allowing interested candidates to run for the open positions. The MWD, formed in 1921 is governed by a majority vote of the five elected directors who serve four-year terms. These directors determine policy and approve the expenditure of funds […]

How We’re Voting: The California Primary
By James Buckley   |   May 31, 2018

In case you missed last week’s Coming & Going, in which we made our upcoming primary election endorsements, preferences, and suggestions, what follows is an edited version of same, with the addition of races and positions not previously covered: Governor of California: John Cox Lieutenant Governor: Cole Harris Secretary of State: Raul Rodriguez, Jr. Controller: […]

The California Primary
By James Buckley   |   May 24, 2018

Tuesday, June 5 (polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm) is that time again, folks, when you’ll be asked for “permission” to spend yet even more money that California doesn’t have to fulfill a wish list of spending by our profligate legislators. But hey, what the heck, it’s not only not their money, […]