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As Montecito slowly comes back to life, we’ll hear from one business owner who made it through the fire and mudslide, and another who was forced to lay off 17 people. Also, pot is now legal in California, but can you actually buy it anywhere? And one columnist says Oprah Winfrey should run for Santa Barbara County Supervisor instead of president.

Photo Credit: Kathryn Barnes/KCRW

Some businesses bounce back, others buckle 5 MIN, 58 SEC

Many areas in Montecito still look like disaster zones following the mudslide, with trees strewn about and boulders sitting on the side of the road. While the community still has a way to go, downtown Montecito is starting to come back to life. Some businesses are bustling again, while others are hanging on by a thread.


Richie’s Barber Shop is back in business in Montecito. Photo credit: Kathryn Barnes/KCRW


C’est Cheese in Santa Barbara had to close down its cafe and lay off 17 employees due to poor sales. Photo credit: Kathryn Barnes/KCRW

Guests:
Richie Ramirez, Owner of Richie’s Barbershop
Michael and Kathryn Graham, Owners of C’est Cheese

What happened besides natural disasters this month? 12 MIN, 15 SEC

The Thomas Fire and resulting mudslides have consumed our minds and conversations the past couple months. It was all anyone was talking about. But, while we were fleeing out homes, changing our commutes, or lugging through mud, other big things happened. For example, Santa Barbara’s new mayor took her post and pot became legal. We take a look at some of the top stories you may have missed.


Guests:
Jerry Roberts, Host of “Newsmakers with Jerry Roberts”
Kelsey Brugger, Reporter at Santa Barbara Independent

More:
Shocker: Council Votes for a Special Election
How Santa Barbara County Jurisdictions Are Dealing with Marijuana Legalization

Oprah Winfrey for Santa Barbara County Supervisor? 7 MIN

Forget the White House. Oprah Winfrey should run for Santa Barbara County Supervisor, instead. That’s according to Zocalo Public Square columnist Joe Mathews. In his latest column, he says if Oprah wants to tackle our nation’s greatest problems, there’s no need to trudge through the D.C. swamps. She can trudge through the muddy backyard of her Montecito mansion instead.


Guests:
Joe Mathews, Host, "Zocalo's Connecting California" (@joemmathews)

More:
Any Fool Can Be POTUS. So Oprah Should Run for Santa Barbara Supervisor Instead.

CREDITS

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producers:
Kathryn Barnes

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